“Dragon Ball Z” may have a reputation for padding its episodes with lots of unnecessary repetition, but Season Eight marks the first time that the show has so much going on that it simply isn’t necessary. With the World Martial Arts Tournament in full swing (and Mr. Satan and Android 18 as its unlikely finalists), the Z Fighters are suddenly called upon by Supreme Kai to stop an evil wizard named Babidi from awakening Majin Buu, a creature thought to be even stronger than Cell. (Though that’s debatable, considering they both have similar regenerative powers.) Of course, no one is strong enough to take on the pink puffball in their current forms, so while Gohan runs off to train in the World of the Kais (breaking the Z Sword and unleashing Elder Kai in the process), and Goku schools Goten and Trunks in the Art of Fusion, Buu hops around town relatively unchallenged turning people into chocolate… and then eating them. For as great as all this plot development is, however, the real treat of Season Eight is the rematch between Goku and Vegeta. It might just be the greatest battle of the series, because although it’s shorter than most, it’s the one that the fans were looking forward to the longest. This is “Dragon Ball Z” at its finest, and with only one season to go, it couldn’t have come at a better time.

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