12 Rules For Monk Mode #5: Play By The Rules

This is the fifth of a 12-part series remixing Jordan Peterson’s book 12 Rules For Lifeone chapter a week to coincide with the 12 weeks remaining for my one year celibacy vow.


We can argue all we like, but the fact is we have new rules in our society.

Why else did we go MGTOW? The legal rules in divorce and family court made it too risky to get married, and the new social rules of #MeToo make it too risky to date.

As we know, there is a section of us that are still in the Red Pill Rage, and frequent these circles that continuously churn out content related to the various ways we are degrading as a society, especially pertaining to the behavior of women. But returning to the scene of the crime isn’t going to help you heal.

“It is the things that occur every single day that truly make up our lives, and time spent the same way over and again adds up at an alarming rate…

No matter how good your intentions, or how sweet and tolerant your temperament, you will not maintain good relations with someone you fight with for a month and half of work weeks per year. Resentment will inevitably build.

Even if it doesn’t, all that wasted, unpleasant time could clearly be spent in more productive and useful and less stressful and more enjoyable activity.

p. 117, 118

We need to start seeing our lives more holistically, through the theme of compound interest. Every day is just a single brick to build the castle walls that will one day become the headquarters of your empire. Every day won’t be easy; some will feel like pennies, others like a dollar. But as long as you stay focused on building momentum, you will steadily see growth in positive directions.

The issue at hand, of course, is the lack of emotional support on dealing with the discontent within the “rage” phase. Men just don’t have the same emotional release ability that women do. As much as feminists want to believe it is due to toxic masculinity, the presence of testosterone makes it extremely difficult to physically expel those difficult emotions through therapeutic discussion and/or crying.

As men, we need to find a better outlet.

I’m not even willing to admit that I’ve gotten over the rage phase. I am simply choosing to ignore it by going Monk Mode. I know for certain that nothing positive will come about from my participation in the circles I mentioned earlier, but something of worth can be achieved if I instead seek within.

Today’s episode is about how we have actually gained much more than we have lost by going MGTOW Monk Mode.

“We assume that rules will irremediably inhibit what would otherwise be the boundless and intrinsic creativity of our children, even though the scientific literature clearly indicates, first, that creativity beyond the trivial is shockingly rare and, second, that strict limitations facilitate rather than inhibit creative achievement.”

p. 124

People view the lives of celibates, ascetics, and minimalists as ones with strict limitations, but what if those are the groups of people that are able to express and collect the most experience out of life?

Most people are slaves to their food and sex drives, and so fasting and abstinence are actually practices of freedom. Likewise, “the things you own end up owning you”, and so we put a limit on our possessions too through minimalism, so that we may move more freely.

“Discipline is freedom”, after all.

Not only am I on a one year celibacy vow, but I am also practicing No Fap, and so far I have gone six months without consuming any porn. However, the urge to relapse has been very strong lately.

But every day that I struggle with it, I continue to search deeper about where those feelings are coming from, and why? Is it loneliness, or lack of self expression? Equally I also ask myself why I should continue with these limitations, but then I look back on all the time spent on this experiment, and how putting a hard cap on my sexual exploration has allowed it to express itself in other ways.

Firstly, it was interesting to see myself seek out romance through watching anime, which I discussed in an earlier post: 1 Year Celibacy Update – 98 Days Remaining

A failure to properly sublimate my dissatisfaction and desires led me to engaging in escapism.

After the Yoko incident, I chose more wholesome anime, but still consumed it for a slightly similar reason. Over the last month, I have binge watched around 300 episodes of Naruto, with the urgency stemming from wanting to get to the end of the series and the start of its sequel, Boruto, as the romance between the main character and a love interest is finally resolved with them marrying and having children.

I was not interested in watching the filler episodes this time, but the only ones I would have sat through were the ones with Naurto and Hinata, so I actually searched YouTube for a compilation of all their exchanges so I wouldn’t miss out on anything. One of the YouTube comments said “I wish Hinata was real.”, and I really resonated with that, I must admit.

Yeah, I made it to Boruto now, by the way. I finally became proficient enough at my job to watch episodes alongside it, and was able to put in some 9+ hour work days to finish up Shippuden and get to the wedding. Last night, I actually dreamed that I went on two dates with Hinata.

But alas, this is just one observation.

I’ve been drafting a lot of creative content recently, not like these blog posts, but music, lyrics, novels, and even video game ideas.

What was most interesting as well was that my most recent idea for a novel had mature sexual themes in it, which is obviously a direct expression of my sexual emotions, but of course redirected in a more creative way, rather than all that energy being expended into the void through consuming porn and masturbating.

This experience has taught me that when we choose to go Monk Mode, we must take time to reflect on our progress and ascertain what we have gained through our experiments, as opposed to a mourning of our non-participation within the mainstream.

So many men are treating the difficulties in dating and marriage these days as such a tragedy, but what if it’s a blessing in disguise?

Play By The Rules

Each person’s private trouble cannot be solved by a social revolution, because revolutions are destabilizing and dangerous. We have learned to live together and organize our complex societies slowly and incrementally, over vast stretches of time, and we do not understand with sufficient exactitude why what we are doing works. Thus, altering our ways carelessly in the name of some ideological shibboleth is likely to produce far more trouble than good, given the suffering that even small revolutions generally produce.”

pp. 119

There’s a running fantasy within MGTOW for more men to become red-pilled and completely opt out of the system as a protest in order to restore society. Simps and spinsters get pies in their face, and declines in marriage rates and the closing of bridal shops receives applause. What was first an underground hideout for men seeking self-preservation has now, in some spaces, become a headquarters for a quiet social revolution.

What is ironic, though, is that the quote above is actually targeted at the more liberal groups pushing for far more social change through feminism and other diversity affairs. But I am opposed to both sides, however, as I stated in the previous episode, as I see conservatism (not politically, but culturally) decreasing, which I symbolized as ice melting, and instead of trying to freeze it back, we must see the future and know that water eventually evaporates, and then re-forms into ice much later.

A great practice in Stoicism is learning what is within our control, and foregoing all the things that aren’t is essentially the theme of Episode 3: Only Seek Your Power. However, this episode will differ slightly, as it is more about seeing worth (gratitude) in the very circumstances we struggle against.

Crisis and Opportunity

The Chinese characters for “crisis” are commonly interpreted in the West as a cross between “danger” and “opportunity.” This is particularly why I see futility in engorging ourselves in social change in modern times, as there’s always some other group that is benefiting (seeing “opportunity”) from whatever scenario you have labelled as “danger”.

For instance, the Pick-up Artists have benefited greatly from the sexual liberation of women through feminism, but more conservative men have obviously been bit by the bullet at the other end.

I don’t necessarily want men to become less conservative, but if your society has become so, I absolutely do not want them to swim against the tide, or yell at the sky. At this point, common advice to men who still desire the family life is to completely abandon America altogether, and marry abroad, (with strong emphasis on staying abroad as well).

“The evidence strongly suggests that human beings have become more peaceful, rather than less so, as time has progressed and societies became larger and more organized.

The !Kung bushmen of Africa…had a yearly murder rate of 40 per 100,00, which declined by more than 30% once they became subject to state authority. This is a very instructive example of complex social structures serving to reduce, not exacerbate, the violent tendencies of human beings.”

p. 121

Feminism can be said to be a consequence of peace and prosperity, and likewise, we could also be in the middle of the “good times create weak men/weak men create hard times” portion of the cycle. (If you’ve never heard of this, subsequently, hard times will create strong men, and strong men create good times.)

But we should step back and realize that we all benefit from this period of prosperity, even if it is degrading us culturally. The amount of wars in the world has been decreasing, and if I wasn’t so academically capable (and didn’t mind cutting my hair), I would have joined the military a long time ago to escape my circumstances. The military is more likely a safer career than a police officer these days.

When the world around us becomes too difficult, we should immediately stop seeking outward and only seek inward for our expression of power. But when we become strong enough to look externally again, we should cease in only seeing the danger, and instead always seek out the opportunities.

This also has nothing to do with optimism or positive thinking; it’s just about not allowing the perfect to be the enemy of the good. Of course, society can be improved. Everything can be improved, and to seek that is to be a living human, constantly in motion. But someone somewhere actually thinks things are good enough, or that this situation is even better. You may not be seeing the full picture, and you could use more objectivity as well.

So what is playing by the rules, exactly?

Simple. Stop trying to change society. Don’t change the rules of the game, externally. If you want to keep the rules you play by, simply change where you play.

“It’s also not for the best that all human corruption is uncritically laid at society’s feet. That conclusion merely displaces the problem, back in time. It explains nothing, and solves no problems. If society is corrupt, but not the individuals within it, then where did the corruption originate? How is it propagated? It’s a one-sided, deeply ideological theory.”

p. 118

I absolutely do not agree with America’s level of debt. But the citizens are in debt too, especially women, who hold the majority of the student loan debt in the country. Colttaine, near the end of his Matrix Behind The Matrix video believes that the bankers are never going to let that money walk, but there’s nothing stopping the majority of the voting base (women) from seeking out a way to socialize that debt, especially with the infinite printing press that is the Federal Reserve.

As someone with a 767 credit score, I think the country is absolutely rotten just for this respect only. But nonetheless, America is still the last institution expected to fall, and has only had it’s credit rating fall to an AA- since 2012, and at least before the Corona Virus fiasco.

Am I going to protest? Not at all. I’m going to continue to pay my taxes and be a good citizen (with my dollars at least, my cryptocurrency doesn’t exist), but I still definitely see “danger” here, as I don’t want to be around for when it’s finally time to tighten our belts, and so I’m simply going to quietly change MY game. I will ghost in plain sight, but secretly work on my exit strategy. I can find more fiscally responsible countries, or I can start to acquire more real assets, like land and self-sufficiency, and rely less on fiat currency.


The world is such a big place with endless opportunities, and so I am becoming deeply suspicious on why we hold such strong attachments to certain things, especially as MGTOW, that we feel we must lament it’s loss and fight to restore it.

Conservatism, by definition, is not creative. Once again, I do not have an issue with Conservatism itself, but only when one desires it when the rules have clearly changed. If you are Red Pill and you are like this, you are in the rage phase. If you are blue pill and you are like this, you will probably get divorced or #MeToo’d.

Now has it become clear?

Playing by the rules is just Stoicism and non-attachment. However, you can also benefit from the crisis if you play along and beat them at their own game. TFM has repeated that trans activists have done more for men’s rights than the actual Men’s Rights Movement, and TFM himself identifies as a “masculine presenting trans-gendered lesbian”, and encourages others to do so with a legal gender change, as there have been several success stories of men saving their jobs and even their financial aid for school by just changing that one letter on their ID card.

If we live in Clown World, and you’re not a clown, then the joke is on you.

Jordan Peterson explained quite well that despite how much children rebel against structure, it is actually good for them, as regulated meal and sleeping times prevents them from becoming irritable, and a lack of discipline from the parent leads the children to become frustrated and angry all the time, especially out in public.

So rules are good for us, but the best rules we can play by are the ones we apply to ourselves. After all, you don’t have to be MGTOW and red pilled. But you keep choosing the lifestyle for a reason, and it’s probably because you recognize, maybe not even consciously, that some rules, some limitations, actually allow you to grow.

For example, you may have realized, despite your tantrums, that cutting out women from your life has saved you time and money that allows you to now more seriously pursue your hobbies or career.

So, play by the strictest rules of all, and go Monk Mode, and see how far the roots and branches of the Tree of Life can truly grow.

Meditate on these matters.

And I will not see you on the Far Side, but next week Sunday at 12PM, every week for the rest of this series.

Thank you for reading. – Monk Moon Base

““No tree, it is said, can grow to heaven unless its roots reach down to hell.” ― Carl Jung”

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1 Year Celibacy Update – 98 Days Remaining

I have chosen no better time than now to already have been in celibate monk mode for the past several months now, as the lifestyle has served as training for what life would become during lock down before it actually happened. However, I wouldn’t say my practice has completely insulated me from the social distancing side effects.

In fact, I feel more obligated to restart my social life to make up for the great blow dealt to the pyschosphere from this quarantine suppressing our humanity.

Yes, I do appreciate solitude, but I know for a fact that tensions and desires have been pressurizing as we eagerly wait for the return to normal human interactions, especially the romantic kind. I almost don’t want to miss that initial wave of thirst when the flood gates open.

But as a MGTOW in Monk Mode, the method of determining the next direction of my life isn’t that simple.

While the average person had their social life forcibly removed, and therefore feels like something is missing, I voluntarily replaced my social life with my work and personal achievements long ago. Getting back into dating and socializing after such a long time will actually result in a trade-off or loss, as less work, money, and progress will be made.

If I was still watching TV and playing video-games, it would be very easy to just say I am simply replacing some of my previous pastimes with dating. But lately, my main hobby has been to work on Moon Base MGTOW, and any spare time after that is left for exercise and self-study.

“If a man has already identified that he will not extend any long-term commitments to any woman, then there is truly nothing of lasting value that can be created through your relationships with women. Short-term dating thus becomes another form of cheap entertainment.”

Creativity Is Leisure: Why You Should Consume Only What You Intend To Create

That said, this hardcore focus is quite recent, and I have no idea how permanent this new found logic truly is. It was only a little over 30 days ago that my binge watching of Gurren Laggan caused me to have a nocturnal emission , and if you look at the picture below, I don’t think I need to explain why I was so interested in the show.

A failure to properly sublimate my dissatisfaction and desires led me to engaging in escapism.

After the Yoko incident, I chose more wholesome anime, but still consumed it for a slightly similar reason. Over the last month, I have binge watched around 300 episodes of Naruto, with the urgency stemming from wanting to get to the end of the series and the start of its sequel, Boruto, as the romance between the main character and a love interest is finally resolved with them marrying and having children.

I was not interested in watching the filler episodes this time, but the only ones I would have sat through were the ones with Naurto and Hinata, so I actually searched YouTube for a compilation of all their exchanges so I wouldn’t miss out on anything. One of the YouTube comments said “I wish Hinata was real.”, and I really resonated with that, I must admit.

But fast forward to today, I haven’t watched the show in over a week, and gaming feels like a chore. Every time a thought of being leisurely comes to mind, I counter it with a possibility that I could instead squeeze in more productivity.

The same sexual energy I had to keep pressing “Play Next” for Naruto is now what I use to power through my quota hours and push out more creative content across my websites. And it almost feels like I’m just getting started. I haven’t hit the wall yet, and I just might stay in Monk Mode.

But I can’t say that I can attribute all of my recent success to suppressing my sex drive, but in fact it is because of my sex drive that I am so successful.

“But maybe, at the back of my mind, I know things are only going this well because at the end of it all, I still desire the whole carrot... All my debts will be paid off and I’ll have my own space. I’ll have more money and free time to date.

So, if I start running any faster, or my goal seems to be getting closer, it’s only because I’ve gotten hornier, and hungrier.

INTO THE DEPTHS OF DESIRE – DRY FASTING + NO FAP HARD MODE/MONK

Indeed, I am trying my absolute best to crash into the wall of my productivity so that I finally do have an excuse to take a night off and go out dating every once in a while. But as I’ve said, it’s not that easy to do that as a MGTOW.

I’m not sure if it’s because I’ve been influenced by hanging out too long in MGTOW circles that I want to appear to be super logical about my social situation, or that it truly is a genuine feeling of self-guilt that I’ll receive if I’m not making a giant dent in the universe everyday with the maximum amount of progress towards my goals.

But unfortunately it’s even more than that; My head has never been more clear these days and I’m the most focused I’ve ever been.

Even though I considered signing up for some dating apps recently to have something already set up when the lock down is over, the time I would spend browsing and chatting would be reminiscent of my previous wasteful habits infinitely scrolling through social media. I’m already so close to kicking my YouTube habit as well, as I have the ability to refresh the video feed on there too which results in small time sinks.

Essentially, the puzzle is, now that I’ve cultivated such a magnificent focus, should I continue building on it or can I safely divert my attention? Can more self-knowledge be attained right now through simply observing but not engaging with my desires, or is a social/dating life really a dimension worth exploring at this time?

I’m not sure yet, but I’m so thankful I still have 98 more days to figure it all out.

I’ll see you on the Far Side… – Monk Moon Base


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Robot Music Vol.9002 [Mixtape Review]

If you’ve been watching my BitChute, YouTube and Mgtow.tv videos, you would already know 90% of the music in the background is sourced from a single artist: Chad Marco, so I couldn’t be happier for my first album review to be his latest Robot Music Vol.9002 mixtape.

Normies GTFO

Chad Marco is a rapper, but the main draw is that his target audience are NEETs (No Education Employment or Training) and other loser-adjacent groups, and the album does a great service in sympathizing with the common themes experienced in those circles, specifically the insecurities regarding sex, women, depression, out-casting from society, and many other one-off variety moments unique to the NEET/Virgin lifestyle.

It’s a feels-inducing, anime referencing, meme-laced production, backed by competent, dynamic, and layered musical composition.

As I’ve stated earlier, I regularly use his instrumentals for my videos, so it’s really great to finally hear the rap lyrics that the tracks were intended for.

WARNING: If you are unfamiliar with 4chan culture, this album is not for you, and I highly suggest you turn back now.

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The Review Process

Like Jay Z, I’m also a believer that you can’t review an album after just one day. Luckily for me, Chad Marco released all the tracks as singles well in advance, and simply assorted them, added a few new thematic skits and interludes in between, and slapped a community-sourced album cover on it all to complete the project.

Unfortunately, my much better headphones broke, so I’m currently using some Beats earphones. I have listened to the album seven times so far, and I made sure to isolate myself in my room, in bed with eyes closed, to really immerse myself into the music.

Part I

Chad stated in his podcast that he intentionally front-loaded the album with most of his strongest material at the beginning to hook listeners in, and you can’t ask for a better intro than “9002”. Lyrically, it covers all the themes laid out in the album as a powerful standalone track as well. Marco described being insecure on the possibility of not being able to top the intro he had for his previous mixtape, and so “9002” appears very focused to deliver, with an air of angst and anticipation.

It’s like being strapped in and forced with an injection; “9002” is that initial adrenaline shot, but suddenly, after the silence and upon the opening notes of the next song, you realize the drug isn’t so bad after all.

Immediately following is “Couldn’t Say Hello”, with the catchiest hook on the album and my nomination for “Most Likely Radio single.” It’s a feels track but it’s playful, and Marco finishes the 3-hit combo with “Chad Thundercock, Pt. 2”, which deserves to be listened to rather than described here, making it the peak of the “high” as it’s lyrical perspective is the most topsy turvy.

“Orbit” serves as a ramp down. It’s light on the feels, bringing the listener back to earth with an actual portrayal of an average (or below average) male’s interactions with women, and Marco doubles down with the subsequent “Rejection (Skit)”. I love how the editing makes it feel like a one sided conversation, and along with the stalking background music, it leaves me with a feeling of isolation that transitions quite expertly into “I Love To Cry”, and it’s the first dive into the deeper and darker emotions his rap genre specializes in exploring.

After that, it’s a complete emotional spirit quest through the Valley of Virginity with “Cashier Girl” and “Little Black Dick” back to back, and “INFP” and the “Do You Know That Feel (Interlude)” are the double taps to make sure you stay down in the darkness. That said, you must be reminded that although the content can be heavy it is delivered with quite the finesse. It’s self-deprecating and not depressed exposition.

The turn starts at “INFP”, where the speaking character starts to retreat deeper into himself. The former feelings of desire for “Stacy” that dominated the previous tracks has dissipated with his all encompassing lethargy. Ironically, the world becomes bigger even though the song is about staying in his room all day, as the character’s emotional conundrums extend to a greater feeling of separateness from many others in society and not just from feeling rejected by attractive women.

And so we begin our descent into Clown World.


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#11 Clown World

At 5.1k views (now 8.9k!), “Clown World” is Chad Marco’s biggest hit since “Ballad of Kentray Brown Pt. 1“, which came out over a year ago, and it is well deserved. The track benefits from being the 2nd most recently published before the completion of the mixtape, allowing “Clown World” to be one of it’s top tracks in terms of production skill.

Part II

I also have to complement the placement of “Clown World” in the track list, as it comes on the halfway point, and it’s darker tone does signal the beginning of a much more mature themed Part II of the album.

“Clown World” is a brutal inversion of the climax of negative emotions experienced at the end of Part I, and it’s now projected to all of the outside world. It’s the acceptance that although the character is massively flawed, so is the rest of society. Truly from the eyes of a Beautiful One, perched above the crumbling mouse utopia.

But once again, don’t get lost in my description. It’s another well-crafted chorus, and although “Couldn’t Say Hello” would be my radio single, “Clown World” and it’s bumping bass got it made into a music video by a fan (which is deleted now, RIP).

Moving on, “Piss Bottles” and “Rather See You Die” are the darkest, most especially, and feature exactly the type of raw, locked-away, dark-dimension thought processes only available on 4chan, which is precisely what we came here to see. Listener discretion is heavily advised.

Part II just moves differently. It’s more confident, and intellectual, and covers a larger variety of topics, but paced extremely well to never have the listener linger for too long in one particular head-space.

The beats on “Clown World” and “Piss Bottles” are more minimalist to introduce the listener into this inverted plane, but the volume picks up on “Kentray Brown 1”, which is a feels track with some fight to it, and Part 2 right afterwards is the loudest track on the mixtape. However, that resulting fire is then simmered down with a timely inclusion of a chuckle-worthy Android vs. iPhone rant on the “Bullying Rant (Skit)”.

The murderous intentions of “Rather See You Die” are followed up by the hilarious meme intro for Chicken Tendies in “Dinner With The Folks” (God damn it why am I still laughing about it again?! LOL 😆)

“5 Out of 10” is an experimental space in between, but serves as a slow ramp up to the last masculine hurrah in “Herbivore Male” before “No Singles Allowed” winds everything down with a feels track to close the mixtape out full circle.

Critiques

Everyone has their strengths, and weaknesses. Marco can rap and produce, but he has admitted he struggles with singing. I feel Marco strayed too far from the safe zone on “Cashier Girl” and “Little Black Dick”.

But here’s the thing, the singing works really well on later tracks like “Rather See You Die”, “Dinner With The Folks” and “No Singles Allowed” because the melodies are more somber, which reflects the tone Marco is able to achieve with his singing ability. On “Die” and “Singles” specifically, Marco syncs up directly with specific notes that support his singing, rather than the dissonance felt on the weaker singing tracks I mentioned before. Also, the singing sections are presented much later in the songs, and are far more digestible (or forgivable) after being showcased with Marco’s obvious stronger strength in rapping.

Special Mentions

#17 Dinner With The Folks

My NEET phase that began after being suspended from college only lasted a year, so unfortunately I wasn’t deep enough in the game to recognize the luxurious comforts referenced in “Piss Bottles”.

But I do get “Dinner With The Folks” for sure. Society is set up in such a cookie-cutter way:

Do well at school, get a job, raise a family. That’s it. Any deviation from that and you’re a fuck up and never treated as a complete individual until you get there.

“Dinner With The Folks” is about the shame one feels about themselves while they are under their family’s incessant attempts at reprogramming and the growing distance and disappointment that results in struggling to meet those standards.

#19 Herbivore Male

Ahhh, my favorite track on the album. Yes, I admit my bias, as it is a blatant MGTOW anthem, especially with the extremely clever Sandman sample, but it is also the track that introduced me to Chad Marco’s music.

It’s timing is perfect at #19, almost signaling a maturation of the formerly frustrated virgin who now prefers the solace of smoking weed over women. “Herbivore Male” is a truly confident and cathartic release. It hurts me that it’s only about two minutes.

If I’m not mistaken, Chad forgot to upload the instrumental version as well, so for that I’ve given this song legendary status.

#20 No Singles Allowed

The final track on the mixtape. Marco claims this track was thrown together, mostly just for the meme the title is referring to, but it results in a really minimalist, laid-back vibe that was perfect to closing out the album.

At 5:06 minutes, it’s the longest track of the bunch, and with enough sleepy bass notes and space waves to really bring the listener back down to equilibrium after a more energetic second half of the album. Doubly so, as the content of “No Singles Allowed” is a return to form back into the feels.

The synth solo that plays alongside the fade out of the song is somber but lively enough to jolt along to. You can actually hear Marco’s voice strain in the emotional ending of his lyrics for the song. But still, the song makes an amazing outro, because despite those intense feels, even a lonely virgin NEET can find at least a few hours of the day to find a good, comfy movie to watch and escape to.

Now that shit is Kino.

See you on the Far Side… – Monk Moon Base

P.S. I can rap and sing decent enough too. If we ever collab one day, let’s name the project Virgin Son Chad Moon.

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How Dragon Ball Super Should Have Ended + Improvements To Tournament of Power

This article contains spoilers for the series.

Leave it to a Dragon Ball series to stretch a 48-minute tournament over 30+ episodes.

Right off the bat, the first improvement would be to cut the arc down by at least 10 episodes. I started jumping ahead after 120 (the one where all the robots combine), then I just watched the episode recaps, and finally I quit and just skipped to the end.

So, if I truly missed out on something special in between those moments, let me know. But here is how I would have improved the tournament’s story telling and overall ending.

Don’t waste Hit

It was pure fan service to see Hit match up against Jiren, but it made no strategic sense to for Hit engage him, and even more egregiously so after he told his teammates to back off at their best opportunity to eliminate Jiren.

It was out of character for Hit and functioned more like a plot device to prematurely thin out the playing field, for reasons unknown!

After Universe 6 was gone, there were no more likable opponents for U7 left.

Let Goku Rest (for Kefla fight)

I honestly had to come up with my own head canon to why Goku was able to demonstrate such a high degree of active recovery. I don’t see why he had to be overused when there were plenty of other strong U7 fighters left.   

Although it was one of my favorite fights in the arc, Kale/Kefla could have easily fought with another character, or the story could have pivoted to another high-level fight in the interim, for instance, Vegeta vs. Topp

Kefla vs Frieza?

Not only did Frieza already intervene when Kale and Califla approached Goku, but he had a personal interest in the fight to exercise his hatred for all the “monkeys”.

Kefla could have probably beaten Frieza though, but either way, this would have been a great opportunity to see Frieza at full power.

Gohan’s True Potential?/ vs. Kefla?

A scenario I considered was for Kale to approach Gohan as a replacement to Goku, thinking he would be just as strong. Maybe Gohan’s pride could finally be activated as they mock him for being a disappointment to his father.

I’m not asking for him to win the whole tournament, but he should’ve at least given us something to keep the debate going.

Unfortunately, the Tournament of Power did not resolve the myth and question of the full extent of Gohan’s power. They at least respected Gohan’s intelligence by making him the team leader, but in retrospect, Piccolo and Roshi demonstrated more mid-fight strategy.

Sadly, it’s time for us to close the book on this question.

Potara Earrings

I understand the reasoning for not using them, as the Tournament was a numbers game, and losing a fused ally would mean two spots knocked out at once, but for a show basically running on the fumes of fan service, there was no reason not to have the earrings in play, especially in daring new ways.

The Supreme Kai wanted Android 17 + 18, after all, so I’m going to throw out some of my own wild suggestions.

  1. Have Frieza almost eliminated by Kefla, with Android 17 backing him up, prompting the Kai to allow them to fuse. This is cool because they were both former villains, and villains working together with the heroes is of course the supposed refreshing theme that is set out at the end when Goku, 17, and Frieza are all teaming up against Jiren.
  2. Gohan and Piccolo fought two Namekians, whom I believed were going to fuse themselves through Namekian Assimilation, and this would have been a good opportunity for Gohan and Piccolo to fuse as they have so much synergy as student and master for many years.

No Vegito/Gogeta??

Before watching the finale, I had assumed the tournament would end with everyone knocked out except Goku, who beats Jiren with Ultra Instinct. However, it turns out Goku still needed help and it was a 3v1 anyway, so, why not have Goku and Vegeta fuse to beat Jiren?

Vegito was already deployed to defeat Goku Black, so if the Potara earrings were spent earlier in the tournament like I suggested, then Goku and Vegeta would have to resort to the Fusion dance, which Vegeta hates doing, to join forces.

The only thing that prevents their fusion is Vegeta’s pride. Heck, letting that go would probably allow Gogeta/Vegito to use Ultra Instinct too, and that would have been the strongest thing in the entire multiverse and DBZ history at that point if they pulled it off.

In retrospect, this might have spoiled the fun for DB Super: Broly, as Gogeta is in that film, but only half of DBZ is the form, the rest of it is in the fight!

Let Goku/Universe 7 Lose

What excited and frightened me the most about the Tournament of Power was this new theme that Goku is the real villain, since all the other universes were at risk because of his mindless quest for competition. In fact, Goku didn’t really need a wish from the Super Dragon Balls, as just fighting the strongest person in the universe is enough satisfaction.

Also considering that Universe 11 fights for justice, it’s not likely they would have allowed so many universes to have been erased, and most likely would have wished to have them restored as well if they won.

Essentially, there were no stakes at all, and the tournament ended up feeling more like a filler arc.

I suppose I could praise the writers for developing a new character in Jiren, trying to teach him about the power of teamwork, but they also missed a great opportunity to develop our actual main character Goku.

There were no consequences for Goku’s universe-erasing actions, and he learned nothing new after defeating Jiren. Goku has a family, something that he takes for granted, unlike Jiren, who lost his family.

Losing the Tournament of Power could have been a wake-up call for Goku to not end up destroying the things that he loves along the way to becoming “stronger than stronger than strong.”

Closing thoughts

I am glad the series is over.

Considering how two of Super’s arcs were adapted from movies (Battle of the Gods and Resurrection F) I think I will only return to the Dragon Ball franchise if they release more films. It seems that’s where all the talent is, which is a shame, because I did enjoy the Goku Black arc, but I won’t argue against its mixed reviews.

After the Tournament of Power, it is now undeniable to conclude that the series was a clear cash grab banking off the success of its previous films.

DB Super: Broly was great though.

And perhaps I may only read Manga, in general, from now on, as anime adaptations hardly ever improve on the story, and in fact cheapen it by adding filler episodes.

But for now, those are all my thoughts about Dragon Ball Super and The Tournament of Power.

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