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Dragon Ball Episode 78

  • The Eternal Dragon RisesEnglishJapaneseJapanese Name神シエン龍ロンふたたびRomaji nameShenron FutatabiLiteral NameOnce Again, ShenlongSeriesSagaFortuneteller Baba SagaEpisode #78Chapter counterpartReenter the Dragon

  • Go, Goku, Go!

Japanese airdateSeptember 9, 1987English airdateNovember 27, 2002Previous episodePilaf's TacticsNext episodeTerror and Plague

Dragon Ball Episode 78

"The Eternal Dragon Rises" (神シエン龍ロンふたたび, Shenron Futatabi, lit. "Once Again, Shenlong") is the tenth episode of the Fortuneteller Baba Saga and the seventy-eighth episode in the Dragon Ball series. This episode first aired in Japan on September 9, 1987. Its original American airdate was November 27, 2002.

At the site of Bora's burial, Goku summons the Eternal Dragon Shenron and urges Upa to make his wish though he is unnerved by the sight of the imposing dragon. Eventually with a pluck of his courage, Upa wishes for his father to be resurrected. The dragon grants the wish and Bora rises from his grave. Upa delightfully embraces his father, and the dragon vanishes, scattering the seven Dragon Balls across the globe. Before they can scatter, Goku jumps up and grabs the Four-Star Dragon Ball, that had already turned to stone. Goku bids Bora and Upa farewell and heads back to Baba's palace.

Goku finally realizes the folly of his ways as Episode 78 deals with the ramifications of Zen-Oh\u2019s upcoming Tournament of Power. With the threat of destruction looming on the horizon, Goku spends much of the episode seeking out allies to compete in an upcoming exhibition match against Universe 9. Episode 78 does a good job of building excitement for future episodes, although it lessens the gravity of the Tournament of Power due to Goku\u2019s silliness.

Time and again Goku\u2019s character seems at odds with the gravity of the situation he\u2019s in. Episode 78 is no different. Even after learning of the dire stakes of the upcoming tournament, Goku barely seems fazed. It\u2019s fun to see him enjoy fighting, seek out challenges and laugh off threats, but there comes a point where even Goku needs to be serious. Episode 78 had an excellent opportunity to show us Goku is capable of this, but instead they opt to maintain the status quo. When our hero brushes aside the situation so easily, it makes that very threat feel empty. This arc is building up in a way that suggests it will be quite long, so here\u2019s hoping that Goku does show some remorse for what he started in a future episode.

I was pleasantly surprised when Goku\u2019s exhibition match allies turned out to be Gohan and Buu. Although he usually goes for the pacifist route first, Gohan\u2019s innate hidden powers make him quite an exciting character to watch, and it will be interesting to see how they play on his strengths when compared to his father who has done nothing but train his whole life. The fun-loving Buu was the biggest surprise, though, and added some funny moments to the episode. He also serves as a vessel to allow Hercule to tag along, and having more Hercule is never a bad thing.

However, the tournament itself isn't ready to start quite yet. Thanks to all the time travel hijinks during the finale of the Future Trunks arc, Zen-Oh has been hanging out with his own future self (or past self? I genuinely can't keep track), who is not familiar with what a martial arts tournament looks like. So a pre-tournament exhibition match is arranged between Universes 7 and 9, with each providing three fighters to compete. On our team, it's Goku, Gohan, and Buu. Universe 9, for which Supreme Kai and Kibito speculate a possible significance, is putting forth a trio of alien fox men. The first match rests on the shoulders of Buu, a character I'm ecstatic to see fighting alongside our heroes. Obviously, Buu is one of the strongest members of Team Good Guys, but we don't see him in combat all that often these days. The episode ends with Buu getting kicked around by his opponent, and then a mischievous smile implying that the pink blob-man is about to turn it up a notch.

Just as this mini-tournament serves as an exhibition before the real thing, these next few episodes serve that same role for the arc as a whole. This is a warm-up before we need our full team of ten to be in fighting shape, and it helps inform the rhythm of the arc to come. The stakes are already hanging over our heads, but this story is going to unfold in stages. We're in "Act One" of the Universe Survival arc, so to speak.

Dragon Ball Super Episode 78 is going to be the 2nd episode of the Universal Survival Arc. Last, episode Goku reminded Omni King about The Tournament of Power. Zeno happily agreed and later The Great Priest was sent to the Kaioshins planet to make an official announcement. With that, the episode ended, and we got a glimpse at all the fighters of U7.

In episode 77, Goku was getting bored with his day-to-day routine and decided to train with Whis. He invited Vegeta to tag along with him, but the prince refused because he wants to be with Bulma when she gives birth to their child. Goku ended up traveling to Beerus' planet on his own.

Although fighting against the best warriors in the whole multiverse is very exciting for Goku, it looks like the stakes of the competition is much higher than he had imagined. A brief synopsis for episode 78 was published by Fuji TV and was translated by Todd Blankenship on Twitter. It reads: "At Goku's request, the Omni-Kings' "Tournament of Power" martial arts tournament between universes now begins! ...But this also proves to be the beginning of universal destruction. What awaits the victors of this tournament, and the vanquished...?! How will these intense team battles between the elites of each universe turn out...?!"

Dragon Ball is the first of two anime adaptations of the Dragon Ball manga series by Akira Toriyama. Produced by Toei Animation, the anime series premiered in Japan on Fuji Television on February 26, 1986, and ran until April 19, 1989. Spanning 153 episodes it covers the first 194 chapters of the 519 chapter-long manga series. It is followed by Dragon Ball Z, which covers the remainder of the manga.

The mighty Omni-King is in the audience as the Tournament of Power begins. But, he has a crazy rule enforced for this tournament. The preview trailer for "Dragon Ball Super" episode 78 revolves around what is in store in "The Gods of Each Universe Are Aghast?! You'll Be Obliterated if You Lose at 'The Tournament of Power'." Watch "Dragon Ball Super" episode 77 online via live stream with English subtitles on Daisuki, Crunchyroll, FUNimation and AnimeLab. 041b061a72


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