Dragon Ball Chapter 3&4 Review

Last time in Dragon Ball, Bulma and Goku met up by a freak accident and we were introduced to the reoccurring plot device in the franchise, the Dragon Balls. Also, we see Goku’s power and naivety as well showing that he can take down a large Dinosaur/Dragon but also not knowing modern things, but that is down to his nomad upbringings. So, let’s see what is install for the duo this time.

Our story follows up from the end of the last chapter with Bulma annoyed at Goku for waking them up early, so he decides to go outside and train for a bit lifting large boulders and crushing them. However, when he goes to lift one up it turns out that it is in fact a turtle and not a boulder. The both are shocked, especially Goku because he thought that she had turned into it because she was slow in taking her time. Bulma comes out of the house to see what the commotion is and discovers that Goku is conversing with a sea turtle.

The turtle asks them for a bucket of seawater to drink and then explains to them why they are here. He says that he went looking for mushrooms and has been lost in the woods for the past year, and Bulma gives him the bad news that being he is still travelling in the wrong direction and that he is 120 kilometers from the sea. Goku says that he will take him to the sea, but Bulma says that they only have 30 days left for their quest so he decides to take him on his own and leaves Bulma behind. Bulma then says that she doesn’t need Goku, but then she realises that she forgot to get Goku’s Dragon Ball from him, but notices something rather worse, a large Dinosaur walking around in the back ground, so she decides then to quickly pack up and join them.

On the way to the sea, a Tiger Bandit spots the trio heading straight towards them and he tries to take Turtle to eat. Bulma wants Goku to give him the Turtle, however he doesn’t and he keeps on taunting the Bandit so the Bandit decides to use force and take the Turtle from them both. He manages to dodge his attack and Bulma tells him to get on the bike, however Goku continues fighting managing to land on the tip of the Bandit’s sword and gives him the Rock, Scissors, Paper move and he manages to defeat the Bandit. Bulma then realises how strong he is and they continue their diversion to the sea, which then end up reaching.

Turtle is happy that he has arrived back at the sea and asks them to stay where they are so that he can go and get them a reward for their generosity. They wait for Turtle to return with their reward and Bulma notices something coming to them from the ocean and Goku says that its Turtle and that he can see somebody riding on him. As Turtle gets closer to them, they notice that it is an old man.

Chapter four opens with the Goku asking who the old man is and he introduces himself as Kame-Sen’nin- The Turtle Hermit (more commonly known as Master Roshi in the dub). He asks the Turtle if it was both that helped him, but he replies that it was just the boy, so Roshi (which I am call him for the rest of the reviews of this) is going to give him a gift. He calls for the Immortal Phoenix but it doesn’t show up and Turtle reminds him of a previous problem that occurred between the two of them and Roshi remembers the problem but he comes up with an even better gift and summons the Kinto’un (or the Flying Nimbus again called in the dub and what I will be calling it). The cloud appears and Goku asks how he can eat it and Roshi tells him that he doesn’t eat a magical cloud but rides it. Bulma seems rather perplexed by this wondering about Turtle Hermits and magical clouds and Roshi then tells him that only a person with a pure heart can fly on the Nimbus and when he tries to jump on the cloud he falls straight through it.

Goku jumps on the cloud and starts flying around the place all giddy and childlike when Bulma chimes in asking for a reward too but Turtle tells Roshi that it was Goku that helped him. But Bulma reminds him that she was the one that gave him seawater to drink. Roshi says that he only has one magic cloud but he asks to see something of hers in exchange and that being her panties. Turtle complains to Roshi about his perverted ways but Bulma agrees to show him her panties and we get a bigger surprise when we see Bulma pulling up her nightie to see that she isn’t wearing any panties and she has just flashed Roshi and Turtle without realising.

Bulma then asks Roshi for her favour and he starts to decide on what she may want to see, but what she does see is hanging from his neck, the three-star Dragon Ball, and Roshi says that he found this 100 years ago on the ocean floor. Roshi asks if the thing is valuable, but Bulma believes that they are getting the ball for free as her reward for flashing Roshi. But Roshi didn’t say that they could have it… until Bulma flashes him again where he gives them the Dragon Ball and they head back to the house. Bulma goes to put some clothes on and then she realises that her panties have been in the house the entire time and she then realises what she had done. Goku then chimes in saying that he was the one that took off her panties and she unleashes her rage on him and shoots him with a gun, which he manages to survive because Goku.

They pack up to continue the rest of the journey and Bulma says that if Goku pulls a stunt like that again, she will kill him and then brings up that they would be able to get around more faster with them being on the Flying Nimbus together. But when Bulma gets on the cloud the same that happened to Roshi happens to her as she falls through the cloud face first. She wonders why she can’t board it thinking that being too beautiful and thinks of it being a sin so she now must ride her bike instead of on the cloud. Maybe one day she will be able to ride the cloud in some way.

Overall, I think that this is a good bit of filler whilst still exploring the story. The introduction of Roshi was done well and we see the tropes that come from Japan representing older men as rather perverted towards younger women, but as his character has grown now in Super I’m glad that he is now behind this. And next year we will be carrying on with the adventures of Goku and Bulma to see where their adventures will take them next in their quest for the Dragon Balls.

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Dragon Ball Chapter 1-2 Review

As a few people can tell from some of my past blogs over the past year, I am a fan of the Dragon Ball franchise. Around June or July last year I bought the first volume of the Dragon Ball manga and I really enjoyed reading it and I though why not review the first two chapters.

The opening of the story begins with an opening narration and we see out protagonist Goku riding on a log through a forest area. We then cut over Goku’s house where he is training with the log and he breaks it into firewood. He then goes on to say that he is hungry and tells his Grandpa, a ball, that he is going to get something and leaves. But as he is leaving a girl, Bulma, appears who seems to be looking for something and that it is close by. Back with Goku he decides that he wants to have fish and starts fishing with his tail and manages to get one.

Goku starts heading back home when he notices a car heading towards him and he thinks that the car is a monster that that is trying to steal his fish. It turns out that Bulma was in the car and she pulls out a gun and shoots Goku in the face but it turns out that it did nothing to him. Goku goes to attack Bulma but she manages to stop him by saying that she is a human. Goku is rather unsure about this and looks around her and he says that there is something different about her and she explains that she is a ‘cute li’l girl’ which surprises Goku. Bulma asks if he has ever seen a girl before and he replies that he hasn’t but his dead Grandpa always told him that if he ever met a girl to treat her nice. Bulma likes that idea but then Goku asks her why she doesn’t have a tail and she think that the tail that Goku has is a fake that he attached.

Goku then asks how she caught this monster in which Bulma replies that she it is in fact a car and that people make them. Goku then offers to take Bulma back to his house and she accepts, but Bulma also makes a note to herself that she could use Goku’s strength. At Goku’s house he announces to his ‘Grandpa’ that he has a female in the house and Bulma looks on curious and then notices that Grandpa is a Dragon Ball. When Bulma picks it up Goku start to get annoyed with her but she then brings up the reason what she is doing and reveals that she has two other Dragon Balls. She then explains to him that she found the first one in her cellar and had no idea what it was and no-one else did either so she stated getting doing research into them and that an old story that when the all seven balls are gathered they can summon, with a chant, Shenlong the Dragon God who can grant the person any wish but only one. Bulma then explains that she is going to use the wish to get a lifetime supply of strawberries but then reconsidered to get a super-cute boyfriend.

She asks Goku to hand over the Dragon Ball but Goku says no so she decides to give Goku the opportunity to feel her butt… however Goku questions this and then Bulma asks if he can help her gather the rest of the balls since that his Grandpa told him to be nice to girls and he then accepts saying that he isn’t going to give her the Dragon Ball. The two of them embark on their adventure and Goku asks her how they are going to find the other Dragon Balls and she reveals that she has created a radar that can track them. But Bulma then asks an important question and that is what Goku’s name is, he then asks her in return and Goku laughs since that in Japan Bulma’s name means bloomers. Bulma throws out a capsule and reveals a bike and Goku still thinks that she is a witch and they ride off into the distance.

Cutting to twenty minutes later Bulma takes a quick break to pee and she goes a bit of the way out and she manages to get captured by a dinosaur and asks Goku to tie himself up to a tree. Bulma yells at him to rescue her and he manages to release himself and uses Bulma’s bike to help to him get up take out the dinosaur and manages to also save Bulma by throwing his Power Pole straight through her arms.

 Chapter two begins with Bulma and Goku stopping of the night in a remote location and Bulma throws another capsule to reveal a house where Goku again thinks that she is a witch, showing very much of Goku being a recluse. She then notices that Goku smells and give him a bath and she then tries to pull his tail off but he then takes the brush off her and starts cleaning himself, and Bulma freaks out.

Bulma then goes into the bath and starts talking about Goku and how they are pretty much different sides and she then notices him staring at her. She asks what he is looking at and wonders why she has an extra butt and she tells him that they are her breasts and that when he gets older he’ll like them. She then asks him how old he is and when he says that he is younger than her she calls him a voyeur.

Afterwards they get food and Goku learns that he doesn’t like coffee or the food that Bulma has so he decides to head out and get his own food, a wolf which he eats all by himself. They both head to sleep and Goku thinks that being able to sleep on a futon is going to be fun but Bulma has other ideas. Goku then says that he used to use his Grandpa as a pillow and Bulma isn’t going to be a pillow. Bulma then asks Goku what happened to his parents and he says that he doesn’t know and thinks that they abandoned him in the woods and that Grandpa has found him and decided to keep him. Goku then asks if Bulma was abandoned because of her chest butt but she says that the reason she is here was because she is on summer vacation and that she is taking advantage of her time off to search for the Dragon Balls but she now only has 30 days left to do so.

In the morning, Goku wakes up before Bulma and he decides to sleep with her by laying his head between her legs… this sounds the start of a different sort of story. He seems to not get comfortable and pats down Bulma and the removes her panties and is shocked to reveal that she doesn’t have any balls. However, when Bulma wakes up to Goku’s panicked reaction she thinks that he was going on about the Dragon Balls and discovers they are still there and tells Goku to stop having nightmares ending the second chapter.

Overall this is a good start for the series since that the opening builds up the story about the Dragon Balls and starts building up some of the characteristics between Bulma and Goku. I may do a review of some more chapters of the series later on so be on the lookout later in the year.

My Thoughts So Far- Dragon Ball Super

I am a fan of Dragon Ball. I watched it as a kid, I’m watching it today as an adult today in the form of Dragon Ball Super and that is what I am here to discuss.

I started watching the series half way through the Universal Tournament Arc that pitted Universe 7 against Universe 6 and I really like it, even though that the ending for the arc was rather stupid since that Hit, who had beaten Goku and Vegeta, threw the final fight costing Universe 6 the tournament. For me it was a good way to introduce a new status quo for the series since that for the entirety of Dragon Ball we just had one universe that was split into four different quadrants and the only time that we ever saw the different races was in the Otherworld Tournament and we never saw them again since then. With introducing the multiverse into Dragon Ball, it did bring back the idea of using other races. So, after this arc we are then have a few filler episodes where it appears that Vegeta could die but of course that turned it be rather stupid. But this then lead into the next arc which I was looking forward to Future Trunks.

This arc was one of the first arcs I paid full attention to for some of the first part of the arc and then I think that it seemed to get rather long-winded. In this arc, Future Trunks heads back to the past since that in his timeline a new enemy has emerged and all from what we knew was that this enemy was Goku or a Goku look-a-like. Future Bulma manages to create the fuel needed to travel through time but in the end Goku Black nearly stops this from happening but Trunks manages to head back in time where on arrival he is discovered by Kid Trunks who tells his mother that a Time Machine has appeared and she then informs that Trunks has returned. After Trunks recuperates he sees Goku thinking that it was Black but Bulma manages to stop him and he then informs them on what has happened in his timeline, that a new threat had emerged and he had taken Goku’s body and this interests both Vegeta and Goku who decided to help.

Throughout the arc there were a few things that I did really like. The first was the relationship that blossomed between Trunks and Mai in the future was well handled. There was a lot of feelings for the pair especially when Trunks thought that Mai died before he went through time. But when he discovers that Mai is still alive they start to have more feelings towards each other and in the end, they end up having an actual relationship in the end in their safe universe at the cost of a second Mai and Trunks also being in that timeline. The second thing that I liked about this arc was the way that Trunks was learning about this new universe and what had happened since he left, including finding out that Krillin had married Android 18 and had a kid with her and that Gohan had retired from fighting. This seemed to rather annoy Trunks since that in the future Gohan was his mentor but after seeing what his life had been like now he understands why he retired.

But we then get to the worst about the series and that was the villains of the series that being Zamasu and Goku Black, who ended up being the same person. They were both rather annoying and preachy characters portraying beings of being justice and good when they ended up just causing chaos and disorder.  Then the second thing that I did rather hate about this arc was that it did show more of Goku’s intelligence and how he ended up forgetting a lot of things that could have helped them such as the Mafuba Jar and that it ended up getting destroyed and he also forgot the seals for the jar to seal Zamasu in the jar. But in the end they were able to get rid of Zamasu by bringing the Zeno from this timeline and he destroyed the planet and then Goku did something good and rescued him to then have the Zeno from the current timeline could have a playmate.

Unfortunately we then get into the more bad traits from Goku in this latest arc for the Universal Survival where he suggests to the Zeno’s to host a tournament to battle people from the different universes. The only person that is happy about this is Goku since that he gets to fight against strong opponents but it turns out there is a price to this. The universes that lose this battle royal are going to be destroyed and Goku doesn’t seem to care that much that other people’s lives are at risk just because somebody wanted to fight. Then in the exhibition matches the rest of the universes find out that Goku was behind this they are all pissed at him. But one thing that I like about this was that Bergamo pleading his case to rest of the Gods and to the Zeno’s to recede the idea of the destruction of the universes and he does but that comes with a price and that is if Bergamo can beat Goku they won’t destroy the universe but if Goku was to go too soft in the fight they would just destroy them right there. But in the end Goku wins the match but then one of the members of Universe 11 called Toppo who challenge to a fight with Goku and Toppo is owning him but the fight is called due to the Grand Priest and Toppo brings up that there is a warrior in their universe that is stronger than himself (who is shown fighting Goku in the opening credits of the arc). But when Goku and company return to the Kai home world Beerus berates Goku for his negligence which is true, its Goku’s fault for arranging the tournament and that if they fail to win it their Universe is going to be destroyed.

So now it’s up to them to recruit a team to take on the rest of the universes and I got to say when I saw the team line up I thought it was okay, except for one. First, we have Goku, Gohan and Majin Buu who took place in the exhibition which is a good idea since that now the rest of the Universes do know who they are and the techniques they use. Next, we have Vegeta another good choice since that he is another fighter with a god energy to put against the other competitors and Vegeta’s warrior spirit could help him here. Then we have Krillin and 18 another good duo since that Krillin has had experience with tournaments and 18 was the finalist in the last world tournament who only lost to extort Mr Satan. Next, is Piccolo and Tien Shinhan another good duo since that they have been up against a lot of tough opponents along the years as well as battling against the Freeza’s warriors in the second arc. But then we have two wild cards the first is 17, who has barely been seen in the show and I think the last time that he was seen was for a brief moment on during the Kid Buu arc where he is a Park Ranger and we don’t know much on what has happened to him since then. But the most wild of all wild cards is Master Roshi who’s last big fight scene was against Freeza’s army and I still think that there could be a better choice to replace him and that is in Otherworld and his name is Pikkon for the fact that he was one of the strongest fighters from his quadrant and I think that the only reason why he isn’t referenced is because the writers forgot about him which is rather annoying since that Pikkon would be stronger than Roshi, 17 & 18 and possibly even Piccolo.

Hopefully when the actual part of the arc starts maybe something good might happen but I don’t know. But I do hope that after this arc they start doing more world building since that I know that there are a lot of people who are curious, like myself, about what life is like in the different universes and the only time that we’ve actually seen anything from a different world was the episode where we saw Hit take out a guy and we also see that Frost is wanted. I would like to know what it’s like on the Saiyan home world in where Cabba comes from and to see what has happened since he was able to reach the Super Saiyan transformation and what had changed.

Top Five Saiyan Dragon Ball Characters

As with my last post I am going to be covering my favourite Dragon Ball characters and with this one I am going to be covering the Saiyan race.

Gotenks5: Gotenks: One of the coolest ideas that Dragon Ball Z has and I got to say that I do really like Gotenks as a character. But at first when we see him I did find him to be much of a rather annoying character since that he seemed to be rather cocky both times that he appeared and just decided to go off and face Buu. But once he decided to pay attention was when I decided I liked him more as a character. Gotenks is really much a showman compared to either Trunks or Goten but either way Gotenks is pretty much the wild card since that he has some rather good attacks.

Future Trunks4: Future Trunks: I remember when I watched the first episode where Future Trunks appeared and I got to say he had an amazing opening episode. Not only was he a character that was able to turn Super Saiyan but he was able to make Freeza and King Cold look like a minor threat. Also seeing Freeza being cut up was a rather big deal since that it made Trunks look like a character that can be a good ally for the Z-Fighters. Ever since the end of the Cell Games saga I was wondering what had happened in his timeline and I got to say that I am glad that Dragon Ball Super started a saga where it was about the future timeline and it has been really good and has had good episode and we are now seeing a rather different side of Trunks since that he is now against a rival that is even stronger than what he is and this forces him to go back to the past to at least be safe. It is rather sad what happens to him in this arc and I am not going to spoil this to people who haven’t watched it but it is a well written story for Trunks in Super and I do recommend for people to watch it.

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This list was originally going to be a Top 5 for just all of them but I changed it to be separate and this was the image I was going to use for Gohan then

3: Gohan: I think that there have to be some people that would agree with me is that Kid Gohan was a rather annoying but I was really glad that he managed to become a better character as each series went by. My most favourite version of Gohan is Teen Gohan during the Cell Games since that Goku had the most faith in him that he would be the person that could beat Perfect Cell and he did manage to do. He even was the first Saiyan that was able to progress to SSJ2 properly. I then do like his progression that he has through the Saiyan-Man arc onwards since that we finally got to see Gohan even start to be in a relationship and it was something that I really liked seeing. The chemistry between Gohan and Videl was well done in my eyes since that Gohan seemed rather clueless at first but I think then during more of the training that he realised something and then he started to have more feelings for her.

 

Goku2: Goku: Of course with a list that of top five Saiyan characters of course Goku has to be on the list but in my opinion I don’t think that he is the best Saiyan. I never had the chance to watch all the original Dragon Ball anime, but I do plan on rectifying this soon, so I can’t have much say on what he was like during this so I am just going with the Goku that I know from the DBZ series. For me Goku is a really good character but he managed for to be rather boring when we got into the Otherworld tournament and a bit onwards since that I wish that they had progressed more on with Gohan since that the rest of the series should have been more based on around him and his progression, yet it then seemed to be more about Goku as the series progressed. But I then started to realise more that it would have been better if they did then focus on Goku since that he is pretty much the face of Dragon Ball. However there is one thing that I did find rather weird when it came to Goku and that was in the Battle of Gods film and I thought it was rather weird how Goku did seem to complain that he wasn’t able to reach the form of Super Saiyan God, when I saw this I thought that it would seem more of a reason why Vegeta would be complain since that that he would complain that he is more of the person that would want to progress further as a individual than what Goku does.

Vegeta1: Vegeta: Vegeta for me is one of the most developed characters that actually in Dragon Ball Z. He started out as a villain and has progressed to a hero and now a god. Ever since the beginning of the Android saga I have enjoyed since it was where we saw more of his developments towards being more of a hero. But the most that does come with his character is during the Babadi and Majin Buu arc where Vegeta allowed himself to be taken over by Babadi so that he can reach his full potential and reach SSJ2. This was a really well done story and the ending for Vegeta was well done as well. He manages to actually overcome Babadi’s spell and manages to sacrifice himself and admit that Goku was going to be better than him. He did manage to get better after he died and was done in a great way when he was sent back to help the fight against Majin Buu with the help of King Yemma and then when Dende headed to New Namek where he used the dragon balls there and wished for everybody who was good to be brought back to life before the start of the World Martial Arts tournament and then it was shown that Vegeta no longer had a halo above his head. It was a fitting moment during the season. Another good moment that I do like about Vegeta is during the Universal Tournament where they ended up meeting people from another universe and where they found that in that universe was that they also had Saiyan’s. In this Vegeta went up against Cabba who’s race of Saiyan’s didn’t need to progress to Super Saiyan. Vegeta manages to unlock Cabba’s potential and turns him into a Super Saiyan. Hopefully there will be a time later on in the series where they are going to see more of Cabba and hopefully have the Z-Fighters head off into Universe 6 since that Cabba turned Super Saiyan more of them could be turned and then that way there could be a problem for them to solve.