Episode 157 "A New
In this episode of DBZ, Piccolo emerges from the Hyperbolic
Time Chamber while Goku, Gohan, Krillin, and Chi-chi enjoy
themselves in the park. We find out that after 5 tries, Goku
finally got his license (it also provided an excellent opportunity
for the animators to kill some time with recycled footage
from previous episodes.). However, while relaxing Goku notices
a formation of airplanes flying across the sky
After their picnic, Goku drives them to the city in order
to buy a gift for Master Roshi. However, upon arriving they
find that everyone was in the process of retreating toward
the countryside because of the Cell Games. In order alleviate
the silence, Goku turns on the car radio just in time to catch
a news flash that the entire military has approached Cell's
position and will attempt to destroy him.
Goku, distraught at the enormous loss of life, transmitted
himself to Kami's lookout to ask Piccolo if he can split with
Kami in order to restore the Dragon Balls. Piccolo informs
Goku that the fusion is permanent and he will never be able
to split with Kami.
Goku then has the idea to bring another Namek to Earth, thereby
giving the earth a new guardian and a new set of Dragon Balls.
Unable to find the planet on his own, Goku heads to King Kai's
to enlist the help of King Kai to find location of New Namek.
An interesting episode with some interesting points
Lets look at the breakdown:
ANIMATION: Sorry, I expect a lot more from TOEI, the
animators of DBZ. Much of the animation was good, but there
many instances where it looked like they were letting their
Intern's do the "in-betweens." Most noticeably for
mw was the scene where Goku and the others were listening
to the radio in the car. Take a look at Goku's face
take a good look. His face looked flat and not at all consistent
with the facial quality of the rest of the episode. Perhaps
they were trying to accentuate the drama with his face
but it didn't work.
4 out of 7
CHOREOGRAPHY: 5/7 - Again, there were some things
in this episode that just was cheesy. Case in point: the infantry
soldier firing at Cell with a machine gun. Weak. The episode
director could have done much better than that when working
My suggestion: Instead of doing a full-frontal close up
of ONE soldier screaming and shooting, why not convey the
MASSES of soldier by animating a three-quarter top view of
at least 20 Soldiers firing at once (not TWO, which was shown
later, but 20+) with the zoom pan out.
I understand that large amounts of objects in a scene require
much more time and attention, but if your going to try to
prove a point that not even an entire Nation's military can
do it all the way. The animation of one solider,
two to three tanks, a few jets, and section of the military,
and then only show any scope of the army as dots in an extremely
far zoom, just doesn't cut it for me. It was only when
Cell was on the offensive that we saw something kind of
like what I was talking about. With the soldiers tanks and
jets retreating to avoid Cell's attack only to be killed.
The saving points in the choreography: Many of the comedic
scenes were well timed, like Chi-Chi falling onto the ground
when expecting Goku to catch her, as well as the droop faces
when Goku was unable to locate the new Namekian Planet without
5 out of 7
ACTING: Well done. I really enjoyed Vegeta's witty
remark when responding to Mr. Popo's remark to, "Try
and stay calm." I won't repeat it; you'll just have to
watch yourself. The voice acting has always been very good,
but it seems in some of the later episodes of the Cell Saga
that they really come into their own.
6 out of 7
PLOT: Rating the plot is always an interesting thing
to do, since just about every episode has some development,
it becomes more of a subjective rating. So it no longer is
about, "What developed in the plot today," it becomes,
"How did the plot developments affect my perceptions
of this episode?" When I first saw this episode, I was
rather taken back that new Dragon Balls could be made
and any surprise is always good when it comes to plot.
6 out of 7
OVERALL: I'm going to have to give this episode the
"eh" response. It wasn't too horrible, but it lacked
any sort of real action that I crave from DBZ, and combined
with the slight animation and choreography boo-boo's, lets
just say that I'm looking forward to the next episode not
because I have to see what happens, but because I want to
see what develops with the "new Dragon balls" thing.
The Celestrian gives "A New Guardian"
5 out of 7