Raditz’s appearance in Dragon Ball Z was thrilling, but a look back at the series shows that one of Goku’s earlier encounters in Dragon Ball was even more impressive. Goku cannot block bullets like Raditz; instead he took direct blows to his body, demonstrating his endurance and resilience. Many fans in the US who watched Dragon Ball Z for the first time were unaware of Goku’s encounter in Dragon Ball, which may have left them surprised by Raditz’s debut.
Raditz’s impressive outing was certainly an interesting way to kick off Dragon Ball Zbut his younger brother Goku actually cut short his grand debut much earlier in the year Dragon ball. At the time, fans didn’t even know Goku had siblings. Goku also doesn’t need to fire any bullets to accomplish this.
Despite arriving on Earth in a spaceship and having a tail wrapped around his waist like Goku, Raditz’s debut was notable for another reason. He caught a bullet that a farmer fired at him before replicating the power and speed that came from shooting a gun by knocking the bullet back at his attacker. Many people deduced that Raditz was an alien even before the shooting, but his interactions with the farmer solidified his otherworldly status.
Goku doesn’t need to catch bullets in Dragon Ball
Ironically, a much younger Goku had a more epic conflict with bullets years earlier in Dragon Ball chapter 65. After climbing to the top of the Red Ribbon Army’s Muscle Tower, Goku set himself I was in a position where I had to compromise when I spent time helping my friend. android “8-Man” before confronting the tower’s boss, General White. Of course, General White took advantage of the fact that Goku was preoccupied shooting multiple shots at the Saiyan while his back was turned. The way Goku was shot in Dragon Ball is much more impressive than the way the farmer shot Raditz in DBZ.
First, Goku doesn’t catch any bullets, instead he takes direct hits to his body. Catching a bullet also implies that Raditz was defending himself in some way instead of having it bounce off his head. In fact, DBZ later adopted a formula where a newly transformed villain who initially blocked or even dodged attacks demonstrated how much stronger they had gotten on receiving the attacks. direct attack. Additionally, being attacked from behind means the target’s defense is lowered and is therefore more vulnerable. When this happens to Goku and he survives with barely a scratch, it’s much more impressive overall.
Funimation helped cover up this Dragon Ball oversight
In the US, the vast majority of fans saw Dragon Ball Z before its predecessor, Dragon Ball. Although Funimation launched Dragon Ball in the US a year before DBZ in 1995, the series was canceled after 13 episodes due to low ratings. When it returned in 2001, DBZ was a huge success, causing many Americans to see Dragon Ball for the first time. In other words, most fans weren’t blown away by Raditz’s debut in DBZ because they never saw that moment in Red Ribbon Army’s Muscle Tower.
Only people who grew up reading manga first will delve into manga after the original 13 volumes of Dragon Ball finished airing or dealing with a return after 2001 might have felt that way if they remembered Muscle Tower. Raditz’s bullet-catching debut in Dragon Ball Z was always going to be impressive, but compared to Goku, it doesn’t seem so spectacular.
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