More than a month ago I spent some time really reefing on DBZ by coming up with 10 big plotholes. To follow this up I decided to dig up 10 more plotholes worth mentioning. And all this despite my noted love of the series. “Why all the hate?” I thought. The series made me so happy, but what was it that made me so happy? I decided I needed to make the easiest top 10 list yet: The Top 10 Most Awesome Moments In DBZ.
10. The Incredible Fighting Candy:
Late in the series, Buu had managed to fight and defeat every single fighter in the show. He was deemed unbeatable. The solution? Fuse Goku and Vegeta, creating Vegitto, the strongest character of the series. While the fight itself is pretty great, the moment where it goes from “great” to “completely awesome” happens when Buu transforms Vegitto into a piece of candy. This would be about the point that we’d think the fight’s over. And then the piece of candy beats the pink out of Buu, going so far as punching a hole through the back of his throat. Just to see this unbeatable fighter schooled by candy is fantastic.
9. Vegeta vs Android 19:
The introduction to the Androids was a big one for me. I was incredibly excited to hear about these super deadly enemies that had destroyed the future, so when I finally got the chance to see what they could do, I was expecting a lot. Seeing Goku get beaten by Android 19 was crazy to think about, so when Vegeta showed up and not only transformed into a Super Saiyan, but also tore its hands off, I was pretty psyched. Only Vegeta could demonstrate his awesomeness like that.
8. Super Saiyan 3 Transformation:
I could never get enough segments of characters powering up to new levels, so when Goku started talkin’ ‘bout a third Super Saiyan transformation, I was intrigued. By the time everyone mentioned that he’d have to be crazy to even attempt something like that, I was sold, so when he began the extended period of powering up, a period that would have destroyed the planet anyway, I couldn’t be happier. Heck, they could sense Goku’s power all the way on the World of the Kais, the furthest possible point away from Earth. That’s power.
7. Gohan Beats the Tar Out of Super Buu:
Characters had taken some pretty good shots at Buu at his various stages, with Vegeta blowing him to bits and Gotenks messing with the Super Ghost Kamikaze Attack and whatnot, but no one gave Buu a run for his money. Enter Mystic Gohan and his line, “Fight you? No, I wanna kill you.” Ooh, chills. So the fight begins and Buu does zero damage to Gohan. Gohan, however, beats Buu stupid, stuffs a mouth blast back into Buu’s face, and hits him with an elbow before Buu even appears from his “vwing.” It’s really hard to top that, but we’re not even at the top 5.
6. Trunks Ends Frieza:
Frieza was a serious threat in the series, so when Goku managed to beat him down there was a great sense of accomplishment. But then Frieza reappears stronger than ever on Earth with his father and no Goku in sight. What chance does Earth have? You can’t beat Frieza unless you’re a Super Saiyan, so who’s gonna fight Frieza? Enter Trunks, a Super Saiyan from the future with a wicked sword and a Burning Attack. Frieza stalls the battle a bit, but by the time Trunks catches Frieza’s giant Death Ball and holds it over his head, you just knew it was all over. And then he hacked Frieza into pieces. Kudos to you Trunks.
5. Goku vs The Ginyu Force:
The entire battle with the Ginyu Force was a favorite of mine as Gohan, Krillin, and Vegeta had only managed to kill Guldo, the weakest member (and they did it with a cheap shot). Recoome managed to seriously waste Krillin and Vegeta, and then snapped Gohan’s neck with a kick. It was all over, ‘til Goku’s ship lands on Namek. The battle stops for a moment while Goku shows up, reads everyone’s minds, and decides to beat Recoome with one elbow to the gut. Jeice and Burter double-team Goku and manage to prove that Goku was forever going to be the only really important character from here on out. I still love the original American-dub line from Jeice: “Make a move!” *Goku punches him dead in the nose. That’s classic.
4. Super Saiyan Transformation:
I started watching DBZ right as Frieza hit his final form. I watched it every day after school and complained to my dad about how stupid the show was when he got home from work. A few weeks went by and I was nearly ready to stop watching. And then Goku transformed into a Super Saiyan. There was no going back; DBZ was now the greatest show of all time. The moments leading up to the change, with Piccolo’s sacrifice and Krillin’s death, just added to the whole scene. Watching Goku quivering with rage was eerie, so when he exploded into a Super Saiyan, oh boy was I pleased. The beating that ensued was worth the wait.
3. Goku vs Vegeta Energy Blast:
You could argue that the quintessential fight of the series was Goku and Vegeta’s first encounter during the Saiyan Saga. The fight itself showed what a one-on-one fight would look like from then on in the series, but the moment that pushed things higher was Vegeta’s Galick Gun colliding with Goku’s Kamehameha. They were dead even, so Goku pushes harder by going to Kaioken times 2, 3, and eventually 4. I was freaking out as a kid from this thought since I knew that just a regular Kaioken had the potential to make Goku explode. Times 4?! Only Goku.
2. Gohan Destroys 7 Cell Juniors Instantly:
The Super Saiyan 2 transformation was okay, but it didn’t have the punch I was expecting. The previous episode was devoted to all the Z Fighters getting their butts handed to them by Cell Juniors, even Goku, Vegeta, and Trunks, while Gohan and Cell just watched. Finally, Gohan hits the breaking point and changes into a character worth respect with his first action as a Super Saiyan 2. Namely, he destroys all 7 Cell Juniors in a few minutes by punching and kicking them in half. He hits them so hard they explode. Holy something or other, that’s awesome.
1. Goku’s Instant Transmission Kamehameha:
Okay, you can argue with me forever about this, but my favorite single fight of the series is Goku vs Cell, specifically the episode “No More Rules.” The high point of the episode, the saga, the series, and this list comes at the very end of the episode when Goku shoots into the air and begins charging a Kamehameha. Everyone looks at him like he’s crazy since firing a Kamehameha straight down at Cell would result in the Earth begging blown up. Cell laughs at Goku. Even Goku’s friends and family think he’s just joking. Then Goku keeps charging up, getting ready to fire. Suddenly everyone’s not laughing, they’re terrified, even pleading with him not to do it. The camera pulls back as Goku struggles with the energy before disappearing with Instant Transmission, reappearing directly in front of Cell. Cell looks down, completely unguarded and surprised, as Goku unleashes a full-powered Kamehameha at point-blank range to Cell’s torso, blowing Cell’s entire upper-half off. The series should have ended right there as it couldn’t top that moment of Beyond Awesome.
So there’s my list dedicated to my favorite show of all time. I left a lot of cool moments off the list, like Goku’s Spirit Bomb, Vegeta blowing himself up, Nappa owning everyone, Super Vegeta vs Imperfect Cell, or any number of perfectly acceptable entries for a top 10 list. So what were your favorites? I want to know. I got a great helping of responses to the plot holes, so what do you guys think were the best moments? Leave a comment and make this DBZ fan proud.
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