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"Blue, Black and Blue" (きょうひか Kyōfu no Hikaru Me, lit. "Fear the Shining Eyes") is the eighth episode of the General Blue Saga and the fifty-third episode in the Dragon Ball series. This episode first aired in Japan on March 4, 1987. Its original American airdate was March 15, 2002.

Summary

Blue attempts to punch Goku

Goku demands that General Blue stop picking on Krillin and Bulma and face him. Blue, while effeminately laughing, tells Goku that he won't be left out and will make sure there's enough room on the floor after killing Krillin (whom he referred to as an "egghead chum."). Goku then tells Blue to stop talking and fight him. Blue then states that Goku must be eager to die, with Goku telling Blue that he's not afraid of him. Blue, hearing this remark, then brushes his hair with his hand and then proceeds to bulk up and asks if he's afraid of this. Goku briefly expresses shock at the transformation, with General Blue noticing and stating the end is at hand. However, Goku tells Blue that he's nothing more than a big balloon. Blue, incensed at the mocking words, gets angry. Bulma then notices something on the ceiling and asks what it is out loud. This causes Goku to look up just in time to get kicked by General Blue.

Blue holds his shotgun at Goku's face

Despite that setback, Goku recovers and proceeds to land a blow on General Blue. Blue then gets angry that Goku actually struck him, with Goku telling him to get used to it as he's only "getting started." He then proceeded to dodge Blue's punch before punching the latter in the abs and then following up with an upper kick to his jaw hard enough to loosen one of Blue's teeth. This gets Blue irritated and comparing Goku to a thorn in his side, and declares his intent to "pluck him out." He then proceeds to use the Psychic Eyes technique on Goku and proceeds to beat him up, starting with his kicking Goku around and eventually opting to punch Goku in the head. After noticing the cave rumbling and thus "bad weather," and expressing disappointment since he was just starting to have fun, he decides to go for the "abridged version", which is using a capsule to conjure up an M37 shotgun and pointing it dangerously close to Goku's head, with Goku screaming. Blue then, in a manner similar to addressing children, threatens to blow Goku's head off unless they tell him where the Dragon Ball in the cave is. Bulma then tells him that, according to her Dragon Radar, the ball is in the pool nearby. Blue then is elated, admitting it was the last place he would look and tells them that the Red Ribbon Army gives them their thanks for their cooperation before deciding to kill Goku anyways per his orders. However, when he notices a mouse ran past him, he panics and loses concentration on Goku.

Blue holds his shotgun at Goku's face

After General Blue lost focus when he got scared by a mouse, Goku breaks free from his "Look into my eyes!" ability and demands to know why he's scared of only a mouse. Blue then protests that it wasn't just a mouse due to its tail size and admits he hates rodents. Goku then demands that he stop whining and fight fair. Retorting that fairness is "the last resort of the weak," Blue attempts to regain the fight by using his Look into my eyes! ability once more, but Goku counters by poking the General in the eyes, greatly infuriating him and calling him a brat. Goku then proceeds to beat the Red Ribbon Army General away with a punch while stating he is not a brat, leaving knocked out into a wall. When the Pirate Cave breaks into huge chunks and starts to slowly cave in, Bulma and Krillin run to the submarine. As the whole cave is breaking apart, Goku dives into a very deep well to try and get the Dragon Ball. He finds the Dragon Ball along with the entire Pirate Treasure, but only carries the Dragon Ball back to the surface. Bulma and Krillin find their little sub, and wait for Goku. General Blue wakes up and finds some of the treasure, and thinks he is rich, but gets buried in the cave collapse. Goku continues to look for Bulma and Krillin, running as the cave caves in. Bulma does not think it is safe to wait anymore for Goku, and decides to leave him behind. Krillin is angry at Bulma for her decision.

Major Events

  • Goku battles General Blue.
  • Goku retrieves the Dragon Ball from the Pirate Cave.
  • Goku, Bulma and Krillin attempt to escape the collapsing Pirate Cave.

Battles

  • Goku vs. General Blue

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Differences from the Manga

  • Bulma tries to distract General Blue to give Goku an opening though this backfires with Goku being distracted instead. This didn't happen in the manga.
    • On a similar note, the manga has Goku having the clear advantage over Blue from the very start up until Blue uses his psychic eyes. In the anime, Blue initially has an advantage, including kicking Goku around until Goku proceeded to turn the tables on Blue shortly after the latter punched a wall.
  • In the manga, Blue attempts to squish Goku with a rock only to decide on kicking him around and then shooting him. In the anime, he never even considers using the rock to squish him and instead immediately assaults him with various blows before being forced to settle with shooting him.
  • In the manga, the Three Star Ball was not lodged in the mouth of a skeleton. It was under a rock that Goku lifts.
  • General Blue regaining consciousness and seeing all the treasure briefly before it is buried is exclusive to the anime. In the manga, he only makes an effort to retrieve the chest, with his motives differing in that in the Manga he was implied to still be aiming to take it for the Red Ribbon Army due to mentioning his hopes to at least salvage something from the overall mission failure, while in the anime he specifically decided to hoard the whole treasure exclusively for himself.

Trivia

  • Even though the treasure was shown to come from the statue and not from the golden chest itself, the golden chest was shown to be full of treasure in the scene where General Blue kicks Goku directly at the chest thanks to the latter being distracted by Bulma by accident. It's likely that the treasure was falling into the chest off-screen during Blue's encounter with Bulma and Krillin in the prior episode.
    • On a similar note, the treasure when it was pouring out of the statue in the earlier episode looked like color specs, only for the treasure to be shown in full in the chest, which may imply that the Pirates who collected the treasure utilized a similar means to Capsules to store the treasure inside the statue.
  • As Blue is about to shoot Goku with the shotgun, Bulma cries out that while Goku may be strong, he's only human and couldn't survive a direct gunshot. Ironically, Goku's Saiyan heritage is the reason why he's survived all previous shootings, including his first in the original episode where Bulma shot him with a pistol. It should be noted that in the Japanese version, she specified that Goku won't be able to survive that specific type of gunshot.
  • Bulma's exclamation of "Move it or you're gonna be a permanent resident here!" is similar to a line from Raiders of the Lost Ark, where Belloq tells Indiana that he'll be a permanent addition to the Well of the Souls after trapping him inside of it.
    • It also was similar to a line in The Empire Strikes Back from Star Wars uttered by Han Solo to C-3PO when attempting to flee Echo Base.
  • The location of the Three Star Dragon Ball is somewhat odd, as it would mean that after dispersing at the end of "A Wish to the Eternal Dragon", it would have had to fly under the ocean, into the Pirate Cave, through the submarine bay and its corridors, under the water, out into the treasure room and then back underwater again before lodging itself in the mouth of the skull.
  • The end of the episode shows Goku trying to navigate through a hallway intersection that was never depicted in earlier episodes. This is odd because at the first intersection Bulma and Krillin come across they make a point of helping Goku along with a chalk arrow, but they never encountered another intersection after that.
  • This is the first episode to use music from Curse of the Blood Rubies.
  • Bulma's attempted distraction of Blue (which backfired and resulted in Goku getting kicked) varied. In the English Dub, she merely asks what was on the ceiling, while in the Japanese version she claimed there were Pandas having a picnic.
  • Goku's dialogue with Blue prior to their fight was slightly different between the Japanese version and the English dub. In the Japanese version, Goku, referencing Blue's earlier beatdown of Krillin, promises to make sure Blue is beaten up this time; Blue then chuckles and promises in turn that he'll gladly show in full amount just how terrible he could be before claiming that Goku should consider his being killed by him an honor. Goku then tells him that he talks too much, with Blue then explains that when killing "scum" such as Goku, each strand of his "beautiful" hair and his white glowing skin proceeds to tremble with pleasure as he pumps up his muscles before telling Goku to come at him. Goku then bluntly stated that his speech just grossed him out and asks what is wrong with Blue, causing Blue to state that he's now done it before proceeding to chuckle further. The English dub largely tones down Blue's graphic description of his appearance, instead having him simply demonstrate his bulking up and inferring he sees Goku's lip quivering with fear, only for Goku to bluntly tell him he's little more than a balloon.
    • Likewise, the scene where Mousey appears is also rewritten. In the Japanese anime, General Blue explicitly realizes that his psychic hold on Goku waned, with Goku vowing to use his Rock, Scissors 'N' Paper combo on him as payback for both Blue's hold on Goku and his earlier defeat of Krillin, with Blue rationalizing he can always try again before resorting to his Psychic Eyes ability, with Goku, anticipating Blue would do that, yelling he won't let that happen before using the Scissors attack. In the dub, Blue instead is still reacting with horror at the mouse, with Goku instead telling him off for whining and demands he fight fairly, with Blue retorting that fairness is the last resort of weak people before resuming his Psychic Eyes ability. Blue after being hit with the scissors portion also proceeds to utter a final insult towards Goku in rage over being blinded by him, only for Goku, while using the Rock portion of the attack, retorting that he's not a brat in response, without directly stating what attack he utilized.

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