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Dragon Ball Super's finale featured a historic team up between sworn enemies, and it was glorious

Goku and Frieza, fighting together and... trusting one another?

Posted by Justin 'AdaptiveTrigger' Gordon • March 26, 2018 at 7:52 p.m. PDT • Comments: 94

Episode 131 of Dragon Ball Super aired over the weekend. For those that don't know, this is the last episode of the show that we'll be seeing for awhile.

At the very least, the anime is going on a bit of a hiatus. The episode's title, "The Miraculous Conclusion! Farewell, Goku! Until We Meet Again," was an obvious giveaway to this conclusion.

It's worth noting that the Universe Survival Arc started on episode 77. That means that this particular story line has been going on for 55 episodes.

Something spectacular happened during the episode that concluded the series. Going forward, there will be spoilers...

You might be surprised to hear that Goku's silver-haired mastered or perfected Ultra Instinct form did not have a role to play in this episode. This includes the Ultra Instinct Omen form that allows Goku to keep his black hair (with silver outlines).

By this point, Goku was suffering from some drawbacks of the form. In fact, all the remaining fighters that weren't already eliminated were very tuckered out by this point. Even Jiren was in a very weakened state.

Thanks to the efforts of Frieza and Android 17, it looked like Jiren was down for the count. Jiren was eventually motivated to keep fighting by the eliminated Toppo at the stands, despite the fact that Jiren previously mocked Toppo for his poor performance during the tournament's final minutes.

When Jiren started turning the tables on the two, it was Goku that came to their rescue. Frieza required some convincing to fight in cohesion with Goku. Since Android 17 was weaker than the other two due to prior engagements, most of the fighting would be up to the two sworn enemies.

Previously, we saw Goku, Vegeta, Gohan, 17, and Frieza team up in order to take down Aniraza. We've also seen an uneasy alliance between villainous characters Frieza and Cell with the Z Warriors against Android 21 in one of the scenarios present in Dragon Ball FighterZ's story mode.

Honestly, the situation that caused the heroes and villains to work together in Dragon Ball FighterZ was somewhat uninteresting. The cohesive acts that Goku and Frieza needed to perform to take down Jiren required trust between the two this time.

Frieza would essentially have to give up any chance of getting his wish granted in order to defeat Jiren. In the end, Goku and Frieza worked together in order to sacrifice themselves so that Jiren would be eliminated, leaving 17 as the sole victor.

Essentially, Frieza was willing to trust that Goku would keep his promise to him that he would revive him after the event had concluded. This, despite the fact that Frieza previously preached to Frost, before eliminating him, to never trust anyone.

This allowed the two to fight united for the good of Universe 7's existence. Had they lost this fight, then Universe 7 would've been erased.

Notably, before the fight began, it was clearly shown that Frieza had lost access to his golden form. His "final form" was, after all, far more iconic than his superior golden version.

While Goku had to enter the battle in his base form, he was able to blink in and out of Super Saiyan. Their cooperation was in forms that initially pitted the two as enemies.

Goku's first confrontation with Frieza was one that completely changed the direction of the Dragon Ball series. It was here that the concept of new Saiyan forms was introduced.

Many have fought against Goku as an enemy before, but they have become allies and friends with Goku. Frieza, on the other hand, was basically irredeemable. Seeing the battle between Goku and Frieza unfold the way that it did, you might not guess that over a decade later the two would canonically work together.

Akira Toriyama originally intended the series to be more of a comedy than the action packed one that it is known for being today. Would Dragon Ball FighterZ even exist had Goku never transformed against Frieza?

There is certainly a great deal of importance involving the histories of these two warriors. This ended up making their alliance against Jiren all the more epic -- given, Android 17 was also there providing ranged support but these two needed to lay everything on the line together in order to win.

Anything less than the teamwork displayed might not have been enough.

Images belong to Toei Animation.

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