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Atonement: the penance or expiation of
With Trunks unable to bear Vegeta's brutal punishment from
Buu, he decides to jump in and help. Piccolo yells in protest,
only to have Goten follow. Trunks lays a big kick in Buu's
face making him take flight into a cliff. The boys unravel
the Saiyan prince and try to wake him up.
Meanwhile, Babidi's cheering soon comes to an end. Piccolo
shows up behind him, and hears him say that the end of his
life is now.
Piccolo tries attacking, only to meet Babidi's defense barrier.
Babidi then attacks him with some sort of metallic liquid
that somehow is supposed to harm him, but Piccolo is easily
able to power it off. Babidi stops laughing and calls for
Buu's help for he has no other protection. Piccolo tries attacking
again only to find the barrier up as well. Piccolo increases
his attack, depletes his barrier, and forces Babidi to take
flight. In the air, he thinks he's safe. Too bad Babidi; Piccolo
can fly too. Behind him, the proud Namek stands tall and meets
his end. Or is it really the end?
Piccolo takes his arm and slices right through Babidi. He
falls down into a chasm helplessly as Piccolo stand above
Back to Vegeta...He tells Trunks to take care of his mother
for him. Whaaaaaaaa!!?!?!?!?!?! What could this mean? We quickly
see a glimpse of Goku knocked out on the desert floor, and
Gohan as well, in the forest, in the same condition.
Trunks asks Vegeta why he'd say such a thing, and Vegeta
tells him that they have to leave and that he want to fight
alone. Both Trunks and Goten, however, want to help and fight
as a team. Vegeta then tells Trunks that he's never hugged
him ever since he was born. Oh my gosh! For the first time
EVER in Dragonball Z history we see Vegeta showing sympathy.
I could almost cry.
Vegeta embraces his son for several moments only to knock
him out cold when they finish. Goten watches in disgust and
demands to know why he'd do such a thing. It sent chills down
Goten is knocked out soon enough, and Piccolo flies down
to Vegeta. Buu nears the fighting ground as we hear some very
eerie music. Vegeta asks Piccolo to take the boys as far away
as possible. Before he goes, Vegeta asks him if he will see
Kakarot in the other life. Piccolo doesn't want to lie to
him and explains that Goku has devoted his entire life to
helping others. Therefore, he was able to keep his body after
he died. Vegeta, on the other hand, spent his entire life
trying to become stronger for his own selfish desires. He
will not get that same privilege as Goku.
Vegeta says he doesn't care, and Piccolo leaves.
Vegeta turns to Buu, and taunts him.
"You big bloated balloon freak!"- Vegeta
Buu releases steam and for the first time we see Vegeta fighting
for someone else. In this case, Bulma and Trunks, and most
of all, Goku.
Vegeta takes one last at Buu and then powers up quite arguably
THE BIGGEST "cloud" of energy. Both Vegeta and Buu
scream inside this enormous power, as the entire area is blasted
away into nothingness. And so there we have it. Vegeta no
longer exists and the world will be changed forever. Or does
he return? We will wait and see.
I really enjoyed this episode. It contained elements of surprise,
fascination, and power. It was amazing to witness Buu's constant
regenerations. It was like Cell all over again. The way that
Vegeta was portrayed also seemed different, yet amusing. He
didn't seem blown back at his abilities, nor was he overly
confident of victory. I liked that.
The sequence where Buu powered up his "multi-directional
energy attack" was great. The camera slowly receded away
as the power grew and then after it was done, Buu stood atop
the giant crater. The same effective technique was utilized
when Vegeta blasted a hole in Buu's tummy. The background
got bolder and darker, and Vegeta got lighter and more defined.
The music in this episode was just awesome. Listen to the
part where everyone thinks Vegeta has killed Buu with his
"hole" attack. Funky, new, and fitting. Very nice.
Ultimately, I think that today was a day of recuperating
thoughts, and to open the future events with. It ended on
a high note, which is always a plus.