Dragon Ball Z #6
originally published by Shueisha, Inc (1983)
“A Warrior In Hell”
produced by Bird Studio
WRITER/ARTIST: Akira Toriyama
ENGLISH ADAPTATION: Gerard Jones
TRANSLATION: Lillian Olsen
TOUCH-UP ART/LETTERING: Wayne Truman
EDITOR: Trish Ledoux
Goku is taken to see Lord Emma by Kami, who wants Goku to train with Kaio-Sama (dubbed anime fans may know him as King Kai), the Lord Of Worlds. To do so Goku will have to travel on Snake Way, a trip that’s dangerous even for a dead guy. Meanwhile back on Earth, Bulma takes Raditz’ scouter to fix (and adapt for Japanese language) so she can find their friends Yamcha and Tenshinhan to help fight the incoming Saiyans. Then Piccolo, who regenerates his arm, takes Gohan to unlock the boy’s hidden power and also help fight the Saiyans, leaving the others to find the wish-granting Dragon Balls and face an even worse threat: telling Goku’s wife Chi-Chi about her husband and son!
What they got right: Piccolo’s growing his arm looks pretty cool. There’s also an extension to the Dragon Ball Universe mythology.
What they got wrong: But the flaw in Toryama’s “make it up as I go along” style hits the first mistake. They say that Kaio/King Kai is the top deity, but we’ll be meeting his superiors before this series is over.
Recommendation: Still an enjoyable read. Snag it if you can.