Favourite Moments in Fiction #1 – Goku Turns Super Saiyan 3 (Dragon Ball Z)

WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for Dragon Ball Z

What happens when you don’t write anything for a week, want to get something short and sweet done for your personal deadline but don’t want to rely on the VG Music Picks twice in a row? You create a brand new series of short articles; this lot titled Favourite Moments in Fiction.

Basically, the point of these articles is to simply cover specific moments across all of fiction – books to TV, films to videogames etc. – that I personally loved, whether they be a climactic final battle, a passionate declaration of love or just a little character moment. And for our first one, it’s a scene from an anime that, despite its popularity, I’m not actually a fan off.

Believe it or not but I don’t like Dragon Ball Z all that much. Granted, I’ve never properly sat myself down to watch it but from what I have seen and read about it, it does too many things that I find annoying or consider to just be bad. That being said, I can’t deny that there are reasons why people love it so much and even I can find something to enjoy about it.


While most people probably consider the first time Goku ever went Super Saiyan to be one of their favourite scenes, I’m actually more of a fan of his first transformation into Super Saiyan 3. Mostly because it takes him almost FIVE SOLID MINUTES. And he spends all that time screaming his lungs out. Like, God damn it, whatever they were paying his voice actor, Sean Schemmel, it wasn’t enough.

Not only that, but said transformation can be felt from across the entire planet. Nearly all the main characters, who are nowhere near him, can sense the amount of power coming from him. Whole cities are nearly falling apart, windows are breaking and electrical devices are short-circuiting. As drawn out as it kind of is, you can’t help but be enthralled by what Goku is becoming.

And when it finally ends and Goku is floating there with one of the biggest hair-dos in history, with a surprisingly mellow but intimidating piece of music playing, you feel the same fear that his opponents are probably feeling. Thank God he’s one of the good guys.


Even if you’re not a DBZ fan, go look the scene up on YouTube for yourself, if only to hear a man scream into a microphone for five minutes. Words really don’t do it justice.

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