Dragon Ball ~ Episode 014
Original Title: “Gokū no Raibaru? Sanjô!!” (悟空のライバル?参上!!) (“Goku’s Rival? Appears!!”)
FUNi Title: “Goku’s Rival”
Original Air Date: 1986/05/28
English Air Date: 2001/09/06
Runtime: 24 minutes.
Review: With gang now separated and going off in separate ways, Goku is on his own once more and heading for Master Roshi’s island, though he makes a pit-stop at home to gather some of his belongings.
Meanwhile, Yamcha, Bulma, Oolong and Puar crash land their plane in a forest and are left stranded, with no more capsules vehicles to fly or drive away. The forest quickly starts to get to Bulma, with dinosaurs passing by and something else howling nearby, and the group runs away on foot – not that they have a choice in the matter… although the howling they hear is actually that of a little, bald boy running through the forest.
Goku reaches Master Roshi’s in no time, but no one replies when Goku calls out. He peeks through a window to see Roshi watching TV, who completely oblivious to Goku’s attempts to get his attention as he is mesmerised by the women’s aerobics show playing on it (The dirty old man… XD). Goku finally breaks him out of his spell by screaming in Roshi’s ear, to the man’s shock. Goku says that he’s there for the training Roshi offered, but Roshi, still distracted by the TV, tells Goku to wait, pointing to the refrigerator when Goku complains that he’s hungry.
Goku goes to town on the fridge, loving the coolness of the machine. Roshi, TV show over, comes to find the little boy, Goku’s lying on the kitchen floor, pants unbuttoned with his belly sticking out, and the fridge empty. After Roshi asks what Goku’s there for (yep, he forgot. >.>), Goku reminds him that he offered him some training… Roshi’s disappointed that Bulma didn’t come along too.
Speaking of Bulma, she and the others are trekking across a desert (hey, this is familiar) and have been going in the wrong direction. The little boy from the forest runs by, and the gang mistakes the cloud of sand churns up behind him for a sandstorm.
Back at Roshi’s, the old man tells Goku that his training doesn’t come for free – Goku must find a pretty girl who Roshi can date. Goku’s only too happy to do it, and runs to get started, but Roshi holds him back for a moment to make sure the kid understands what Roshi wants (in the Japanese version, Goku says it’s “a man without a winky and a lot of spunk”. Bahaha) and Goku replies that he thinks it’s someone who can be Roshi friend. But Roshi’s more particular than that; he want a girl that’s not too young or too old, with nice skin (J~ And is voluptuous.).
While he’s waiting for Goku to return, Rosh smartens himself up and puts on some music to dance to. Goku returns with a girl the size of a small planet – rejected. Roshi decides that Goku needs to learn about more important things than martial arts – women. So he shows Goku two pictures of wo different woman and tell Goku to pick the one he thinks is prettier… but Goku likes both, so Roshi points out the one he likes and tells Goku to find someone similar. Again, Goku runs off to find a another girl.
Meanwhile, the little boy running in the forest and desert is in a boat not far from Roshi’s island.
When Goku returns again, he brings with a really beautiful woman. Roshi thinks she’s perfect and tells Goku to ask the girl to go on a walk (J~ give up her panties) with him. She won’t go on a walk (J~ she’ll give him her tshirt) but she will go swimming with him (J~ she can’t give him her panties because she’s not wearing any). Roshi burst a nosebleed. It’s just too good to be true, so he goes to introduce himself… and realises that she’s a mermaid. He tries to pick her up anyway and gets a smack for his trouble. Roshi sends Goku off again… before Goku can go though, a boat appears on the horizon – it’s the little bald boy from earlier.
The boy jumps from the boat all the way to the beach, landing head-first in the sand. Goku plucks him out of the ground and sets him upright. The bald boy makes a bee-line for Roshi and introduces himself as Krillin. Krillin wants Roshi to train him too, but Roshi declines… until Krillin hands over a men’s nude magazine, which Roshi avidly accepts. While Roshi gushes over the magazine, Krillin sizes-up Goku, who apparently doesn’t seem like a martial artist to Krillin. Goku just thinks Krillin’s head looks funny, to which Krillin snappily replies that all true martial artists shave their heads, gesturing to Roshi as a comparison. But Roshi comes out of magazine-induced haze long enough to say that he himself is naturally bald.
Roshi tells Krillin that he will train him, but only if he helps Goku find Roshi he girl he asked for, trusting that Krillin knows the kind of girl Roshi’s looking for. Krillin tries to ride the Nimbus cloud with Goku, but he falls straight through it – he’s not pure enough. He reads dirty magazines, and they’ve corrupted him… enough for Nimbus to reject him at least. Krillin hands the magazines over to Roshi, to the old man’s delight.
Characters Introduced: Krillin
Returning Characters: Goku, Bulma, Oolong, Yamcha, Puar, Roshi.
Favourite Moment: A line from the Japanese version this time; Goku’s description of a girl.
Score: 3 of 7
Final Thoughts: I’d like to give this one a higher score, what with Krillin’s first appearance and all, but this episode is kinda slow-moving and really just amusing more than anything.