Tuesday, November 3, 2015

"Dragon Ball Z, Vol. 16: The Room of Spirit and Time" by Akira Toriyama


Previously on Dragon Ball Z

(I) This evil creature named Cell has appeared creating havoc in the world as he is trying to absorb Androids #17 & 18.

(II) Trunks who is the son of Vegeta and Bulma come from the future and help Goku in order to guarantee a better future.

(III) Goku, Gohan, Vegeta, and Trunks head to the Room of Spirit and Time to train and surpass the Super Saiyan level in order to beat Cell.

That is what you missed on Dragon Ball Z!

This volume was fascinating between the epic fighting sequences and how the storyline will develop for the upcoming volumes. I personally did not care much about the androids storyline because it is ridiculous the concept that robots can kill Goku who is practically Superman. The good thing is that for Akira Toriyama's redemption is to kill these androids to serve a greater purpose.

As Goku, Gohan, Vegeta, and Trunks are training at Kami-Sama's place, the rest of the time has to fight in order to help delay time for their arrival to come and kick ass. Vegeta and Trunks are the first to train inside the chamber and when they come out, Vegeta and his pride has reached a new level as they leave the chambers and head towards the fight. Vegeta surpassed the Super Saiyan level which will later be known as Super Saiyan 2 (Yes I know how original) and a big surprise later on which is Trunks has achieve that same level too but in power he has surpassed his father which he is embarrassed because he doesn't want to hurt his father's pride.

Vegeta takes the first chance to fight Cell and Vegeta is actually whooping some ass which I am extremely glad about but he becomes ignorant halfway into the fight because he wants to fight Cell in his true form. The androids are in hiding for a long period of time but Kuririn blew their cover when he discovered their location. Bulma was able to create a remote control that will disable the androids leaving them available for the attack and when Kuririn finds them he is unable to use the remote because he has fallen in love with Android #18 so he personally sabotages it.

Meanwhile that encounter Cell and Vegeta make the connection of the androids presence and Cell was lucky enough to reach his true potential. With all the countless transformations he has made in these volumes I will abmit that I love him in this final one because he reminds me of Freeza and how polish his character looks. I feel like the more these villains look less hideous, the more deadly and powerful they truly are. Now that the score is even, Vegeta is trying to defeat Cell but he is no match for him and almost dies in the line of battle.

Trunks in the end realizes that he is the only one who can save his father but he needs to transform to Super Saiyan 2 without his father presence. I did not like that before Vegeta was knocked out unconscious, Trunks was a wimp because he didn't want to hurt his father pride and I understand where he is coming from but Vegeta could have easily died and then we would had this long dialogue of Trunks couldn't save his father and etc.

We won't see Trunks potential until the next volume and this storyline is becoming very familiar for me especially with Trunks transformation and the Cell games that will come in the next volume. Other than that I believe that Akira Toriyama is getting better in his storytelling in each volume and while he brings familiar elements in this series, I for one will agree that I love every minute of this series and I cannot get enough of Goku and the gang. Stay tuned for more until next time on Dragon Ball Z...

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