In the latest episode of Dragon Ball Super various Japanese netizens voiced their anger at decidedly sub-par animation for what is meant to be a big mainstream and well funded anime series.
While the series is still very popular and is arguably aimed at a younger audience, much of the Japanese anime fanbase have a point.
The same sentiments have been broadly repeated by much of the Western fanbase as well.
The episode in question was the one that aired over the weekend and featured a fight between Goku and Beerus (as shown above and below).
This is not the first time that big anime shows have been criticized for poor animation, as Gurren Lagann famously had issues with some of their early episodes. To which one of the founders of Gainax, that of Takami Akai, had to resign when he tried to albeit clumsily defend the show’s production to fans online.
In this instance no one from Dragon Ball Super’s production has waded in, which is likely a smart move. That said it is still quite surprising to see a big budget series like this have very obvious lapses of animation quality.
Admittedly we are still very early on in the series’ run and hopefully people at Toei Animation can rectify the situation.
The other and more ugly aspect to all this is that Japanese anime production is equatable to slave labor, so these kinds of lapses in quality are more down to an abused workforce than any kind of simple production oversight.
Whatever the current cause for the issues plaguing Dragon Ball Super, I hope they are resolved as this is the first major Dragon Ball series in 18 years. The fans deserve better and the production should be more professionally managed as a consequence
Considering that Super started out really well and has a long run ahead of it, these kinds of issues will likely be ironed out but for now this is definitely an embarrassing slip up for one of the major tent pole franchises in anime and manga.