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Dragon Ball Z Episode 17 'LINK'

  • Pendulum Room PerilEnglishJapaneseJapanese Name明あ日すなき街まち勝しょう利りへの遠とうい道みちのりRomaji nameAsu Naki Machi! Shōri e no Tōi MichinoriLiteral NameCity of No Tomorrow! The Long Road to VictorySeriesSagaVegeta SagaEpisode #17Edited counterpart:Showdown in the Past

  • Kai counterpart:The End of Snake Way! King Kai's Bizarre Test!

  • Chapter counterpartMasters and Students

Japanese airdateAugust 30, 1989English airdateJuly 12, 2005Previous episodePlight of the ChildrenNext episodeThe End of Snake Way

Dragon Ball Z Episode 17

"Pendulum Room Peril" (明あ日すなき街まち勝しょう利りへの遠とうい道みちのり, Asu Naki Machi! Shōri e no Tōi Michinori, lit. "City of No Tomorrow! The Long Road to Victory") is the 11th episode of the Vegeta Saga in the uncut Dragon Ball Z series. This episode first aired in Japan on August 30, 1989. Its original American airdate was July 12, 2005.

"A Lovely Bunch of Dragonballs" is the seventh episode of Season 2 of Team Four Star's DragonBall Z Abridged and the seventeenth episode overall. It was first uploaded on YouTube on August 15, 2010.

In Japan, Dragon Ball Z was aired year-round continuously, with regular off-days for sporting events and television specials taking place about once every six weeks on average. The English broadcast was divided into eight separate near-continuous blocks with breaks varying between four months to over a year between each block. Only in one instance, between episodes 194 and 195, was there actually parity between the DVD release and the actual broadcast sequence in terms of the end of one "season" and the beginning of the next.

Knowing that there will always be new and powerful opponents to arrive, Vegeta decided to train and became Whis' pupil in the last episode, which is titled "Vegeta Becomes a Pupil." The episode is said to be the bridge that will connect the two "Dragon Ball" movies, "Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods" and "Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection F," according to Attack of the Fanboy.

In "Resurrection F," both Goku and Vegeta were already being trained by Whis, and the last episode showed fans how Vegeta got Whis to agree to train him. Vegeta took Whis to restaurants, and even cooked for him, but he finally convinced him by giving Whis instant noodles. Episode 16 showed the funny side of Vegeta, as well as the comic banter of Goku and Krillin.

Ever since western audiences were introduced into the world of Dragon Ball Z, the wider Dragon Ball franchise has been used as a studying point for storytelling. One point of study is the filler episode, an episode or series of episodes, often with no source material in the manga series the animes adapt, that hold no wider importance to the narrative or individual characters.

The best filler episodes use the fact they aren't overarching to indulge in humor, side stories and downtime for Dragon Ball's vast array of characters. Without the best filler episodes, some of Dragon Ball's finest moments would've never come to pass.

A mouthful of an episode, but befitting the comedic and outlandish intentions this episode delivers. A recurring gag in Dragon Ball that has cropped up a handful of times are cameos and references to Dr. Slump, another series created by Dragon Ball creator Akira Toriyama. The child super-robot Arale goes berserk at a science fair and ends up mopping the floor with most of the main cast, Vegeta included, and gets into a fight with Goku that builds up enough energy to threaten the existence of the earth.

An episode detailing what DBZ's first true antagonists, Nappa and Vegeta, are capable of, and why they're a true threat to the planet earth. Getting detoured onto a planet of bug-like aliens, Nappa and Vegeta quickly grow bored of the aliens' antics and turn the planet's capital city into a bloodbath.

This episode is one of several instances of the english dub adding value to episodes that wasn't originally present. After being absorbed by a goo-like weapon on an alien planet, Vegeta is forced to face-off against the goo that has now taken on his personality, likeness and powers. For the english dub of these episodes, the duplicate Vegeta was voiced by Brian Drummond, the original voice actor that played the character in the Canadian Ocean Studios version of Dragon Ball Z.

Taking the opportunity to double down on the episode's plot by adding a meta-textual undertone of two beloved voice actors for the same character facing off makes this series of action-packed side-adventures worth a watch. Eagle-eyed fans may also notice that Goku's fight with the Vegeta duplicate takes several visual queues from their initial fight during the Dragon Ball Z Saiyan saga.

This episode was one of Dragon Ball Z's first forays into the world of the supernatural and otherworldly. While the original Dragon Ball delved into mysticism and paranormal concepts regularly, DBZ was the first widespread exposure most people had to the franchise. This, in addition to DBZ season one constantly being re-run for years, has made this little one-off adventure a beloved and memorable classic.

Continuity and consistency can sometimes take a back seat in Dragon Ball, and this episode highlights this with good reason. As Goku is involved in the Other World Tournament, he's befriended another mighty warrior, Pikkon, who ends up doing battle with some of the deadliest fighters DBZ had showcased leading up to this point.

Sometimes, proper levity and downtime is even better than action-packed thrills. Earth's mightiest warriors, alien princes and actual deities are roped into a game of baseball, and it's just as hilarious as it sounds in concept. The episode is also a much-needed highlight episode for Yamcha, who has been further pushed to the sidelines since the early days of Dragon Ball Z.

The aforementioned ordeal is one of Goku's greatest trials he will face in the entirety of Dragon Ball media. He has to try and earn his driver's license. And Piccolo is trying to earn his as well. Little more need be said than the basic plot summary, but it's easy to see why this episode is so beloved, as two of the least street-level educated characters in all of fiction have to take a driving test and shenanigans are plentiful.

Seeing two flying, planet-destroying fighters turn their driving tests into a destruction derby race is some of the best laughs Dragon Ball has to offer viewers, and the mental image of Goku and Piccolo barely fitting into their tiny test cars has become some of the most well-known in the entire franchise. From minute one until the credits role, this episode will leave viewers in stitches. It's not just the best filler episode, it is easily one of the best episodes, period.

About the next four episodes, I would definitely recommend watching them together or at least watch episode 51-53 together, because storywise it makes no sense to separate these three episodes. And episode 54 containes maybe one of the most iconic scenes from the series that I think plays well with the context in episode 53, and would make for at great in depth discussion.

Speaking of episodes, I know it will not be relevant for quite some time, but not matter what you guys decides to do, PLEASE make sure to watch episode 82-84 together. This is super important, you will know why when you get to them.

I think two per episode is the best for you guys since I do like you guys analyzing things and there is going to be a lot of that with the end of season big round up talk. It feels just like yesterday with a dying Kircheis getting Reinhard to promise to conquer the universe.

Many fans were devastated by the news that One Piece was on a hiatus due to Toei animation being hacked (via However, there was a silver lining as the creators promised that the next few episodes of the anime would have better pacing and animation.

While this means that some filler episodes will be cut, the show will not get rid of them altogether as there are many viewers who love to watch them too (as they provide a nice break from the intense drama). The Dragon Ball franchise is a perfect example of how they could implement this correctly as the creators of that show managed to find a perfect balance between action and drama, and the light-hearted fun.

Many of Goku's trials prior to the 23rd Tournament were interesting and each of them blurred in some unique Chinese or Japanese folklore. Goku's trip in this episode involves meeting a king and queen and then saving the daughter from a man who wants to marry her. It comes off as a very typical romantic knight tale, except here it's cheerful Goku as 'the hero.'

Goku enters what is known as Demon Land and faces off against, obviously, demons. There he faces Shura, who Goku is surprisingly weaker than. He does succeed but uses the light of the Kamehameha to defeat him. What's so fun about this episode is that the Demon Land or Demon Realm actually appears again in canon. It's also a fun episode to watch for those who have seen The Sleeping Princess in Devil's Castle movie as there are many references from the film here.

Most filler episodes tend to lean toward the humorous side and the "Princess Snake" is one of those. Here, Goku falls into a food trap as Princess Snake slowly falls for Goku, but decides she'll just eat him after learning about his love for his family.

The episode features many surprising moments of comedy, such as the Goku eating everyone's dinners, but also heartfelt moments that remind Goku why he's here on Snakeway and to continue on his journey. Goku escaping Princess Snake's belly is also very memorable as he soon tangles her into a knot.

Goku goes to Hell, otherwise called "HFIL" (Home for infinite losers). Goku's twisting endeavors against the two ogres are fun and, like all of the Snakeway episodes, bring more details on King Yemma. Against Goz, Goku displays his abnormal strength. But while against Mez, Goku also showcases his phenomenal speed. 041b061a72


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