First off i did not see myself finishing off this series as quickly as i did. I literally flew through this Saga by comparison. But even saying that, this Saga was 31 episodes long. and there were a lot of things covered. I have broken it up into several sections.
Firstly, after the last encounter with King Piccolo, at the end of the battle, King Piccolo spat out an egg and it did in fact turn into Piccolo jr as i anticipated, what i didn’t anticipate was that it was basically a carbon copy of King Piccolo, and this character is actually the Piccolo that later turns into Piccolo in DBZ. So with that being said, for simplicities sake, I’m just referring Jr to Piccolo.
after King Piccolo made his wish, he destroyed the eternal dragon, so Goku was searching for a way to revive him so that he could wish his friends back to life. He found out that there was a place above Korins tower, this is Kamis lookout. Kami is the protector of Earth, and is also the one who created the dragon balls and the eternal dragon. Turns out this is also where Mr. Popo shows up. Long story short, Kami revives the dragon. Then Goku is forced to train with Kami/Mr Popo for the next 3 years. Just enough time until the next WMAT (World Martial Arts Tournament). Then the next thing you know, its the next tournament and everyone is grown up. Suddenly Goku is an Adult as is Krillin, and everyone else looks the same exact age.
At the WMAT there are a few surprises, ChiChi makes it into the finals, as does a cyborg Mercenary Tao. All in all though, it really boils down to what you think will be Goku and Piccolo, but that’s not true. There is actually one fighter in disguise who is Kami. (for reference, Kami and Piccolo are the same being, they had to split apart, so one is pure good, the other pure evil) Kami tries to stop Piccolo, but ends up failing and the rest is left up to the final match, Goku and Piccolo. Of course the tournament was long and drawn out, it was interesting and fun to watch (I’m a sucker for the tournament sagas) but the real battle begins at the final match.
The battle between Piccolo and Goku lasts for a good portion of time. Its also where the power-ups take several episodes to occur, so for 2 episodes Piccolo is sounding like he is either being raped by a tree, or like he is taking the largest shit ever witnessed by a human. Definitely not needed, or entertaining. but there are 4 different times where Piccolo produces so much power from one of his energy attacks that nuclear explosions happen. Not once, not twice, 4 fucking time. no joke. and on the last one its of such a magnitude that the entire island that the WMAT is held on becomes leveled and all that remains is dust. yet somehow even though there were 4 nuclear explosions, the arena floor is only covered in dirt. Its still there, but skyscrapers, and villages, and well THE WHOLE FUCKING ISLAND IS VAPORIZED! somehow the arena floor seems largely untouched. Anywho Goku wins(no shit, right?)
Then when you think the saga should be over since Goku won and all, no, it keeps going, it went on for so long all i could think of was, damn. Why is this shit still continuing for at least another 6 episodes, what the hell can you add on to the end of a huge battle that will make it all worthwhile to keep on going for that long? the answer? absolutely nothing. Its all about how Goku and Chichi are going to get married, and then the Ox-Kings castle catches on fire, so Goku and Chichi have to run all over the world trying to get one mystical artifact just to put the flames out on the castle. Nevermind the fact that Goku can survive 4 nuclear blasts, give him some fire and he can’t go through it. Anyways, after some long drawn out bullshit to put out a stupid fire in a castle, Goku and Chichi get married and thats the end of the series.
But ohhhh wait, even Akira Toriyama knew that he was going to continue the Dragon Ball series and even left you with a teaser at the end saying “If you want to see more adventures of Goku and friends. stick around for Dragon Ball Z!” fuckers. so cocky that they know they will get a sequel. thats like selling someone a car thats ganna break down so you know you will have to see them again. Ok, bad example, but i think i’ve proven my point.
Base Score = 7
-1 for surviving 4 nuclear blasts
+1 for WMAT
-1 for power-ups taking multiple episodes
+1 finally seeing how Goku grew up
-1 for still not having any idea how Piccolo joins Gokus team
+1 actually wanting to see more dragon ball, even after the last review i couldn’t wait to stop watching it for a while.