With Dragon Ball Super, it seems that the people who are most vocal about it are far more concerned with Buu sleeping or the return of a certain someone rather than the first canon female Super Saiyans. Then there’s the people who think the Super Saiyan transformation is being far too readily handed out…
I’ve never been one to be influenced by other people, so I can happily watch and talk about Caulifla and Kale.
As I said before, I’ll be making posts on Dragon Ball Super whenever Universe 6’s female Super Saiyans do anything of note – and it’s Kale’s turn this time around.
After having master Super Saiyan in the last episode, Caulifla tries to teach Kale how to achieve the transformation. Unfortunately, Kale doesn’t really have much confidence in herself. Caulifla decides to demonstrate the transformation for Kale once more.
Caulifla tells her that it is easy, though Cabba disagrees. Caulifla gets Cabba to demonstrate the transformation as well, and then Kale gives it a shot.
Unfortunately, Kale isn’t able to transform. Cabba suggests that Caulifla may not be the best teacher, which angers her. Kale doesn’t look best pleased either.
Caulifla decides they should try to unlock the transformation by angering Kale.
It’s clear that Caulifla is reluctant to say horrible stuff to Kale, particularly as she refers to her as her ‘precious protégée’. She tries to pass of the responsibility to Cabba. Cabba is able to get a reaction from Kale, but it’s not quite what they’re aiming for.
Caulifla has a go at Cabba for making Kale cry, and says that she is trying to give her confidence by making her become a Super Saiyan. However, having her confidence knocked by Cabba triggers something within Kale.
Kale’s transformation is different from Caulifla or Cabba’s. Cabba tries to tell her to stop increasing her energy, but Kale’s transformation won’t be stopped.
It seems that Kale’s rage has gone out of control, as she declares that she will start by finishing Cabba.
Caulifla doesn’t seem particularly concerned about Cabba’s well-being after Kale sends him flying. Rather, she’s proud of the power that Kale is emitting.
Caulifla accuses Cabba of doing something to Kale to make her so angry. Cabba guesses she got like that because he and Caulifla were being friendly in front of her.
Kale completely overwhelms Cabba, even knocking him out of his Super Saiyan transformation. She launches an energy blast to try and finish him off, but Caulifla intervenes.
Caulifla achieves the Super Saiyan 2 transformation, and easily knocks Kale’s energy blast away. Caulifla then says to Kale that she’s not so cheap as to fall for someone like Cabba. Kale calms down afterwards, though it seems her transformation takes quite the toll as she falls unconscious after reverting back to normal.
That’s it for Caulifla and Kale from this episode of Dragon Ball Super, so guess it is at this point that I should share my thoughts on what we saw from them in this episode.
In my previous post, I said I would like to learn more about the relationship between Caulifla and Kale. I feel that this episode delivered on that – well, we have yet to see how they meet, but I definitely think we’ve got a better idea of the dynamic between the two Saiyans.
It’s clear Caulifla cares a lot for her ‘precious protegée’, and it appears that the feeling may be mutual. In fact, going by this episode, it appears that Kale may be a yandere when it comes to Caulifla.
After all, the first thing Kale tries to do after transforming is kill Cabba. The reason for this appears to be because she feels that he is becoming too close to Caulifla. Turns out that’s not the case, which I guess if fortunate for the Universe 6 team. They wouldn’t want to lose a member just before the Tournament of Power begins, after all.
Kale is certainly powerful in her berserker Super Saiyan state, but Caulifla is certainly no slouch with her transformations either. She managed to achieve Super Saiyan 2. I have to say, I like how the female Saiyans are surpassing Cabba.
Going back to Caulifla and Kale’s relationship… well, it seems to be quite an interesting one and yes I’m viewing it through yuri goggles. Is there enough evidence to justify that?
Well, Caulifla calls Kale her ‘precious protégée’; Kale has a slight blush when she sees Caulifla’s Super Saiyan form; Kale tries to kill Cabba because she thinks he’s getting too close Caulifla; and Caulifla has to tell the enraged Kale that she would never fall for someone like Cabba.
After Kale calms down and Caulifla catches her, both girls smile contentedly as well.
I guess I should offer up some counterpoints as well to make things fair. Kale refers to Caulifla as ‘big sister’, so perhaps their relationship is closer to that of siblings. However, as a counterpoint to that counterpoint, there are yuri couples out there who have a similar thing going on with the whole ‘big sister/onee-chan’ thing – Nanami and Yuuna from A Kiss for the Petals are first to spring to mind. Though I guess it is ‘onee-sama’ in their case, but that’s still pretty much the same thing.
I would say that it seems unlikely that Toei would do something like that in a franchise like Dragon Ball, but it shouldn’t be forgotten that they’re responsible for the Sailor Moon anime as well as last year’s Maho Girls PreCure – or in fact, just PreCure in general.
For now, I doubt there will be any explicit statements as to whether Caulifla and Kale are in love or not, but there’s certainly enough evidence there for people to come to their own conclusions about it.
I like what we’ve seen from Caulifla and Kale so far, and I can’t wait to see how they’ll perform in the Tournament of Power. There are people taking Dragon Ball Super far too seriously out there, whilst I’m just here loving the female Super Saiyans and how quickly they are able to grow.
I’m curious as to what everyone else thinks about the relationship between Caulifla and Kale, so feel free to share your thoughts in the comments.