Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Sub Thoughts - Dragon Ball: Episode 25: Get Up, Goku! The Fearsome Tenku Pekeji-ken

Episode Data
Original Japanese Airdate:
August 13, 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), Narrator (Joji Yanami)
Synopsis: The sixth match is Goku and Namu’s semi-finals fight. Goku attacks Namu by imitating the Zanzoken that Jackie displayed during his fight with Kuririn. Namu skillfully dodges this attack! Namu attempts to finish Goku off with his special attack, the Tenku Pekeji-ken! Goku is hit by the attack and downed, but revives right before the count of ten! Namu further comes out him with the Super Tenku Pekeji-ken, but Goku breaks through the technique. Goku then advances to the finals!


The Fearsome whoobie-what-now? Hopefully it'll give a translation in-episode, but I'm going to assume that's the original name for Namu's Sky X Attack.

Goku's a fast learner, though his after-image sure didn't work as well as Chun's.

Nope, no translation at all for the Tenku Pekeji-ken. Any help guys? I'm pretty sure I know 'ten' means 'heaven', or at least it can. Given the nature of this technique, and Namu's character, I'm assuming it still means it here.

Speaking of Namu's character, I knew his name must come from the Bhuddist mantra 'Namu Amida Butsu', but I didn't realize he says it as he flies back down to attack. You know the kicker though? THAT got a translation in the subs but not the attack! I'm more inclined to think that someone might know what this phrase more or less means without one if they've watched other anime/read other manga (Rurouni Kenshin comes to mind) than the attack name so what gives?

Oh great, now it's 'Cho-Tenku Pekeji-ken'! Does Cho maybe mean like 'Super' or something? Now that I think of it, 'ken' means 'fist' right? So...Heaven something fist would be a translation for this maybe?

I think I've finally heard enough of the announcer to make a choice by the way, and...once again, I'm equal. Kenji Utsumi does a great job with the character, but so does Eric Vale. Neither one overplays it more than is needed, as it would be easy to overshoot it given how excitable the guy is.

Despite the gravity of what he was fighting for, and how much he has truly lost (or at least thinks he has) Namu is a great sportsman to accept his defeat with such ease and even to congratulate Goku.

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