The Tournament saga ran for 14 episodes, with three different categories. The first 5 episodes are about both Goku and Krillin being trained by Master Roshi, the tournament itself, and the final match. This, to me, is the way how I see as the start of how we view Dragon Ball as a whole. Before this saga, we only saw an adventure-type theme, trying to search for the Dragon Balls. Now we don’t get to see it as much after this saga. I guess the closest we get to that was in GT, but I digress until we get there, and I don’t count the Frieza saga either, and I will explain my point until we get there.
And before I go any further, I also found out just recently about the English names for these characters. Before Funimation took the job for doing the English translation, Harmony Gold did the first 5 episodes of Dragon Ball, as well as the first and third Dragon Ball movie. I’m not too sure only those two were dubbed by Harmony Gold. The names that were different were:
Goku – Zero (*groan*, yeah)
Bulma – Lena
Karin – Whiskers the Wonder Cat (I got nothing)
and my personal favorite,
Oolong – Mao Mao
The other series that Harmony Gold did were Dr. Slump, Gatchaman, and the greatest one of them all, Robotech. The only big stinker from Harmony Gold was…… *sigh* Dracula: Sovereign of the Damned. Yeah, I’ll just stop right there. This saga was the first time Toonami was allowed to air the show in English. You see here, the very first 13 episodes of Dragon Ball for the longest time was owned by Lionsgate all the way up till it’s contract was expired in 2009, then giving the rights to FUNimation to do their job. As for this saga, it was only first aired on Toonami in 2002, thanks to the popularity of Dragon Ball Z. The only thing that this saga had changed was the music. This was more troubling in Dragon Ball Z, and I will get to that.
The first episode of this saga shows Goku flying to Master Roshi’s house so he can get stronger. It also has scenes of Bulma, Yamcha, Puar, and Oolong trying to get to West City through trials and tribulations, like crash landing in a jungle when flying an airplane inbetween trees instead of flying over them, and walking through a desert. In these scenes you get to see Krilin trying to get to Master Roshi’s house to also become stronger too. And how does he arrive at Master Roshi’s house in front of Goku and Roshi? Like this.
Krillin travels to Master Roshi to train under his martial arts. Goku only needs to find a woman for Master Roshi. But Krillin, on the other hand, knew what he wanted right away. Porn. And you know what? I can believe that. I mean, have you not seen the women he has went out with?
Krillin was suppose to start off as just a minor character, but later on grew into one of Goku’s best friend, if not, his best friend in the franchise, until Vegeta came in. And before I go any further, I should establish my thoughts on Krillin. To me, he’s the type of guy who is hard to hate. He’s there to make fun of for many reasons that we all have, but I think we all share the same opinion about him:
Anyway, this episode is half-entertaining, and half-boring. Most of the boring stuff is from the first half of the episode, seeing Bulma, Yamcha, Puar, and Oolong wonder around, trying to get back to civilization. But the second half gives us all a payoff.
This episode gives us the introduction of Launch.
What’s that? A DBZ fan just questioned who Launch is? How can you NOT KNOW who she is? She only had her one cameo appearance when she helped Goku create the spirit bomb in the Kid Buu saga.
Oh, wait a sec, I remembered now. She appeared again in the Vegetta Saga, just so she can never be seen again til’ the last few episodes of DBZ. I’ll get to that later on. She was also suppose to turn up somewhere else in DBZ, but I will get to that very later on.
Yeah, of all the characters in the entire franchise, one can wonder why she disappeared from the show. Her character is the most weirdest and humorous in this show.
When she has blue hair, she has a soft, dumb, and has innocent personality. But when she sneezes into a blonde, she tough enough to the point where it really makes me wonder who would win in a fight between Launch or Revy from Black Lagoon. And now I might have started a new fan fic. This episode is entertaining at best, being kind of western-type of episode with Launch in it. Give it a watch for the fun that Launch provides, even though it has a character who will end up not having too much of a purpose for the rest of the show. Maybe that’s why Launch was in only two episodes of DBZ. Go figure.
“Find That Stone” is the beginning of Goku and Krillin’s training from Master Roshi on another island. The training in this episode requires both Goku and Krillin test to see who’s the fastest, and trying to find a rock within an hour that Master Roshi throws in a jungle in the island they are in. There isn’t a lot to say about this episode, other than that Krillin is seen in these first few episodes as a jerk towards Goku. He lies, cheats, and even tries to downplay Goku, thinking that he is better and tougher than him. Pfft! Yeah right. Just you wait till the next martial arts tournament.
“Milk Delivery” is considered to be one of the most strangest episodes in the franchise. The only reason is because of how both Goku and Krillin are delivering the milk They have to deliver the milk to the citizens of this unnamed island, and that is normal. But they have to deliver this milk by skipping from one house to another.
And then they have to skip in a zig-zag through a road with trees on both sides. And then they have to walk up on a huge stair case that leads to the top of a really high hill.
And then they have to cross a tree trunk that is on top of this hill that leads to another hill, go through a river, and walk through a desert to deliver milk.
If you think that’s not crazy enough, in the beginning of this episode has Goku sleeping on Launch’s bed, only to wake up and see her blonde’s side waking up, shooting Goku, and Goku kicks her right in the face!
Oh, and Yamcha appears again in the end of this episode. This episode is entertaining, just to see how far Master Roshi took his training for both Goku and Krillin over delivering milk. It’s strange, but I say you give this a watch for that reason alone.
This episode is more of the last episode, like delivering milk again, being chased by a shark butt naked, being chased by a dinosaur, which means that Lord Beerus didn’t kill all of them, and tilling the fields with their bare hands. And now Goku’s role as a farmer, and his training with Whiz and Vegeta is starting to make sense, isn’t it? Plus, Goku and Krillin gets educated, which is quite unheard of when you think about Goku actually learning something, instead of having to believe that he’s, umm, …..”special”.
Another thing that I would like to point out is that with every exercise Master Roshi gives both Krillin and Goku, there’s always a point in it all. He gives an explanation for how each exercise helps them train for fighting, which is something that Mr. Miyagi failed to do in The Karate Kid. If that movie explained it to the audience, then maybe “wipe in, wipe out” would make some sense for us all. Great episode, nothing more to add-on top of that
The very first half of this episode is just more of training and eating. Now, about Goku eating. The joke at first, I believe, was that Goku was so pure, so innocent, and so juvenile that he loves to eat a lot. And then his son Gohan came along and he ended up loving to eat a lot. Okay, he gets a lot of things from his dad, so that works. Fair enough. And then we get to see Vegeta eat as a pig, which meant that maybe only Saiyans eat like crazy. And then Beerus and Champa came along, and they love to eat a lot too. The only lesson I have to give you all is this: if space aliens come on planet earth, make sure to prepare them a buffet table that can circle the earth twice! Oh, and both Goku and Krillin go to the Tenkaichi Budokai in style as Japanese Blues Brothers!
The second half is Yamcha meeting Bulma in West City, Goku and Krillin heading to the Tenkaichi Budokai, and wearing their fighting gi for the first time.
You may be wondering why almost every character in the show has a circle with a logo on it, and Toriyama just said that he never had a reason for why.
This episode does give us a few introductions in the series, like West City, the fighting gis, Papaya Island, and the Tenkaichi Tournament. Outside of that, this episode feels more like the last one in the first half, almost making this whole episode feel like you could have easily combined the second half with the flashbacks of Master Roshi’s training that you see later on in future episodes. Not a bad episode, but not something I’m going to look back at.
We finally have the very first episode of the Tenkaichi Budokai, and now we get into the nitty-gritty of its origins. Akira Toriyama adopted most, if not, all of Dragon Ball from his love of the Chinese culture. The story of the show was based on of Journey to the West, the action was based off of watching Kung Fu movies (which is what made him want to make the series to begin with), the tall thin mountains were based off of China’s Tianzi Mountains,
and the Tenkaichi Budokai was based on from a real life tournament in Lei Tai.
Toriyama loved China and it’s culture so much that he stopped using it after the show was over.
The location of Papaya Island, however, was based in Bali, Indonesia, where Toriyama and his wife toured in Indonesia, and based the tournament’s designs from, all the way from the structures, it’s village, to its statues. The rules for the Tai Lei tournament worked the same as the Tenkaichi Budokai’s rules, where you lose when you’re knock out of conscience, you get a ring out, and you can say that you give up.
The preliminary tournaments involves in 100 fighters, Goku, Krillin, Yamcha, and Bruce Lee.
Yeah……when you’re Bruce Lee, and you surrender to Krillin of all people, then you know there’s something wrong with you. Anyway, this episode is fun to watch, giving a good introduction to the Tenkaichi Budokai.
This episode officially starts the first fight of the Tenkaichi Budokai with Krillin versus Bacterian, who is what you get if Gimli wasn’t a dwarf and became a wrestler. I know people can see Krillin smell Bacterian, but he has no nose. Akira Toriyama said that this is only possible because he has what he calls a physical idiosyncrasy, which allows him to breathe in through his skin. Yeaaaaah, don’t bother looking it up. That’s not what it is.
This episode does include the very first appearance of the announcer!
You may be wondering what his name is. Me too. I tried to look all over the internet and figure out what his name is, and I have come into dead ends. And no, this is not the reason for why it took me 3 years to write all of this. Not even Akinator himself was able to know his name.
And since I can’t find out his name, let’s at least talk about the English voice actor himself, Eric Vale. Eric Vale got his very first job as a voice actor as Trunks in Super Android 13 in 1992, but for some reason was credited as Eric Johnson, and then get the role as the announcer in 1993 during the Majiin Buu saga. He would later on in time get to be in more noteworthy roles, such as Loki in Fairy Tail, both Canada and America in Hetalia: Axis Powers, Casshern in Casshern Sins, and his most famous role of them all, Sanji in One Piece. I really love his role as the announcer. He’s always excited, always in a great mood, and was able to live through Piccolo Jr.’s destruction. He’s practically immortal enough to live through the end of GT. And yes, I do mean that he was able to live after Majin Buu destroyed the world.
Anyway, good episode, even though there’s a scene in it that goes a little too overboard of the disgusting factor.
This episode’s first half starts with the match between both Jackie Chun and Yamcha. Spoilers: Yamcha loses very quickly. Yup, this is the first time you ever get to see Yamcha as a loser. After that match is over comes the fight between Nam and Ranfan, a woman who you would confuse for a hooker due to her fighting tactics that continues to show why it took FUNimation forever to bring this show on the air. We know nothing about Ranfan, but we do know some details about Nam, who came to the Tenkaichi Budokai to get money to save his village that’s in dire need of money. In other words, he’s basically Uub, just without being a Majin. What’s also strange is that Master Roshi is able to read his mind. It goes from being vague, to being useless here as it did with both Goku and Vegeta. I bet you anything you forgot those two can do that until I just mentioned it here. Good episode, even though I didn’t have a lot to say about it.
This episode starts Goku’s very first real fight against a dragon, and it is kind of exciting to watch, even though you know who’s going to win. You get to see Goku almost lose, Goku growing back his tail, which I will discuss more of in the Piccalo Jr. saga, and Goku destroying the statue faces in the arena. That was done because Toriyama’s assistant at the time was tired of drawing those faces in, so he used Goku to test his strength by destroying them. That alone showcases Toriyama’s talent of being the master of cutting corners on not to always draw all the time. This was also one of the reasons for why Super Saiyan was made, because Toriyama’s assistant was tired of coloring in Goku’s hair all the time, which he can just let Goku’s hair look white all the time in the manga. Very good episode, showing that this saga was on a role.
this episode features Krillin’s fight against Master Roshi, AFTER Goku proves that his tail is real by mooning the audience.
He does show his penis, but that butt is enough. The fight between Master Roshi and Krillin is a great watch, even when we see Krillin almost defeat and knock out Roshi, if it weren’t for him using his Kamehameha wave to bring him back, by performing what I believe was collateral damage. It sure won’t be the last time we will ever see our heroes do more collateral damage in the future. Great episode!
This episode features the fight between both Goku and Nam, which is an episode all in itself impressive to watch. Even both Nam and Goku looking like they’re flying in the sky!
And to top off the rest of the episode, we do get a moment of both Master Roshi and Nam discussing both Goku and Krillin’s passion to become the strongest in existence. It’s heartwarming and does establish what made Goku into what we see today when it comes to fighting. I do recommend this episode a lot for this last moment alone, even though Nam and Goku’s fight is great to watch too.
I was going to continue splitting these episodes as I’ve been doing this whole time, but I’m going to treat these three last episodes as a whole for the fight between Master Roshi and Goku. These episodes, in order, are The Grand Finals, Number One Under The Moon?, and The Final Blow. The first episode starts off with Master Roshi Knocking Goku out of the ring, making everyone believe that Goku lost within seconds. But then, for the first time ever, without the use of the flying nimbus, Goku manages to fly!
Now if only Nappa was able to do the same thing, that way this line will work so much better:
And then we see Master Roshi fight Goku with the Kamehameha at the same time, and fight like a drunken man, while Goku does the same thing as a monkey, which he likes to call the crazy monkey technique.
Now if only Goku was able to use this technique against Frieza. And then in the next episode, Master Roshi was able to hypnotize Goku to sleep, which raises the question, would it work against Frieza when he came to earth during the Golden Frieza arc? Goku also beats Master Roshi up with some rock, paper, scissors! I forgot to mention that before the kamehameha was introduced, Goku would frequently use rock, paper, scissors as a fighting technique, learned from his grandfather. This fighting technique is no longer being used anymore, but it is referenced a lot in the franchise, even up to this day!
Master Roshi almost defeated Goku with his Sith lightning attack (which is one of the many moves we will never see again), and then see Goku turn into the almighty oozaru! This episodes ends, trying to make us believe that Master Roshi uses the kamehameha to kill Goku in the oozaru form, but in the next episode, we get to see that he only blew up the moon. I have three things that I would like talk about:
- Did this franchise lied to me into thinking that Krillin is the strongest human alive?
- Either Master Roshi is strong enough to blow up the moon, or the moon was as weak as toilet paper.
Another thing I would like to add is the Carrot Master and the Rabbit gang from the Emporor Pilaf saga.
The last time we ever saw him was on the moon. And now the moon just blew up. According to Akira Toriyama, the moon blew the Rabbit gang off into space. Where exactly? All I know is that I want to see the Carrot Master make a return in Dragon Ball Super.
So anyway, both Master Roshi and Goku fight hand-to-hand combat, exhausted, in front of the setting sun, which makes this last fighting sequence so much beautiful to watch. Master Roshi ends up winning, along with the prize money that was wasted in feeding Goku.
This arc starts off kind of slow, but ends up being a joy when the Tenkaichi Budokai begins and ends. If anything, this arc’s reputation and what it was meant that the show was on a role, and the next arc will continue to solidify my point. Join me next time as we get to the Red Ribbon Army. We get to see the return of Pilaf, Chi-Chi, and the very first android in the show, Android 8! And let’s hope I don’t stall for another 3 years to continue making more of my Quick Look Through Dragon Ball.
In dedication of Hiromi Tsuru
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All source materials by:
Dragon Ball Wiki – http://dragonball.wikia.com/wiki/Main_Page
Did You Know Anime – http://didyouknowanime.net/
Temple ‘O’ Trunks – http://www.templeotrunks.com/media/lost_dub/index.html
The Origin of Tenkaichi Budokai – https://thedaoofdragonball.com/blog/martial-arts/the-origin-of-the-tenkaichi-budokai/
Launch Shoots Goku,Krillin, and Master Roshi – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UnkwJr-S8Ag
Launch vs. Goku – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TqvGPn2ThDo
I am lord Freezer, yes. – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EoGqb3LyST0
Jontron – Angel’s Kiss [Plug and Play Consoles] – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m85bPped2Vc
Krillin vs. Bruce Lee Impersonator – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MhCJHn9n_TY
That Wasn’t Flying, That was Falling With Style – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DwN6efmhp7E
The Crazy Monkey Technique – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M1qvRygA1zc
Vegeta I can Fly! – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nwrVUuno9x4
DBZ Battle of Gods: Lord Bills (Beerus) vs Oolong (Dub) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vY2sJkg7VwM