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Penguin Village (んちゃ!追ってペンギン村, N'cha! Otte Pengin Mura; lit. "N'cha! Pursued to Penguin Village") is the fifty-fifth episode of Dragon Ball and the tenth episode of the General Blue Saga. The episode first aired on March 18, 1987.

Summary

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Goku and the gang tied up from General Blue's special rope

The episode starts out with Goku, Krillin, and Bulma taking a break inside the Kame House. They had just gotten back from their adventure at Pirate Cave. Goku said that he was still determined to find his Four-Star Dragon Ball, but Bulma said that she did not want to go on any more adventures. So she asked if she could borrow Master Roshi's airplane, but soon realized that that was impossible because Launch had already flown away in the plane after she stole the treasure from them.

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General Blue acquires the Dragon Balls after capturing the heroes

A couple minutes later, General Blue entered the Kame House and tied up Goku, Bulma, Krillin, and Master Roshi in some sort of weird blue rope that made them unable to move. General Blue soon found all the Dragon Balls Goku and the others had collected, and took them. Right before he left, he planted a detonator next to them that would blow up in 5 minutes. Luckily, Launch arrived when there was only about a minute or two left.

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General Blue trying to escape from Goku

At first, she thought it was a joke, but Goku told her that it was not a joke and that he needed for her to untie him fast, and that there was no time to explain. After she had untied Goku, he threw the detonator out the window (with only like 2 or 3 seconds left before it was going to blow). Goku then headed out on his Flying Nimbus to retrieve the Dragon Balls that General Blue had stolen.

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Aoi, Akane, Peasuke, Obotchaman and Tsukutsun hear General Blue's jet

He eventually finds General Blue and follows him, and after a while of following him, he ends up in this mysterious town. In the town a little girl named Arale was racing the Gatchan. At the Coffee Pot which is the local café, Akane, Tsukutsun, Obotchaman and Peasuke are having a conversation about spring break when they end up hearing the plane blasting through the town. While flying over the town, the inhabitants look at Goku and Blue, and eventually Goku falls to the village because Blue tricked him with his jet engines, and he meets Arale. General Blue is so smug having got rid of Goku that he does not notice the mountain before him, and he crashes his plane on it.

Cast

Character Name FUNimation dub Original Japanese
Goku Stephanie Nadolny Masako Nozawa
Bulma Tiffany Vollmer Hiromi Tsuru
Master Roshi Mike McFarland Kouhei Miyauchi
Krillin Laurie Steele Mayumi Tanaka
Launch Meredith McCoy Mami Koyama
Turtle Christopher R. Sabat Daisuke Gōri
General Blue Sonny Strait Toshio Furukawa
Arale Linda Young Mami Koyama
Narrator Brice Armstrong Joji Yanami

Trivia

  • Goku states that Krillin doesn't have a nose which, while accurate, comes after he apparently sniffed the diamond in the previous episode.
  • It isn't exactly clear how General Blue is able to see what his ropes are doing whilst he hides outside.
  • The original mission for General Blue's troops was to capture the Dragon Balls and the scientist who made Goku's radar, who they believed to be Master Roshi. As Blue leaves in this episode both Roshi, the original target, and Bulma, the actual Dragon Radar inventor, ask to join the Red Ribbon Army to spare their lives. General Blue refuses them both, thus not completing the full mission Commander Red ordered him to do, and instead almost kills the target that Red wanted by using the bomb. He does however acquire the Dragon Radar by the end of Arale vs. Blue, thus fulfilling that half of his objective.
  • It is unclear how exactly General Blue prepared a cup of tea in the cramped cockpit of his F-4 Phantom.
  • As is typical for most timed bomb scenes in the movies and on TV, the amount of time that passes in real time does not correlate to the time on the bomb's clock. For example, after the clock is shown with 47 seconds left, Krillin exclaims 7 seconds later that they only have 10 seconds left. Six seconds after that, the clock takes eleven and a half seconds to advance the final five seconds on the clock and explode.
  • The Dr. Slump characters that made minor appearances in this episode are Manure-Boy, Poop-Boy, Bird-Poop-Boy, Donbei, Tsuruten Tsun, Kinoko Sarada, Suppaman, King Nikochan and Trampire.
  • Bulma and Krillin appear in an almost identical shot as Akane and Peasuke later in the episode. This is likely an attempt highlighting the similarities between the characters.
  • In one scene, when Goku is eating at the Kame House, he is shown without his arm sleeves, but a second after he has them.
  • Several of Shunsuke Kikuchi's music cues from Dr. Slump were recycled in this episode.

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