My review will focus a lot on the differences between the DBS anime and the manga for the people that might have dropped the anime after the first few episodes.
This is my first(technically second) review and English isn't my first language, so bear with me.
Both the manga and the anime story are based on outlines done by Akira Toriyama, the creator of Dragon Ball, 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 work.
The one thing i would say the anime has over the manga is the 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 than the anime 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 some of the characters look wonky and anatomically incorrect, but they work for the most part, his main appeal comes from the fact that he apes Toriyama's 90'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.
Tadayoshi Yamamuro’s Super anime character design on the other hand, are very bland with no personality whatsoever, Bulma, Goten and Trunks are the ones that suffer the most, Gohan also suffered greatly, although I would say Bulma would be happy that she now looks younger than when we first met her in Dragon Ball, only few animator like Hirotaka Nii, Yuya Takahashi, Shuiichiro Manabe, Naoki Tate, Naotoshi Shida and Yuichi Karasawa can make the characters look somewhat good and dynamic, the animation for the most time is very limited and is constantly being reused by the end of the show, at times even casual viewers can notice it, well, it shouldn’t get to that level.
Lots of SPOILERS below
Battle of Gods arc (6/10)
Very simple arc, introducing the higher Gods and God Ki.
Much better power scaling than the anime and movie but still weird.
Universe 6 Tournament (5.5/10)
Just a simple 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.
Hit is much weaker in this version and also less menacing, definitely weaker than both Goku and Vegeta's SSJBlue, the arc ends with not much happening, and everything goes by too fast, it is a bit of a letdown.
Black/Zamasu arc (6.5/10)
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, Evil Goku.
The introduction of Black was great, but i would say that the anime version was better, the music, the color palette and the voice acting, it enhanced so much the suspense and terror Trunks was going through, and reading the manga after already knowing who Goku Black was of course dampened the shock value of the reveal but Toyotaro still did an awesome job.
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 the reason he is destroying everyone is Trunks’ fault, 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.
The manga also added a lot, 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, but sometimes feels rushed, but it truly plays out like a battle royale, I don’t know how to feel about it yet.