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This article is about the episode. For the soundtrack, see Goku's Unusual Journey (soundtrack).

Goku's Unusual Journey is the fourth episode of the Raditz Saga and the fourth episode in the original Saban dub of the Dragon Ball Z series.


Goku has Raditz in a full-nelson. Raditz pleads with his brother to reconsider what he is doing, but Goku only holds on tighter. Piccolo finally gathers enough energy for the technique, and fires it at Raditz. The beam goes directly through Raditz, and directly through Goku. The two fall to the ground mortally wounded. Piccolo approaches Raditz who murmurs that Goku foolishly sacrificed his life. Piccolo tells Raditz about the Dragon Balls and the wish they grant, and Raditz relays the message to his two partners in deep space. Raditz tells them that these two are far stronger than him, and that they will arrive in one year. Raditz laughs maniacally, and Piccolo finally puts him out of his misery.


Goku and Raditz are both fatally injured by Piccolo's Special Beam Cannon. Note that this was censored by FUNimation and Saban

In deep space, Raditz's partners hear of the Dragon Balls and the wish they grant. The shorter of the two, who we later know as Vegeta, says that they are going to wish for eternal life, so they load their space capsule and head for Earth. Meanwhile, Bulma, Master Roshi, and Krillin arrive just in time to bid Goku farewell. Goku's body vanishes at the hands of Master Roshi, while everyone is left to mourn his death and prepare for the approaching threat.

Major events

  • Goku and Raditz both die and go to the Other World.
  • Nappa and Vegeta head for Earth to make a wish with the Dragon Balls.
  • First speaking appearance of Nappa and Vegeta. Prior to this, the two briefly appeared in a flashback story told by Raditz.


"Prepare yourself Goku, it's time!"
— Piccolo (ready to use his Special Beam Cannon)

— Raditz (moments before Piccolo's Special Beam Cannon hits; to Goku)

"Raditz stinks!"
— Nappa (after Raditz is killed; to Vegeta)

"What an idiot! How could he let himself be beat by men with such low fighting powers?"
— Vegeta (after Raditz is killed; to Nappa)


The alternate title card used in Pioneer's DVD/VHS release


  • Pioneer's DVD/VHS release for this episode uses an alternate title card.
  • The Ogre who drives Goku to Snake Way has a voice similar to the actor Woody Allen in this dub.


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