Saturday, September 19, 2015

"Dragon Ball Z, Vol. 4: Goku vs. Vegeta" by Akira Toriyama


Previously on Dragon Ball Z

(I) Vegeta and Nappa (2 Saiyans) have arrived to Earth to annihilate everyone and find the Dragon Balls. Goku is Earth's last salvation and luckily he makes to the battle before they kill his son.

(II) Yamcha is dead, and Nappa killed Tenshinhan and Chaozu. As fate would have it Vegeta killed Nappa because he couldn't fight Goku anymore.

(III) Vegeta and Goku are going to head into one of the dangerous battles of this series and we have no idea what the outcome will be. Will it be Goku or Vegeta? 

That is what you missed on Dragon Ball Z!

Automatically this manga gets full stars because Akira Toriyama doesn't hold back and spoils us rotten with this epic battle between two characters who would become legends in this series. I remember watching the anime version of this battle and having my mouth agape of wonder and amazement. If the anime could make dreams come true in terms of animation, the manga lives up to the high expectations and makes you get sucked into this chaotic world.

Vegeta is a fighter that Goku has never encountered and throughout the manga you get to see that Goku is thrilled to fight Vegeta and at the same time worrying the fate of the world depends on his shoulders. We get to see Goku push the limits of his powers and rock Vegeta's core beliefs. In his homeland they gave him that name because the planet was called Vegeta but also to be given that name you have to be one of the strongest fighters of all time which is he but he is not a proficient fighter as Goku who has gone through hell and back to become a better fighter with better stamina.

By discovering Goku who is a Saiyan and beating the living hell out of Vegeta, it puts him into a new level of anger as his pride is hurt as Goku makes him bleed and making him use the limits of his power which has never been heard of in Vegeta's past battles. Goku loses all his powers and becomes weak and unfortunately Vegeta becomes a Saiyan Monkey by creating his own decoy Moon (the real one destroyed by Master Roshi and then Piccolo again) and crushes Goku. 

Gohan and Kuririn were leaving to Kame's house for protection until they see a ball of light and Gohan senses that Goku is in danger and need their help. When they arrive and help out, they are able to cut Vegeta's tail thanks to Yajirobe and we get a glimpse of Ape Gohan for a few moments. In the end thanks to team work they were able to make Vegeta weak to the point that he needs to retreat back to his pod. This is the first time for both the good guys and bad weren't able to kill each other in the end and clearly this is not the end for Goku and Vegeta. 

Even though it takes me less than an hour to read this manga, I felt like I just went through a two hour intensive action film that left me speechless and needing more Dragon Ball Z action. I have no clue what will happen next but I cannot wait to read the next volume. So stay tuned for the next new review of Dragon Ball Z...

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