Goku chasing a grasshopper around with a mallet for half an episode? Yep. Exactly like a Tax Avery short.
Watching this so soon after MAN OF STEEL, I can’t help but feel like Toriyama has been pulling an epic-sized prank all these years on everybody who’s done any sort of serious comparison between Goku and Superman. I mean, when you essentially recount the Fall of Krypton with a lisping goofball filling in for your Morgan Freeman-type, gravitas-wielding narrator, it’s impossible for it not to be an epic-scale case of one cartoonist ‘taking the piss out’ of another cartoonist’s creation.
Goku isn’t Japan’s answer to Superman. He became Japan’s parody of Superman.
Initially, I figured this would actually be a filler episode. Jiminy Cricket up there fits the exact same mold as those red and blue demons from a few episodes past - - a goofy seat filler cooked up by a hurried animation staff. However, the accelerated pacing, and sheer amount of exposited lore, quickly made this seem like A material. Or at least, maybe meat sandwiched in with some spam.
I guess I wasn’t paying attention to this show that closely when I was growing up. I don’t remember this business with the Tuffles (or whatever they were called) ever being referenced again. It sounded like King Kai was playing Mad Libs most of the time, and perhaps that’s the bigger goofy on over-complicated anime mythologies anyway. We spent such a breathless amount of exposition on this stuff - - just hurrying to get it done and over with, basically - - and the show know it’s all just gobbledygook to toss away.
About the Author
|Tom Pinchuk’s a writer and personality with a large number of comics, videos and features like this to his credit. Visit his website - - tompinchuk.com - - and follow his Twitter: @tompinchuk|