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"The Time Room" (ときをかけるくう Toki o Kakeru Gokū, lit. "Time Traveling Goku") is the seventh episode of the Piccolo Jr. Saga and the one hundred twenty-ninth episode in the Dragon Ball series. This episode first aired in Japan on October 12, 1988. Its original American airdate was October 16, 2003.



Goku and Mr. Popo inside the Time Room

Goku is fighting with Mr. Popo. Goku loses once again. Mr. Popo sends Goku back in time to train more using the Time Room. Krillin, Tien Shinhan, Yamcha, and Chiaotzu are training by hauling boulders. Tien is upset by the thought that he will never beat Goku again. In the past, Goku meets the young Master Roshi and his rival, the young Master Shen.


Master Roshi from the past

Goku battles Roshi's Master Mutaito who doesn't even take a standing position but is nevertheless beaten anyway and learns about the concept of spirit energy. Goku learns from Master Mutaito how to harness his spirit energy after he displays the ability to separate a waterfall in two. Back in the present, Tien contemplates visiting Korin Tower in order to train as Goku and Roshi once had. During an incident where the Crane Hermit kidnaps Fanfan, Roshi's love interest, Goku gets angry and manages to use his spirit energy successfully. After that though, he cannot reproduce the energy.

Major Events[]

  • Goku travels back to the past using the Time Room and meets up with some familiar faces.
  • Yamcha, Krillin, Tien Shinhan and Chiaotzu begin their training around the world.


  • Goku vs. Mr. Popo
  • Goku vs. Master Mutaito
  • Goku vs. Master Shen




Animation Staff[]


Differences from the Manga[]

  • The entire events of this episode were exclusive to the anime.


  • It is implied that Master Roshi did not become perverted until well into his older years, as it would make it impossible for him to have ridden the Flying Nimbus Korin gave him as a teenager. This is certainly contradicted in this episode by his efforts to peep on Fanfan while she is bathing. It is possible that his perverted tendencies weren't so severe back then until they grew as he aged further, however.
    • On the other hand, it was also implied by Roshi that Master Shen did not go down the path of evil until after he witnessed Mutaito's defeat at King Piccolo's hands. However, this episode's depiction of Shen shows that he had a bad streak in him long before that ever occurred. It's possible that he was always a bit evil, but Piccolo's defeating of his master caused him to fall over the edge completely.
  • In the Japanese version, Young Roshi asks Goku if he saw Fanfan’s breasts and asks what her nipples looked like. Goku responds by showing him his own breasts. In the English version, however, Roshi asked if Goku knows Fanfan and if that’s why he prevented him from seeing her. Goku responds by telling Roshi he can watch him swim and lifts his shirt.
  • In the Japanese version, Fanfan recognizes Shen and then tells him he’s not her type. In the English version, however, Fanfan appears not to know who Shen is until he mentions the letter he sent her. She then tells him she can’t keep his mother’s bracelet.
  • In the Japanese version, after Fanfan is rescued, Roshi says he will train seriously to surpass Goku, and Fanfan says she will support him in this. In the dub, Roshi tries to take credit for Goku's fire splitting technique and Fanfan mentions she was not unconscious the whole time.
  • In the original Japanese version, when Goku hits Shen, the latter states "How dare you?! Not even my own dad ever hit me!" This is most likely a reference to the anime series Mobile Suit Gundam, in which the character Amuro Ray states a similar line when slapped by Bright Noa. Shen's Japanese performer Ichirō Nagai provided the narration and voiced Degwin Sodo Zabi in the aforementioned series.
  • Mutaito defeats Goku when he will fail to defeat King Piccolo in his later years; though it is worth noting that later, in "Pendulum Room Peril", Mr. Popo implies the people encountered in the past are not real, but merely illusions. Another reason could be that Mutaito's age and body began to get older and slower a few years later before he fought King Piccolo.
  • Master Shen's cronies of choice resemble the Bullies of the Orin Temple.
    • They are the second characters that reuses this design during a filler. The first ones being the drunkards of episode 60.
  • Fanfan bears some resemblance to Colonel Violet (perhaps Violet is Fanfan's descendant) by her appearance and her kindness to monkeys. Also, her name is similar to Ranfan's one.
  • One of Mutaito's disciples who accompanies Master Shen is implied to be a young Mercenary Tao, evidenced in the Japanese version when he calls Shen "big brother", although as such familial terms do not explicitely imply a blood relation in Japanese as much as they do leadership, this is contestable, as well as the fact the character is never referred to as Tao.
    • Tao's possible appearance in this episode contradicts the Daizenshuu stating he was born in Age 459, two years before the beginning of the first King Piccolo wars, when both Shen and Roshi were around 30 years old. But in this episode, when Roshi and Shen were 18 years old, he was of a similar age. Also, it was implied that Master Roshi and Maser Shen were the only disciples of Master Mutaito who survived King Piccolo's rampage. However, this episode shows that Mercenary Tao was a disciple of Master Mutaito and he survived the rampage as he was alive during the events of Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z (although it's possible he died and was later revived using the Dragon Balls).


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