Dragon Ball Super Just Revealed Why Jiren is Always Seeking For Strength

Author Thumbnail BY Jake Vyper - February 11, 2018

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There's only one fighter standing between Universe 7 and the Tournament of Power's ultimate prize: Jiren. The final remaining Pride Trooper of Universe 11 continues to show his superior strength against his Universe 7 enemies in the latest episode of Dragon Ball Super. 

During his confrontation with Android 17, Jiren was asked what he'd wish for if he wins the Super Dragon Balls, and Universe 11's God of Destruction Belmod explains what motivated Jiren to seek strength, telling about his tragic memory when he lost his parents' lives after an evil entity invaded his home and killed them. Jiren wanted to avenge his parents' deaths and worked hard to train with his master. Eventually, Jiren met new friends while training but his master and friends were killed when that same evil entity returned.

Jiren's backstory is far from original and compelling but there are probably details we don't know about his past yet. At this point, we still don't know exactly who that evil entity is. Could it be a character we've already seen? Perhaps it's Belmod himself or another God of Destruction. Maybe it's setting up for the next live-action Dragon Ball film that will be released later this year. Giving us a glimpse of Jiren's past puts the character into a sympathetic light, reminding us that he's not the typical Dragon Ball villain with evil plans. Although we still don't know exactly what he'd wish for if he ever wins the Super Dragon Balls, it shows us his true motivations in joining the Tournament of Power. Jiren may be criticized for being overpowered but seeing the reasons on why he amassed incredible strength makes him a more interesting character. 

Dragon Ball Super is set to air on Crunchyroll Saturdays at 7:15 p.m. CST. Toonami still airs the English dub of Dragon Ball Super on Adult Swim Saturdays at 9:30 p.m. It's also available to stream on FunimationNOW and Amazon. 

Read more: Dragon Ball Super Cast Wraps Up Production

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