I love Dragon Ball and all the cast in it. However, sometimes I feel like there are characters in that show that have huge potential to be great on their own but are overshadowed by Goku’s presence. I’m talking about Goten, Trunks, Uub and to an extent Pan and Bulla, the next generation of Earth’s protectors.
One of my biggest complaints about Dragon Ball Super is that they didn’t do much with Goten and Trunks. For starters, they should’ve looked a lot older than what they current look like now but that’s besides the point. I’ve always said that Goku needs to start training these kids to be strong when the next evil shows up. A perfect example of that is when Frieza showed up and basically fucked up shit so much that Gohan finally snapped out of his bullshit and trained moderately enough to stay in shape and to be ready when the next evil shows up. He realized that if he wanted to protect his family, he needed to be strong. Goku and Vegeta won’t always be around forever.
This mentality should also follow suit with Gohan and Trunks, and to an extent Pan and Bulla when they get old enough. It’s true that peace will make anyone stop training like crazy, but to halt it completely is crazy in itself. That’s why I like Boruto a lot. The show focuses on the next generation completely during the time of peace but also reminds everyone that evil never rests. The show also doesn’t do away with the old cast and cleverly incorporates them with the new cast, while still putting the spotlight on the next generation.
This is something Dragon Ball needs to do with Goten and Trunks. Start them small with taking down a syndicate operation or something or going off in search of a rare item and build their character along the way. Heck, while the Z fighters are away trying to save their universe in the Tournament of Power, Toriyama could tell a side story of a threat visiting earth and it’s up to Trunks and Goten to save the world. Shit, Goku saved the Earth multiple times when he was a kid, so why can’t two talented half-breed saiyans, that can go Super Saiyan be able to save the world?
We saw how Android 17, a character most of us have forgotten, came back and literally became the MVP of the entire tournament of power. The same can be done for Trunks and Goten. Goku had the right mindset at the end of Z to train Uub as the next protector of Earth, now he needs to extend that invitation to Goten and Trunks, and eventually Pan and Bulla .
Let me know what you guys think?