So I decided to start a new Friday theme post called BTL Top 5 Friday. This will not be a long form post of my opinion that you may be use to with The Wine Cellar Team and The Top 20 Television Seasons. The goal here is to be concise and to the point. I’ll put a brief description of the topic each Friday followed by a ranking, YouTube clips, pictures etc.
The first topic: The Best Dragon Ball Z Screams.
So why DBZ screams? Well for one it is a little random but I’m cool with that. And two, DBZ has been part of popular culture for over 25 years.
I’m not doing moments here, on this list we are looking for the best screams. I went with this because they often happen at a dramatic moment and single-handily enhance any scene.
Enough with the talk, on with the list.
#5- Goku’s Kamehameha vs Vegeta Galick Gun (Ocean Dub version )
- Really the first epic battle of DBZ
- Goku and Vegeta duel Ki blast for nearly 2 minutes
- The first landmark moment of DBZ
#4- Goku goes Super Saiyan 3 vs Fat Buu
- The first time we ever saw what Super Sayian 3 looked like
- Extended screaming for like 5 minutes
- You really felt the toll it took on Goku to pull this off
#3- Piccolo sacrifices himself for Gohan (Ocean Dub version)
- Viewing the Ocean Dub version is important. The other versions suck.
- An absolute heartbreaking moment to watch
- Piccolo redeems himself
#2- Gohan defeats Cell with a one-handed Kamehameha
- The entire Ki blast battle lasts nearly a whole episode
- Vegeta blast builds the moment perfectly
- Probably the single best shot in DBZ right after the scream, Gohan walking with one hand as he finishes off Cell
- Very few screams are as good as 11 year old SSJ2 Gohan with the fate of the world on the line
#1- Gohan turns Super Saiyan 2 vs Cell
- #2 use to be my hands down favorite. But as I got older I appreciate this one more.
- It is not the first SSJ2 scream that is the best (though that one is an all-time great in its own right). But the second one when they start the next episode (from the 2:25 minute mark on) and he’s not quite SSJ2 yet.
- Cell builds the scene perfectly as he tells Gohan to “let it all go”. You see the anger swell in his eyes.
- The longevity of the scream gives me the chills every time
- The astonishment of Perfect Cell saying “incredible” only builds the feat and moment
- It is fitting that this is #1 because no one is more badass than SSJ2 Gohan during the Cell Saga.