Dragon Ball Super Episode 101: I’ll Protect You

Dragon Ball Super airs at 2:15am on Sunday morning at UK time, so I’m almost certainly asleep when the newest episodes drop. As a result, I have to actively avoid going on Twitter on Sunday morning, or risk having the episode spoiled for me. That has no bearing on what happens in this episode, but I guess it was just something I would like people to be aware of. I wouldn’t be writing it here otherwise. The only way I want to discover what is coming next is through the next episode previews.
But never mind that, Caulifla and Kale are back in action in the 101st episode, with their foes being the Pride Troopers. Goku, Androids 17 & 18 join the fight as well, but my focus will be strictly on Caulifla & Kale.

Pride Troopers

The Pride Troopers. Hmm, where have I seen this kind of thing before…?

Caulifla, Kale and Goku find themselves confronted by the Pride Troopers. On the left is Tupper, Zoiray is the small one with horns, Kahseral has the cybernetic eye, Kettol is on the right and the girl is Cocotte. They are under orders to eliminate the three Saiyans.
Goku tells Caulifla and Kale to stay back, but Caulifla doesn’t want Goku taking all the fun targets for himself.

Caulifla & Kale

Goku may have doubts, but Caulifla has utmost faith in Kale

We cut to Master Roshi and Tien eliminating an opponent – I bring it up because Tien uses an attack that the subtitles refer to as ‘New Ki Blast Cannon’. Those of us familiar with the English dub of Dragon Ball Z know it as Neo Tri-Beam; the same technique he used to hold Semi-Perfect Cell back during the Cell Saga.

Caulifla vs Kettol

Caulifla fights Kettol

Caulifla is too focused on her opponent that she fails to notice that Kettol had been setting up a barrage of ki blasts. She then has her hands full dealing with that. Kale tries to rush over to help her, but Cocotte doesn’t allow that to happen.

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Kale trapped in the Cocotte Zone

Cocotte the Dimensional Illusionist is able to trap Kale in a separate dimension, thus isolating her from the battle and Caulifla. It looks like the five Pride Troopers are overwhelming the three Saiyans, but Androids 17 and 18 arrive to even the odds.
Whilst 17 fights Kahseral, 18 lends a hand to Goku and together they are able to eliminate Tupper. This causes the Pride Troopers to have a change of plans.

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The Pride Troopers regroup and focus on Caulifla and Kale

Cocotte sets up another Cocotte Zone so that no one can interfere whilst they focus on defeating the female Saiyans. Those outside can’t even detect the energy within.

I'll Protect You

Caulifla swears to protect Kale

Caulifla tries to fend off the four Pride Troopers, whilst Kale watches on. Kale tearfully watches on as Caulifla struggles against her opponents. Kale thinks of herself as a burden to Caulifla, and she hates that – this triggers her transformation into Super Saiyan.

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Kale in full control of her Super Saiyan form

The transformation allows Kale to break out of Cocotte’s Cocotte Zone, and blow away Zoiray who had been attacking Caulifla. Kahseral believes that her hair just changed colour, and he and the other Pride Troopers use their United Justice Stream attack.

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Caulifla and Kale initiate a beam struggle

As Caulifla and Kale struggle to hold the United Justice Stream back, Caulifla tells Kale that she is her and friend to follow her to the end. Kale agrees, and turns into her Super Saiyan (Berserk) form.

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Super Saiyan 2 Caulifla and Super Saiyan (Berserk) Kale overwhelm the Pride Troopers

The attack from Caulifla and Kale destroys the Cocotte Zone, and eliminates Zoiray, Kettol and Kahseral. Cocotte protects herself, but 18 ends up eliminating her in a rather amusing manner.

Exhausted Kale

Transforming into Super Saiyan (Berserk) exhausts Kale

After that, Goku lets Caulifla and Kale go as he can see that the two of them are going to become even stronger. That is when their real fight begins.

With those five Pride Troopers eliminated, the Tournament of Power is only going to become more intense. Next episode, the women warriors of Universe 2 will attack.

You know, every time I see Caulifla and Kale in Dragon Ball Super, I like them more and more. I don’t think I’ve ever been invested in any character from the entire Dragon Ball franchise as much as I am with those two, and they just get better and better every time they appear.
I’m sure part of the reason is because there’s more than enough evidence to ship the two of them together, but mostly it’s nice seeing actual capable female fighters who also happen to be Super Saiyans.
Of course, the capable female fighters applies to Android 18 as well, particularly with her getting to show her skills during the Tournament of Power. I won’t lie, either, I’m looking forward to seeing what Ribrianne and the other women of Universe 2 have in store. After all, they seem to be going down the road of magical girl parody, and I can appreciate that.

I feel pretty confident in saying that the Universe Survival arc is my favourite arc of Dragon Ball Super thus far, and that’s mostly down to Caulifla and Kale.

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One Response to Dragon Ball Super Episode 101: I’ll Protect You

  1. OG-Man says:

    The yuri is still strong in these two, at the very least their ship has enough fuel to fly to the moon like AkiYuka. Both 100 and 101 gave us so much to smile about.

    Android 18 taking out the trash was also wonderful.

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