Dragon Ball Super had its big two-part event episode last night, where we got to see Goku max out his power levels trying to defeat Jiren, the enigmatic fighter from Universe 11. That fight led Goku to an entirely new transformation, which is called "Master of Self-Movement" or "Ultra Instinct" (in English Dub).
However, while we learned just how Goku made this epic new change (by attempting to deflect a powerful Spirit Bomb Jiren had already bounced back at him), it seems as though there's still some debate as to the exact terminology involved with this latest change that Goku has undergone.
Is Goku's new power-up really a transformation? Or is it something else? Here's what we've learned so far:
Champa and all the other gods seem well aware of what this is, but are shocked a mortal like Goku could manage it.— Odd Blankenship (@Herms98) October 8, 2017
Based on the reaction to Goku's new transformation (see above), it would seem that "Master of Self-Movement" is a technique, if anything.
Clearly, Beerus and the other gods of destruction have been trying to master the "Ultra Instinct," and that only further indicates that it's a technique, which can be potentially be learned by any fighter.
However, some more recent discussion reveal that describing Goku's latest transformation requires some different terminology, altogether...
Migatte no Goku'i is described as a "power" (力) and a "state" (境地). So it sounds more like a transformation, but they don't call it that.— Odd Blankenship (@Herms98) October 8, 2017
According ot Odd Blankenship, Goku's new transformation would more accurately be described as a "state" or "power," indicating that Goku has done something altogether different than just transform himself or boost his Ki.
Words like a "state" or "power" suggest that Goku has tapped into something that could be very important in the future of Dragon Ball Super. Right now, Goku is achieving a state of existence (or tapping into a power source) that even the gods of destruction can't reach, which definitely shifts the Saiyan position in the universal hierarchy of power.
That's all to say: right now, Saiyans can potentially grow more powerful than gods, which could be a crucial development in a current universal order in which gods hold tournaments as games of multi-dimensional Russian-roulette. If things go sideways, Goku mastering this Ultra Instinct state could be Unvierse 7's only salvation.
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