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DRAGON BALL Z #3 - - Watch & Learn

This is all so much more entertaining, now.

Lord Terminal brought up ScrewAttack’s “Goku vs. Superman” video for the last write-up. Believe it or not, that video wasn’t actually what spurred me to go back and re-watch this show!

Like I’ve said, by my estimation, there are about ten perennially-popular brands in anime, and DBZ is indisputably the most popular of the lot. See, I re-visited the first episode a couple months back during my comprehensive Hulu survey, and my thoughts frequently turned to it while I was getting bored watching FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST.

So there you go - - this is a coincidence that isn’t that much of a coincidence since DBZ’s always being talked about. I will say that, after having watched the “Vs.” video, the parallelisms between Kakarot and Kal-El are so extensive that their duel has to be the most appropriate of all pop-cultural fantasy matches, ever. I wouldn’t say Toriyama ripped off Superman, but it’s impossible to deny that he was either trying to fashion Goku into Japan’s answer to the Man of Steel; or maybe, more accurately, a parody of him.

(I’ll also say that, in just three short episodes, DBZ’s off-hand comic relief has proven far funnier than the sum of all the chibi nonsense of FMA).

Anyway, as for the episode itself…

I suppose it’s a little ironic that all of the show’s… qualities that I once found fault with (the interminable fight pacing, the absurdity of power levels, Gohan's constant crying, etc.) are not only coming into sharper focus, but also cracking me the hell up for their sharper clarity. I don’t knowing whether this is a case of bemusement eventually breeding fondness, or of me just finally getting the joke.

Like, I don’t know… there’s something quaint to how we’ve just spent 44 minutes on plot that basically boils down to Raditz threatening Goku and Piccolo coming in for a team-up before we get to any of the real meat of this conflict. I never though I'd say it, but I think I'm actually more amused by the filibusterer at this point than I am by the fighting.

Watch this episode, "Unlikely Alliance" here and decide for yourself, then read my comments on the previous episode here.

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Kino88on Jan. 31, 2013 at 4:32 p.m.

I have only this to say Tom,

DRAGON, DRAGON, ROCK THE DRAGON, DRAGON BALL Z! eyyyaaaaaaaaa!!, DRAGON, DRAGON, ROCK THE DRAGON, COME, AN, GET, ME!!,

hahahaahahaahahaahahahaaaa!!!

FoxxFireArt moderator on Jan. 31, 2013 at 5:37 p.m.
In some slightly related news, the DRAGON BALL manga is returning to the US online edition of WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP but in full color. I just hope it wont be censored.
Lurkeroon Jan. 31, 2013 at 7:40 p.m.

I also feel like people are always talking about DBZ. The Screwattack video was just one of many.

Enjoy the filibuster while you can because after the first few episodes the DBZ filibuster is more about grunting and staring than engaging the audience.

Sonata moderator on Jan. 31, 2013 at 10:45 p.m.
DBZ will always be my first true love of anime. I always go back and watch some of the episodes, because when I have friends over they see I have the box sets they immediately want to watch them. It has a grip on me that no other anime series has been able to duplicate. I don't know how it does it, it just does.
LordTerminalon Feb. 1, 2013 at 7:44 a.m.

I only asked that because it was still fresh in my mind when I read the previous article and thought it was in many other fans' as well. In fact, it's part of the reason why I've been listening to DBZ's soundtrack (both original and dub) for about a month now. It's easy to get a craving for a certain franchise when you've seen a show like Death Battle cover it for their own entertainment purposes.

But thanks for taking the time to elaborate on your reason why. I've never really been any more than a casual fan of DBZ. Personally I prefer the original, goofier Dragonball to it. But I can't deny DBZ was the series with the bigger cultural impact and notoriety. I don't know what makes it that way but it's hard to deny that it has something to it that influences others.

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