“I swear that I will protect both peace and my friends”
Less super-saiyan and more superheroes. The new stage of the Dragon Ball Super manga, written by Akira Toriyama and drawn by Toyotaro, revolves around two really interesting axes: giving a new direction and tone to the already known Dragon World without straying from the themes and obsessions of the author of Dr. Slump, SandLand or Nekomajin Z and, in the process, taking the reader towards what happened in Dragon Ball Super movie: Super Hero. Chapter 90 of the manga, titled Confrontation with Dr. Hedofits perfectly between the two and -finally- we are seeing how the complete drawing of the chaotic puzzle appears. What has happened?
Let’s get a little updated on Dragon Ball Super: The Saga of Superheroes
Let’s start with the most essential. since the end of 2022, and after a well-deserved rest to rethink the panorama, the manga of Dragon Ball Super It started a new stage that left Goku and Vegeta’s battles across the cosmos parked and returned us to that planet Earth where the scale of problems is measured in another way.
In fact, the big problem of the now adolescent Trunks is to combine high school classes, his passion for superheroes and attract the attention of a very special classmate: none other than Mai, from the Pilaf Band. Let’s say that a failed experiment with the Dragon Balls, some spheres capable of granting wishes, turned her into a young woman more or less her age. Fortunately, Son GotenGoku’s youngest son, is much more than his best friend: he is the perfect sidekick for his plans.
As Son Gohan, Goku’s eldest son, did, young Trunks and Goten have a sense of justice proportional to their enormous power as super-saiyans. Enough to lead a double life as masked heroes: a Saiyaman X-1 y Saiyaman X-2. Unlike Gohan, mind you, both have a unique ability to get into their own trouble.
The latest mess was accidentally appropriating a strange box with a disk that originally belonged to Dr. Guero, the creator of the Red Ribbon androids. The contents of the disk seem especially dangerous, but its original owner is even more so, since it is the Dr. Hedo, Gero’s grandson with a much greater intellect, his own army of zombies, and a huge imagination. Of course, like Trunks and Goten, the young Hedo is also a true fan of superheroes. Especially, for the great sensation of the moment: the mighty Clean God.
Will Trunks get a date with Mai? Will Dr. Hedo get the box with the disk back? Well, with Toriyama on the script, anything is possible, though. the consequences are what is truly interesting.
What happened in The Superhero Saga: Chapter 90. Confrontation with Dr. Hedo
The students of the institute Blue Hal High School they are more rampant than usual: although they have become accustomed to being attacked by powerful zombies with some frequency, which the vigilantes Saiyaman X-1 and Saiyaman X-2 usually dispatch in a matter of minutes, holding a traditional dance party has upset the plans of all students. Some, because to attend you need to have a partner -things of age-, but to that we must add the presence of an exceptional guest: none other than Clean God himself, the fashionable superhero.
Trunks and Goten can’t miss that dance party: will be your favorite hero. But the son of Vegeta and Bulma has an additional incentive, since it will be a golden opportunity to invite Mai to the event. What took him by surprise is that she was the one who, in reality, invited him.
Since the first zombie attacks, Mai has closely followed Dr. Hedo’s movements and has come to a conclusion: he is also a fan of Clean God, so she suspects that he will attend the Dance Party. For her part, Son Goten has not had much choice.
Luckily, and as expected, this great event ends in a show much more aligned with what is expected of Dragon Ball.
Dr. Hedo not only showed up hoping to meet Clean God, but after wreaking havoc at the ball, he escaped with the record case. Seeing that the situation had gotten completely out of control, Trunks and Goten decide to take part and, after putting on the Saiyaman X-1 and Saiyaman X-2 costumes respectively, they go after the scientist.
Far from being disappointed by what happened, they are excited by the opportunity to show off as superheroes and go into battle. After all, both carry the blood of a powerful race of space warriors.
This is how chapter 90 links to the movie Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero (manga spoilers)
Chapter 90 has been decisive in defining this new stage. The 49 pages recover that other Toriyama who delights in simple humor and ridiculous situations that we liked so much from his pre- Dragon Ball and, in the process, doles out up to three scenes with some action. We repeat: All this is reflected in less than fifty pages.
Although the rhythm is irregular and Toyotaro is far from matching that genuine tone of the origins of Dragon ball or Son Gohan’s high school stage, halfway between fun and that particular passion for justice and martial arts; The characters have been given much more nuance and the new dynamic created between the new protagonists and the rest of the characters is already at cruising speed. Returning to rescue some of the key characters of the work as a link. In this case, Krillin.
From here on, it is worth highlighting very specific aspects, such as the fact that the prominence has been balanced by giving it more space and channeling the role of Son Goten more. Because, things as they are, it is Trunks who has the reins of the plot. But, also introducing us to the new Mai and a Dr. Hedo who, more than a great threat, is one of those villains designed to play in events and convenient touches of humour.
There are new details inside the Dragon Ball which is worth taking into account. Characters to highlight such as the proper presentation of Faira, a classmate interested in Trunks, the curious dynamics of the police force in which Krillin works, who acts as a true superhero with a badge, or that enormous passion for the world of superheroes that has been unleashed in the Dragon World and that, for all intents and purposes, officially makes Dr. Guero’s album the greatest Macguffin of all the work to date.
On the other hand, the character of Mai, who has been a very small henchman of Pilaf until Dragon Ball Super, It is deservedly positioned as one of the great contributions of this new stage of Toriyama and Toyotaro. Aligning her with the other Mai that we saw in the Future Trunks saga of the anime and the manga itself and turning her into a different character and, at the same time, really interesting.
And yet, between one thing and another, the chapter completely channels what happened in it and the two previous ones with the events that we could already see in the film. Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero.
From the outset, it is established that the Red Ribbon army has resurfaced and is active again. But it is also that he is following the progress of Dr. Hedo. On the other, it is established that despite the fact that Dr. Hedo is a scientist with the potential to create great threats, he actually lacks authentic evil. What’s more, he is so passionate about superheroes like Trunks and Goten. Far more interesting is how Hedo employs technology, raising the undead to create his own androids and establishing how the designs for the film’s powerful final enemy were derived. But the best thing is that the chapter closes with Dr. Hedo imprisoned for a few months and continuing his work remotely, thus achieving a curious milestone: these three chapters already function fully as a prequel to the film and are You can continue what you have seen through it.
What will happen from this point? Well, the plot of Dragon Ball Super: The Superheroes saga will continue to advance and there is already a date for the next chapter.
When will Chapter 91 of Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero be released?
If we take into account what has already been shown in the previous arches of Dragon ball In the manga as opposed to the movies and the TV series, we can expect the next few chapters to roughly follow the events, but to tell them in their own way and with unique or different elements. That is not bad.
In any case, although we hope that what has been shown so far is a prelude to what will happen in the film Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero, It is possible that new heroes, villains, among the Red Ribbon in the equation will be introduced before or we will see how the proposed romances evolve. After all, Dragon Ball has always been a youthful work and that these elements of student drama are introduced – without neglecting the fighting – are a breath of fresh air.
The good, in less than a month We will be very clear about the course that events will take and the pieces arranged on this new board.
the sleeve of Dragon Ball Super It opens more or less coinciding with the third week of each month. In Spanish, it is also offered free and in “simulrelease” (simultaneous publication) through the website and the Shueisha Manga+ application. The next chapter will be published Sunday, February 19 at 4:00 p.m. (Spanish time).
As we always remember, in Manga+ not all episodes are available: Only the last 3 chapters of each series are visible, so every time new chapters are added, the previous ones are no longer available. Right now it is possible to read everything that happened in Dragon Ball Super: The Saga of Superheroes, but in March the first chapter will disappear.
On the other hand, Dragon Ball Super It is currently being published in Spain through Planeta Comic and Selecta Vision has released a spectacular Deluxe Edition of the entire television series. Quite a gentleman whim for collectors that, sooner rather than later, we will talk about in VidaExtra.
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