||Dragonball GT Episode 3
Chou Gametsui!! Shounin no Wakusei Imegga
The Ultimate Moneygrubbers!! Imegga, Planet of Merchants
Life in the ship is pretty rough for Trunks, who wants to get the
main control key from Pan so that they can return to Earth. Pan
counters by dropping the key down her shirt. Trunks gives up. On
Earth, Chichi is hoping that Gokuu and company are doing ok, after
having spent one week in space already. Bulma is studying with her
computers, but she can't figure out what the loose component was. Pan
is also bossing the other two around, assigning housekeeping chores to
them. Trunks isn't so upset about this, as he is about Pan calling him
"Trunks", instead of "Trunks-san".
Suddenly, the ship lurches, and one of the engines floats off.
Trunks goes into shock. Bulma's computers match up the loose part as a
stabilizer component -- her glee turns to horror. She hopes that the
trio will be ok. The ship is suffering from severe backfire, and Trunks
tells the two kids to strap in. Pan doesn't want to die until she can
at least have her first real date (and hell with the Dragon Balls.)
They reach a planet, and Trunks takes them down for a rough landing.
The heroes reach a nearby market town, and are quickly overwhelmed by
merchants that tell them how good they look in various silly costumes.
Trunks says that they are only interested in space ship parts, and
merchants whip out loose ship components. All of the bills are
presented, and the trio has tomorrow to pay them off.
The trio cautiously enter a hotel, fearful of finding more merchants.
They get a room, while complaining of the prices of their trinkets. The
concierge assures them that he is not as money grubbing. A robot
bellboy treats Gokuu as luggage, and takes them to their room. It is a
really impressive room, with lots of comfortable furniture and food.
All of which is really expensive and is being added to their tab (the
bellrobot won't release Gokuu until getting a tip.) Trunks watches TV
(charged to the room) -- the news broadcast introduces the leader of
Planet Imegga -- Don Kia (a blank-faced dweeb with lots of make-up).
The trio escape the room (Trunks has to break the chain holding him
to the bed) and find themselves out in the rain a night. Pan complains
about this horrible planet, and she wants to return to Earth. She falls
through a paper-thin wall, into the apartment of a poor Imeggan family.
The family is what is known in Japan as "the honest poor" -- moneyless,
but still happy in having their own integrity. The Imeggans explain
that people here are so money hungry because of Don Kia.
Then, the rent police arrive. This Imeggan family is behind on their
rent to Don Kia, so the robots of the rent police dismantle the
apartment and take the last of the furniture. Gokuu volunteers to fight
the robots, but the Imeggans dismiss him as being just a child; they are
afraid of the might of Don Kia's soldiers. With no reason to fight the
robots, the trio wait until morning and return to the village. They are
willing to let the poor Imeggan family suffer under the rules set by
Pan wonders if this planet has a Dragon Ball. Trunks pulls out the
Dragon Radar, and is so surprised at hearing a strange voice that he
drops it. The Radar lands next to a small robot (the one appearing in
the eye catches) that keeps saying "energy". The robot eats the Radar,
and becomes more lively. It calls out "the energy has returned", and
refuses to return the Radar because it is getting energy from the
device. Nearby, a salvage team starts towing away the Earth spaceship,
which acts as a distraction that allows the robot to escape. Gokuu
catches the robot, but their spaceship disappears on the horizon.
NOTES: "Gametsui" is a slang term that was made popular in a movie a few
years ago. It was applied to the people of Osaka, as being very greedy
(but also diligent and hardworking in their greed.) The monetary unit
on this planet is the Gametsu, and the symbol for it is kind of a
Right after W.W.II, most Japanese were poor and devastated. With lots of
hard work, they made their country rich again. However, there is still
a reverence towards people that can survive with little to no money.
This is called "honest poverty", which is the opposite of "artificial/
shallow rich people." The Imeggans embrace both qualities, which makes
them "very Japanese".
The names for the new characters are still tentative, since they have
not appeared in print in romaji yet. Their status is:
Hokiro -- The robot calls out "Hokiro sanjou", which I first took to
mean "Hokiro is here." But, on further inspection, it
just seems to be the robot's way of saying that it has an
energy supplement again.
Don Kia -- This is what it sounds like. I'm not sure where the
compilers of the other set of summaries came up with
Rejjik -- This is how it is spelled in the title for episode 5 (in
katakana), and also how it is pronounced. I'm not sure why
my rivals have chosen "Reddick".
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