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Protoculture Addicts November/December 1995 (Issue 37)

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Dragon Ball Synopses

 

■ 1. “Bulma and Goku”1

Bulma’s search for six more Dragon Balls leads her to a remote valley, and to Goku, who is in possession of one of the Balls. The two strangers begin their relationship with Goku’s naïveté getting on Bulma’s nerves, but after Goku saves Bulma’s life, they join forces in search of the remaining five Dragon Balls.

■ 2. “The Emperor’s Quest”

Without realizing where they are, Bulma and Goku camp near the Valley of the Bones, a foreboding land where one of the Dragon Balls lies hidden. Emperor Pilaf dispatches his henchmen to recover the Ball, but they and Goku run into each other, and a pack of ravenous wolves.

■ 3. “The Nimbus Clouds of Roshi”

Bulma and Goku save the life of a sea turtle from Hakrack, and return him to the sea. There they meet the turtle’s grateful friend, Master Roshi a wise old martial arts master who gives Bulma a Dragon Ball and Goku a magical flying cloud which can only be ridden by someone who is pure of heart.

■ 4. “Oolong the Terrible”

Bulma and Goku’s search for the Dragon Balls takes them to a remote valley where they encounter Oolong, a shape-changing monster who is terrorizing a village. They are promised a Dragon Ball by the local townspeople if they can defeat the fierce monster. But the battle never materializes as Goku discovers that Oolong is really a shape-changing coward whose real form is a pig.

■ 5. “Yamcha the Warrior”2

Oolong joins Bulma and Goku as they travel to the Diablo Desert and brave the spirits of the desert in search of a Dragon Ball. There, deep in the barren land, they encounter and battle Yamcha, a fierce warrior, and Puar, his shape-changing sidekick.

■ 6. “Disappearing Dragon Balls”3

While Bulma, Goku, and Oolong recover from the ordeal of acquiring five Dragon Balls, Yamcha and Puar try to steal them from under their noses so that Yamcha can obtain his own grandiose goal. But they’re not the only ones after the Dragon Balls! Emperor Pilaf’s henchmen are closing in as well. In the meantime, Oolong drugs Goku and Bulma for his own devious purposes.

■ 7. “Battle of Mt. Yermak”4

Bulma and Goku’s search for the Dragon Balls takes them high up to the top of Mt. Yermak where they meet Ox-king, a fierce and mighty king whose castle is surrounded by a mountain of fire. Goku battles Ox-king until they discover that Master Roshi trained both Goku’s grandpa and Ox-king. Then they join forces to try and find Master Roshi, as only he has the power to put out such a ravaging fire. With the battle over, Goku has a whole new set of problems: Chi-Chi, Ox-king’s daughter, is in love with him!

■ 8. “Power of the Master”5

Master Roshi, who appears to be a wide, but feeble, old man, reveals that he is a master of the “Kamehameha,” an ancient and formidable force. The power, which he channels through his hands, creates a wave of tremendous destruction that can topple mountains. But if it’s not used carefully, it can be fatal. He arrives to put out the fire, but he accidentally destroys the mountain and Ox-king’s castle in the process. Oops. At least Goku and Bulma recover the Dragon ball out of the castle’s rubble.

■ 9. “Attack of the Rabbit Monster”6

Bulma and Goku’s search for the Dragon Ball takes them to a remote village that is being terrorized by a gang of Hell’s Angels with bunny ears. They apparently dress like that because the leader of the sect has the strange and mysterious ability to turn his victims into giant carrots. Just when things look bleak for Bulma and Goku, Yamcha and Puar come to the rescue, but with their own scheme in mind.

■ 10. “The Emperor’s Prize”7

Emperor Pilaf’s Giant Warrior Robot takes the Dragon Balls away from Bulma. Goku goes after the robot, but instead of battling him, Goku teaches him about right and wrong. However, it’s too late to recover the Dragon Balls which are already in the Emperor’s possession. Goku and Bulma are joined by Yamcha and Puar, and together they go after the Dragon Balls, only to be captured by Emperor Pilaf’s forces.

■ 11. “Awaken the Dragon”8

With Goku, Bulma, Yamcha and Puar imprisoned, no one can stop Emperor Pilaf from combining the seven Dragon Balls and summoning forth the Dragon to expand his reign of terror to include the entire world! Goku and the others try everything and anything they can in a series of impossible escape attempts, but the prison is just too strong.

■ 12. “The Wish”9

Just as Emperor Pilaf is about to make his wish, Goku leads the others in a successful escape attempt. They arrive just in time to prevent the Emperor from seizing control of the world, but they can’t stop the greedy Oolong from requesting his own wish, a wish that gets them all in big trouble! As a result of Oolong’s wish, the Dragon Balls are once again spread across the face of the Earth.

■ 13. “Goku’s Curse”10

Goku is exposed to a full moon and transformes into a huge, alien gorilla. He then goes on a rampage, attacking friend and foe alike. Bulma, Yamcha, and Puar must try return [sic] Goku to his normal self without hurting him, and avoid Pilaf’s army while they’re doing it. As they successfully “save” Goku, they discover that his “curse” is really the key to his mysterious origin.

■ 14. “Krillin”11

The Dragon Balls are once again spread across the face of the Earth and cannot be reassembled for another year, so our heroes go their separate ways. Goku, frustrated by his temporary defeat at the hands of Emperor Pilaf, travels to train with Master Roshi. But he’s not alone. Krillin, young boy who is not pure of heart, becomes his rival. Master Roshi reveals the rite of passage that the two boys must survive before he accepts them as students.

■ 15. “Launch”12

While in town on an errand to prove their worth to Master Roshi, Goku and Krillin rescue Launch, a young woman, from the police. They bring her back to Roshi’s island, where they discover her mysterious and enigmatic situation. On one hand, she’s a nice, sweet, friendly, unassuming woman, but then she sneezes, and she becomes a tough, fiery, uncontrollably combative warrior. In the end, the boys have proven their worth.

■ 16. “Jungle Training”13

Master Roshi takes Goku and Krillin to begin their martial arts training on a jungle island. Krillin cheats to beat Goku in the heated rivalry, but soon has to pay a heavy price for his action.

■ 17. “Milk Delivery”

As part of their training, Goku and Krillin must deliver milk to a priest who lives high up on a mountain. It sounds simple, but soon they are crossing deep ravines and dangerous deserts, wading through swift, powerful rivers and running for their lives from voracious dinosaurs. And that’s before breakfast!

■ 18. “Dances with Sharks”14

Goku and Krillin’s training continues as they till the ground with their bare hands, dodge a swarm of angry bees and swim with sharks. Only when they are successful do they learn about an upcoming martial arts tournament that they are preparing for.

■ 19. “The Tournament”15

The greatest warriors from around the world are gathered to battle one another in the greatest martial arts tournament ever. Master Roshi, Krillin, and Goku arrive, and Goku is reunited with Bulma, Yamcha, Puar, and Oolong. They find out Yamcha is also entered in the tournament.

■ 20. “Elimination”16

The tournament is in full swing as Yamcha, Goku and Krillin all vie to become one of the eight finalists. The action is highlighted by Krillin facing an old school bully from his past whom he defeats after getting a pep talk from Goku.

■ 21. “Krillin on the Edge”17

Lots are drawn for the final matches and Krillin draws a fearsome character who he barely beats after some unusual advice from Goku.

■ 22. “Yamcha versus Jackie Chun”18

The final matches continue with Jackie Chun defeating Yamcha and knocking him out of the tournament. It’s then that Yamcha learns Jackie Chun’s real identity: he is Master Roshi in disguise. In the meantime, we meet Nam, a poor farmer who has entered the tournament so that he can use the championship money to buy water for his drought-stricken village.

■ 23. “Grillin”19

Goku is set to fight Grillin, a very fierce warrior and a tournament champion, but the tournament is delayed because of rain. While everyone is waiting, Grillin bullies around some townspeople and Goku steps in to defend them. They almost come to blows until Master Roshi steps in between them. Later, in the ring, Goku defeats Grillin to advance to the next round.

■ 24. “Krillin Loses”20

The tournament is down to four contestants and Krillin has drawn Jackie Chun. In a good fight, Jackie Chun wins, throwing Krillin out of the ring with what looks like a “Kamehameha” wave. But only Master Roshi can do that! Could Jackie Chun be Master Roshi in disguise?

■ 25. “And Then There Were Two”21

Goku fights Nam, the poor farmer who has entered the tournament so that he can use the championship money to buy water for his drought-stricken village. But Nam is more than just a farmer and they wage an incredible battle that leaves only Goku standing. Afterwards, Jackie Chun, who is really Master Roshi in disguise, gives Nam a magic pellet that will allow him to carry all the free water he needs back to his village.

■ 26. “And then there was one”22

The final contestants are Goku and Jackie Chun. Master Roshi disguised himself as Chun because both Krillin and Goku are terrific fighters, but he knew that if either of them was to win the tournament at such a young age, they would become arrogant before their training was complete. It’s a huge battle between master and student, with only one winner.

          

The following historical notes are included for the benefit of the reader as supplemental information and were not originally published in the book.

1 While an accurate translation of the original Japanese title for this episode, it would ultimately be renamed to “Secret of the Dragon Balls” for the broadcast and home video release.
2 Would ultimately be renamed to “Yamcha the Desert Bandit” for the broadcast and home video release.
3 Would ultimately be renamed to “Keep an Eye on the Dragon Balls” for the broadcast and home video release.
4 Would ultimately be renamed to “The Ox-King on Fire Mountain” for the broadcast and home video release.
5 Would ultimately be renamed to “The Kamehameha Wave” for the broadcast and home video release.
6 Would ultimately be renamed to “Boss Rabbit’s Magic Touch” for the broadcast and home video release.
7 Would ultimately be renamed to “The Dragon Balls Are Stolen” for the broadcast and home video release.
8 Would ultimately be renamed to “The Penalty Is Pinball” for the broadcast and home video release.
9 Would ultimately be renamed to “A Wish to the Eternal Dragon” for the broadcast and home video release.
10 Would ultimately be renamed to “The Legend of Goku” for the broadcast and home video release.
11 Would ultimately be renamed to “Goku’s Rival” for the broadcast and home release when FUNimation returned to the first series in 2001.
12 Would ultimately be renamed to “Look Out for Launch” for the broadcast and home release when FUNimation returned to the first series in 2001.
13 Would ultimately be renamed to “Find That Stone!” for the broadcast and home release when FUNimation returned to the first series in 2001.
14 Would ultimately be renamed to “The Turtle Hermit Way” for the broadcast and home release when FUNimation returned to the first series in 2001.
15 Would ultimately be renamed to “The Tournament Begins” for the broadcast and home release when FUNimation returned to the first series in 2001.
16 Would ultimately be renamed to “Elimination Round” for the broadcast and home release when FUNimation returned to the first series in 2001.
17 Would ultimately be renamed to “Smells Like Trouble” for the broadcast and home release when FUNimation returned to the first series in 2001.
18 Would ultimately be renamed to “Quarterfinals Begin” for the broadcast and home release when FUNimation returned to the first series in 2001.
19 Would ultimately be renamed to “Monster Beast Giran” for the broadcast and home release when FUNimation returned to the first series in 2001.
20 Would ultimately be renamed to “Krillin’s Frantic Attack!” for the broadcast and home release when FUNimation returned to the first series in 2001.
21 Would ultimately be renamed to “Danger From Above” for the broadcast and home release when FUNimation returned to the first series in 2001.
22 Would ultimately be renamed to “The Grand Finals” for the broadcast and home release when FUNimation returned to the first series in 2001.
Transcription & Notes: VegettoEX
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