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"The future of Gohan... of Chi-Chi... not to mention the future of the entire universe, it all depends on me! And I don't care if you're a million times stronger than me, mark my words, I'm not going to let them down! So get ready Frieza 'cause this time you're going down!"
Goku

"Embodiment of Fire" (けっちゃくだ!!ほのおしん20にじゅうばいかいおうけんのカメハメ Ketchaku da!! Honō no Keshin Nijū-Bai Kaiō-Ken no Kamehameha, lit. "Showdown!! The Embodiment of Flame in a 20-Fold Kaiō-Ken Kamehameha") is the 17th episode of the Frieza Saga and the ninety-first overall episode in the uncut Dragon Ball Z series. This episode first aired in Japan on May 22, 1991. Its original American airdate was October 12, 1999.

Summary

Frieza charges a Death Wave

Captain Ginyu blows his cover while inside Bulma's body, and frantically attacks Krillin, but to no avail. In a last ditch effort to survive and rejoin Frieza, Ginyu prepares to perform his Body Change technique on Piccolo, but Gohan throws Bulma, who is in the Namekian Frog's body, into the beam's path, switching Bulma to her original body and Ginyu to the body of the Namekian Frog again. As Bulma celebrates returning to her own body, an attack from Frieza blows her away, though she manages to safely land elsewhere.

Goku using the Kaio-ken x20

Goku continues to battle Frieza with no success whatsoever, being pummelled around by the tyrant. Finally, Frieza throws Goku into a lake and starts to drown him, causing Goku to lose consciousness. However, a nightmarish vision of Frieza slaughtering his family and friends before destroying Earth snaps him awake, and in his rage, he explodes out of the water. Declaring that he will not let Frieza win, Goku furiously powers up another Kaio-ken 20x attack and topples Frieza. He follows this up with a Kaio-ken Kamehameha which hits Frieza directly, but Frieza survives the blast, albeit with a singed palm.

Major Events

  • Goku uses the Kaio-ken x20 Kamehameha against Frieza.

Battles

  • Goku vs. Frieza (Final Form - 50% power)
  • Krillin, Piccolo (Fused with Nail), Gohan, & Bulma (Namekian Frog body) vs. Captain Ginyu (Bulma's body)

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Bruce Faulconer tracks

Differences from the manga

  • The appearance of Bulma and Captain Ginyu and their subsequent body change which Gohan, Krillin and Piccolo all find themselves involved in is exclusive to the anime.
  • Goku's apocalyptic vision of his family, friends and home planet being wiped out by Frieza is exclusive to the anime.
  • Goku uses the Kaio-ken x20 in midair while the manga has Goku using the Kaio-ken on the ground.

Trivia

  • Yajirobe, Bora, Upa, Fortuneteller Baba, Android 8, Suno, and Nam are friends who not appear in Goku’s vision.
  • Ginyu revealing himself inside Bulma's body differs significantly from the previous episode. There, Gohan noticed Bulma as a frog begging him to see the truth and pieced it together himself when seeing "Bulma's" cheering on Frieza. The episode ended with Ginyu about to use his Body Switch with Piccolo when the jig was up. By contrast, this installment opens with Gohan and the others still unaware until Ginyu lets it slip he hopes that Frieza kills Goku. They see the frog making a commotion and then realize that its Bulma with Ginyu blowing the surprise and attacking Krillin, not planning to switch with Piccolo until he sees that his current body isn't suitable for combat.
  • Despite Bulma being blown away by the force of Goku and Frieza's battle and not being able to take falls, none of the three Z-Fighters attempts to find her and continue watching the battle. They never mention the Ginyu incident to Goku when the fight seemingly concludes in "Transformed at Last".
  • Launch makes a brief cameo in Goku's nightmare of Frieza destroying Earth. She wouldn't appear again proper until "People of Earth Unite" in the Kid Buu Saga. She was removed from the vision in Dragon Ball Z Kai despite still making an appearance in the ending theme of that show.
  • Launch and Kami are the only two of Goku's friends who make no laughing sounds in his nightmare. This was likely due to not being able to get Christine Marten, Launch's actress at the time, to come in and Chris Forbis had already been removed as Kami's performer.
  • For the remastered dub, Christopher Sabat redubbed Mark Britten as Korin's laughter, though he wouldn't do so for any more episodes despite him redubbing other characters.
  • Goku's Kamehameha vocal in this episode would be reused for his firing of the attack in the video game Dragon Ball Z: The Legacy of Goku.

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