Dragon Ball Kai Episodes
Prologue to Battle!
Prologue to Battle! The Return of Goku! (闘いの幕開け! 帰ってきたぞ孫悟空, Tatakai no Makuake! Kaette Kita zo Son Gokū) is the first episode of Dragon Ball Z Kai and the first episode of its version of the Vegeta Saga. The episode first aired on April 5th, 2009. Its original American air date was May 24th, 2010.
The episode begins with a flashback of the Genocide of the Saiyans and the destruction of Planet Vegeta at the hands of Frieza, and the upbringing of Goku on Earth, as depicted in the original Dragon Ball series. Five years have passed since Goku's victory over Piccolo at the World Martial Arts Tournament, and he has since married Chi-Chi. with whom he had a son named Gohan named after Goku's grandpa, Grandpa Gohan.
Goku and Gohan are heading towards a reunion with Goku's friends at the Kame House. Elsewhere, a space pod crashes on Earth. A man with a Battle Armor emerges from the vessel and flies off to scout out a powerful lifeform. He locates it with the help of a scouter apparatus located on his eye. Piccolo is nearly killed by the stranger, but this is averted when the man leaves to scout out a more powerful lifeform. The other strong lifeform is Goku, who, at Master Roshi's house, introduces his son to Roshi, Krillin, and Bulma. The stranger arrives and speaks to Goku in a familiar manner.
Differences from Dragon Ball ZEdit
- Most of the filler scenes of Gohan were removed.
- The point where this episode ends is the half-way point of "Reunions".
- In many scenes, Nicktoons has changed blood with spit. Master Roshi's beer has been changed to pure light. The farmer's cigarette and the brand name of his truck has been totally removed.
- In this episode, Frieza is voiced by Linda Young, but in the Frieza Saga, he is voiced by Chris Ayres. Sean Schemmel and Christopher Sabat revealed in an interview that this is because their original intention was to bring Linda Young back as Frieza, but the script changes would have required Young to speak rather quickly, something she was likely not capable of, and so they cast Ayres to replace her. Of note, Frieza does not speak any dialogue in this episode, instead only laughing.