Yeah, I’m still at this. Let’s talk about places Chronoa seals people into.
The DB Wiki seems confused at best over how many different “magic prisons” the Supreme Kai of Time has used. Sealas, the first Time Patroller, was banished to something called “The Time Abyss”, I think. Mechikabura was “sealed in a space beyond time” or something like that. I have three main problems with this gimmick.
1) Chronoa uses this trick a lot, but the bad guys always break out later, so why does she keep using it if the seal is so unreliable?
2) If she’s sending them all to different places, why would she do this? How would she know all of these different realms?
3) If she’s sending them all to the same place, why don’t all of these bad guys team up and form some sort of Chronoa Revenge Squad?
Once I confirmed that both Mechikabura and Demigra were “sealed away” about 75 million years ago, I reached the inescapable conclusion that they must have been sent to two different places.
For Demigra, the Crack of TIme is basically like the Phantom Zone from the Superman comics. From what I can tell, he can survive in there, and observe the outside world, and occasionally interact with the outside world if he plays his cards right, but it’s difficult for him to escape. He knows how to get out, but he waits for the right opportunity to maximize his chances. Besides, all he wants is to take over the Time Nest, so unless he has a clear shot at that, he doesn’t have anywhere else to go.
On the other hand, Mechikabura ended up in his Phantom Zone and decided to start his own country there. I don’t think Chronoa realized it for a long time, since this realm was cut off from normal spacetime. I’m not sure where he got all his subjects. Maybe he waited for Chronoa to banish others to the same place, or maybe he created them all with his magic. Maybe he lured beings into his new realm. That would be a cool idea. Chronoa fixed it so he couldn’t get out, but she never considered that he would invite others to come in. The Demon Realm was eventually discovered, since the Supreme Kai and Kibito knew about it in the Buu Saga, but I think it’s safe to assume that Chronoa goofed with that one. The Kais probably figured it wasn’t too big a deal, since all those bad guys were trapped in there anyway, but this may be why she made sure to send Demigra someplace else.
And yet, the lore in Super Dragon Ball Heroes keeps suggesting that Demigra and Mechikabura worked together on and off. Demigra’s followers (called Demigra-gun, literally Demigra Army), is referred to as a “Vanished Sect” among Mechikabura’s followers. The implication is that these two guys were the top guys in the Demon Realm, with the lesser demons gravitating towards one or the other. But how could Demigra be a big wheel in the Demon Realm if he was always stuck in the Crack of Time?
The main thing I’ve learned about Demigra and the Crack of TIme is that he kept getting out, maybe not for very long, and maybe not very often, but he had ways of making his presence felt. Also, Chronoa sealed him there to keep him out of the normal universe. It might have been very easy for him to cross into the Demon Realm, since she wouldn’t have cared about him doing any damage there. And there’s this long, unknown history with the Demon Realm. They could have spent centuries as rivals or partners or full-on enemies. Demigra and Mechikabura were like gods to the other demons, so maybe they played the role, remaining distant from their followers, and relying on proxies and illusions to communicate their will. My point is that Demigra didn’t need to physically be in the Demon Realm to be important there.
By the time of Dragon Ball Xenoverse, Towa has already tried a scheme to restore Mechikabura to the height of his power, only to fail and lose him forever. I think her big scheme in Xenoverse is to try to work something else out on her own, but in the process she accidentally makes it possible for Demigra to escape. The key point is that Towa was always aware of Demigra, but never considered turning to him for help, despite how powerful he was. I don’t know if that’s because of her fierce loyalty to Mechikabura, or because she knew she could never trust him. But I’ve been trying to figure out a dynamic between them, and I think I’m getting close to a solid answer.
Someone like Towa must have lived her whole life with a deep respect for Mechikabura and his power. I don’t know if he’s like a god or a mythical king or a beloved leader or what, but it’s something like that. On the other hand, she knows there’s another powerful demon out there, one with power to rival Mechikabura, perhaps, and she knows better than to mess with that guy. Other demons have tried, but it always goes poorly for them. Maybe some have entered his realm, expecting Demigra to have his own version of the Dark Empire inside the Crack of Time. But no one ever returns from the Crack of Time. Demigra turns into his monster form, and no one who’s ever seen it has lived. Because… he eats them, I guess? Yeah, let’s go with that.
Something I hadn’t thought of until now, but maybe the whole point of Towa’s actions in Xenoverse 1 was to help Demigra break out, knowing that he’d try to take the Time Nest and force the Time Patrol to defeat him. Sort of the same way Demigra sided with the Time Patrol to crush Mechikabura once and for all. Towa remembers that battle and decides she can try that strategy for herself. She knows that she’ll have to deal with Demigra eventually, so better force her two enemies to fight each other first. It’s an interesting thought, although I do like the idea of Towa just stone cold not giving a fuck about the consequences of her actions. She messes with the timeline and doesn’t know or care what side-effects that might cause.