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DRAGON BALL Z #23 - - Watch & Learn

The first time Krillin proved himself a loser?

Like I’ve been saying the whole time, this whole extended DBZ revisit has had a near (gasp!) academic interest because it’s giving me just oodles of perspective on a franchise I basically grew up on.

See, going back several years in history, a teenage Tommy P looked at this video below and thought it was absolutely right on money in satirizing the formula I’d begrudgingly noticed, even then…

Yeah. It still is pretty accurate. And it still is hella funny.

However, what’s maybe more amusing is that I know now that we’re seeing the original arc being laid out here - - the fresh effort that was repeated endlessly over the ensuing seasons. It’s almost like Yamcha’s death inspired some blood sacrifice ritual that the Z-Fighters all had to subsequently volunteer for. And again, as a grown up, there’s something unshakably… surreal about how all this anguish is being played out, even when everybody knows they’ll be able to reverse it, sooner or later.

(Also, Alex E-L rather pointedly observed that Vegeta looks even more sinister in the long view when you realize that he’s more-or-less murdered Yamcha to clear the way to hooking up with Bulma).

And then, I'm also seeing that DBZ played one of the most epic pranks on shonen audiences ever. Again and again, Vegeta keeps pointing out how Power Levels are meaningless in this universe, and that Raditz and Nappa are two big schmucks for putting any stock in their scanner readings. Toriyama’s all but popping out of the frame and blowing a raspberry at the Battle Thread crowd.

Considering how this show more-or-less became the O.G. “leveling up” show, you’ve got to figure that 95% of its audience just didn’t get the joke...

Watch this episode, “Saibamen Attack!" here and decide for yourself, then read my comments on the previous episode here.

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Petiewon July 11, 2013 at 6:28 a.m.

Losing Bulma to Vegeta was really Yamcha's fault though. He repeatedly cheats on her and is shown to be kind of a scumbag, Bulma eventually dumps him after finding out about it.

I guess the King Piccolo arc was where they first started the blood ritual. Krillin, Chiatzu and Roshi are killed and then eventually brought back.

YotaruVegetaon July 12, 2013 at 4:10 p.m.

I know there are still people who haven't, so look up Superman Vs. Goku Death Battle for an explanation of why power levels don't mean a lot.

Yamcha probably had problems getting it up in bed; remember that he had a hpobia of women in Dragonball. I feel sorry for the poor fellow, but we got Trunks out of the deal, so I think it's a good example of Bulma's intelligence.

zaldaron July 12, 2013 at 4:54 p.m.

Oh I could make such a troll comment about 95% of the audience not getting the joke and thus the said intelligence of the audience and thus the said intelligence of the show....but I'm trying to be good...so I guess I won't....

(now to see how many get the joke here...)

Bluecatcinemaon July 15, 2013 at 5:12 a.m.

@Petiew: We only have Bulma's word that Yamcha cheated on her. As anyone who watched the original series knows, she considered it "cheating" if he so much as looked at another girl.

jnw93on July 18, 2013 at 2:18 a.m.

People seem to forget hes only human

he'd kick your ass

lol

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