Dragon Ball Kai Season 1 Episode 22 Review: Distant Backs

The redrawn scenes are becoming more and more prominent in this episode. One of them was Dende's poor brother Kargo getting obliterated by a blast from Dodoria. I thought they might fix it so that it was Freeza who killed him, like in the manga, but they didn't. Oh well. We'll see Freeza kill a child later, there's no rushing it. Still, sometimes the redrawns can be a little distracting.

A good portion of the episode is spent on Gohan, Kuririn, and Dende being chased by Dodoria, but I believe they cut it down a bit to get right to Vegeta's confrontation. Gohan has some guts to just attack Dodoria with both Freeza and Zarbon there. They've felt their strong "ki", doing that was pretty risky.

We hear Dende speak for the first time in this episode, and his voice is that of Aya Hirano, famous for being the voice of the titular character in The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, as well as Misa Amane in Death Note. This is definitely some stunt casting, but she doesn't overplay the role. Dende sounds fine, so there's nothing to complain about. It wasn't necessary to give her the role, but maybe they're hoping it will help cell character song CDs. I can't imagine Dende having much to sing about, though. Well, there is that thing about most of his family being killed, but Hirano doesn't do the blues.

I like Vegeta's scene with Dodoria, because of just how smug and dominating Vegeta is. He crushes that scouter right in front of him, then he does that thing with Dodoria's arms. Then after getting the information Dodoria offers, he kills him. It's interesting what Vegeta says, too, and it's to be kept in mind about his character. The fact that his family and race were wiped out isn't as enraging to him as being used by Freeza.


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