Before Bulma can venture out into space so that her dragon radar can scan more of the universe, she has to figure out just where it is she’s going. As such, she calls on Jaco to help her out. Why Vegeta can’t offer any insight isn’t explained and the idea of asking the kais is brought up, but brushed aside by saying that they can’t be reached for some reason.
While Jaco can’t offer much help, as he is tasked with only patrolling the galaxy, he does know of a sort of interplanetary guru, who could potentially answer any questions Bulma may have.
It seems like the episode is going for a sort of “buddy comedy” feel. Bulma and Jaco seem to clash quite a bit, but whatever comedy that may have come is undercut by the translations. Most of the subtitled dialogue really didn’t make any sense. Even though this sort of filler episode should be easy to follow, the viewer only has a vague clue as to what is being discussed.
On the plus side, Jaco does get a chance to shine as he apprehends a criminal upon arriving at the guru’s planet. It’s nice to see that the elite galactic patrolman can live up to his title. Usually, we’ve only seen him cower, but there’s thankfully more to the character than that. The criminal is given next to no development, but he served his purpose well enough.
As is often the case when characters are given a finite amount of questions to ask an all knowing sage, many go squandered. Why Bulma is upset to only get three questions when Jaco was only given one is a bit odd. It is possibly moot as she wastes two of them anyway. The one legitimate question that she does ask yields a response that really makes no sense. It’s unclear if that’s the result of the sub-par translation that plagued the episode or if it was meant to be inane.
You get the impression from the guru’s dialogue that there are seven super dragon balls that the two twin universes share. It contradicts what Beerus said before, but it would make at least a little more sense as it explains why Champa was there in the first place. Having the 7 spread throughout all 12 universes still seems like it would have been the best and simplest approach, but what can you do?
The more politically correct among you may find this episode..what’s the word, problematic? A lot of jokes are made about Bulma’s age and her breasts seem to be negatively commented on quite a bit. It’s odd as she looks fine. Maybe that’s the joke, sort of like how Yoshi repeatedly says that Kory is ugly on “Rurouni Kenshin” despite the fact that she isn’t. There’s also a bit where Bulma comments on how happy she is to be a wife and mother after Jaco points out that she was a skilled enough pilot to join the patrol-force herself. I could easily see Tumblr freaking out over that. On the plus side, Bulma does get to dish out payback every time a comment was made, so there’s that at least.
Sadly, this episode really didn’t bring a lot to the table. The comedy fell flat, the story didn’t move forward all that much, and there isn’t enough action to make up the difference. With a better translation, it may have fared better, but this may go down as the nadir of the show. It’s a sad state of affairs when the clip show delivers more entertainment, but that was honestly the case here.