Episode 215 "The Long
With a cliffhanger in yesterday's show, what will Goku and
Vegeta hold in store for today?
This episode starts with Hercule talking to a reporter about
how to finish the rest of the winner's ceremony...
At this point, the entire stadium is deserted except for
the angered Number 18, who was anxiously awaiting her prize
money. Anyways, back to the good stuff...
The much-anticipated fight between Goku and Vegeta gets under
The battle immediately begins with the two men throwing a
slew of punches and kicks. Vegeta comes rushing in, directly
at Goku, in a fiery rage and starts punching his body. He
seems to be missing contact in most of his attempts, but soon
lands one and knees Goku. Goku snaps out of it, and kicks
him to the ground. Vegeta chases after him, but Goku heads
in the opposite direction. When he turns around and they meet,
they kick one another simultaneously. A shower of electricity
shoots out, and Vegeta gains the upper hand once again, by
head butting Goku. With his recent dominance in the fight,
Vegeta's only concern is to weaken Goku as much as he can.
To accomplish this, he repeatedly punches Goku's stomach with
a beastly passion.
Don't count Goku out just yet though...
Goku catches both of Vegeta's fists and knees his head twice.
He kicks Vegeta into a mountain, but this only angers the
possessed saiyan even more.
The two brave warriors fly at each other and hover, face
to face, yelling their fighting sounds.
This, in my opinion, was the best part of the fight. The
way that they slowed down and clearly showed the punch was
breathtaking and exciting.
Vegeta and Goku both land a punch in each other's faces.
While they both make contact, Vegeta becomes much angrier...
He repeatedly hits Goku in the stomach, knees him in the
neck, powers up, and renders Goku helpless.
The back-and-forth fight finally begins to sway in Vegeta's
favor due to his enormous surge of energy. When this happens,
he starts obliterating Goku. His attacks were placed extremely
tactfully and quickly; Goku had almost no time to react.
The Supreme Kai and Gohan start to make their way down into
Babidi's ship. They reach the fourth level, and are mysteriously
met with a large group of Babidi's henchmen. These men, whom
we must take note, are the same as the ones that Yakon devoured
earlier in the saga. From this information, you should have
clearly been able to predict the outcome.
Gohan powers up a ki blast, and defeats them all in one blow.
The door to the next level opens up and they continue downwards...
The attention is then shifted back to the jaw-dropping fight.
Again, the battle seems very equal until Vegeta powers up
an energy attack.
He hurls it at Goku, and hoku is hurled just as easily...into
the mountainside, that is.
Unfortunately for Vegeta, Goku is one tough cookie. He powers
up a Kamehameha attack and sends it back at him. Vegeta is
prepared, however, and sends an attack of his own.
Neither side gives way...
The incredible fight switches back to Trunks and Goten who
are flying towards the fight.
Goten suddenly slows down and realizes that he really has
to go pee. They land on a nearby island, look to see if anybody
is around, and they both do their business. Unimportant cut-scenes
ensue, and we soon have the two young boys taking off yet
We are then taken back to the fight. The situation seems
pretty glum for Goku at this moment. Vegeta clutches him up
with one hand and he somehow shoots a ki blast that takes
the shape of energy shackles. (Hand-cuffs)
Vegeta unmercifully, honestly beats Goku to a pulp.
Here is a quick dialogue summary of this great scene:
"What's the matter? Not winning as easily as you thought?"
"I never said it would be easy!" - Goku
"Hmphhh, you won't be winning at all!"
Vegeta slaps Goku in the face twice, and this angers him
"What clown?" Feeling angry and humiliated?"
Vegeta continues his cruel onslaught of attacks.
"You don't know what humiliation is!"
Then he flashbacks to all his humiliations in life...
...when fighting Goku on Earth,
...when Goku beat Frieza instead of him,
...when he was the first to become a legendary Super Saiyan,
...and finally, when his immense power, that he had worked
and trained hard for, was surpassed by a half Saiyan child.
Vegeta grows tired of his reminiscing and prepares to cut
Goku into pieces.
Now, Goku wakes up from unconsciousness and breaks free from
He gives Vegeta everything he's got. Vegeta, to put it mildly,
is just being killed.
He's pushed into a cave-like area, and Goku follows him...
Some of the most astounding fighting takes place in here.
They just go at one another at 110%. They begin to grow somewhat
tired, so they both power up huge attacks. Goku has his Kamehameha,
while Vegeta uses his Final Flash technique. The cave is completely
demolished when the strikes hit. Only a large crater is left
as the camera pans out slowly.
This incidence doesn't stop them at all. They just keep on
We then see Gohan and the Supreme Kai arrive at Level 5.
They discover Buu's egg, and discuss their objective. Without
much time to converse, though, Dabura and Babidi sneak up
behind them with unwelcomed smiles.
Today ends with a quick glimpse of Goku and Vegeta standing
atop two cliffs.
Tomorrow promises to deliver.
This had to rank in the top ten of episodes ever created.
The animation was so good, that I barely took any time to
notice anything else. My eyes were like grapes popping out
of my head. (ok, ok, bad simily)
But really, the show kept you glued to the tube for every
second. When the commercials came up, my head was still turned
in exact direction of the last punch.
I don't know how to explain what was the best because "everything"
was the best. Shading, definition, lighting, detail, emotion,
camera action, and the background all displayed what a true
episode is meant to look like.
One word sums up the show: Magnificent.
Again, some of THE best speeches today. Every word said
was perfectly placed and pronounced, but the scene where Goku
was pinned had to take the cake. The way Vegeta displayed
his sadness and anger was so moving.
It made me want to feel sorry for the guy.
Goku, helpless, could do nothing except listen to his frighteningly
interesting flashbacks. The transitions from his topics were
smooth as butter, and the volume and tone in everyone's voice
was top notch.
I think the "A-team" was brought out to make this
episode a memorable one.
The importance of this "epic battle" was more than
This episode had one of the best plots of all the shows.
The reason for that is that Vegeta has been jealous of Goku's
superior power ever since the Frieza saga. His hatred towards
him is unexplainable.
The only minor problem with the show (please don't hunt me
down for mention a bad aspect) was that they still brought
Hercule and the tournament back into play for a moment. It's
I'm just going to stop now and let you think about how important
today was in terms of getting revenge and introducing Buu.
(Breath of air is released)
The Existence's Bottom Line: I'm still thinking of
a way to tell you because there's no words to describe it.
The Existence gives today's episode:
6.5 Dragonballs out of 7