Dragon Ball Z Proven Canon in the Johnny Bravo Universe

Many people who grew up in the 90s or 2000s will be familiar with the famous Cartoon Network cartoons of that era, most notably Johnny Bravo. This was also an era of television where shows often crossed over, or referenced each other. An old episode of Johnny Bravo found on the internet last week doesn’t refer to another Cartoon Network show, but to a well-known anime that aired at the same time, Dragon Ball Z.

The Internet Archive discovered the episode last week, and they helped upload it to the Internet Archive so everyone can watch it. The news was shared via his Twitter account by YouTuber LSuperSonicQ, who specializes in rediscovering and analyzing lost episodes of old cartoons. The missing episode is not from the original Johnny Bravo show, but from a spinoff series called JBVO: Your All Request Cartoon Show, which originally aired on May 5, 2000.

JBVO is a fourth-wall-breaking show on Cartoon Network in which Johnny’s character accepts incoming requests to air and add commentary to other cartoons. Usually, the featured episodes are other crossover shows where Johnny appears, and he can talk about his “experience” on that show in his characteristic style. This particular episode kicks off with a Johnny Bravo x Scooby-Doo episode when someone asks to watch an audience favorite – Dragon Ball Z.

At the time, Dragon Ball Z was also airing on Cartoon Network in the US, as were Johnny Bravo and JBVO on the same channel. So, in Johnny’s world, if he “knows” other characters like Scooby-Doo from the same channel, by extension he will “know” the characters in Dragon Ball Z too! However, not having enough time to play the entire episode, Johnny resorts to playing an extremely sped-up version of episode 103, “The Tragedy of Freza.”

After watching the ultra-fast replay, Johnny said to the caller, Jennifer, “Okay. When you fast-forward something, you kind of lose something, don’t you, Jennifer. Well, sorry, lady. I like That show, I love you too, so I want to play it for you, because it’s all your begging cartoons. Thank you, beautiful mom.”

Considering “Freiza Tragedy” was part of a 20-episode long battle between Goku and Freiza, perhaps fast-forwarding an episode of it and watching it really wasn’t the worst – Johnny made the right decision. While other shounen anime also aired on Cartoon Network in the early 2000s, this is the only one that seems to appear on JBVO, making Dragon Ball Z a classic entry in the Johnny Bravo universe – a phrase we never thought we’d Would have typed 20 years ago.

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