Sunday, March 24, 2013
Sub Thoughts: Dragon Ball: Episode 23: He's Here! The Mighty Foe Giran
Original Japanese Airdate: July 30, 1986
Major Cast: Son Goku (Masako Nozawa), Kuririn (Mayumi Tanaka), Kame-sennin (Kohei Miyauchi), Yamucha (Toru Furuya), Bulma (Hiromi Tsuru), Oolong (Naoki Tatsuta), Puar (Naoko Watanabe), Namu (Kaneto Shiozawa), Ranfan (Yoko Kawanami), Giran (Banjou Ginga), Narrator (Joji Yanami)
Synopsis: At last it’s Goku’s turn! The one facing Goku in the fourth match was the powerful opponent Giran!! Goku is knocked around by Giran’s stream of unfair attacks! Giran traps Goku in the rubbery Guru-Guru Gum that he shoots from his mouth!! Goku is in an absolutely desperate pinch! Just as he is about to be thrown out of the ring, his chopped-off tail suddenly grows back, and his power multiplies! Seeing this, Giran surrenders!!
I've heard a bit of Banjou Ginga's Giran so far obviously, but this is the episode where I'll give it my final decision on if I prefer him over Andrew Chandler's take obviously.
I'd forgotten all about the ploy of a storm to pad out this episode a bit. It's gotta be filler, but it's nice to see a different weather pattern in this show at least once.
I know it's just a repeated music track, but why is the guy at the piano playing the same tune as the western bar where we first met Lunch? It just doesn't fit.
Okay, maybe it fits a bit with Giran's new 'Gunslinger' get-up that I still don't quite get, but still.
I can't make a decision between Banjou Ginga or Andrew Chandler, I feel they both did really good with the character. Both make him sound monstrous, and both make him sound like a real jerk. I think they did a really good job casting Chandler for the dub.
I'm actually more on Giran's side, Goku's use of the Kinto'un really should be against the rules, whereas Giran's flight was natural and the gum is a technique.
Giran's such a coward for being such a strong guy, it stinks. I would have liked to see how long he could stand up to Goku with his tail returned.