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This is Krillin's Origin in DRAGON BALL #14?

Couldn't have guessed that he started out as "Goku's rival."

Nations may rise and stocks may fall, seasons will change and the stars can fall from the sky…

…but we can always go back to DRAGON BALL, can’t we?

I’m not going to fall into the fallacy of saying that all anime of the 80’s was better than anime today; but it’s still fun to revisit a series that’s stood the test of time the way this has. That, and I find the warm, crunchy textures of computer-free anime to be oddly soothing these days.

Actually, I will say that you almost never see scenes like Goku’s extended ride on the nimbus any more. Perhaps it’s because cynical audience familiarity has just piled up too much, but I can’t remember the last I saw any contemporary show relish in pure escapism like this. We get a solid chunk of time to just appreciate the sheer wonder of a kid flying on a cloud through the mountains. I’d go as far to say that it was… delightful.

Of course, the show balances that whimsy with plenty of ‘cheekiness.’ Really, it shouldn’t be much of a revelation to find that panty humor has this lengthy of a tradition. However, honestly, I think it works better than the eye-rolling “HENTAI!” back-and-forth of today because it offers a range of responses. Like, you’ve got your dirty old man in Roshi, but then Krillin just sees it as a pragmatic means to bribe his way into training, and Goku literally has no conception of what sex is. And more importantly, they call each other’s attitudes out.

And speaking of Krillin…

Considering how he wound up being a toady to Goku in DBZ (and a walking punchline to fans), I really wasn’t expecting him to be introduced as any kind of rival to our lead. However, considering how thoroughly Goku goes on to outclass him, I suppose it makes a lot more sense. I mean, try watching this while keeping in mind how much Goku’s going to level up... and how much Krillin isn’t going to.

Watch "Goku's Rival" and decide for yourself, then read my comments on the previous episode.

Destinyheroknighton Aug. 26, 2014 at 4:22 p.m.

This one the reason I like Dragon Ball, it just fun of enjoyment :)

I also those moments to, One Piece use to have them.

I always found Krillin to look odd in early Dragon Ball, I guess I so use to the DBZ design

Kino88on Aug. 26, 2014 at 8:59 p.m.
Yup, this is how Krillin got his start and before they considered each other BFFs' The way they grow to become friends is actually a fairly gradual arc, but then just wait Till you see how Tien got his start,
YotaruVegetaon Aug. 27, 2014 at 5:39 a.m.

While Krillin isn't as naturally gifted as Goku or Picollo, he still went on to be the most powerful human on Earth. That's quite an accomplishment!

Krillin was the first anime bro I ever encountered. He'd be by his best friend's side, and even lay down his life for him.

Daniel_Newton moderator on Aug. 29, 2014 at 4:27 p.m.

Their power-ups almost become directly proportional to how much taller Goku gets. Poor Krillin.

@YotaruVegeta said:

While Krillin isn't as naturally gifted as Goku or Picollo, he still went on to be the most powerful human on Earth. That's quite an accomplishment!

Hmmmm... I dunno... I'm reasonably sure Tien could take him. I doubt Krillin could've held Semi-Perfect Cell at bay like Tien did, and they're both pretty much at their strongest at that point.

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