Dragon Ball Super Episode 113: Super Saiyan Showdown

Since I’m covering an episode of Dragon Ball Super again, that can only mean one thing: Caulifla and Kale are in the spotlight once more.
As things stand, we are currently more than halfway through the Tournament of Power. In this episode, Caulifla challenges Goku again as she wants to become stronger after events that transpired in the last couple of episodes.

Caulifla vs Goku

Caulifla fights Goku again

With Universe 6 down to only four members remaining in the Tournament of Power, Caulifla is eager to become even stronger. She does this by challenging Goku, telling him to show her how to go Super Saiyan 3.
Goku agrees, but he tells her that she has to beat him first. He doesn’t transform at first since his stamina is still low from a previous fight, though he manages to keep up with Caulifla even in his base form. Goku is a trained martial artist, whilst Caulifla is just a ‘brawler’. Well, that is until she starts adapting to his attacks.

Afterimage Technique

Goku uses the Afterimage Technique

When Caulifla is able to land a blow on Goku, he switches to using the Afterimage Technique. Caulifla struggles against that, and Goku says that she’ll never achieve Super Saiyan 3 if she can’t beat that.
As the battle continues, Caulifla continues to adapt to Goku’s fighting style. According to Whis, she had the potential within her from the start, and her battle against Goku is just awakening that power – he certainly changed his tune from calling her a brawler.

Transform

Goku goes Super Saiyan 2

Caulifla says that Goku should transform, and he agrees. He goes Super Saiyan 2, though the manner in which he does it is very reminiscent of when he went Super Saiyan on Namek.
When Caulifla asks if he wants to go Super Saiyan 3, Goku reveals that he hasn’t recovered enough stamina for that yet. Still, Caulifla seems to be pretty impressed by Super Saiyan 2 Goku’s strength.

Crush Cannon

Caulifla uses ‘Crush Cannon’ – a technique that fires a barrage of red energy blasts

Goku calls Caulifla’s Crush Cannon a ‘killer attack’, so I guess he must have been impressed with it. The two Super Saiyans then clash once more, in ’round 2′, as Goku calls it.

Super Saiyan Clash

Caulifla and Goku’s fight blows away lesser fighters

Goku had previously told Caulifla to master Super Saiyan 2, but fighting her now, he sees that she has surpassed his expectations.

Kale

Kale smiles when she sees that Caulifla is having fun fighting Goku

Hey, at least Kale isn’t flipping out this time.

Punch

Caulifla catches Goku off-guard with a fake-out and then punches him in the face – I find this rather amusing

After getting punched in the face, Goku says that Caulifla could even go beyond Super Saiyan 3. Goku then turns his attention to Kale, and asks what about her. Caulifla insists that they achieve Super Saiyan 3 together, and Kale eagerly agrees.

Caulifla and Kale vs Goku

Caulifla and Kale fight Goku together

Kale is happy that she gets to fight together with Caulifla, and they attack Goku together. They make a great team, with a pretty great combo move where Kale kicks Goku into Caulifla’s Crush Cannon.
Goku is able to keep up with both Caulifla and Kale, as his senses are being sharpened by their attacks. The fight continues on, and Goku ends up transforming once more.

Super Saiyan 3 Goku

Super Saiyan 3 Goku

Goku was able to transform as he felt a power boiling up inside whilst fighting Caulifla and Kale. However, he is unable to maintain the form for more than a few moments due to a lack of stamina. However, Caulifla and Kale have now seen Super Saiyan 3, and are more determined than ever to achieve it. In fact, Kale is so determined to become stronger she transforms into her berserk state.

Berserk Kale

Berserker Super Saiyan Kale

That’s where the episode ends, so we’ll have to wait until the next one to see the continuation of the fight.

I really enjoyed this episode – probably because I am a big fan of Caulifla and Kale. The fight against Goku was fun to watch, and their display of teamwork was great. I would love to see Caulifla and Kale achieve Super Saiyan 3, mostly because it would probably just tick off part of the fandom. Some people need to learn to ease up and just enjoy things for what they are…

Next episode… well, forget about Super Saiyan 3, because it looks like two will become one. Needless to say, I am very much looking forward to it. At the same time, I also feel slight trepidation – any one of these episodes could see either Caulifla, Kale or both eliminated from the tournament. It’s not something I want to see happen, but I feel like it will be inevitable. I just hope they are popular enough for Toei to either keep them around or bring them back after the Tournament of Power ends – after all, more opportunities to milk the cash cow.

About Rory

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