Warning! Spoilers for Dragon Ball Super’s 102nd episode lie below!
Dragon Ball Super isn’t afraid to fall back on well-timed easter eggs, and the anime proved as much with its most recent episode. Toei Animation debuted the show’s 102nd episode yesterday, and the action-packed episode harkened back to one famous scene in Dragon Ball Z.
During Dragon Ball Super’s new episode, fans watched as several warriors from Universe 11 ganged up on Goku. The hero would up seeking assistance from Kale and Caulifla of Universe 6, but the two ladies wind up in a bit of a snare. When Caulifla comes under attack by Kettle, Universe 11’s Cocotte locks Kale up in a circular prison. Unable to help, Kale grows worried as she watched Caulifla take hit after hit before her.
“I’ll protect you,” Caulifla says. “You’re my protege, after all.”
For fans, the scene itself may not seem familiar, but the sentiment behind it reflects on seen between Gohan and Piccolo. Goku’s son may not have been ensnared by an enemy like Kale was, but the half-Saiyan has been in enough danger to prompt his mentor to step in and even sacrifice his life to save Goku.
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Piccolo- Gohan Moment in Kale-Caulifla Version pic.twitter.com/ASqyqKJOj8
Over the years, Piccolo has made several last-minute appearances to save Gohan. From Dragon Ball Z to Dragon Ball GT, the Namekian is always on the lookout for his most famous pupil. For fans, they will most likely remember one of a few instances where Piccolo stepped in to save Gohan. Dragon Ball Z housed a very famous scene where Piccolo sacrificed his own life for Gohan by stepping in front of Nappa’s Bomber DX blast.
The synopsis of Dragon Ball Super's current saga can be read here: "According to an invitation that Goku gets, Zen-Oh (Omni King) is starting a martial arts tournament between all the universes called "Chikara no Taikai" (Tournament of Power). But it is the beginning of universal destruction. Something awaits the winners and losers of this tournament. What will become of this fierce team battle between each universe's elite warriors?0comments
Dragon Ball Super's “Universal Survival” saga is part of the recent simulcast agreement that sites like Crunchyroll and Funimation have scored. Dragon Ball Super airs on Crunchyroll Saturdays at 7:15 p.m. CST. Toonami airs the English dub on Adult Swim Saturdays at 11:30 p.m.
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