Episode 158 "Dende's
Cell has killed the Earth's main military forces, and now
Goku is determined to bring back those killed by that big
schoolyard bully Cell. In order to do so, Goku will need the
dragon balls. Seeing as the Earth has no more dragon balls
due to the fusion of Piccolo & Kami, Goku decides to go
to Planet Namek [the planet, not the site] and bring to earth
a new guardian who can create another set of dragon balls.
Goku travels to King Kai's planet to find out where the planet
is so he can use his instant transmission technique to get
there. Once there he explains the Earth's situation to the
Nameks and the eldest reintroduces Dende to him. Gokou grabs
the "pint-size" Namek and teleports to K. Kai's
place, and then onto Kami's lookout.
Next Gokou retrieves Gohan and Krillen to meet their old
friend and then they get down to business. Dende merrily tells
the others that he will have the new dragonballs created in
100 days. After a few jaw drops they decide to just have Dende
copy off of Kami's model for the Dragon Shenron. A few points
are brought up on whether the dragon will be able to wish
everyone back at once (like Shenron) or just once person at
a time (like Porunga). They agree to even out between power
and number by giving the dragon the ability to grant two wishes.
Dende starts saying a lot of crap (in Namekian) and soon all
the dragonballs on earth are revived. One task is still at
hand though...Gokou must go and gather all the dragon balls.
He immediately gets the Dragon Radar from Bulma and starts
his mission to get the dragon balls. Goku finds his first
dragon ball in the desert and later his second one. And so
begins his mission to collect all seven balls as Cell impatiently
waits for the tournament to start.
The Good & The Bad: This episode kind of had two
styles in animation. If you hadn't noticed, in the beginning
of the episode Gokou and the other characters seemed less
detailed and more like paper animation. But nearing the end
of the episode, more of the 2 d's were added to the characters
(detail and dimension). This proves my point that when one
artist goes for a coffee brake another one finishes the work
in his own style. I noticed this a lot on Namek with certain
characters (Vegeta). I only wish that they weren't in such
a hurry to get the episodes out that they took barely any
time in making the animation have good detail. Anyway the
BGM of this episode was nothing spectacular, but this isn't
to say that it didn't fit in with the scenes. I think the
music that played when Gokou visited the planet Namek was
probably the best in the episode.
Fighting in this episode is almost non-existent. So for
you hardcore action junkies this episode could of been a snore.
This episode was entertaining to me because I am more of a
plot and drama junkie (Dende has returned as the guardian,
Trunks discusses more about why Gokou is so calm about the
Cell fight). FUNi handled this episode quite well, and I only
hope the quality in which they handle the episodes from here
on out isn't going to be like a roller coaster (which we have
seen throughout the beginning of Season 4).
Final Word: If your a Dragon ball fan tomorrow's episode
will be entertaining. Why you ask? Because Gokou runs into
an old nemesis during his hunt for the d-balls. Comic relief
for some, but a painful hemroid to others. Overall episodes
like today's are necessary in order to increase the plot and
make the fighting scenes to come even more exciting.
- FUNi's Music: (-) Too Bland
- Animation detail: (+) Most was drawn in good detail
- Plot: (+) Not just a charge-up or transform ep
- Voice Acting: (+) Always getting better
- Entertainment: (+) for plot and (-) for action, so neutral.
Kaervak puts his feet on the desk, leans back in his chair
and gives this episode a rating of...
5 out of 7