The Dragon Ball Super manga's story is based on outlines done by Akira Toriyama, the creator of Dragon Ball, much like the Super anime, and i feel that most of what the anime does, like introducing new transformations, hair colors, change in outfits are mostly done to sell merchandise and evoke nostalgia by coping exact scenes or retreading developments from earlier Dragon Ball series, Toyotaro on the other hand doesn't seem to need to do this kind of thing, going more for the cool factor with break neck speed pacing, but that doesn't always seem to work.
The one thing i would
say the anime has over the manga is the comedic filler episodes, mostly from the ones right before the Tournament of Power, with the Baseball, Dr.Slump, Great Saiyaman and Pan/Pilaf episodes being one of the best of the entire Super anime.
I want to start by saying that the Dragon Ball Super manga is automatically better just by rushing through the adaptation of the Battle of Gods arc/movie and entirely skipping that horrible Fukkatsu no F arc/movie.
The art of Toyotaro(aka Toyble, creator of the fan manga Dragon Ball AF) is great, he has some weird construction lines, making a few of the characters look wonky and anatomically incorrect and he likes to reuse shots from the original DB manga and his own shots from Super, but they work for the most part, his main appeal comes from the fact that he apes Toriyama's 80's style mixed with his more recent leaner designs to perfection, and even having some times a more polished work on the fact that he doesn't have the time constraints Toriyama had with the weekly publication at Shonen Jump, plus also having to create the story.
Lots of SPOILERS below
Battle of Gods arc (5.5/10)
Very simple arc, introducing the higher Gods and God Ki.
Much better power scaling than the anime and movie but still weird, making SSJ3Gotenks and Ultimate Gohan irrelevant for some strange reason.
Universe 6 Tournament (5.0/10)
Just a tournament arc put together in a rush, new cool characters in Monaka, Hit, Frost, Cabba, Champa and Vados, plus the God of all things, Zeno, which is way less retarded in this version.
Piccolo and Majin Buu are wasted.
Since there was no Fukkatsu no F arc, there was no teasing of Gohan's comeback and then backing down after just a couple of episodes, the manga gets a pass on this.
Very smart fight on Goku's side against Hit, using the original SSGod transformation, instead of the most useless transformation since SSJ3, the palate swap SSGSSJ or SSJBlue, that was supposed to have perfect ki control, but we learn in this arc that it drains a lot of stamina if used a number of times in a roll, the arc ends with not much happening, and everything goes by too fast, it is a bit of a letdown.
Black/Zamasu arc (5.0/10)
This is where it gets complicated, this arc started great with a lot of promise, the return of Mirai Trunks and a fan fiction level character, Goku Black.
The introduction of Black was great, there is so much suspense and terror in what Trunks was going through, Toyotaro did an awesome job with the reveal of Black being Goku.
This arc was where I started to feel like Super could actually improve, even more so in the manga because it was changing most of what was happening in the anime, taking out stuff like the time travel plot holes, Zamasu’s ridiculous anger towards Goku, Trunks whining on every chance he had, terrible power scaling, SSJ Ikari, plus the episode where Zamasu says that it's Trunks’ fault that he is killing everyone, and even though it doesn’t make sense, the character takes that as a fact and starts moaning again, don’t even start on the Cellphone Mafuba and the Kuwabara Spirit Bomb Sword, none of that was in the manga, thank god.
The manga added a lot of backstory, seeing Trunks training with the Supreme Kai, turning SSJ2 and defeating Dabura and Babidi was great, also we got more great stuff from Gowasu and ‘Shin’ in this version, Merged Zamasu’s great range of techniques, Goku mastering SSB, I even liked Trunks’ role at the end of this arc and the multiplying Zamasus, way better than the anime.
But even though I hold this arc of the manga so much higher than it’s anime counterpart, it still isn’t that great of a story and it leaves so many characters out of it even though it’s supposed to be so grand in scope, and the end even though is better, it’s still the same Deus Ex Machina.
ToP/Preview -- ??
Way more to the point then the anime, making it sometimes feel rushed, but it truly plays out like a battle royale, I don’t know how to feel about it yet.
The Dragon Ball Super Manga. No Comic has so many prayers and haters at the same time (probably).
There are people on the internet who only rate Animation, artwork or writing.. Especially for the DBS Anime. There are YouTubers like "Anime Ajay" who upload Episode Breakdowns for each Super Episode that has been aired. But he looks only at the animation, the compositing, direction, storyboard and in rare cases the writing. He can rate an episode completely with the visuals, like it would be formula. And that is totally fine. I also enjoy looking at cool animated shots, hearing epic music and seeing creativity on Manga
The Dragon Ball Super MANGA, which this review is actually about, got criticised for it's visuals for example by "Totally not Mark". And he had some fair points.. Toyotaro really likes to recycle shots, poses and panels from himself or Toriyama. But that is only one reason TnM hates the looks of the DBS manga. He also criticised that Toyotaro is using to many panels to present the action. And of course if you're comparing Toyotaros work for example with the Manga "Attack on Titan" (drawn by Hajime Isayama) you notice that Isayama uses way more panels and entire pages or even two pages that show one image. Another example for this is the old Dragon Ball Manga by Akira Toriyama. But there is quite a difference! Isa and Toriyama both use big panels and shots, but the amount of discribing shots in Attack on Titan is the same as in the Dragonball Super Manga by Toyotaro. Which means: Isayama put way less content in one chapter than Toyotaro, beacause of the small panels and Toriyama with his "less is more" approach.
Fact about everything with the visuals is: I didn't notice any recycled shots until TnM brought it up and I never had a problem with the small panels and often pretty full pages. Is this only a matter of your opinion or your look at things? My answer: Yeah, completely!
PLOT, CHARACTERS AND OVERALL ENJOYMENT:
...of every Arc!
Battle of Gods Arc
Maybe a bit short in the Manga. But the Anime was way too long for my taste and I can unterstand Toyotaro that everybody whos reading the Manga, already watched "Battle of Gods" or Dragon Ball Super Anime. So thats... fine.. i guess...
Revival of F Arc
Uh.... Where did it go?!
Universe 6 Tournament Arc
Pretty good writing by Toyotaros hands. The Characters are potrayed way more natural and less annoying than the anime, but it still could be funny and enjoyible. Examples for these Characters are Jaco, Bulma and Mr. Satan. The only things that weren'T that great are the emotional and dramatic scenes. Probs to the ANime Staff and voice actors for they're job! But the explanations for example Vegeta and Gokus power gap were way better and just more logical in the Manga and Gokus used his head! Woohoo!
Future Timeline Arc
I already liked the Arc in the anime but Hooray, it was better in the Manga! The story felt way more completed, Characters like Trunks way more bealivable written and Characters like Shin and Gowaso, were way more active.The story felt more polished and had some even more creative ideas. Dramatic and cool scenes have been cut from the anime, but got replaced with even cooler ones.
Really, this arc is my favourite one, written by Toyotaro.
Tournament of Power Arc
Got probably the most critisism. People who loved the Anime often said that the Manga was to rushed, characters got thrown away and it got rushed dammit!!!!
I never felt this way. This is supposed to be a 48 minutes long tournament and Toyotaro made *I think* 10 Chapters out of it.. While the Anime did OVER 9000 Episodes!!!!....Okay OVER 50 EPisodes!!!! Which is.... a bit too much..... The Manga made it short, because in the Manga the tournament isn't that big of a deal...Some characters got potrayed way better in the Manga and some didt get protayed at ALL!! The Manga really could have used some emotions and drama - it was a bit dull and not the best thing Toyotaro has ever written.
I really look forward to the Broly Movie and especially for the new Manga Arc, I got really exited.
Thanks for reading my horrifying grammatics and spelling.
(***Review up to chapter 42--End of the Tournament of Power***)
I have been watching Dragon Ball Super on Toonami religiously since the start of 2017, because I didn't want to have my first viewing of it in Japanese. I had long debated reading the manga until it finally premiered that January, because I knew I could just imagine the voices in my head. For some reason I let myself sit through 2 years of terrible pacing and low animation quality before I finally decided it was time to just read the damn manga, and I'm so glad I did. Toyotarou's Dragon Ball Super manga packages all
the events of the story in a much more digestible format, with art that actually shows a love and appreciation for the franchise, and I would never suggest the anime over it to anybody.
Toyotarou's art looks authentic af, and feels consecutive with the end of the Z era of the manga. The fight choreography is easy to follow and well thought out. Every attack feels weighty, and every fight is imbued with a sense of speed that you just don't get in the anime. The characters are all consistently on model, because they're actually being drawn with love and care at all times. That alone helps me enjoy this more than most episodes of the anime.
The story of Dragon Ball Super is admittedly not phenomenal; stretched over 131 episodes with ample filler between arcs, and the anime can really drag sometimes. Even if you adjust to include the Resurrection F manga chapters, the Super anime still covers less than 1 chapter of its manga per episode--lower than either of the original anime. Thus, the brevity of the manga is by far the best reason to read Super in my opinion.
It does start with a few chapters to cover the events of the Battle of Gods movie, but completely skips the Resurrection F story line, only briefly referencing it later on. The first tournament arc kicks into gear right away and zips by with a lot of the fights noticeably cut down. Nearly without skipping a beat it starts into the Goku Black arc, which is still kind of disappointing as a whole, but isn't nearly as long or weird as it is in the anime.
The lead up to the Tournament of Power is at most a chapter or two, compared to the 14 or so of Goku and friends assembling the team. The Tournament itself is drastically different; while the same characters still enact the major plot points, many of the details surrounding them are changed. The manga doesn't waste nearly as much time with the dozens of odd fighters from the other universes, rather focusing on giving everyone in our Universe 7 team a chance to shine. There are not as many problematic power ups given to our characters either, alleviating some of the questionable power scaling one could gleam from the anime. The build up to Goku's Ultra Instinct transformation also feels a lot more natural and earned in the manga, compared to the shenanigans Goku pulls to achieve it in the anime. Furthermore, it wastes no time after the tournament is over, dropping us right into the next story arc in the very same chapter that the tournament concludes.
What exactly do we miss out on from the anime? For starters, all of the filler is gone. That means the bad filler like the weird goo monster that nearly beat Goku and Vegeta, as well as the filler I actually liked such as Gohan playing Saiyaman in a movie. So while we do lose some enjoyable character moments, the overall story doesn't suffer because of it. If you really want to see baby Pan learn to fly or Goku retrieve Frieza from HFIL, you can always track down the filler episodes of the anime to get your fix.
So who should read Dragon Ball Super? If you're already a fan of Dragon Ball, and even if you've already seen the anime, I urge you to read it. If you're interested in getting into the new Dragon Ball the world is buzzing about but are scared of 131 episodes, reading this and watching a couple movies is a much less daunting task to absorb the material.