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Dragon Ball Episode 4 Review: “Oolong the Terrible”

Ryder here, geeking out over Dragon Ball Episode 4, “Oolong the Terrible.” In this episode, Goku and Bulma’s quest for the Dragon Balls leads them to Aru Village, a seemingly deserted place with a shape-shifting terror named Oolong on the loose.

A Village in Distress and Oolong’s Shenanigans

After a minor motorcycle mishap with Bulma, Goku senses the presence of villagers, despite the ghost town vibe. They meet the Sherman Priest, who reveals that Oolong, a shapeshifting monster, has been kidnapping the village’s daughters. The plot thickens when Bulma learns the villagers possess the Six-Star Dragon Ball but won’t part with it unless Goku and Bulma defeat Oolong.

Goku’s Disguise and Oolong’s Transformations

In an attempt to trap Oolong, Goku hilariously disguises himself as Pochawompa, the next kidnapping target. Oolong, shifting from a devil to a handsome man to a bull, tries to woo “Pochawompa.” But he soon discovers Goku’s ruse and transforms into a metal ninja. This episode really showcases Oolong’s transformation skills, revealing him as a crafty yet somewhat cowardly character.

Oolong’s Downfall and the Village’s Secret

After a wild chase, Goku captures Oolong in his true form – a small pig. It turns out Oolong’s been living in a lavish mansion with the “kidnapped” girls, who seem more spoiled than scared. Oolong confesses his woes of being dumped and his need for companionship.

Reward Time: The Six-Star Dragon Ball

For their heroics, Grandma Paozu hands over the Six-Star Dragon Ball to Goku and Bulma. Bulma, still fuming from Goku’s earlier underwear prank, tries and fails to ride the Nimbus Cloud, cementing her jealousy of Goku’s pure heart.

Major Events and Battles

– Goku and Bulma’s arrival in Aru Village and their encounter with Oolong.

– Goku’s showdown with Oolong in various forms.

– Goku and Bulma acquiring the Six-Star Dragon Ball.

Differences from the Manga and Edits

The episode adds some filler scenes, like the villagers praying for Goku and Bulma’s success. In the manga, some events happen differently, like how Bulma receives the Dragon Ball. Also, the English dubs made some cuts and changes, especially in scenes involving Oolong’s lewd behavior.

Trivia and Firsts

– This episode marks the first time Goku convinces a villain to change his ways.

– We see Goku in girls’ clothing for the first time, something that’s revisited later in the series.

Final Thoughts

“Oolong the Terrible” mixes humor, action, and a bit of the bizarre to deliver another classic Dragon Ball episode. It’s an early showcase of Goku’s innocence and strength, and Bulma’s resourcefulness and temper. 

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