news culture Dragon Ball Super: Goku and Vegeta eclipsed by Bardock and Granola? Our impressions of volume 18!
While Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero has just landed in theaters, Dragon Ball news is still alive with the release of volume 18 of the manga. We were able to read it, and here is what we think of this issue which depicts a major turning point in the Granola arc.
- Bardack, Granola and the Heaters in the spotlight, Goku and Vegeta in the background
- Toyotaro, a style a little too wise?
Started in 2015, the manga Dragon Ball Super already has its sixth arc titled Saga of the Granola Survivor. As a reminder, this time we focus on Granola, the last survivor of the Cerealians, who works in the service of the Heaters, a clan that collaborates with Frieza after his army ravaged planets. While the latter lives peacefully on the planet Cereal, he dreams of only one chance: to take revenge on the Saiyans who massacred his people and Frieza who gave the order. After being fooled by the Heaters, Goku and Vegeta find themselves facing Granola in a frantic fight that we could read throughout volume 17, with even a new transformation at the key for the prince of the Saiyans.
At the end of the previous volume, we learn from the Namekian who serves as Granola’s adoptive grandfather that the Cerealians would have been saved by a Saiyan named Bardack, the father of Goku, which is precisely the name of this volume 18. Now that we have made a brief summary of the previous volume, the review that follows will talk about the next volume, which may reveal some surprises for those who want to preserve it. At your own risk if you haven’t read the translated chapters available on Manga Plus for free and legally. You have been warned.
Bardack, Granola and the Heaters in the spotlight, Goku and Vegeta in the background
First of all, this volume 18 opens with this famous flashback which Monite spoke about at the end of the previous chapter and which finally allows us to see Bardack in action in the manga. As a reminder, previously, Bardack had been formalized in dragonball, the original manga, when Frieza remarked that Son Goku resembled his father. But of course, it is mainly thanks to the TV Special that the Saiyan could be further developed, to the point of becoming one of the most popular characters in the saga. Thereby, the beginning of this volume is an opportunity to dig a little deeper into the character, but also to discover unsuspected links between Goku and Garola. Special mention to the Oozaru, the transformation of the Saiyans into great signs, which we hadn’t seen for a while.
After this flashback, we are entitled to the return of the Heaters who are ultimately the big bad guys in this arc, as we could have guessed from the start. Thus, it is ultimately Gas and not Elec, the leader of the gang, who becomes the enemy to be defeated, having grown up following the wish to make him the most powerful warrior in the universe. It is moreover the central theme of this arc which answers a question that fans have always asked themselves: what happens if the dragons summoned thanks to the Dragon Balls are asked to become the most powerful in the universe? We therefore see the confrontation between two warriors who wanted the same thing, Granola and Gas, which leads to a particularly tense fight. Previously, we had an interesting remark from Vegeta on the subject. Very logically, the one who wishes to become the most powerful in the universe is only when he wishes, which means that he can be quickly exceeded afterwards. All that remains is for us to discover the conclusion of this confrontation in the next volume, as Gas seems stronger than ever after losing control.
Toyotaro, a style a little too wise?
Now that we have discussed the scenario of this volume, let’s dwell a little more on the drawing, the other central element of a manga, of course. So, without too many surprises, Toyotaro’s style always remains equal to itself, namely always as clean and with a pencil stroke reminiscent of Toriyama’s, but with a little more modernity. Thus, we really have nothing to complain about on each of the pages of the volume which are all irreproachable from a drawing point of view. It is therefore an old-school style, rather simple, but still a little newer that we find since 2015. This is an observation that can also be made when cutting the action in the work in general. Toyotaro likes to offer many boxes to detail the fights as best as possible and that readers manage to follow it well despite the epic side of the thing.
However, we notice all the same that this division remains quite wise throughout the volume. Thereby, there is only one double page in the volume, which is however a good technique to make a blow even more impressive. And then, if this breakdown is dynamic and detailed, it is nonetheless classic in what it offers, which means that you end up getting used to it over the course of reading and that the fights can have less impact than in other Weekly Shonen Jump manga. Once again, this choice is also explained by a desire to stay in Toriyama’s style, which still dates from the 90s. In any case, we are now awaiting the release of volume 19, currently scheduled for February 1, 2023. .