Although Dragon Ball Z is focused almost entirely on fights, much of the story and the original anime, Dragon Ball, revolves around the Dragon Balls, as the anime’s name suggests.
These super powerful objects were used countless times during the three animes, and have always been very important to the story. However, there are some aspects of the Dragon Balls that make Dragon Ball a little worse, and that is what we are going to discuss today.
5 times the Dragon Balls made Dragon Ball Worse
They take the impact of death
Dragon Balls are mystical objects capable of summoning a gigantic dragon that can grant “any wish”, but one of the most repeated requests by those who invoke Shenlong is that of resurrection. And although this type of resurrection is very limited by the rules of the original Dragon Balls (it is not possible to revive people who have been revived in the past or who died of natural causes), it still poses major problems for the work.
A tool capable of reviving anyone who dies in combat almost completely removes the impact that a possible death can have. Furthermore, heroic sacrifices are far less memorable when we are sure that that person will be revived when the great villain is finally revived.
They can be found in a matter of minutes
One of the things that made the Dragon Balls such an incredible and rare artifice was the difficulty of putting them together. In Dragon Ball Classic, much of Goku and Bulma’s adventure involved spinning the entire world behind the Dragon Balls.
However, as the characters became more powerful, gathering the dragon’s spheres became trivial. Goku can find the Dragon Balls in a matter of minutes using his teleporter and one of Bulma’s radars. This only takes the weight off the Dragon Balls when they were first introduced.
Its rules constantly change
Although the Dragon Ball rules were pretty firm originally, they changed a lot as the story progressed, often to better serve the current narrative.
Not only did other sets of stronger Dragon Balls appear, but even the Earth Dragon Balls became more powerful after they were connected to Dende instead of Kami-sama.
Each new set makes the Dragon Balls less special
When the story of Dragon Ball reaches a point where the rules imposed by the Dragon Balls prevent them from resolving the current situation, other sets of Dragon Balls eventually emerge to supply this need.
In addition to the earth spheres, we saw the Namekusei Spheres, the Dragon Super Spheres and another smaller set in the Dragon Ball Super manga. Each new set of Spheres makes the myth and powers surrounding these objects less and less special, in addition to creating gigantic confusions, since theoretically a wish made for Earth’s Shenlong can be undone with someone’s wish for Super Shenlong, for example.
They have many limits
When the Dragon Balls were introduced in Dragon Ball, they were treated as the supreme prize for those who brought them together, being able to accomplish anything. However, it wasn’t long before Akira Toriyama saw how dangerous a statement like this was, and decided to restrict things.
The Earth Shenlong, for example, is not able to grant wishes that want the rules imposed by its creator, in addition to not being able to fulfill wishes that go beyond its own power.
Dragon Ball Super is currently on hiatus. The anime ended in March 2018 with the end of the Tournament of Power.
It is worth mentioning, however, that the manga continues to be published monthly with unprecedented adventures.
In this new phase, Goku and Vegeta face a new challenge: Granolah, the survivor. This character suffered at the hands of the Saiyans at the behest of Freeza in the past, and now seeks revenge.
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