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Were All of Goku's Pals in DRAGON BALL Once his Enemies?

Episode #16 -- Retro Review. Look, it's Launch!

Well, that’ll happen when you a saga in piecemeal (like I’ve done with DRAGON BALL)

When Launch showed up while I was re-watching the ‘Saiyan Saga,’ I figured she was a filler character on the same order as that robot Gohan encounters in the cave. Truthfully, she still fills that role there -- her appearance had next-to-nothing to do with the Z-Fighters’ conflict with Vegeta. However, it’s amusing to now realize how that one episode was basically the show’s staff digging an old doll out of the toybox and saying, “Hey! Remember her?” while they were filibustering.

(To be honest, this actually seems to be Oda’s M.O. for a lot of ONE PIECE’s plot twists. You can never paint yourself into a corner if you never kill off any characters, and are never afraid to just cook up some reason for them to be around again).

Anyway, now that I’ve gotten a proper introduction to her, Launch is actually a pretty fun character with a rather clever gimmick. I thought Goku might be collecting a new band of friends for this saga (since it honestly seemed like he’d parting ways with Bulma, Yamcha and Oolong for longer), so I’m hoping she’ll stick around for longer. She and Roshi and Krillin seem like they’d be really great foils as an ensemble.

Now, since I already know the gist of how Goku first encounters Piccolo and his dynasty, I suppose Tien and Chiaotzu are the only returning character in the Saiyan Saga whom I haven’t gotten a proper intro to yet. Given how these introductions have gone, I’ll put 9/10 odds on them being enemies to Goku at first...

Watch "Look Out for Launch" and decide for yourself, then read my thoughts on the previous episode.

Donwunon Aug. 29, 2014 at 11:51 a.m.

I really loved Launch all through DB and boyyee when this show was done and i remembered how they are now portrayed the Z fighters in future really is a quite a let down and a disappointment.

It's all about the super powered aliens once this show is over and yeah when i look at it that way i really do see the influence the mangaka took from DC Comics / Superman from DBZ onwards

Not to say those future shows are bad but Dragonball certainly seems to age with time better overall imo

Daniel_Newton moderator on Aug. 29, 2014 at 12:42 p.m.

Yeah, pretty much all of Goku's friends start out as enemies or rivals. Even Vegeta in Dragon Ball Z. I guess if you can't beat Goku, join him!

Maybe the next movie should take a dark turn and be about how the entire universe fears Goku as eveyone who crosses his path either ends up as one of his allies or dead. Wait... maybe Goku and Freiza aren't so different after all... oh no!

Kino88on Aug. 29, 2014 at 2:45 p.m.
don't forget Yajirobe!, he shows up to eventually, Oh and I can't wait for you to watch the Red ribbon army saga, It's so classic!,
Jgames is online on Aug. 30, 2014 at 6:40 p.m.

I never really like dragon ball, I only watch it bc I wanted to see how he was as a kid and how he grew to a badass that keep leaving his family. Although I did like the final sega with piccolo. But yeah I laughed when I saw her in the saiyan sega, bc I completely forgot about her. Heck before watching dragon ball I only knew her as that chick in the store at dbz ult tenkaichi 2. But yeah lots of characters unfortunately became obsolete when most of the conflicts involved planet destroying aliens lol. I remember how master roshi used to be a badass in db, but in dbz he nothing more than a perverted 500 yr old guy with a pet talking turtle.

Supreme Marvelon Aug. 30, 2014 at 8:12 p.m.

I watched DBZ before I watched DB. I think only playing Legend of the Super Saiyan made me like Tien for his Quad Form technique in it. Then I watched Dragon Ball and it made me like and respect Tien a lot more.

I NEED to watch Dragon Ball again!

takashichea moderator on Aug. 30, 2014 at 8:19 p.m.

Goku and Luffy pretty much shared this Nakama power. I think Naruto has it in him.

Dragon Ball was a different beast. It was more about the adventure and tournaments packed with naughty humor that slipped under the radar at the beginning.

Dragon Ball Z pretty much toss all the characters out except the Saiyans, their children, Piccolo, and Krillin. Launch disappeared in DBZ. I recall she and Tien had a thing going on.

Supreme Marvelon Aug. 30, 2014 at 9:39 p.m.

I even found a little respect for Yamcha watching the first saga of DB. I enjoyed the desert bandit Yamcha.

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