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"There's nothing to worry about, Mr. Popo. Alone, I can do little to help those on Earth. The time is right. Piccolo has changed. The evil that once filled his entire being has greatly diminished, and when we unite, I trust he will use our combined strength in the service of good."
Kami before fusing with Piccolo

"The Reunion" (かつてないてきけて⋯スーパーナメックせいじんたんじょう!! Katsute Nai Teki ni Mukete… Sūpā Namekku-seijin Tanjō!!, lit. "To Face an Unprecedented Foe… A Super Namekian is Born!!") is the second episode of the Imperfect Cell Saga and the one hundred forty-first overall episode in the uncut Dragon Ball Z series. This episode first aired in Japan on May 27, 1992. Its original American airdate was October 5, 2000.

Summary[]

As Future Trunks and Gohan head back, the Androids in another part of town come to a stop while Android 18 gets a new outfit. Upon walking out of the store without paying, the shop clerk calls the police, who chase the androids' van down. However Android 18 puts a stop to the chase when she causes all the cars to crash.

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Trunks and Gohan come back at Kame House

Meanwhile, the Dragon Team are at Kame House with Goku still suffering from his heart disease. While Bulma is going back via plane, she hears a report on a mass amount of disappearances occurring at Gingertown. She then realizes that Gingertown is not far from the location of the Time Machine that was discovered as well as the egg fragments, and calls Master Roshi's place to tell them to watch the CQTV. Krillin and the others initially think that it is because Bulma wants them to see a speech she made and turn on the TV. Everyone has gathered around the TV, watching the horrible events occurring in Gingertown. Krillin assumes that Androids 17 and 18 were responsible for the horrible events, although Bulma expresses her doubts, and implies that had Future Trunks and Gohan been with her when he made that accusation, they would have agreed with her, causing Krillin to realize that she thinks that the events at Gingertown were connected to the time machine the three had discovered earlier. The screen started losing the image. The Androids are still in hot pursuit for Goku.

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CQ TV journalist meets the creature from Gingertown

Kami senses the events in Gingertown and tells Piccolo that it is far worse than the Androids. Mr. Popo tells Kami not to fuse with Piccolo but he says that there is no other way and that it must be done. Piccolo puts his hand on Kami's chest and the fusion begins. Kami screams as if he were dying and there is a cloud of smoke in the air. When it clears, Kami’s staff is on the ground and Kami is no more. He has fused permanently with Piccolo. Mr. Popo starts crying and says goodbye to Kami, but Piccolo/Kami says that he is "no longer Kami or Piccolo", affirming that he is "the Namek who has long since forgotten his name." He then leaves the Lookout and Korin silently bids farewell to Kami, referred to as an "old friend.” Piccolo flies to Gingertown only to see several clothes lying on the ground. As he continues his search he is soon approached by a mysterious creature.

Major Events[]

  • The inhabitants of Gingertown go missing.
  • Piccolo fuses with Kami permanently.
  • Cell makes his first appearance.

Battles[]

  • Android 18 vs. Police
  • Gingertown's people vs. Cell (off-screen)

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Differences from the manga[]

  • In the manga, Piccolo simply lands in Gingertown as Cell approaches. In the anime, Piccolo wanders through the desolate town looking for Cell.
  • In the manga, Imperfect Cell is depicted with three fingers. The anime changes this to five fingers. This carries over into all of Imperfect Cell's appearances in the anime.

Trivia[]

  • Referring to the incident in Gingertown, the TV journalist says, "Oh, the humanity!". This is a popular catchphrase from Herbert Morrison, stated during the live broadcast of the Hindenburg disaster in 1937.
  • In the scene where Kami merges with Piccolo, Piccolo places his hand on Kami's chest, then when the scene cuts to a different angle, his arm is down again. Then, a minute later, Piccolo's arm is back on Kami's chest.
  • At one point, as the journalist is explaining the crisis in Gingertown, his mustache is far more prominent and larger than it usually is. This was also the case in the manga.
  • This is the first episode to use Shunsuke Kikuchi's soundtrack from The Return of Cooler.
  • In this episode's Westwood Ocean dub equivalent, Piccolo mispronounces Kami as "Cammy".
  • Korin did not think "Goodbye, old friend." upon seeing the newly fused Piccolo leaving for Gingertown in the Japanese version. He had no voiced lines there at all like in "Last Ditch Effort". This was more filler dialogue used in the Funimation dub.
  • Korin is voiced in the Ocean dub from this point on by Ted Cole, replacing Paul Dobson who voiced him in the Saiyan and Namek Sagas (the Westwood dub removed his scene in "Last Ditch Effort"). Cole's voice for Korin may very well be inspired by Garfield from the titular Jim Davis comic.
  • The gunfire heard when Krillin switches the channel is removed from the Toonami broadcast of the Funimation dub as well as the Westwood Ocean dub. In Japanese, a woman could be heard screaming for help before being silenced, but neither of the dubs included it. Kai reinstated the screaming.

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