Dragon Ball 34Posted: July 25, 2008
Whoops, I think I said this volume had Goku saying goodbye. It doesn’t, that’s the next one.
What happened here was actually kind of surprising. The battle between Cell and Goku gets underway, and there are several chapters which are almost entirely without dialogue. I still think this is pretty cool, but Dragonball is probably one of the only series that would still be able to get away with it, at least for me. Well, Dragonball and Berserk.
There’s some trash talk, of course, then after a couple chapters, Goku, not the least bit beaten, decides he’s not going to fight anymore. He hands things over to Gohan, who doesn’t really want to fight, but Goku seems pretty confident he’ll win. So confident, in fact, he lets Cell heal himself. Cell realizes he has to get Gohan good and mad if he wants a real fight, so he starts picking on everybody, spawning mini-Cells to beat everyone up.
There’s actually a surprising amount of violence in this volume. The mini-Cells are blown to bits in a surprisingly graphic way, and at one point, Cell is totally blown in half himself. I think this is probably okay since Cell can regenerate himself, but it’s still sort of… odd to see a pair of legs just lying there.
But yes. I am quite pleased by the Cell game so far, and I’m looking forward to the “goodbye” volume.