Goku Finally Gets Paid: Dragon Ball Super’s First Episode RECAP
Dragonball is back! Ok maybe that is not entirely true. In the time since GT stopped airing, there have been numerous T.V. specials, cameos, movies and video games. However, Dragonball Super marks the first new series in 18 years. Akira Toriyama’s baby will be airing new adventures weekly… in Japan at least. The series still does not have a premier date for a western release. That’s normal. Given Funimation’s current trend, a safe bet would say it takes them about a year to work out the license. What’s strange is there is no simulcast on crunchyroll, hulu or another streaming site. It 2015 we figure out this whole anime licensing things years ago. Bandi must be out their minds, if they think fans of Dragonball – a franchise so insanely popular it has been able to sustain itself by just saying “hello” for the last two decades – are going to wait for them to properly license streaming or T.V. distribution so they can watch it. Long story short – we’ve seen the first episode. If you want to know what’s up, keep reading.
Super picks up right where Dragonball Z left off. It’s been six months since Evil Buu was defeated. With the help of the Dragonballs, everyone has forgotten about the incident and have been enjoying relative peace. Goku no longer tasked with saving the world, has been tasked by his wife to provide for his family. To do this Goku promises ChiChi he’ll work for sixth months and takes up farming. Goku is hilariously terrible at this mainly because he’s easily distracted and has no idea how to farm. It’s still great to see lovable Goku. In his own way he has matured. He trying his hardest to keep his promise, but he’s just so awful at his job you cannot be mad at him if he stops.
Much of this first episode of Super is mainly about catching up with parts of Dragonball’s huge cast. Most of the reunion specials and movies in recent years, have featured some of the most haphazard and random reasons for Goku and crew to show up to get as many characters on screen if only for one shot. This episode primarily focuses on Goku, Chichi, Goten, Mr. Satan, Buu and Trunks, with other characters like Battle of The Gods’ Beerus showing to set up events for later. The latter’s sense of humor still hasn’t change much from his movie appearance, believing that destroying half a planet is appropriate response to greasy food.
While Goku is busy trying to figure out how to farm, Goten has his own troubles. Big brother Gohan is getting married to Videl soon and Goten would like to get them a wedding present. With no money and no ideas, he turns to his best friend Trunks for help. The two boys have their own misguided adventure flying around town, scaring normal folk and getting the idea water from a “special spring” will have magical properties. Getting the water won’t be so easy, in classic Dragonball fashion, the two have to fight a giant disgruntled animal – a green snake with the best scales ever. It’s a fun, quick fight and like the recent movies really shows how much Toei’s animation has improved since GT. Native HD Dragonball is amazing. The snake wisely leaves the fight before things get too crazy. Goten and Trunks deliver their bottled water to Videl, who kindly accepts their bummy gift.
Mr. Satan is still Mr. Satan – taking credit for things he did not do. The world is still in love with the man and he of course loves that the world loves him. This time he is being award cash and praise for a world peace prize. While being interviewed, Mr. Satan’s moment is almost ruined by a hungry Majin Buu. However, Mr. Satan, an expert at self-promotion and BS, spins it Majin Buu is a hero from outer space come to train him because he’s awesome.
It not all bad, Mr. Satan continues to show his humanity. He build a house for Videl and Gohan. He’s taking care of Buu. He even pays Goku for his troubles. Its a funny scene with Mr. Satan offhandedly mentioning Vegeta probably has more money than him anyways and Goku at first not understanding how much 100 million zeni is. Even better is how easily ChiChi changes her tone and lets Goku off the hook for his patriarchal responsibilities once he brings home 100 million Zeni.
The first episode of Dragonball Super is fun and fresh. Yes, it is nostalgic to see Goku and friends again, but there is much excitement and wonder for what is to come next. The shows looks great. The colors are bright and action is fluid. Akira Toriyama’s designs are always charming and pleasant to see, the new giant green snake is great example. Perhaps what’s best about Super – it picks up right where Dragonball Z left off and trust its audience can handle that. There are no winded explanations or recaps for what has happened. It’s disappointing there is no simulcast of Super currently, as the first episode gives fans much to get excited for.