Dragon Ball: Yo! Son Goku and His Friends Return!!
Hey everyone its Joe. Since Charles took a shot at some bad Dragonball, I figured I’d go with the Good Dragonball. Let me start by saying that I was so excited when I heard about this! It was the highlight of my day literally. It has been 11 years since the last new Dragonball video was release and I would have to say that the writing is funny and goofy and as if the show had never ended.
The story picks up just after the death of Kid Majin Buu, and the world is celebrating its newly won peace. All the characters seem to be relaxing enjoying life when they receive invitations to a celebration from Mr. Satan. The celebration is to commemorate the victory over Majin Buu and give thanks to all those who participated. A pretty decent gesture by the glory hog Mr. Satan. As the festivities begin 4 space pods land on earth and approach the Z Fighters. Two of the pods contain a young saiyan and a.. well.. you decide when you see her. The young saiyan is identified as Tarble, Vegeta’s younger brother. Shocked? I know I was. I thought when you produced a hell raiser like Vegeta, you were pretty much done. Aparently Tarble and the creature beside him is his wife (I still don’t know what the hell she is), have been terrorized by two teletubbie rejects on their home planet and Tarble came to Earth to enlist the help of Vegeta in defeating them.
After gauging their strength every single character decides they want to take them on, but in the end its Goten and Trunks who get the honor of facing off against these two. Silliness befalls and the kids seem to need to go through Fighting training 101, but eventually they get em against the ropes. Both pairs of fighters fuse and after some of Gotenks “special” attacks, things get a little serious. The newly fused purple guy isn’t as weak as they had all thought and because of that the big guns to step in.
I was all psyched to see Goku and Vegeta get in an tear this guy apart, but something else happened. Goku plays Vegeta an finishes him alone. Totally unexpected and yet so very like Goku. After the brief ass whoopin of one very big Purple cretin, they all go back to celebrate and more laughs follow.
This special had everything that I had come to love from watching years of Dragon ball through out my life. It had plenty of laughs, the art was beautiful, and it threw some pretty unexpected things at me. However there were some oddities that I noticed due to either the difference in artist, or just trying to take it back to nostalgic times. First, it seemed all the fighters regressed to their pre-android costumes and chose not to continue with the apparel seen in the Majin series. Second, Where is Tien Shinhan (Tien) and Chiaotzu? Gotenks uses one of Tien’s special attacks but he and the little white midget are no where to be found. Even Lunch is there, his psychotic split persona lady friend, but no Tien. Also I would have definitely liked to have seen a little more Super Saiyan Time, but it was good that they didn’t need to rely on it. These are just a couple of the biggest oddities in the special, although there are some character art differences which mainly arise from the different artist on hand. Overall this is a great addition to the Dragonball Franchise and a very timely and welcome release so long after the original show ended.
PROS: Usual elements of Dragonball all present, Good to see after 11 years.
CONS: Missing 3 eye an white midget (Tien and Chiaotzu), Short run time (35mins).