Episode 201 "A Dark
And Secret Power"
Today's episode begins with Shin walking away from Spoppovitch,
with an awkward glance towards him. Spoppovitch's menacing
glance is very odd to look at because it seems as though he's
always grunting with a frustrated look on his face. The fight
between Videl and Spoppovitch then gets under way as we are
left to wonder what connection the two have together. Videl
begins the fight pummeling Spoppovitch into the ground and
landing punch after punch into the gut. It really looks like
she'll win the fight. The episode then turns over to Shin
walking past Piccolo when Shin asks Piccolo what seems to
be wrong. Piccolo asks him if he may know who he is. Before
Shin answers, the mysterious pink colored man interrupts and
tells Piccolo. Piccolo asks if he is the Grand Kai, but he
responds and corrects him by telling him that's he the Supreme
Kai. The Universe is divided into four quadrants with a respective
Kai for each and a Grand Kai ruling all four. Piccolo, however,
was sure that all along, there was an even greater force of
power, and that is the Supreme Kai. At this, Piccolo doesn't
have any idea why the Supreme Kai would want to visit earth
and more importantly, want to fight Goku.
The scene switches back to the fight, and Videl continues
to punish the enormous Spoppovitch. After some time of punching
and kicking, Videl lays a gigantic blow to his stomach, and
he seems to be out for the count. Just as the announcer is
about to begin the count, he gets right back up as if possessed.
They continue to fight, both throwing a barrage of hits, when
again, Videl knocks him down. Again, however, Spoppovitch
pops right back up from where he came from, and the crowd
and the announcer are both flabbergasted. Nonetheless, they
go at it once more with quite powerful ferocity. Videl is
beginning to get a little tired, but she continues on anyways
and eventually throws him down to the ring again. This time,
everyone is sure that she has won, but Spoppovitch gets up
a third time.
The crowd is speechless, but the fight must go on. Videl
manages to knock him out again, but he gets up just as easily
as before for the fourth time. When this happens, Goku begins
to get suspicious and wonders how he can continue to withstand
Videl's power. Once again, the two warriors continue their
battle, and yep, you guessed it; Spoppovitch gets up from
another one of Videl's hits. Even Gohan, at this point, doesn't
know what's going on, and Goku thinks that Videl should quit
the fight immediately because he knows something is wrong.
Videl is very exhausted at this point, and Spoppovitch takes
advantage of this. He kicks her so that she flies out of the
ring, but Videl, with her newly learned flying techniques,
manages to stop herself. Even Hercule, who is informed of
the fight's progress, refuses to believe that his daughter
is losing. The curtains seem to be drawn when Videl manages
to land another massive punch to Spoppovitch's head. This
is because it is turned all the way around. The crowd is amazed
and disgusted at the same time, and the announcer finally
knows the winner
All of a sudden, to everyone's surprise, he gets right back
up for a sixth time. (Wow, it's getting hard to keep track)
Spoppovitch mysteriously twists his head back in place, cracks
his neck around, and gets back into a fighting stance. When
this happens, Chi-Chi and Bulma both are at a loss of words,
and Videl doesn't even know what to think. The episode then
ends with Spoppovitch flying up to Videl in the air, and she
has no place to hide this time.
Once again, the animation is crisp as ever. Some important
things to take notice of though are the detail in Spoppovitch's
veins and face. Wow! That was really amazing. Also the detail
of expression in Piccolo's face when he learns of Shin's real
identity was amazing. He looked so lifelike that it almost
made me gasp out in horror.
Actually, the music didn't stand out at all today. The fight
was the showcase and there really wasn't a need for it. But
I suppose if you listened carefully, it was the same music
for the last couple of episodes. Good but not great.
There wasn't a large amount of talking in this episode because
it mostly showed Videl and Spoppovitch fighting. But the few
lines that did stand out were really good. For example, the
conversations between Piccolo and the Supreme Kai, or the
thoughts of Goku during the fight were both great moments.
FUNi did a good job where it mattered the most.
The plot today was a little bland, but then again, this
episode wasn't meant to amaze. It was meant to introduce and
infer certain events that will take place. This episode was
necessary transitionary episode that would help the next episodes
make sense. Besides, the concept of the Supreme Kai is cool
The Existence's Inside Line: You really should see
this one to know what's going on. If not for the fight, then
for Piccolo talking to the Supreme Kai because that was awesome.
The Existence gives today's episode:
5 Dragonballs out of 7...