Dragon Ball Kai Season 1 Episode 13 Review: This is the Kaioken!!

This is probably my favorite episode of the series thus far, and I really can't believe they've gotten so far so soon. I mean, in the original run, it took 30 episodes to get this far. While I do miss a few of the filler flourishes, like Gohan meeting the broken robot or getting so close to home only to turn around to continue training, but getting here to the big event of the arc this quickly really made me excited. I'd say the difference between this and my stance on the newest episode of FMA: Brotherhood is that the latter breezes through a lot of pivitol, character-building material.

Goku's battle with Vegeta is probably my favorite in the series, so I'm glad the animation and color has been touched up. I'm sort of annoyed at the cropping at times, but from what I've read on DBZ fansites, the DVD version is uncropped (and uncensored), and hopefully we'll get a release here in R1 someday. The music doesn't highlight the scenes quite like the original score, either: in the original version, the battle music was more intense, more in tune with what was going on, but here it seems a little bland. It doesn't interfere, though- the action still moves fast and feels vibrant and renewed.

The only other problem I had with the episode was how Yajirobe just sort of showed up. My memory of the original is somewhat hazy, but I remember him arriving in an air car. I realize he plays a role in this battle, but it would have been nice to actually see him arrive. The voice is still hilarious, though.

I can't wait to see how the fight plays out with the renewed quality. If only we had the original score.

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