Dragon Ball Super Chapter 88 is a DBS: Super Hero movie prequel [Manga Review]

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It’s time for Trunks and Goten to shine! Pic credit: Akira Toriyama and Toyatarou

The wait is over for Dragon Ball Super Chapter 88, but was it worth it? Unfortunately, not everyone watches the Dragon Ball movies, and this prequel is brand new.

So, if you prefer reading manga to watching anime, this prequel should tie into the Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero movie arc, as that should be adapted into the manga once the prequel is over. But was DBS Chapter 88 worth waiting for?

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Trunks and Goten want to be superheroes too! Pic credit: Akira Toriyama and Toyotarou

Not the worst way to start an arc

Goku and Vegeta are back on Beerus’s planet, but Vegeta is the only one worried. Goku is more interested in eating, and there’s no mention of the strongest in the universe.

But the story shifts to Earth as Trunks and Goten play superheroes. They call themselves Saiyaman 1 and 2, have costumes, and keep their identities hidden.

The boys think their families don’t know what they’re up to, but we’ll have to wait and see if that’s the case. My first complaint is that Goten says Trunks isn’t good with computers.

This makes zero sense, given he’s been around technology for his entire life, has used technology regularly during Dragon Ball Super, had private tutors teaching him advanced topics, and is being groomed to become the next president of Capsule Corporation. If his future self can pilot a time machine in an apoptotic setting, there’s no way Trunks isn’t good with computers!

Fortunately, we don’t have to worry about this detail after that. Trunks and Goten attend the same high school, and we’re introduced to some new characters.

But Trunks is more interested in asking Mai out on a date. Only she’s no longer in her puppy-love phase and doesn’t give him much hope.

I do like this turn in their relationship. It feels natural and will most likely turn into comedic relief later on.

But the rest of the plot is all over the place.

Dr. Hedo is making sushi?

Dr. Hedo loves superheroes and believes in justice. So why was he digging up corpses and reanimating them?

Why is he hijacking Helper Bots and using them to make sushi? And why didn’t he make multiple copies of the information he needed to keep reanimating corpses?

It’s entertaining and disappointing to read this chapter. Especially during the fight scenes, Trunks shouldn’t have had a problem dealing with the last corpse.

I hope our boys will get a challenge before the Super Hero movie is adapted into the manga. But I laughed when Trunks revealed he’s scared of ghosts and other paranormal stuff.

Only for Goten to remind him that both of their fathers died and came back as ghosts. Trunks claim it’s not the same, and the chapter ends with Dr. Hedo learning that the corpses were taken down by someone from Trunks and Goten’s high school.

Will Dr. Hedo reclaim his disk? Can Trunks get a date with Mai and fight a great evil? Hopefully, we won’t have to wait too long for the answers in Dragon Ball Super Chapter 89.

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