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.
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...
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