The fact that he now has Goku and Vegeta (their normal SSJB versions) in the same realm of power as Jiren tells you all you need to know about how much Toriyama thinks about power scaling between arcs.
it also goes along with the usual DB algorithm where a more powerful villain appears in every arc.
But I do agree with Galan that I dont think Cell MAX was necessarily above Broly overall by virtue of being functionally incomplete. He might have had that level of dormant raw power, but had no idea how to use it practically because his mind programming wasn't complete, which is why he was basically retarded. That might explain why weaker characters (like the Gammas and Piccorange) were able to mount some kind of defense against him for a while.
I could definitely see Beast Gohan being Broly level though, just because it seems like Toriyama has gone back to stroking him again.
***side question- are we now considering the DBS anime, manga and movies as completely separate continuities now? Seems like thats the way it has headed IMO.
Last edited by Mendax on Jul 2nd, 2022 at 08:24 PM
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It is amusing how before, the others kind of tried to have some sort of unified continuity, but then came Toriyama with the latest film and was all "Nah, I'll just continue doing my own thing, disregarding Ultra Instinct and much of what came before".
Let's see how much more a mess he makes the canon for people with whatever next film he does in some years. I'd rather him **** things up though than someone else, so that you have someone you know to blame rather than some nameless Toei executive.