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Quick Look Through Dragon Ball – 21st Tournament Saga

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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.

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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.

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I hope that Team Four Star will abridge this series.

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?

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What can you say? Krillin's a pimp!
What can you say? Krillin’s a pimp!

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:

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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.

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This episode gives us the introduction of Launch.

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They’re the same person, by the way.

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.

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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.

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“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.

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“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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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,

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and the Tenkaichi Budokai was based on from a real life tournament in Lei Tai.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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this episode features Krillin’s fight against Master Roshi, AFTER Goku proves that his tail is real by mooning the audience.

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Whoooole lotta butts!

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!

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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!

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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:

  1. Did this franchise lied to me into thinking that Krillin is the strongest human alive?
  2. 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.

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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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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

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Quick Look Through Dragon Ball – Emperor Pilaf Saga

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Hello, and welcome to my new installment on Some Review Site called Quick Look Through Dragon Ball! This is a new review series where I will do a review of each season of all of Dragon Ball, Dragon Ball Z, and Dragon Ball GT. I will do a review of each and every Dragon Ball movie that has ever came out, both theatrical releases and non-theatrical releases. I will do a review of the specials that came out too, such as the Bardock episode that came out 4 years ago. I will do these in their respectful releases, so I’m going to try to squeeze the movies and specials in order. In case if you’re wondering why I won’t do a review of each episode instead, don’t worry about it. I will do a review of each episode on Rerunagade. I just want to do a review of each season for this segment. Plus, now that Dragon Ball just celebrated its 30 anniversary with Battle of the Gods last year, as well as a new series that is coming out sometime this year, I thought that it is fitting to do this to get ourselves familiarized with the overall series before the new show comes around. That, and there’s suppose to be another movie coming out sometime.

The show begins with Goku living on his own, isolated from the whole world, until Bulma drives her car, hitting Goku. Goku’s first impressions on her was thinking that her car was a beast, Bulma was a goblin, and that her shooting him with a gun was black magic. Goku admits that he has never seen a girl before, which should make all of the jerks in the world watching this look stumped for making fun of all of the nerds for not making any contact before.

Anyway, Goku thinks that Bulma’s name is funny to him because Bulma, in English, means bloomers. If there is something that most of you have never notice before, the names in this show have a meaning that are actually puns. Examples are: Goku means eat, Gohan means either meal or cooked rice, and some of the Saiyan’s names sound like vegetables, such as Brolly sounding like Broccoli, Vegetta sounding like vegetable, and Raditz sounding like Radish. Akira Toriyama’s strength in this franchise is humor, which is something that slowly, but surely, dissolved later on. That fact is what made, to me, the franchise weaker.

The English dub never bothered explaining how Bulma first got a dragon ball, but the Japanese dub did. Bulma said that she found one in the cellar in her house. I have no idea why Dr. Briefs kept one in there in the first place, but it was there. Bulma doesn’t explain to us what the dragon balls are, because the show had to introduce emperor Pilaf to explain what they are. Emperor Pilaf is the main villain in this saga, who is a…….blue imp-looking guy? In the spanish dub, he’s called martian, and I can see why, so I’ll call him a martian too. I don’t see the harm in calling him that anyway. This franchise later on became soaked in the sci-fi genre later on. The other reason for why I’m okay with calling him a martian is because his origins were never explained in this show. Pilaf somehow rules a kingdom in a mushroom forest, and somehow has a castle that has an airplane, laser cannons, and two other people who are dumb enough to follow him, named Shu and Mai. He gets even dumber later on in GT. Someday, you will see why. This character is so vague that I have little to no connection to even care for him. I forgotten all about him until I started doing this quick look.  He’s still better than Garlic Jr. though. Pilaf’s end goal in finding these dragon balls is to, you guessed it, ruling over the world.

The other thing that I don’t understand about his moments in these episodes is that they don’t really need to be in them. Sure, they’re the bad guys in this episode, but the only thing that is important about these three is that Pilaf has one dragon ball.          …just like everyone else.

All of that was covered in episode 1, and then in episode 2  we get to see how Goku identifies a women. Since Goku has never seen a girl before in his entire life, he checks to see if one individual woman is a woman by doing the most gentlemanly thing in the world. By tapping their crotches. No, really. Throughout this saga, Goku’s main first contact with some of the women is sexual harassment. Things like this makes you wonder how this was passed on TV, but keep this in mind that anime was never meant for children to begin with, which is why 4Kids banned an episode of Pokemon, where James used fake boobs.

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However, Funimation’s dub team did do something about it by re-writing most of the dialog to get it passed to be televised here in the US.

Now, for the longest time in my life, when I first read the manga, I saw that Goku was 14 years old, and Bulma was two years older than him. I, for some reason, thought that it was the other way around.

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Yeah, what in the world was I thinking? Since Bulma is only 16 at this time, this does make me wonder how much older Vegeta was when he married her. We also get the introduction to the sea turtle named, well, Turtle.

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Yes, that Turtle.

 

Goku first meets Turtle by trying to get some exercise by crushing boulders with his bare hands, and almost crushed Turtle in the process. Want to know what a sea turtle was doing in the middle of nowhere? He got lost after trying to find some mushrooms to eat and was trying to find the ocean ever since. I really don’t know how you can do that, but that does lead us into episode 3, where we get to meet Master Roshi.

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When Turtle finally reached to the ocean waters, he swam into the ocean, only bringing back Master Roshi, which lead to giving Goku his flying Nimbus, a.k.a., Kinto. I know I should have brought this up earlier on, but this show is loosely based off of the old Chinese folktale Journey to the West, which talks about the monkey king, who is based on a real life monk Xaun Zang trying to receive Buddist scriptures, who later on is retold in fiction about how he fights against demons and flies on a cloud too. Most of the stuff in this show is also that too. No, wait, Goku is an alien from the planet Vegeta, which is why he has that tail to begin with, as well as his villains from other planets too. Never mind.

Master Roshi gives Goku Flying Nimbus, and it can only be ride with those who are good. According to this show, Goku is counted as good, even though he attacked and harassed Bulma. Go figure. Master Roshi gives Bulma his dragon ball by flashing him her panties that she is not wearing, only later on finding out that she was not wearing any panties. That Goku took off to check if she has a wiener. Yup.

Episode 4 gives us the introduction of Oolong, who can only transform into anything he wants for 5 minutes. Oolong was first introduced by threatening a village  by kidnapping girls of all ages to live with him in his later on revealed palace, while transforming into different kinds of beasts. Both Goku and Bulma did so if they the next dragon ball that an old woman so happened to have in the village. Yeah, there wasn’t a lot worth talking about in this episode to warrant a Rerunagade review, other than it’s a must see on Oolong’s part.

Episode 5 brings us to a much better episode. Bulma loses her box of capsules in a river, meaning that she lost her house, meaning that she lost her clothes, meaning that she lost her other means of transportation. Since Oolong is unable to give her a ride as a motorcycle, because he can’t hold on too much weight, they had no choice but to walk on foot, across a desert to get to Mt. Frypan. Yamcha  and Puar are first introduced as bandits, living in this house:

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You couldn’t have made your place seem more obvious, even when you live in a wasteland.

Yamcha first fights Goku in what I say is a really good scene. He even uses his rock, paper, scissors technique that we never get to see anymore, because his other moves, such as the Kamehameha wave, has overshadowed it. I should also mention that the guy who does the voice of Yamcha is Christopher Sabat, who did the voices for were just Yamcha, Shenron, Vegeta, Piccolo, Mr. Popo, and Korin. Oh, and he also wrote some song for a show that maybe one or two people in the world might know of that’s probably worth mentioning about:

Just by seeing Yamcha fight in this one amazes me of how he started off with a huge high, and then fell very low of being as weak as Krillin. This goes for everyone else in this series too. It just feels very weird for me to see how just about everyone in show appeared to be so much stronger than they are later on. Now, they’re just red shirts, ready to be slaughtered, while making characters, such as Goku, Gohan and Vegeta overpowered, making everyone else that you liked in the past suck  at what they do. But yeah, this is worth watching. Even though the first half is okay.

Episode 6 has Yamcha and Puar trying to capture Oolong’s capsule that turns itself into a mobile home. However, Yamcha finds out by hearing Goku explain to Oolong on what the dragon balls do, making Yamcha wanna steal the dragon balls instead. Just so he can not be scared of going near girls ever again. So he can snuggle with them. And then lose that relationship against Vegeta being single. Oh, what a wonderful world! Oolong just wants to use the dragon balls to wish himself a woman. There are some shenanigans of both Puar and Oolong turning each other into Goku and Bulma,

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Shu and Mai continuing to have no purpose for these episodes, Yamcha confusing for Bulma’s naked body in a blanket for dragon balls, and Bulma wearing a Playboy bunny outfit that can be seen on the front cover of the volume 1 manga:

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This episode is a lot of fun to watch, and I do recommend this one for a watch.

Episode 7 starts with the English dub continuing not to explain why Mt. Frypan is on fire, so I will have to explain it here. Mt. Frypan used to be called Chilly Mountain, until a fire spirit came down and caused the whole mountain to set on fire 10 years before the events of this episode. It’s what cause the climate to change in the show too. If Al Gore became a Scientologist, This would probably be his explanation to global warming. On top of Mt. Frypan is a castle where the Ox king use to live. Yup, this episode is the introduction of both the Ox king and breasts, I mean Chi-chi. You wanna see her first appearance?

Not even in my wildest dreams can that ever happen to me. That was awesome! We also get a first look of the Ox king who looks more intimidating at first, wielding a huge axe against Goku with goggles on, but then turns into the Ox king that we’re all familiar with once he sees that he knows Master Roshi when Goku rides Flying Nimbus! His authority as a king really makes me wonder if he still is a king in DBZ and GT, because I never saw it in those shows at all. Well, to be fair, I never saw GT all the way through, in spite of how utterly boring I thought the show was, but I will get to that, unfortunately.

So, Ox king says that Master Roshi can get rid of the fire from Mt. Frypan with the Basho-fan (why couldn’t he ask him after 10 years is beyond me), and he sends Goku to bring him over, but to take Chi-chi with him since she knows where he lives. Goku finds Chi-chi, Chi-chi grabs his tail to climb on Flying Nimbus, but Goku tells her not to grab his tail because that makes him weak, which Yamcha was able to hear to defeat him. I could talk more about the continuity problems with the tail now, but I will save that for later on. But Chi-chi in this one first appears as shy, and adorable. I love seeing this side of her so much. Even how she feels so touched when Goku tapped on her crotched to identify her gender. Just. Simply. Creepy. But hey, at least their first date was romantic!

Those were the days!

Episode 8 has Master Roshi travel to Mt. Frypan instead of handing the Basho-fan to both Goku and Chi-chi, because he threw it away after spilling soup on it. I’m really, really, 100% sure that the fan will never come back in the show ever again! Yup, I’m positive about that. Since Master Roshi can’t fly on Flying Nimbus, he summons Baby Gamera!

Baby Gamera

What? You don’t remember Baby Gamera? Don’t worry about it. The show doesn’t either. Master Roshi arrives at Mt. Frypan, and then takes the fire out with the greatest technique of them all:

Master Roshi’s Kamehameha wave accidentally destroyed both the mountain and the castle, and Goku tries the Kamehameha for himself. He manages to do it. He just wishes it was bigger. In the English dub, Chi-chi asks if Goku will ever think about her again. The Japanese version has Chi-chi ask Goku if he will marry her when they see each other again. It does happen. How did that turn out?

Yeah, I can believe that.

Episode 9 gives us a pretty strange story, which may sound like a massive understatement, considering what this is like and what it contains. Goku, Bulma, and Oolong stops at a small town with people who are dressed up like Middle Easterners. Even their accents sounds Middle Eastern too. I’m struggling to understand if this is ethnically sensitive or not. Everyone is scared of Bulma for dressing up as a bunny, but then it’s revealed that there is a gang that bosses everyone in town called the Rabbit Gang, who are dressed up in Nazi like uniforms, wears black bunny ears, and kicks women and children. At the same time!

Rabbit Gang

And their boss comes into the scene in the most epic, mind-blowing, terrifying entry in history!

Bunny car

A BUNNY CAR!!!!!!!!!!!!! You may be wondering how anyone can drive such a thing and be terrifying at the same time. This guy,

Rabbit Gang Leader

 

ARE YOU SERIOUS!!??!?! You couldn’t have made him any more adorable, and those sunglasses doesn’t help your image either. But his ability does. Anyone who touches him turns into a carrot. It’s a lot like Majin Buu’s ability, but only with a touch. I wonder. If this rabbit were to encounter Frieza, Cell, or even Majin Buu, would they automatically lose in front of this guy by touching him? Well, Goku does save the day by grabbing Bulma as a carrot,

Kakarrot holds a Carrot
Would you look at that. Kakarot is holding a Carrot!

and then launches them to the moon with the power pole to make marshmallow rabbits. That’s so insane that you should watch this. It’s an entertaining episode, and I love it!

Episode 10 brings us to Goku, Puer, Yamcha, Oolong and Bulma into Pilaf’s castle, where all, but one of their dragon balls get stolen. This finally brings Yamcha, the man who has been afraid of women for the longest time, teaming up with Bulma. The five of them go inside of Pilaf’s castle, going through bats that Pilaf have inside of his entrance for some reason, and then they go through booby traps like in Indiana Jones. There’s even a part where they get trapped inside of a room, where the episode ends. This episode was fine, but we got 3 more to go.

If you thought that episode 9 some craziness, episode 11 puts that a step further. Pilaf exposes sleeping gas inside of the room that our heroes are trapped in, and tries, but sleeps when trying to get the dragon ball. Shu and Mai gets Pilaf and the dragon ball out, but forgets to close the room that the five heroes were in. From  there on until they go back in the room, crazy hijinks happens. You get to see Bulma doing this on TV,

Bulma
Insert internet meme here, or go use this to create your own.

Goku and his friends falls in a giant pinball machine, and Goku and friends get chased by a giant pinball inside of Pilaf’s castle. You have to see this to believe it. It’s crazy in its unique ways, and I love it!

Episode 12 is Shenron’s introduction as Pilaf summons the eternal dragon from the dragon balls. Goku shot a kamehameha beam through a wall in the last episode that was small enough for both Oolong and Puar to fly through. Right when Pilaf finally gets his chance to make his wish, he wastes time by hesitating. Even the dragon gets impatient about this to the point that I can understand why he’s able to put up with the same people who finds and summons him. Because of this, Oolong had enough time to make his wish for panties, and Goku was able to make a Kamehameha big enough to make a bigger hole to get out of. Once that wish was granted, the seven dragon balls scattered all around the world, and makes Pilaf mad! So mad, that when he sees Goku, Bulma and Yamcha escaped he says, and I’m not when I say this “EXTERMINATE!!! EXTERMINATE!!!” I had no clue that Toriyama was a Whovian. Small world we live in. They eventually get caught after being chased by a pack of Mr. Burns’ hounds, and puts them inside of a prison cell that was made for people to burn to death with a sealing window that the sun can shine through. This brings Goku to talk about the giant monster that crushed his grandpa in a full moon night, that he ends up looking at. Which brings us to the last episode of the saga.

Episode 13 has Goku in his Donkey Kong form destroying most of Pilaf’s castle, and everyone else trying to escape from Goku’s destruction. Pilaf, Mai, and Shu do managed to escape on their airplane, but ended up trying to attack Goku, just to get attacked. The rest try to escape, but Yamcha tries to fight Goku’s ape form, and ends up telling Puar to turn into a giant pair of scissors to cut off Goku’s tail. Yamcha and Bulma agreed to not tell Goku about his transformation and sticks with it. Because of that, Goku sees the destroyed Pilaf castle and wants to be trained by Master Roshi to be stronger than he already is. That, and both Bulma and Yamcha become boyfriend and girlfriend until Vegeta comes into Bulma’s life.

The Emperor Pilaf Saga is a pretty good start for Dragon Ball. There are some dry spells here and there when it comes to the pacing, but you will manage to get use to it after a while. Every one of these characters are enjoyable, and Goku was, and is, a great character to watch. As for everyone else, they pretty much had their good humble beginnings, but unfortunately became useless afterwards. Here, you don’t have to worry about that. If you’re the type of person who likes to start from the beginning, this will definitely work for you. If you just want to get into the show and keep up to date with everyone else, I say that you can start with Dragon Ball Z Kai. It’s still in it’s earlier episodes of the series, but you can still start off right here too.

Join me next time as we get to see the introduction of Krillin, Launch, the first Dragon Ball movie, and the very first Worlds Martial Arts Tournament in the franchise!