Kid Buu shines fabulous pink light all over the earth before destroying it. Goku, Vegeta, Dende, Mr. Satan, and Bee are saved thanks to Kibito Kai teleporting them to his planet, but Piccolo, Goten, and Trunks are caught in the blast and killed. Buu regenerates and reveals he can now use Instant Transmission. Kibito Kai, Older Kai, and Dende are sent to New Namek to use the Namekian Dragon Balls. After destroying several planets in a row, Buu finally locates Vegeta and Goku on Kibito Kai’s planet. Even though Vegeta steps in long enough to get trampled by Buu, Goku mostly holds his own as an SSJ3 and Vegeta finally removes the stick from his southern exit and admits that Goku is the better fighter.
Goku’s power fades and he reverts back to base form. Vegeta concocts the idea to restore the earth, bring everyone back who’s been killed since the 25th World’s Martial Arts Tournament and for Goku to use the Spirit Bomb on Buu. While gathering energy, Kid Buu spits up Good Buu and the two fight. After some help from Mr. Satan, everyone on earth gives their energy but Goku still isn’t able to follow through with the Spirit Bomb because he’s too weak. Good Buu is down for the count and Vegeta tries to distract Buu, but his body isn’t able to take as much punishment now that he’s living again. The final wish is used to refresh Goku’s lost energy and Buu is finally defeated.
Ten years pass. Vegeta and Bulma have another kid that nobody cares about, Gohan (now a scholar) and Videl have gotten married and have a little girl named Pan that takes after her grandpa when it comes to fighting, and Goten and Trunks are now teenagers who care more about dating than fighting. Goku spends all his time training and hasn’t talked to anyone in five years, so he gets scolded for that by everyone. A new World’s Martial Arts Tournament is set to take place and Goku, Vegeta, Goten, Trunks, and Pan all enter. Goku seems particularly excited about fighting a scrawny runt named Uub who turns out to be the reincarnation of Evil Buu. In the middle of their match, Goku decides to leave his friends and family behind to go train Uub. The series ends with Goku setting off on a new adventure.
When the earth is first destroyed, Goku grieves the deaths of Gohan, Goten, and Trunks but fails to mention Piccolo. So after all that sluggish green man has done for you with raising and training your kids and giving way more of a crap about them than their own fathers do, you can’t even grieve him properly when he dies for the second time? That’s some weak sauce, Goku.
It’s kind of amusing seeing Babidi cheer for Goku to win over Buu while being stuck in Hell, but what’s even more entertaining is Vegeta’s goofy logic surrounding his reasoning for the first wish. Instead of wishing for everyone to be wished back that Buu has killed since waking up (which Goku mentions), Vegeta explains that his logic is that Babidi would be brought back to life and he doesn’t want to deal with that evil wizard again. The error in that is that Babidi didn’t die until after the tournament ended, so he technically should have been brought back with Vegeta’s wish.
When Porunga is summoned, he’s again able to understand both English and Namekian. It’s explained that some alterations have been made to the dragon, but it’s even more inconsistent. Back during the time when Frieza was wrecking havoc on Namek, there was such a big deal about the Namekian password being needed to summon the dragon. The race to the Dragon Balls once they were gathered lasted like 12 episodes alone. Porunga is summoned in English and responds to English dialogue directed at him, but then Dende still makes the wishes in Namekian. How do you say, “This is some bullcrap,” in Namekian?
It’s pretty surprising to realize Vegeta is the one that comes up with the plan to save the universe from Buu. Not only because it’s one of the most selfless things the character has ever done, but also because the Spirit Bomb never crossed Goku’s mind since the attack wasn’t even able to stop Frieza. While Kid Buu is fighting Good Buu, every blow Kid Buu lands results in Good Buu making these high pitched squeaks. He sounds like the Pillsbury Doughboy being beaten to death.
Good Buu is thought to be down for the count multiple times, but one of the times he gets up results in him completely bitch slapping Mr. Satan without saying a word. It’s almost as satisfying as when Super Buu killed Chi Chi. Back at Kami’s Lookout, the resurrected fighters decide to try and convince more people to give their energy. Piccolo goes to a carnival and terrifies everyone there just by showing up. Once Mr. Satan chimes in and gets more people to give their energy, Piccolo is shown laughing for the first time in the series while standing on a Ferris wheel and it is absolutely frightening. Later, he flies around with his eyes closed because what else is there left to do after accomplishing so much?
While Goku is trying to gather energy as Buu beats the tar out of Vegeta, Porunga just sits there without saying a word while waiting for the last wish to be made. Everyone kind of forgets about him, too. Giving the OK signal twice with his hands before granting two of the wishes seems completely out of place for a dragon. Just a quick aside here; why didn’t Super Buu regress to Evil Buu after Good Buu was removed from his people pod? Turning back into that brown turd would’ve made more sense than him reverting to Kid Buu, which is somehow even more powerful than his previous state and his most powerful transformation overall.
Once Buu is finally defeated and everyone goes back to their peaceful ways, Goku is shown once again bathing with naked children in his hobo fire trash can. Not only that, but you get to witness some naked fusion and Vegeta breaking the fourth wall. Meanwhile, Tien is nice enough to show up again wearing absolutely every bed sheet that he was able to find in his house. One of the highlights is seeing Good Buu try not to get angry in society and make money to buy ice cream.
The final episode before the 10 year time jump has Bulma throwing a party and everyone being invited, which results in one of the best random moments in the series when Vegeta offers Buu some of his sandwich. Goku goes out of his way to take care of a nest belonging to giant birds that look similar to the one Saiyaman rescued however many episodes back. While Goku is protecting the eggs, he’s swallowed by a giant fish which he barely acknowledges. But then you realize he’s been inside worse things like Chi Chi.
The time jump only seems to get interesting once the series ends. Vegeta demands to be told more about the tournament and this mystery fighter that Goku is so eager to fight with, but Goku replies with, “I’d really rather talk about hot dogs.” You already know that Trunks grows up to be awesome, but Goten has become really boring, wears a shirt with his name on it because it’s so easy to forget your Goku’s son these days, and has this half-mullet thing that does nothing for him other than portray him as a douche.
The ending is pretty crappy overall though as it mostly just feels like this rushed cliffhanger meant to be crammed between seasons rather than the defining conclusion to a long running and extremely beloved anime series. You don’t even get to find out who won the tournament. Piccolo points out that Goku looks happier than he has in a long time, but everyone else is miserable. Way to screw over your friends yet again, Goku. You’re quite possibly the greatest fighter the earth has ever had to offer and extremely kind hearted, but your selfless ways are often more selfish than they should be and your friends always suffer because of your poor decisions. Make babies they said. Go to Namek they said. Marry a woman no one can stand they said. It’ll be fun they said. This is what being 40 is really like, you guys. Approaching middle age has never felt so carefree and unsatisfying.
The Funimation sets are really inexpensive with most of them being less than $20 a piece, but the unfortunate issue is that the picture chops off strips at the top and bottom. Characters will be standing there without their heads visible or be knocked on the ground and their body completely disappears. The animation is supposedly remastered and uncut, but this suffers as well. Someone will cough up blood but you can’t see it because of the way the picture is cropped. The image is brighter and the frames have been cleaned up, but much of the animation blurs and colors bleed into each other whenever the ground shakes.
While you may be suggesting Dragon Ball Z Kai, that has its issues as well. The show is available in HD, the animation is cleaned up and streamlined, and all filler has been removed so the anime is more in line with the manga. What’s unfortunate is that Kai almost seems to remove material that is semi-important. When Piccolo is fighting Android 17, there’s this big sequence where he fires a bunch of blasts and 17 yells that Piccolo is a terrible shot. Every blast Piccolo threw into the air is suddenly revealed to be in suspended animation around 17 and Piccolo makes a motion with his hand as they all hit 17 at once. Kai takes out the shock factor. The cast is kind of funky as well as some of the characters are voiced by the same actors as the Funimation dub while others sound really weird; Piccolo, Imperfect Cell, and Frieza being prime examples. But at least Kai is closer to the manga and uncut in every sense of the word.
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