When Dragon Ball Z debuted in 1989, the original source only lasted for six months. This is not so much for a title that goes on TV every week without fail. It was imperative for the creators that the anime always follows the manga storyline and does not overtake it.
The creators came to the only logical decision - to supplement the series with fillers to fill the airtime and give the manga author time to catch up. In the case of Dragon Ball Z, such episodes usually involved character training, conflict with a lesser villain, or simply loud screams in a tense conflict. Most fillers were, at best, forgettable. At worst, some kind of mini-arch about Garlick the Younger. Over the course of nearly 300 episodes of Dragon Ball Z, about 40 filler episodes were released, most of which were between story arcs.
The best Dragon Ball Z filler [or possibly worst] episode aired on February 5, 1992 in Japan, and September 13, 2000 in America. The episode "Trial of Goku" focuses on the powerful Goku and Piccolo, who are trying to ... get their driver's license. While this episode certainly has nothing to do with manga, this excruciatingly unusual adventure is believed to have been inspired by the official Dragon Ball art, which was used as the cover for chapters 255-256 of the manga.
Trial of Goku stands out among the 40 other Dragon Ball Z episodes for several reasons, but the biggest of them is its humor. Quite possibly the dumbest Dragon Ball Z episode in the world - and I say that as a compliment. These are the thoughts that go to Kotaku author Ben Bertoli.
The episode begins with Chi-chi running away from a wild boar who chased her while she was returning from the grocery store. A tray of eggs flies out of her bag of groceries and flies into the eyes of the wild boar, blinded, he falls off the cliff.
Upon returning home, she sees Goku resting after a hard training session with Gohan and Piccolo. He says that they are going to wash, to which Chi-Chi replies that she almost died while walking back from the store and she was tired of it. Chi-chi demands that Goku and Piccolo go and hand her over together so that from now on they can take her to the store. Yes, even Piccolo, who has apparently been giving up Chi-Chi's hospitality for weeks, is getting hot. Goku and Piccolo are the most powerful heroes on Earth, but they know they won't win this fight.
Fast forward to the next day with Goku and Piccolo waiting outside the driving school, dressed in monstrously gruesome '90s clothes. Piccolo, who looks as funny as possible, explains to the stunned Goku that in fact these are his clothes, which Chi-Chi simply gave him to make him seem like a normal earth guy.
But hey, we're not here to look at the pumped up Piccolos in these jeans.
Meet - two funny driving instructors! The first is an old gentleman and the second is a young woman. Goku sits down with the old man, and Piccolo with the girl.
It turns out that his teacher is still a crazy ace who shouts "We are burning rubber!" [which is especially comical considering that in this universe there are no wheels for cars and they fly] sharply on the gas. In turn, the feeble teacher Goku cannot even open the door.
Meanwhile, Gohan studies under the gaze of his loving mother. Instead of studying mathematics, Gohan paints a comical portrait of his father and Piccolo [who, to be honest, is a much better father for him at the moment], suspiciously reminiscent of the official art of Akira Toriyama mentioned in the introduction. Gohan decides to give a damn about science and sneak out with his pet dragon to watch his dad learn to drive.
Our hero is so incompetent at the wheel that he rips it off, and then almost drowns the car. Piccolo, in turn, having taken over control from an insane instructor, drives like a law-abiding citizen - it was not for nothing that he stuck under a waterfall for months and learned self-control.
Reckless Goku overtakes him and for a friend it becomes a challenge, a moment and they are already competing. Alas, their little race ends with screams, a fireball and an explosion. The machines have been destroyed, our heroes are hoping that they have not killed their teachers.
As it turns out, the spacing of the driving school cars is not a major breach of the agreement, as we move on to the next day when both Goku and Piccolo are again trying to satisfy their instructors. And this time it's raining.
Suddenly, a large thunderbolt struck the top of a nearby cliff, and an avalanche of rocks and ice hit the bus with adorable kids. Very similar to the situation with the giant boar at the beginning of the episode, as the bus falls off a cliff.
Our gallant heroes see this, jump out of their hovering cars and crash them again. They grab a bus and face their main enemies - boulders. And so, they pathetically deal with the situation to thunderous applause from their driving mentors. But they have already crashed four cars and, apparently, this is already too much. They are kicked out and told that they will not receive a driving license.
Upon learning of this, Chi-chi faints, overwhelmed by Goku and his stupidity.
The episode ends with a sudden three-year leap forward. A white car is parked outside Goku's house, sparkling in the sun. Goku and Piccolo returned and passed the driving test? Chi-Chi is fed up and got a license herself? How could they afford a hovering car when no one in this family works? I guess we will never know the answers.
The author of Kotaku ends up as follows:
Well, wasn't it funny? You can see why fans, myself included, love this wacky episode so much. It's a delightful and memorable break from the usual Dragon Ball Z format, giving audiences laughter on demand. It's amazing to think it has been around for over 25 years.
The Topic of Article: Best Dragon Ball Z Filler Episode.