Dragon Ball Super is moving into its final moments, and the show’s latest episode got plenty of fans choked up. The anime caught up with Vegeta as the Saiyan took on Jiren for the sake of Universe 7. However, it wasn’t that Saiyan who showed audiences another one of the show's tender easter eggs.
Did you catch it? You only needed to listen carefully to spot the emotional moment.
Last weekend, Dragon Ball Super released its 128th episode, and it showed Goku getting riled up. The hero watched Vegeta get ringed out by Jiren after clinging to his Saiyan pride, and the Pride Trooper turned to Goku afterwards. The Universe 11 warrior came real close to knocking Goku out, but the cries of his teammates gave him the boost he needed to break his limits once more.
Towards the episode’s end, fans watched Goku think back on all his comrades as a slow piano theme played on. The background music was rather touching, but fans noticed something peculiar about the track (via Reddit). The piano music sounded too familiar to be coincidental, and it turns out the track was actually a slowed-down take on Dragon Ball Super’s very first opening.
The song should be a familiar one to every fan of Dragon Ball Super. The track opened the series between episodes 1-76. The single, which was performed by Kazuya Yoshii, is titled “Cho-Zets Dynamic” and known for its infectious beat. So, it is easy to see why some fans had trouble placing the song thanks to its acoustic makeover.
This is not the first time Dragon Ball Super has used the theme’s piano track. The anime’s previous arc also sampled the music when Future Trunks saw his time machine get destroyed by Goku Black. Just when the boy thought his mission was doomed, the melancholic music kicked in as Vegeta assured his son that they’ll find a way to get him home.
Dragon Ball Super is currently part of the recent simulcast agreement that sites like Crunchyroll and Funimation have scored. DragonBall Super airs on Crunchyroll Saturday evenings at 7:15 p.m. CST. Adult Swim airs the English dub during its Toonami block Saturday evenings at 9:30 p.m, and is now available to stream on FunimationNOW and Amazon Video.
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