Change of pace, lunatics. We’ll be taking a break from EUREKA SEVEN and YU YU HAKUSHO for a week or so to catch up with a number of fine, new Funimation titles that have come to my doorstep. Read my thoughts on…
As I say every time I get anything DBZ-related, it’s simply impossible for me to review this show with a straight face. It’s not just that it’s likely the most sublimely preposterous show ever conceived - - because it is, without a shred of doubt - - it’s also that I literally grew up with this preposterousness. Other heroes of my misspent youth were either in shows that were a little above my level at the time or they subsequently went on to have more “mature audiences” adventures, but Goku? I see him and I immediately think of hyper, adolescent Tommy P and how’d he spaz out with buddies after pizza time in Singapore by “play fighting” epic brawls with Frieza and Cell.
And, of course, picking this episode out of the set reminds me of how I was too young to really understand the story beyond the broad strokes. This one opens after the Z fighters gets their butts whupped by some androids. After they’re revived by Krillin (at his most water-boyish,) they subsequently go their separate ways to figure out to handle this latest set of challengers. Vegeta basically just goes into the wasteland to rage - - achieving Super Saiyan power, at last, because he can’t accept that he’s been defeated by a girl. Piccolo confronts his sort-of Namekian father and threatens a “hostile merger” so they can defeat these androids.
And I don't remember any of this!
Maybe it’s simply because I’m just discovering YU YU HAKUSHO at the moment, but watching this DBZ cut that repeatedly boasts “NO FILLER!” makes me realize that Yusuke’s adventures are more my style, now. Pepsi’s come to taste better than Coke, as it were. The dub, at least, just has a better savy and awareness of its own “preposterone.”
And it doesn’t have an alarming sambo caricature like Mr. Popo. That does help.
Watch this episode, "The Time For Reunification Has Come! Piccolo's Unshakeable Resolve!" here and decide for yourself.