The era of peace continues, allowing this episode to delve into character to an extent that the show is rarely allowed to do. Where the last episode focused on Mr. Satan, this one shines the light on Krillin and Vegeta.
The prior meets up with Goku while he’s still working and reflects on how big the gap in strength between the two has become since they first met. It was nice to see the flashbacks to ‘Dragon Ball’ and their childhood. It was a good way to acknowledge the roots of not only the characters, but the franchise as a whole.
As a result of the reminiscing, Krillin becomes curious as to just how strong Goku is and requests that the Saiyan punch him. While Goku is reluctant, he eventually complies. He doesn’t even transform into any of his super forms, but he is still able to send his old friend flying. To his credit, Goku does try and catch Krillin after seeing what happened, but it doesn’t exactly work out the way he had planned.
In any event, Krillin implies that he wishes to train again. Actually, he seems to go back and forth on the issue. He suggests that being a father is enough, but later says that he wants to train again. Android 18 doesn’t really say anything, as she’s busy tending to his wounds, but she seems OK with it. It was actually a rather sweet scene between the two.
The second half of the episode cuts to Bulma, who is feeding Whis all kinds of delicious food in the hope of keeping the Earth safe from Beerus in the future. It’s a clever tactic, though Whis waffles when Bulma suggests that he would keep the Earth safe in exchange for the food. Knowing Beerus, she could just offer him this food, but Whis is more approachable.
Vegeta doesn’t take kindly to this development, but changes his tune when Whis reveals that he is Beerus’ teacher. Suddenly, the odds of passing Goku naturally improves as Whis reveals that it is possible if Vegeta can control his energy properly. This goes against what was established about ascending to the godform, but it works out for the prince, who wishes to ascend without help.
Well, sort of. He doesn’t want help, but he does humbly ask to become Whis’ student. Yes, you read that right, humbly. Vegeta even bows. You can tell he didn’t like doing it, but it just makes the gesture that much more powerful.
Whis initially agrees, on the condition that Vegeta becomes a god of destruction, but Vegeta counters by offering him the best food on the planet. It leads to a goofy montage of Vegeta taking Whis to different places to try foods. Oddly enough, it never occurs to Vegeta to offer Whis cake, bacon cheeseburgers, prime rib, or macaroni and cheese with hot dogs in it. Or, if beverages count, introduce him to the likes of Pepsi, chocolate milk, or lemon lime Kool-Aid (or the non-copyrighted equivalent of it). In the end, it’s instant noodles that end up convincing Whis to take Vegeta in as his protege.
This was a fun episode. As noted, it goes into character a lot more than most episodes and it definitely worked in the episodes favor. The scenes with Goku and Krillin were fun and it was nice to see the two friends reconnect. Some will cringe at the Vegeta scenes as they are more on the goofy side, but they’re amusing enough. It is odd how Vegeta is suddenly incompetent at cooking when he seemed to do just fine a few episodes ago, but rule of funny may apply here. All in all, it was a strong and entertaining entry.