Sunday, March 10, 2013

Sub Thoughts - Dragon Ball: Episode 9: The Rabbit Boss's Special Technique

Episode Data
Original Japanese Airdate:
April 23, 1986
Major Cast: Son Goku (Masako Nozawa), Bulma (Hiromi Tsuru), Kame-sennin (Kohei Miyauchi), Yamucha (Toru Furuya), Oolong (Naoki Tatsuta), Puar (Naoko Watanabe), Monster Carrot (Hiroshi Otake), Rabbit Gang Members (Issei Futamata & Masaharu Sato), Narrator (Joji Yanami)
Synopsis: Goku and the others visit a stand in order to fill up on gasoline. The townspeople are all frightened of Bulma, who is wearing rabbit ears. They don’t understand why, but then some scoundrels calling themselves the Rabbit Gang show up! Their boss, the Carrotizor, has the power to turn anyone who touches his hand into a carrot!! Bulma is turned into a carrot by him. Unable to merely watch, Yamcha rescues Bulma. Goku and the others defeat the Rabbit Gang, and once again set out to search for the Dragon Balls!!


As much as I enjoy this episode, and even knowing that it's canon apparently, I can't help but still think it's filler of sorts. It doesn't really do much to advance anything. I guess it's 'fluff' rather than filler if I had to use another term besides 'canon filler'.

Another thought just on the show itself rather than the sub - when Bulma's buying those Hoi Poi capsules, she's deliberately picking certain ones out. I wonder if she's picking them for storage capacity for what she's going to put in them, or for what's already in them? Actually, do the capsules come pre-made with certain things in them or do you get empty ones and you put stuff in them? Or maybe both kinds exist?

Oh wait, she just said that it was a house capsule she bought, so I guess that one came with a house in it already. Still, my question stands sort-of.

I know it's probably silly, but from the first moment the two Rabbit solider guys spoke, I automatically missed the Kyle Hebert performance given to one of them in the dub. I'm sure it was annoying to a lot of people, but I thought the snide voice and the 'Yes, no, maybe?' were hilarious.

There's no proof obviously, but I still think that the soldiers here at least would later be where Toriyama got his idea for the Red Ribbon Army, sort-of. The outfits seem similar, and it's another military-type organization with a silly theme. Instead of rabbits like here, it was colors.

I don't know what it is about the seiyuu's voice for Usagi Ninjinka (Rabbit Carrot Transformer), but I like it. There's some weird quality to his voice that I find rather appealing for this character. Though, I quite liked the dub voice for him too, which was Duncan Brannan I think. Oh, and I can't seem to find who the seiyuu for Usagi is, so if anyone knows let me know, kay?

Also, I know that the eventual conclusion for Usagi is from another Japanese folktale (not one I've ever actual read though), but is the ability to turn people into carrots by touching them from that too, or was that just a witty power to give a rabbit-based character?

I think I catch a background joke on the sign for a building. 'Toriya Motors'. Toriyama Motors...Toriyamotors...Toriyamo...Toriyama! :P Maybe I'm just looking for this one though lol.

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