Dragon Ball ~ Episode 003
Original Title: “Kame-Sen’nin no Kinto-Un” (亀仙人のキント雲) (The Turtle Hermit’s Kinto Un)
FUNi Title: The Nimbus Cloud of Roshi
Original Air Date: 1986/03/12
English Air Date: 2001/08/22
Runtime: 24 minutes.
Short Summary: Bulma and Goku take Turtle to the ocean, running into some minor trouble on the way. Turtle intrduces the pair to Roshi, who gifts them with the Flying Nimbus and a Dragon Ball.
Review: Continuing from last episode, Bulma and Goku are escourting (i.e. Carrying) Turtle to the ocean, and are nearing their destination. But none of them notice that they are being followed until the trio is subjected to a one-man ambush by a brutish (I really have no idea what else to call it… mountain lion?), towering, highwayman out for a snack – and he has his eye on Turtle!
Goku bravely steps in to defend Turtle, his new friend, and takes our their would-be assulter with ease.
Soon enough, the trio reach the ocean, and Goku can’t help but stare at the view of the sea that he’s never seen before.
Turtle thanks them for helping him and heads out into the blue, but promises that he will return shortly with a gift for them for doing so much for him
Shu and Mai return to Pilaf to report their failed mission to collect a Dragon Ball, telling him about their run-in eith the pack of wolves (and Goku), but, as he begins ranting at them for their failure, Pilaf recieves a call with information pertaining to the whereabouts of one of the balls; and appparently a hermit named Roshi has it, who lives on a remote island. Pilaf hurries Shu and Mai along to fetch it, tagging along himself this time. He says they can’t trusted to do anything on their own.
Turtle returns to Bulma and Goku with a passenger: old man named Roshi.
He’s a turtle hermit, and he’s come to shore with Turtle to thank them for helping Turtle return to him. He gives them a gift in the Flying Nimbus (or the Kinto Un, if you prefer); a floating cloud that can be ridden like a magic carpet (of which, it seems, he’s lost).
There’s a catch though – to ride the Nimbus you must be pure of heart, a trait that Roshi lacks absolutely. He attempts to demonstrate and falls straight through the cloud. Goku however, is perfectly capable, much to Roshi’s shock.
Meanwhile, Pilaf, Shu and Mai descend on Roshi’s island in search of the Dragon Ball… only to find it deserted, of course. Pilaf attempts to pick the lock of Kame Houses’ front door while Mai and Shu simply hop through the open window.
Goku goes joy riding on the Nimbus, to his delight, and he’s a natural at it. Bulma asks Roshi if he’s going to give something to her too, though Turtle says that she didn’t help him at all. Roshi suggests that re might need some convince to give something… and requests a peek at her panties (the old pervert). Bulma considers it. After a moment she gives in, lifter her top to reveal… no underwear. (Goku took them off last episode in his search for her balls, remember?)
Roshi’s thoroughly shocked, springing a nosebleed. Bulma doesn’t even realise what she’s done. (Surely she could feel the breeze before now?) While Roshi thinks about what to give her, Bulma notices that Roshi has the threestar Dragon Ball hanging from a chain around his neck.
He gives it to her, but as she shows Goku her spoils, Roshi overhears them talk about how close they are to getting a wish. Roshi says he never said he would give it to her, but Bulma changes his mind with a few more swift lifts of her skirt.
They part ways, Roshi and Turtle returning to their island, while Goku and Bulma return to their Hoi Poi house. Bulma realises her lack of underwear when she finds them on the floor of the house, putting two and two together and thinking of Roshi… Goku says he doesn;t know she was worried about; her panties were right where he put them! So, Bulma opens fire on him with a machine gun in fury…
Back on the island, Pilaf, Mai and Shu ransack the place looking for the Dragon Ball. When Roshi returns, Pilaf demands the ball from him. Roshi admits that he gave it away on a shortly before, to a girl wanting a wish.
Now knowing that someone else is looking for the Dragon Balls, the trio run off to track them down. Though Roshi puts a hole in the hull of their plane as they go… it begins taking on water and sinks.
Goku and Bulma are finally moving on, and Bulma suggests that is would be faster to take the Nimbus than it would to drive. Goku doesn’t think it will work for her (she’s not pure enough) and sure enough, he’s right. Bulma falls straight through Nimbus.
So, with Bulma on her bike and Goku on his Nimbus, the two start off on the next leg of their quest.
Characters Intoduced: Roshi
Returning Characters: Goku, Bulma, Plaf, Turtle, Mai, Shu.
Favourite Moment: Bulma the Flasher. Has a nice ring to it.
Score: 5 of 7
Final Thoughts: Hilarious. Now we have four Dragon Balls and the pair are well on their way to gathering the final three…