DBZ Episode 52

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Yamcha and King Kai become surprised when they hear of the trouble brewing on Namek.
King Kai confirms that Frieza truly is on Namek, becoming fearful in the process.
Piccolo tells Goku to resurrect his allies so they can defeat Frieza together.
Piccolo promises himself that he will fight Frieza.
Zarbon becomes surprised as he collides with Vegeta.
Zarbon warns Vegeta of Frieza's enormous power.
Zarbon tells Vegeta that Frieza feared a union of the Saiyans and that one alone cannot make a difference.
Zarbon performs a concentrated palm blast at Vegeta, whom manages to deflect the blast.
Krillin and Dende speed toward Guru's house as Zarbon and Vegeta battle.
Vegeta surprises Zarbon from behind, knocking him into the ground.
Zarbon warns Vegeta that he has come a long way, but not quite far enough.

On King Kai's planet, Yamcha is seen asking King Kai if he can say hello to Goku. King Kai instructs Yamcha to rest his hand on his shoulder and speak. Yamcha tells Goku that the trip down Snake Way wasn't as difficult as the increased gravity on King Kai's planet. Goku agrees with him and tells him he's training under a high amount of gravity himself, with the gravity machine being set at 30 times Earth's normal gravity. Goku explains that he's on his way to Namek so he can aid Krillin, Gohan, and Bulma. As Goku tells them that Vegeta is also on Namek, King Kai, Piccolo, Tien, and Chiaotzu all get alerted in their direction. Goku continues to explain that there are other warriors on planet Namek who aren't Saiyans but wear the same uniforms. Goku concludes that the leader of the extraterrestrial space pirates is more powerful than Vegeta.

King Kai asks if the leader's name might be Frieza and Goku responds that he isn't certain. King Kai uses his antennae to check the identity of the invader on Namek. King Kai obtains a precise location of the ruler to conclude that it truly is Frieza. King Kai becomes extremely frightened, expressing his surprise through nervous shaking. King Kai begins to warn Goku that this is the strongest and fiercest opponent he could ever face and there's no way he's ready for him. King Kai tells Goku that he isn't warning him for his own sake, but for all people everywhere. He continues to warn Goku to never anger Frieza, for his wrath spreads through the entire universe. Goku brings up that he has to collect the Dragon Balls as a valid argument and he at least has to try. King Kai continues to warn him, telling him to promise that he won't go near Frieza.

Piccolo places his arm on King Kai's shoulder in order to convey his message. He quickly tells Goku not to listen to King Kai and to collect the Dragon Balls and wish them back to life. Piccolo says that in the meantime, they'll do some training with King Kai to get ready. Goku agrees with Piccolo's proposition. Piccolo estimates that between him, Goku, Gohan, and Krillin, they should be able to handle Frieza. King Kai struggles as he argues. Piccolo says there's no time to waste and King Kai should start training them. King Kai says he won't if they are planning to fight Frieza.

Piccolo promises that he won't fight Frieza, though he repeats to himself that he will. Tien thinks to himself, saying that he needs to train hard, just like Goku. He concludes that in order to face Frieza, they will all have to be at their best. King Kai asks Yamcha, Tien, Piccolo, and Chiaotzu if they are sure they are ready for his training... and none of them back down. King Kai says that their first challenge is to make him laugh in order to qualify for his training.

As Goku is seen in his spaceship, he says to himself that just because he should avoid fighting Frieza, doesn't mean he should stop training... and continues to train under 30 times Earth's normal gravity. Meanwhile, Krillin and Dende can be seen flying in the Namekian skies, heading for the great elder's house. Dende estimates that they still have five more hours if they continue to go at their current speed. Vegeta is also on Namek, swiftly flying in midair. Vegeta says that he should have been able to sense more Nameks by now. As he is unable to locate another village, Vegeta senses another sign of energy. Vegeta inspects the direction in which he sensed the powers, stating that there's two of them... and they aren't with Frieza.

On King Kai's planet, Tien struggles to tell a joke to King Kai so he can laugh in order to qualify for his training. Yamcha and Chiaotzu are successful in their attempts as Piccolo becomes annoyed with the whole prospect. After Tien struggles with delivering his joke, Yamcha tells Tien a joke to tell, and Tien uses it, first experiencing difficulty as he remembers it, but eventually successfully making King Kai erupt with laughter.

On Planet Namek, Vegeta is soaring through the skies as he trails Krillin's energy signals. Krillin and Dende notice that they are being followed and proceed to hide in order to avoid being spotted. As Krillin and Dende find retreat behind a mountain, Vegeta quickly senses another enormous power and changes his direction. Krillin recognizes that Vegeta has gone after the big power level. The great power turns out to be Zarbon, who is still searching for Namekian villages in order to track down the Dragon Balls. Vegeta thinks that Zarbon will be easy prey without Frieza beside him.

Goku is seen training in the spaceship heading for Namek. He performs push-ups and admits that he'll have to turn up the gravitron to 50 times Earth's normal gravity. King Kai begins the training regiment for the deceased warriors on his planet. He calls Bubbles, his pet monkey, so they can chase the primate. This was the same training that Goku had to endure, which King Kai reveals that it took Goku three weeks to achieve. The warriors are surprised at the sight of Bubbles, and are even more surprised to hear that it took so long to catch the monkey.

Chiaotzu asks that if they are able to catch the monkey, whether they will begin the real training with King Kai. King Kai answers saying that they must surpass another test, which involves Gregory, and only then can they acquire further needed skills. Bubbles begins to run as Yamcha, Tien, and Chiaotzu chase him. As King Kai turns, he is surprised to see that Piccolo has already caught the monkey with ease. Piccolo drags Bubbles and drops him in front of King Kai, noting that he doesn't want anymore games. Piccolo seriously summarizes the action as "monkey business," which makes King Kai erupt with laughter. None of the warriors share King Kai's enthusiasm for jokes, so he tells them they have a lot to learn about comedy.

Zarbon is seen tearing through the Namekian skies as he continues his search for the Dragon Balls. He is still annoyed that their scouters were destroyed, making it greatly harder to track down the remaining villages. He notices a powerful energy approaching him and realizes that it's Vegeta. The two forces of Zarbon and Vegeta collide as they are bounced back from the energy that is emitted from their aura. Vegeta greets Zarbon and tells him that he has already disposed of Dodoria, and now plans to do the same to him. Zarbon becomes surprised with this prospect and finds it hard to believe, saying that he is lying. Zarbon warns Vegeta, telling him he should know better than to disobey Frieza. Vegeta reciprocates by telling Zarbon he never believed himself to be suited for the life of a follower. He explains that he no longer wants to take orders or cower in front of Frieza like a dog. He declares that he intends to see Frieza grovel at his feet as soon as he has made his wish for immortality.

Vegeta explains his desire to Zarbon, stating that the winds of change are blowing and that the power of immortality will belong to him, allowing him to rule the galaxy forever. Zarbon replies that Vegeta is dreaming and that Frieza has already managed to acquire five Dragon Balls, and it won't take them long to find the rest. Vegeta tells Zarbon that they're blind without their scouters and it's a liability he doesn't share, since his powers have increased in more ways than he can possibly imagine. Zarbon laughs about Vegeta's increased strength, stating that the new tricks that he has learned won't make a difference as his abilities won't even hold a candle in comparison to Frieza's.

Vegeta says that Zarbon already knows the answer as to why he will be capable of surpassing Frieza. Vegeta states that Dodoria also knew of his immense strength, and before he died, he revealed everything about Frieza's fear of the Saiyans, concluding that Frieza must also fear him. Zarbon tells Vegeta not to flatter himself because what Frieza feared was a union of the entire Saiyan race rising up against him. Zarbon states that all alone, Vegeta would be no threat to anyone. Vegeta pronounces that there's only one way to find out as he disappears and phases directly behind Zarbon. Zarbon reciprocates by instinctively punching at Vegeta, who proceeds to block his punch by gripping his hand. As Vegeta snickers, he tosses Zarbon into the sky, sending him sprawling.

Zarbon gets a grip as he quickly recovers in midair. After phasing farther away, Zarbon grips one arm with the other and delivers a direct pinpointed palm blast at Vegeta. The huge blast quickly approaches Vegeta, who proceeds to knock it away, deflecting it with his hand. The blast leaves a tremendous explosion on the ground below and debris flies all over as Zarbon becomes amazed at Vegeta's improved speed and skill, stating that Vegeta has surprised him.

Krillin and Dende watch the fight from afar. There's a blazing wave left over from Zarbon's blast. Krillin mentions that Vegeta has definitely gone after the enormous power level. He also concludes that Vegeta must be fighting one of Frieza's goons. Krillin concludes that this is a good thing as they should fight and take each other out, because it won't end well for them if either one finds them. Krillin quickly grabs Dende and speeds toward the eldest Namek's house, hoping that they are too busy pounding each other to notice them.

Vegeta punches Zarbon directly in the face, stunning him. Zarbon retaliates with a flurry of rapid kicks. Vegeta still manages to dodge all his attacks and appear above Zarbon. He then flips and rams Zarbon downward, sending him into the ground. Zarbon grips the ground as he slams down and Vegeta appears behind him, surprising Zarbon, only to kick him once again. Zarbon is pushed forward as he bites into the dirt. Vegeta begins to laugh uncontrollably, declaring that he's proved his point. However, instead of acknowledging defeat, Zarbon begins to snicker with an elegant tone. Zarbon is still on his knees and is facing the ground as Vegeta's smile fades and Zarbon's smile becomes apparent. Zarbon turns to face Vegeta, slowly raising his head. Zarbon tells Vegeta that he truly impresses him and that his fighting skills have come a long way since the last time they met, but not quite far enough. As Zarbon laughs, the wind blows his long hair wildly, his eyes have a distinct glare, and he continues to smile at Vegeta.



Character name FUNimation dub Ocean Group dub Japanese dub
Zarbon Christopher R. Sabat Paul Dobson Shō Hayami
Vegeta Christopher R. Sabat Brian Drummond Ryo Horikawa
Krillin Sonny Strait Terry Klassen Mayumi Tanaka
Dende Laura Bailey Paulina Gillis Tomiko Suzuki
Goku Sean Schemmel Peter Kelamis Masako Nozawa
King Kai Sean Schemmel Don Brown Joji Yanami
Piccolo Christopher R. Sabat Scott McNeil Toshio Furukawa
Yamcha Christopher R. Sabat Ted Cole Tōru Furuya
Tien Chris Cason Matt Smith Hirotaka Suzuoki
Chiaotzu Monika Antonelli Cathy Weseluck Hiroko Emori
Bubbles Christopher R. Sabat Doug Parker Naoki Tatsuta
Frieza Linda Chambers-Young Pauline Newstone Ryūsei Nakao


  • The pun that Tenshinhan tells to North Kaio in order to make him laugh in the FUNimation dub is "You can tune a piano, but you can't tune a fish." The reference is between the word combination of "tune a fish" and "tuna fish". The pun that Tenshinhan tells to North Kaio in order to make him laugh in the FUNimation sub is "You think up your nose is secret, but it's (s)not."

"Piccolo and the others, reach King Kai's and begin their training. On Namek, Frieza's henchmen continue their search for the Dragon Balls, while Gohan Krillin, and Bulma learn about the eldest Namek. Krillin soon sets out to find the last Dragon Ball, as Vegeta decides to amuse himself at the expense of Zarbon." cannot be used as a page name in this wiki.

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