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Heading into the big ol' final battle next week!
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This week we're covering:
Hitasura Matte Sanjikan! Dangan Hikō no Kinto’un
An Intense 3-Hour Delay! The Kinto-Un Bullet-Express
Vegeta tells Nappa that they’ll wait for the arrival of the traitorous Goku (Kakarrot), and then kill everyone. Gohan is depressed about his own cowardliness, but Piccolo treats him harshly. Waiting impatiently, as a diversion Nappa obliterates the armada and war planes that attack the island, and even wipes out a city! Three hours then pass, and Piccolo and the others fight Nappa once again!! Meanwhile, after crossing the Serpent Road, Goku arrives in the lower world and flies off on Kinto-Un.
Boku ni Makasete! Gohan, Ikari no Daibakuhatsu
Leave it to Me! Gohan’s Great Burst of Anger
Carrying out his secret plan, Piccolo grabs the Saiyans weak spot, their tails. But since Nappa has strengthened his tail, Piccolo is instead defeated! Kuririn’s special attack, the Kienzan, is also dodged by Nappa, and as the danger continues, Gohan and the others sense the approaching Goku’s ki. An impatient Vegeta orders Nappa to kill the three of them, and after being angered by Gohan’s desperate counterattack, Nappa fires a tremendous energy bullet at him. At that moment, Piccolo spreads out his body to cover Gohan!!
Saiya-jin no Mōi! Kami-sama mo Pikkoro mo Shinda
Ferocity of the Saiyan! God and Piccolo Both Die
Piccolo passes away, saying that it is good to die protecting Gohan! At the same time up in the temple, God vanishes away as well. Even after powering up by going into a frenzy, Gohan uses up all of his power. Nappa aims for Gohan, but Goku arrives in the nick of time! After learning of Piccolo and the others’ deaths, Goku removes the joyful Kuririn and Gohan from the battle, and faces off against Nappa alone! Nappa doubts Goku’s overwhelming power, but Goku easily dodges his wild attacks!
Tōsan Sugē ya! Kyūkyoku no Hissatsuwaza · Kaiō-Ken
Father is Awesome! The Ultimate Finishing Technique: Kaiō-Ken
Nappa goes mad with rage at Goku, against whom all his attacks are ineffective! However, he is yelled at by Vegeta and faces Goku calmly, but even then he is dumbfounded when his greatest attack doesn’t work against Goku. Frustrated, Vegeta orders to switch with Nappa, but after Nappa goes after Gohan and Kuririn instead, Goku defeats him with an unexpected Kaiō-Ken!! Vegeta is surprised, but heartlessly annihilates Nappa as he begs for help! Goku flies off with Vegeta to a new battleground.
Genkai o Koeta Atsui Tatakai! Gokū Tai Bejīta
A Hot, Unbounded Battle! Goku vs Vegeta
Goku tells Gohan and Kuririn to return to Kame House, and flies with Vegeta to some craggy mountains. Their duel begins, and Goku finally uses the Kaiō-Ken against Vegeta, who displays power exceeding Goku’s! With not even that defeating Vegeta, Goku is shocked when Vegeta displays his full power by shaking the earth and atmosphere! As Vegeta recommences his attacks, Goku is pushed back even after using Kaiō-Ken x2, and having surpassed his body’s limit, he reluctantly resolves to use Kaiō-Ken x3!!
Suggested Format & Weekly Questions
Language: For the sake of context, let us know which language you're watching the series in (and what score, if required).
General Thoughts: Your thoughts on the episode, possibly linked to the suggested questions if need be. Cover the plot, the tone, the character interactions, and characterisation.
Entertainment Factor: How was the pacing? Did the episode keep you entertained throughout, or what could have been done better?
Animation: Did you like the action sequences, or the way characters emoted? Did things move in a satisfying way, or was it mostly style over substance?
Questions: Not necessary, but if you're curious about opinions on a specific point that hasn't been touched on, go ahead and ask! It's a nice way to spur the topic onward.
- This batch marks the end of Nappa. Despite being such a short-lived character, he's arguably one of the most memorable and significant, making his way into several video games, for example. What is it about him that's ensured such success?
- Prior to the final battle of this arc beginning, Vegeta speaks very little. What sort of effect/impact do you think this has as far as setting up his character goes?