RANT: Piccolo’s Elimination | Dragon Ball Super

by Jeremy Carden

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I knew from the beginning that not all of Universe 7’s Team would make it to the finale of the Tournament of Power.
 
After tonight’s episode, their team is down to 6 fighters. When you really think about it, MOST of their remaining fighters still have a good deal of stamina.
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Androids 17 and 18 do not get exhausted, and 18’s hurt ankle is arguably the only ‘weakness’ within the Android Duo at the moment.
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Frieza has only been toying around with his prey, and has gone Golden twice if I’m not mistaken. He did once while playing a facade with Gohan against Frost, and then briefly to take out Super Saiyan 2 Cabba. Aside from that, he’s donated energy to Goku twice; once for the Spirit Bomb and again after he was depleted from fighting Jiren.
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Vegeta has been a key player in that he’s been pacing himself, taken out the most fighters in the tournament (right behind Goku by a couple of fighters) and the only time he has gone anywhere close to all-out was against Toppo, but that fight was constantly getting interrupted.
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According to Gohan, the ONLY time he has truly used his full power was against the Universe 6 Namekians. Yes, he did go Ultimate briefly against Frieza and Universe 10’s final fighter, but he stated FULL POWER was only used on the Nameks.
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And of course, we all know Goku has been exhausted yet pushing himself for quite sometime now.
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Now, we get to the fighters that HAVE been eliminated. In my opinion, Master Roshi was the only one of the four to have a decent elimination.
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-Krillin was “caught off guard” by Frost after he was cheering himself on AT THE EDGE OF THE RING after eliminating a fighter with a combo of his foot odor and a Kamehameha Wave.
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-Tien was eliminated by Universe 2’s sniper along with his clones instead of leaving at least one of ‘himself’ on the arena…
 

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-Piccolo was eliminated by the ‘invisible bug’ and then 17 points out that all of them focus too much on ki signature and energy readings instead of the more obvious things like sound.
 
That’s all well and good, but for PICCOLO to be eliminated because he failed to HEAR something is utter trash!
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Yes, I know this fact is non-canon that I’m about to mention but even in the original Broly film, Piccolo joked about hearing King Kai and Goku telepathically speaking about the threat in the Southern Galaxy, and Piccolo took one of Bulma’s spaceships to help out the gang. He even sarcastically said with ears as big as his that he could hear any conversation in the universe. Over-hyping his hearing but it should be acute indeed!
 
As someone who is mentioned by others and even himself about being one of the most tactical fighters and minds of Universe 7, I think this was one of the DUMBEST ways to eliminate Piccolo!
 
The only “good” that could come from Piccolo losing is that it pushes Gohan to fight on harder than ever before.
 
Episode 119 of Super was just awful in my opinion…
Let’s hope that any future eliminations of Team Universe 7 will get handled better than the awful three mentioned above.
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