The strongest being of Dragon Ball Super is a stand-in for manga fans – 71Bait

Dragon Ball Super’s ultimate being is the childlike omni-king Zeno, whose role as an observer with unlimited power made him the perfect fan surrogate.

The evergreen dragon ball The series has always focused on who can call themselves the strongest, but its latest iteration, Dragon Ball greatdecisively answered that question by introducing a character who is both a proxy for manga fans and the supreme deity of the multiverse.

With its genre-defining emphasis on transformations, it begs the question of who is most powerful at what moment dragon ball can be difficult to answer. From Piccolo to Vegeta to Frieza and so on, new villains often bring with them a motive for Goku to rise to a higher level of power. Since meeting the God of Destruction Beerus in greatGoku’s abilities have grown exponentially, but even Beerus isn’t at the top of the hierarchy – instead it’s the being known as the Omni King, Grand Zeno, who has virtually unlimited power.


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As a character, Zeno is neither a villain nor a hero; his childish mind doesn’t really seem to have morals, but luckily he’s taken a liking to Goku. Zeno’s potential power was even showcased in the Goku Black arc, where the original Future Trunks timeline was instantly destroyed by Zeno to eradicate Zamasu’s influence on this universe. Zeno is so powerful that even Goku and Vegeta don’t stand a chance. And of course Zeno was the main audience for the Tournament of Power and was responsible for the destruction of the vanquished universes there. Zeno’s role as an observer is actually the primary reason for his inclusion in the comic – while other characters have often sat on the sidelines commenting on battles, Zeno’s omnipotence is what brings him closest to actual, real-world audiences.

For a creative like a mangaka, maintaining an audience is the difference between life and death for their entire fictional universe. During Dragon Ball great may not be in jeopardy, that doesn’t mean Toriyama has forgotten what that period of his career was like. In a metafictional sense, Zeno puts the characters in the same situation as the author: if their audience isn’t satisfied, that’s the end of everything, just like a manga is canceled. Zeno’s childlike manner reflects expected behavior from dragon ball‘s target audience is the shonen (boys), who often express general criticism or complaints. For example, during the battle between the Destroyer Gods that made the Saiyans look weak leading up to the Tournament of Power, Zeno complains that watching the Destroyers fight is boring and “too intense” since the Destroyers’ movements are so fast themselves Zeno cannot see what is happening. This was a common chorus during intensity DBZ Battles, especially in anime, where ever-changing lines of motion can obscure actual combat. Zeno, like her readers, wants to see cool stuff and be entertained, and is even willing to forgive established rules violations (like fusion) if it’s interesting enough.

While it might seem like an insult to fans to be compared to a childish god, taking it that way misses the point. A work’s collective audience can feel like a capricious god for an artist, and trying to cater to their inscrutable whims can easily lead to disaster. Just like Goku and the rest of him Dragon Ball great Friends, all a creator can do is try their best and hope it’s enough.

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