Month: November 2015

Dragon Ball Super News

Dragon Ball Super Exclusive English Dub to Premiere on Toonami Asia

News website Toonami Faithful reported that Toonami (Asia) has picked up Dragon Ball Super for its first international release, to begin in the middle of 2016. This marks the first time the new television series will be aired outside of Japan, and the first foreign dub as well. Interestingly, the press release from Hong Kong states that the language of this new dub will be English. Check it out below:

Dragon ball super Toonami Asia

HONG KONG (NOVEMBER 10, 2015) – Toonami, Turner’s kids brand dedicated to delivering the best superhero and action-adventure animation in South and Southeast Asia, has snapped up the latest installment of the Dragon Ball franchise from Toei Animation.

Dragon Ball Super (52×30′) is the first all-new Dragon Ball television series to be produced in nearly 20 years, and will make its pan-regional launch on Toonami in mid-2016. It will be an exclusive first-run premiere on Toonami in Southeast Asia and India, which will also be its English-language world premiere.

“This announcement is huge for fanboys and girls in Asia. Dragon Ball is undoubtedly the original and world’s biggest anime export, and is a cornerstone of our programming on Toonami,” said Mark Eyers, Chief Content Officer for Turner’s Kids Networks in Asia Pacific. “Since the channel launched in 2012, Toonami has been airing episodes of Dragon Ball Z and Dragon Ball Z Kai, and to premiere Dragon Ball Super demonstrates the channel’s continued commitment to securing must-have and must-see content, first on Toonami.”

Reuniting the franchise’s iconic characters, Dragon Ball Super follows the aftermath of Goku’s fierce battle with Majin Buu, as he attempts to maintain earth’s fragile peace. Overseen by Dragon Ball’s original creator, Akira Toriyama and produced with Fuji Television, Dragon Ball Super will draw on its historic past to create a bold, new universe welcoming to fans and endearing to new viewers.

Introduced as a manga in Weekly Shonen Jump in 1984, Dragon Ball has evolved into a globally beloved brand. Seen around the world, with over 230 million copies of its comic books sold, Dragon Ball is one of the most popular anime franchises of all time.

Toonami (Asia) is available in countries such as Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, Pakistan, Maldives, and India. As such, this still indicates that the series will not be released in the United States; it is solely being marketed for the Asian Pacific Market, and as a result, FUNimation is likely to have no connection to this, and as a result THIS dub will probably not be done by them. This does not mean that FUNimation won’t be dubbing Dragon Ball Super in the future, but in this case the Asian Pacific Market will most likely be getting a different English dub (yes there are multiple English dubs).

However, it is still unclear who exactly will do the dubbing. It is unlikely that it will be the work of FUNimationbecause Toonami’s branch in Asia does not usually export foreign English dubs, but they make their own instead. Some examples of other English dubs released in this region are the Filipino English dub and the Malaysian English dub.

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Q & A #3

What is Dragon Ball Super?

Toei Animation announced the production of Dragon Ball Super (Japanese title; tentative for English release), the first all-new Dragon Ball television series to be released in 18 years. The manga adaptation of Dragon Ball Superwas revealed to be illustrated by Toyotarō and premiered first before the first episode. Dragon Ball Super began syndication on Sunday mornings on Fuji TV in Japan on July 5, 2015, with Norihito Sumitomo returning as its musical composer, and Tadayoshi Yamamuro as the series’ character designer. No information has been given regarding an international release. Dragon Ball Super is being “overseen by Dragon Ball’s original creator, Akira Toriyama”.

When is the next episode of Dragon Ball Super?

Dragon Ball Super airs Sunday mornings in Japan at 9am, which is 8pm EST on Saturdays.

When does Dragon Ball Super Take Place?

In issue #31 of Weekly Shōnen Jumpplot details are revealed for Dragon Ball Super episode 1. In this is was revealed that Dragon Ball Super takes place 6 months after the defeat of Majin Buu. With that said, not only does Dragon Ball Super take place before the events of Battle of Gods, which takes place 4 years after Buu’s defeat, but also before the Jump Super Anime Tour Special, which takes place just 2 years after the defeat of Buu.

In short, Dragon Ball Super, up to this point, takes place within the 10 year time skip from the defeat of Majin Buu, and the last episode(s)/chapter(s) of Dragon Ball Z.

How many episodes will there be?

It is unknown how many total episodes Dragon Ball Super will end up being. We do, however, have a completeDragon Ball Super episode guide that we update weekly with an in-depth summary of each new episode.

Where is Uub?

Uub made his first appearance in manga chapter 518 in Dragon Ball Z at the 28th Tenkaichi Budōkai. This event occurred following the 10 year time skip after Majin Buu’s defeat. Hence the chapter’s title, “And After Ten Years”. With that said, Dragon Ball Super takes place before Uub is introduced.

When will FUNimation be dubbing Dragon Ball Super?

The short answer? We do not know. There is a process that needs to take place before an English dub can be made possible. For one, FUNimation needs to acquire the rights to the new series. We do know thaFUNimation is working on acquiring the license, however, up to this point nothing has been confirmed. One can assume that it will most likely happen eventually, and if/when it does, we can expect to have the current voice cast on board.

Will there be a DVD/Blu-ray release of the series?

The first box set is due out on December 2, 2015, and will be released on both DVD and Blu-ray. It will contain the first 12 episodes of the series. The second box set is scheduled to release on March 2, 2016, and will consist of episodes 13-24. Pre-orders are available for both box sets on DVD and Blu-ray via CDJapan. These box sets will contain Japanese audio, WITHOUT English subititles, as the series has yet to be dubbed.

Is Dragon Ball Super Canon?

Akira Toriyama is heavily involved in writing the story of Dragon Ball Super. He does not write the script or draw the manga, but he writes the overall scenario and develops the basic story he wants to advance in his own way. The anime is more directly connected to his work, while the manga is more of a method of advertising the series. The manga is written by Toyotarō, who previously worked on a fan manga “Dragon Ball AF” under the name Toyble. Toyotarō was chosen by JUMP for his incredible ability to more or less emulate Toriyama’s drawing style perfectly. This has created confusion among fans, who might think Toriyama himself draws the manga. This is not true. And the manga is considered not canon because of its already evident differences from the anime, which Toriyama is directly involved in. Toyotarō has the power to manipulate and adapt Toriyama’s basic story just as the anime staff can do, so this creates discrepancies between the two mediums. In the end, the DBS manga cannot be considered in the same light as the original DB manga was. It is used solely to advertise the anime, and not meant to be considered a part of the official canon of Dragon Ball Super and the series at large due to the nature of the product and its differences with the anime, which Toriyama is actually directly involved in.

In short, the Dragon Ball Super  anime is considered canon, while the manga, which is not exactly the same as or written by Toriyama, is not

Q & A #2

What’s with the animation?

Animated films and television shows are handled by many people. Toei Animation has a certain amount of staff that constantly work on shows like One Piece, Precure, and now Dragon Ball Super. But sometimes, lots of staff members are prioritized for one work and other works have a harder time finding staff. In this case, a One Piece special was taking up the time of many professional, experienced animators at Toei at the time episode 5 in particular was being worked on. Due to the lack of staff, Toei had to rely on inexperienced and relatively new animators at their studio, and they had to outsource much of the animation to their branch in the Philippines (Toei Phils.), where the animators were stated to not know anything about Dragon Ball or how to animate it. This caused episode 5 and many after to suffer very poor animation quality that was easily noticeable and distracting. Although, animation standards for Dragon Ball were never particularly high. The entire show has suffered instances of poor art and animation (an example being DBZ Episode 156: “On Your Knees, Cell! I am Super Vegeta”), but it was a lot less noticeable in the analogue age of animation than now in the digital age. Because of this easier noticed issue, many fans are confused and upset, so we wanted to explain to the best of our ability the circumstances regarding the problem. Will it be fixed? Probably not. Usually, animation companies go back and fix some animation errors and mistakes for the home release (DVD/BD), improving the overall quality of the show. The first box set for Dragon Ball Super has yet to be released, so it is uncertain if Toei will go back and change some things. However, episode 5 seems too broken for them to fix without completely re-animating it, so it is unlikely they will do anything with it at this point.

Why is Battle of Gods being retold?

Before Dragon Ball Super first aired, we were told during a, “”Dragon Ball SuperComplete Showcase Event” that “”Dragon Ball Super” is a complete continuation of the Majin Buu story arc” and “It’s got a bit of post-battle aftermath” and “continues with the “Battle of Gods” arc where the God of Destruction Beerus appears and the “Revival of ‘F’” arc where Freeza comes back to life, and then, [Toriyama has] written a strange new story where they finally depart from this universe.”

The specific reason for the retelling? We do not know. It can be many reasons. Whether it be low DVD sales in Japan, or simply Toriyama’s vision of how he would have done Battle of Gods differently, we just do not know for certain exactly why.

Who is “Fat Beerus” and “Female Whis”?

“Fat Beerus”, later revealed as “Champa” (pun on champagne) was first shown alongside a “Female Whis” on the official Dragon Ball Super website back in June. It was recently revealed in chapter 5 of the Toyotarō Dragon Ball Super manga adaptation that Champa is Beerus’s twin brother, and is also a God of Destruction for universe 6. In addition, we also learn the name for the female Whis lookalike. Her name is “Vados”, and much like Whis is to Beerus, she too is the attendant to Champa. .

Q & A #1

Is “Super Saiyan Blue” the new name for “Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan?

The name “Super Saiyan Blue” is suggested in the Toyotarō manga adaptation. What does this mean? This means that we do not know for certain yet if Toriyama plans to adapt this name in the Dragon Ball Super anime. Also, this manga adaptation is written by Tototarō, and NOT Toriyama. Super Saiyan Blue was suggested as an easier spoken alternative to SSGSS (which was never actually stated in Resurrection ‘F’, just guidebooks, etc.)

When will the next manga chapter be released?

Toyotarō’s manga adaptation of Dragon Ball Super can be found in V-Jump, which is released on the 21st of each month in Japan.

Where is Pan?

Pan is scheduled to make her first appearance in episode 017 of Dragon Ball Super. Pan, like Uub, is first seen in the final episodes/chapters of Dragon Ball Z, which is following the 10 year time skip after Majin Buu’s defeat.

Jaco the Galactic Patrolman

If you haven’t already, it is extremely important that you read Toriyama’s Jaco the Galactic Patrolman“. Jaco the Galactic Patrolman, as stated by Toriyama, serves as prequel to Dragon Ball. Both print and digital editions can be purchased on Amazon.

Breathing in Space?

Even when leaving the Earth and entering space, the effects of the earth’s gravity and atmosphere are do not leave immediately. The earth’s forces begin to take effect before leaving space and returning to earth, and this includes the presence of oxygen that allows people to breathe. It can be debated that during Goku’s battle with Beerus, and much earlier, Bardock’s confrontation against Freeza, take place in the portion of space that is still affected by the earth’s forces in the last stretches of the planet’s atmosphere. So it is perfectly logical for Freeza to argue that Saiyans can’t breathe in the vaccum of space, because during those scenes, they are not IN the vaccum, they are still in Earth’s atmosphere (remember when Freeza blew up Namek he did so knowing that Saiyans can not breath in space, so even if Goku survived the explosion he would die from the lack of oxygen). This argument is also supported by the fact that as Goku began to fall after Beerus seemingly defeated him (before getting up for the last time before the match ended for good) in Dragon Ball Super, he began to descend at a rapid pace, enveloped with flames as he gained speed. This is Earth’s gravity affecting his body, pulling him in with intense and extremely powerful force towards Earth. This is how it can be proved the two beings were fighting in the atmosphere, regardless of being in space

The Seventh Universe

The seventh universe (第7宇宙, dai 7 uchū) is the seventh of twelve universes in the Dragon Ball series, it includes planets, stars, a countless amount of galaxies[1][2] (銀河, ginga), the contents of intergalactic space, and all matter and energy. This universe is where the entirety of the Dragon Ball series takes place, except for the Sixth Universe Saga in Dragon Ball Super.

The God of Destruction of the seventh universe is Beerus, and the emperor of the seventh universe is Frieza.

Contents and structure

In Daizenshuu 4, Daizenshuu 7, Dragon Ball Landmark, and the Dragon Ball: Super Exciting Guides, Akira Toriyama explains that he envisioned the Dragon Ball cosmos as a big ball. This ball is divided up in two halves: the lower half is the realm of the living (or “The Universe”) and the upper half is the Other World (or “The Cosmos”), with Hell located between the two halves, the Demon Realm is located in the bottom of the living universe. The Sacred World of the Kais exists on the outside of the universe.

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Grand Kai with the Universe on the tip of his finger

The realm of living is divided into four quadrants based on the cardinal directions, each ruled by a Kai chosen among the Shin-jins from Planet Kaishin. There is one Check-In Station for the four Quadrants of the Universe, which allows its inhabitants to go to the Other World. The Kais live in the Other World, on planets positioned at the four cardinal points of the cosmos. There are roads leading to each Kai’s planet; notably, North Kai’s planet is at the end of a Snake Way which starts from the Check-In Station. The Grand Kai’s planet is aboveHeaven, which is a gigantic planet in the center of the cosmos.[3]

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The Universe in Dragon Ball Kai

The planet of the Kaioshins, the top-tier deities of the Universe who watch over both the Other World and the living world,[3] is located outside of the ball, in the Sacred World of the Kais. The Kaioshins are Gods of Creation who provide the catalyst for life and planets to be born. In order to provide a balance to the constantly increasing number of planets, theDestroyer Gods regularly destroy life and planets.[4] There are twelve Gods of Destruction, one for each universe, and Beerus is the Destroyer of the Seventh Universe.[5] The Demon Realm, where the Makaioshins (the complete opposite of the Kaioshins) live, is located on the very bottom pin/tip shaped of the Universe.[6]

In the computer game Dragon Ball Online and the manga Jaco the Galactic Patrolman, it is revealed that using a Time Machine is ultimately a violation of the laws of the universe. It is explained in Dragon Ball Online that a deity known the Lord of Time watches over the flow of time from the cosmos, and it is mentioned in Jaco the Galactic Patrolman that the Galactic Patrol can punish this kind of crime. In Dragon Ball: Xenoverse, the Lord of Time mentioned in Dragon Ball Online is actually revealed to be the Supreme Kai of Time, a female Kaioshin who protects the flow of time from a place called the Time Nest along with the Vault of Time which contains the entire history of the Universe, recorded in Scrolls of Eternity (also called Time Scrolls). According to the Supreme Kai of Time, if the Time Nest was ever destroyed, the Universe would cease to exist due to Universe’s history being erased and destroyed with it. It is also revealed that Future Bulma and Future Trunks, were the first beings in the history of the Universe to create a Time Machine and use it to alter history, resulting in the first time distortion in the history of the Universe and causing the creation of alternate timelines. It is also revealed that Trunks and Bulma had not violated the laws of the Universe because at that point their Time Machine was the first ever to be used. However this fact did not the dissuade the Supreme Kai of Time from deceiving Future Trunks into believing that the use of a Time Machine was a “mortal sin”. The Supreme Kai of Time convinced Trunks that the only way to atone for it was to become her assistant, resulting in the establishment of the Time Patrol to enforce and protect the flow of time. It is also revealed that the Supreme Kai of Time could have erased the changes made to the past by Future Trunks (and Cell when he traveled from his timeline) but choose to allow these alterations to the past timeline to remain, as Trunks’ reasons were noble and ultimately didn’t result in history turning out for the worse.

The seventh universe is an universe nearly identical to the sixth universe because they equal the number thirteen, making a twin universe.

Vegeta Facts

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Up until his tail was cut off, Vegeta could turn into a gigantic monkey-like creature called an Ōzaru (大猿?, lit. “Great Ape”) by looking at a full moon, an ability common of all Saiyans with tails. Vegeta has the ability to create and enhance attacks with the use of chi. He also has the ability to use Bukū-jutsu (舞空術?, lit: “Air Dancing Technique”), which enables him to fly.[3] Constant training and his Saiyan heritage have given him vast superhuman strengthdurabilityspeed and reflexes.[3]

Vegeta is known to give names for his various energy attacks. In his early appearance, Vegeta is seen to use attacks similar to several of the protagonists of the series, such as aKi Disk Razor (気円斬 Kienzan?), a two fingered laser-like disk capable of cutting through solid objects, and a ki wave similar to Goku’s Kamehameha. One of his better known attacks is the Galick Gun (ギャリック砲 Gyarikku Hō?), although he uses it only once in the series proper; during his battle against Goku in an attempt to destroy the Earth.[3] He later develops the Big Bang Attack (ビッグ・バン・アタック Biggu Ban Atakku?) and the Final Flash (ファイナルフラッシュ Fainaru Furasshu?) techniques, which are much more powerful than his older energy attacks. Vegeta’s most commonly used tactics in the series is when he bombards an opponent with an array of small ki blasts. He is not known to have an official name for this attack, but it is usually called Rapid-Fire Energy Balls (連続エネルギー弾 Renzoku Enerugī Dan?). In Dragon Ball GT, Vegeta displays a powerful new attack, entitling it the Final Shine Attack (ファイナルシャインアタック Fainaru Shain Atakku?), where he uses his left hand to fire off a massive beam of green ki that widens with distance. Because of his immense strength and power, Vegeta, along with few other characters from the Dragon Ball franchise, can destroy entire planets with single attacks if he intends to.

Vegeta also possesses several transformations that greatly enhance his abilities to varying degrees. He gains the ability to transform into a Super Saiyan and, through training, can further transform into advanced states of Super Saiyan as the series continues.[4][5][6] Vegeta can also fuse with Goku and create a warrior who has the combined power and skills of both. One method is by using the Potara Earrings presented to Goku by the Old Kaiō-shin. This results in a ‘potara fusion’ creating Vegito (ベジット Bejitto?, “Vegerot” in Viz Media‘s manga translation). The other method, appearing only in the anime, is by performing the ‘Metamorese Fusion Dance’, which creates Gogeta (ゴジータ Gojīta?).

Few Little Facts about DBZ

.1. Did you know that Rou Kaioushin is fused with someone? No, I’m not talking about Kaioushin, he’s fused with Kibito, most people know that. But thousands of years ago, before he was sealed in the Z Sword, Rou Kaioushin looked very much like Kaioushin. Well, one day he was sitting under a tree reading a comic book, (manga), when an old witch snuck up from behind him and stole one of his earrings. These are the Potora earrings that automatically cause Fusion if both are put on the opposite ears of two different people. She put the earring on her left ear and Rou Kaioushin looked at her in horror as the two flew through the air towards each other and fused life. That’s why Rou Kaioushin looks so different from Kaioushin, and that’s also how he was able to do that spell to upgrade Gohan’s power since he’s part witch.

.2. Did you know that Tien participates in the fight against Super Buu? Super Buu was about to do an attack that would kill Gohan, but suddenly a blast came out of nowhere and deflected Buu’s attack. It was Tien’s Kikohou. Of course he gets knocked out later, and dies when the Earth explodes, but hey, at least he helped unlike two other Z Fighters, i know, Krillin and Yamcha. Even when they were alive, they hardly even tried to help out against Majin Buu.

.3. Did you know that planet Vegita wasn’t always planet Vegita? Before the Saiya-jin took over, it was called planet Plant!

.4. Did you know that Mr. Satan’s dog is named Bee?

.5. Did you know that Vegita never reached true Ultimate Super Saiya-jin during the Cell saga? The only people to reach that level were Trunks and Goku. Trunks states that his father was only lacking a little bit of power. Ultimate SSJ, is essentially SSJ2, but with not quite as much power, and it’s a very slow moving form.

.6. Did you know that Vegita actually admits that Goku is better at fighting than him? In the episode where Goku fights Little Buu as Super Saiya-jin 3, Vegita is off to the side watching and contemplaiting Goku’s actions and powers throughout the years. Finally he figures out that why Goku is so strong. He fights not just for his personal goal, but for the safety of others, as well as personal enjoyment. He doesn’t fight just to win, just to have a good time. He remembers all the times Goku surpassed him and finally his speech ends with, “Goku, you truly are Earth’s Number 1 fighter!”.

.7. Did you know that at one point Piccolo is stronger than Goku, Vegita, Trunks, and Gohan? When he fuses with Kami, he becomes the most powerful Z Warrior for a while.

.8. Did you know that Goku’s home address IS actually given in the series and manga? His address is 439 East District.

.9. Did you know that the Cell that everyone in the present fights, is actually from a third time-line we never see? The Cell that Gohan killed arrived here in the following steps. First he killed Trunks in his time, stole Trunk’s time machine, arrived in the present, precisely one year before Cyborg Freeza arrived, stayed in a larve state, and then hatched several years later. It sounds confusing, but it’s true.

.10. Did you know that in Future Trunks’ time, Androids 16,19 and 20 never existed? Also, Doctor Gero was killed by his creations, so Trunks never even saw him.

.11. Did you know that there’s a pretty funny episode near the end of Z where Bulma holds a party for everyone, even Dende is invited. Everyone has a good time, even Vegita, who after getting drooled on by Buu, actually smiles and gives him a sandwich. Everyone’s there except of course, yep, Goku. He’s off protecting some terrydactyl eggs. But eventually he shows up. At the very end of another late Z episode, there’s a cute bit where Goku is splashing around with Goten and Trunks in his water basin. Eventually it gets aggressive and Goku holds the kid’s heads under-water, but then they hop out and do fusion naked, becoming a nude Gotenks. Gotenks jumps in and tries to overcome Goku, but Goku turns into Super Saiya-jin 2 and the water basin explodes leaving a naked Goku happily staring down at his attacker. Bulma and Ch-chi rush forward to cover up their little warrior..er…warriors.

.12. Did you know that the name of the temple that Krillin came from was the Orinji Temple. The word Orinji means, “Many Tree”, so Kuririn comes from the Many Tree Temple.

.13. Did you know that The Capsule Corporation and the Red Ribbon Army, were actually in competition with each other in the auto industry? RR’s percentage of world-wide sales was 16%, and the CC’s percentage of world-wide sales was 40%. However in the year, 778, the CC completely destroys them in the industry.

.14. Did you know that in the TV series only, there was an episode that dealt with Gohan getting tutored? The guy was a real mean SOB and actually whipped Gohan with a little whip. Chi chi started to get angry about that, but when the tutor bad-mouthed Goku, Chi chi went nuts and ran him out of the house.

.15. Did you know that Mr. Satan is indeed a very strong man? Probablly the strongest human minus any of the Z Soldiers and his daughter. Before the Cell Game, (in the TV series only), to show his strength to the world, he pulls 4 busses across a stadium.

.16. Did you know that there was a HUGE difference between Trunks the Story manga, and the Trunks TV Special? In the manga, Trunks was able to turn SuperSaiya-jin before Gohan died. But in the TV Special, Gohan’s death is what caused Trunks to transform into the Super Saiya-jin.

.17. Did you know that according to police records, Bulma’s ID number is SSC 41453 ?

.18. Did you know that there had been 187 fights from Dragon Ball to the end of Dragon Ball Z?

.19. Did you know that Future Trunks goes back to his time, and kills the Androids 17 and 18 in episode 194 of Dragon Ball Z, and ironically, when Trunks fought them, that was the 149th battle in the series.

.20. Did you know that Bulma changes her hairstyle, (not counting her first one), 15 times from DB to the end of DBZ?

.21. Nappa DID have hair! It was shown only once in the Bardock TV Special. Heres a picture!!! He looks Funny!!

Three Facts About Dragon ball Z

1. Goku only killed two villains in all of Dragon Ball Z

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Almost every storyline in Dragon Ball boils down to waiting for Goku to get in the fight and beat up the big bad, but it’s easy to forget that the series’ main protagonist rarely murders his enemies. Goku let Frieza slice his own goofy ass in half (while Future Trunks finished off Frieza in his Cyborg form), and Cell hit his own self-destruct button. The fact remains that,throughout Dragon Ball Z, Goku only kills two people.

Both events occur during the Majin Buu arc. The first was Yakon, a low-level miniboss whose gimmick was devouring energy. All Goku had to do was overload him, like flexing to pop the bloody bowels of a pesky mosquito.

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The real biggie here was the time that Goku demolished Kid Buu with a Spirit Bomb, marking the only time the Spirit Bomb was actually good for anything beyond stretching the episode count.

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It’s strange that Goku seems to have such an aversion to taking life, considering that he did it all the time as a kid. In the Z-less Dragon Ball, Goku took out scores of bad guys from the Red Ribbon Army without giving it a second thought. Alberto Cubatas on DeviantArt illustrates this beautifully in his series of visualized Dragon Ball killcounts. Here’s Goku:

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via Alberto Cubatas
 

It’s kind of sad that the most notable kill Goku has after Kid Buu and King Piccolo is his own grandfather, who he accidentally iced while in Great Ape form.

Compare that paltry collection to Vegeta’s massive tally

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via Alberto Cubatas

Dude took out almost the entire Ginyu Force, Nappa, Android 19 and a shitload of civilians, including an entire goddamn planet of lovestruck bug people. Though Goku was in the fight for much of Dragon Ball Z, his bloodlust was nothing compared to his Saiyan frenemy.

Then again, it could be worse.

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via Alberto Cubatas

You can call Goku dumb, a poor father or a terrible husband, but at least he’ll never be Yamcha.

2. The Dragon Balls are based on a really messed up myth

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It’s well-known within anime circles that Dragon Ball is loosely based on the centuries-old tale Journey to the West, in which a monkey boy flies on a magic cloud while wielding a size-changing staff. But the titular spheres themselves are actually inspired by an old novel series. Nanso Satomi Hakkenden, roughly translated as The Eight Dog Chronicles, was written way back in the early 1800s.

In the original story, there are eight crystal balls, which were created when a Princess has sex with her father’s dog. Don’t worry, someone made an anime about it so you can see what that looks like.

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After being “born” — again, from the unholy union of a woman and a dog — the crystal balls went into the sky and split off, and later became human children. The phrase “Dammit, Japan” has never been more applicable.

When asked why there are seven instead of eight Dragon Balls, creator Akira Toriyama explained that he didn’t want to have the same number as the famous story where a dog has sex with a human female who later gives birth to jewelry. Go figure.

3. You probably know more about Dragon Ball than the creator of Dragon Ball

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There wouldn’t be a Dragon Ball without Akira Toriyama, and as such fans owe him a lot of respect. However, like many mega-popular franchises, there comes a point where the collective fandom is more knowledgable and enthusiastic than the singular creator. When Toriyama cranked out 500 chapters of the manga, it was technically his job; whereas fans are free to watch and rewatch the material over and over again, it might be a little more trying for the guy who spent his career with these characters and their story. You can forgive the guy for spacing the little details, but Toriyama’s forgetfulness goes beyond the pale.

For instance, there’s the fact that Toriyama forgot that there was a Super Saiyan 2 form. In his mind, it jumped straight from 1 to 3.

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Seriously. He admitted as much in an interview:

V-Jump: Do you write down notes anywhere for that sort of background information?
Akira Toriyama: No, I don’t do that. That’s why I keep on forgetting things. If I don’t forget stuff, new ideas won’t come to mind. For example, you know how there’s “Super Saiyan 3??
VJ: Yes. Where the hair gets long.
AT: I didn’t know that. (laughs) The whole time, I thought that was “Super Saiyan 2?. (laughs)
VJ: Whaaa?!
AT: And I drew that myself. (laughs) Anyhow, I thought “2” was the one with long hair. It was like, “Man, I’ve really forgotten stuff…”.

It’s hard to believe that such a pivotal moment in the series could have possibly slipped by the dude who was responsible for bringing it to life. Toriyama says “I’ve really forgotten stuff…” as though he just realized he didn’t get milk at the grocery store . This is more along the lines of forgetting to pick up your child at a soccer game, and then going on with your life as though the kid never existed.

It’s gotten worse, probably because he’s been more or less off the job in the two decades since Dragon Ball Z ended. When it came time for him to draw up some promotional art for his comeback movie Battle of the Gods, Toriyama drew Android 18 with purple hair.

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You might pass it off as a character choice — there’s nothing stopping Androids from dying their hair — but since 18 showed up in BotG as a blonde, we can probably assume a very awkward conversation occurred between Toriyama and the production team.

As unfortunate as that is, at least 18 doesn’t have it as bad as poor Launch.

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Don’t remember Launch? That’s okay, Toriyama doesn’t remember Launch either. She was a major character in Dragon Ball prior to Raditz’s arrival, and she even had a cool hook; whenever she sneezed, Launch drastically changed personality (and hairstyle). When DBZ rolled around, Launch snuck into a few scenes, but eventually disappeared for over 150 episodes. On numerous occasions, Toriyama has responded to inquiries about Launch with “I forgot.”

Maybe we could learn something from Toriyama’s bold memory-based approach to storytelling. Maybe if we all forget hard enough, Dragon Ball GT will never have existed.

Frieza Saga

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Super Saiyan Goku vs. Frieza

The Frieza Saga is the second major plot arc of the Dragon Ball Z anime. The manga volumes that it is made up of are “The Wrath of Freeza“, “Goku vs. Freeza“, and “The Super Saiyan“. In FUNimation Entertainment‘s naming conventions for the English language release of the anime, the Frieza Saga is broken up into three sub-sagas: the Namek Saga, the Captain Ginyu Saga, and the Frieza Saga. This article refers specifically to the events in the third sub-saga.

Nearly all of the Frieza Saga takes place on the planet Namek. The main plot is the long-awaited battle between Goku and Frieza, with Krillin, Gohan, Piccolo and Vegeta also taking part.

In Japan, this saga aired in 1990 and 1991. In the U.S., it aired in 1999. This is the first part of US season 3. This saga comprises the FUNimation Remastered Box Set, the second half of the FUNimation Dragon Ball Z Dragon Box Volume 2 Set and the first part of the Dragon Ball Z: Dragon Box Volume 3 Set.

Plot

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Fight against Frieza

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Dende summons Porunga, the Namekian Dragon

With the fate of Namek at stake, Grand Elder Guru sends the youngNamekian Dende to give the important password to Krillin and Gohan that will summon Porunga, the Namekian Dragon.

Meanwhile, Frieza arrives at Guru’s where he is met by some Namekian warriors, all of whom he kills except Nail, and fails at getting Guru to tell him the password. Just as Frieza is about to kill him as well, Nail warns Frieza that if Guru dies, the Namekian Dragon Balls will become useless. As a distraction to buy Dende more time, Nail takes Frieza to a field to do battle. Frieza is impressed that Nail’s maximum battle power is 42,000, but he surprises Nail by claiming that his battle power is 530,000, but he tells him he does not plan to use his full power against him. He then easily overtakes and brutally injures Nail with no problem but rushes off to his ship when he realizes that the fight is a ruse to stall him so he will not summon the Dragon Balls before Gohan and Krillin, leaving Nail for dead.

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Frieza prepares to transform

As Dende finally reaches Krillin with the important message, they take the Dragon Balls from a sleeping Vegeta and head away from Frieza’s spaceship. Dende uses the password to summon the Dragon, Porunga. Meanwhile, back on Frieza’s ship, Vegeta awakens, suddenly sensing Frieza’s approaching power level and to see that the Dragon has already been summoned.

Gohan, Krillin, and Dende set out to make their wish, which is to reviveYamcha, Tien Shinhan, Chiaotzu and Piccolo. The Dragon informs them that he can only wish back one person at a time. With King Kai‘s help, Piccolo communicates telepathically to Gohan and asks him to restore his life. His reasoning is that if he is resurrected,Kami will return to Earth and that will also bring back Earth’s Dragon Balls, in effect allowing for the others to also be revived with a wish. Piccolo asks for the second wish to teleport him to Namek, wanting to exact revenge on Frieza for killing his people. Gohan, Krillin, and Dende agree to this, and make the wishes.

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Piccolo takes on Frieza in his second form

Vegeta arrives at the scene after the second wish is made. Since the first two wishes had already been used to bring Piccolo back to life and then to Namek, Vegeta wants to save the last wish for eternal life for himself. Just as Dende asks the Dragon, Guru dies and the Dragon Balls turn to stone. Vegeta’s wish is not granted, but worse yet, Frieza has arrived and is extremely angry that the Dragon Balls have already been used. Vegeta fights his former boss, gloating that he has become a Super Saiyan, but as Frieza shockingly realizes they are somewhat evenly matched, Vegeta abruptly tells him to transform and reveal his true strength. Frieza amusingly wonders how Vegeta knows this, and Vegeta tells him Zarbon spilled it out before. Frieza transforms into his second form, one that is even stronger than before, claiming that his power level has risen over a million. Frieza tells them that while most transform to increase their battle power, he does it to decrease his power, because it is so enormous it’s hard to control himself. Vegeta, realizing that he underestimated Frieza’s strength, is shocked.

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Frieza fires an array of blasts

Meanwhile Piccolo, who was just teleported to Namek by a wish, senses the fighting and heads to the battlefield. Along the way he sees the dying Nail, who informs him on what has been happening. He also requests that Piccolo fuse with him to be more of a challenge to Frieza. At first, Piccolo is reluctant, but after Nail assures him that his personality will not change byfusing, Piccolo decides to accept, increasing his strength and speed tremendously. Back on the battlefield, Frieza’s new power level is said by him to be over one million. He also tells Vegeta about the destruction of the planet Vegeta and his father. Vegeta simply scoffs at this, saying that he surpassed his father when he was a child. After fully transforming, he impales Krillin with his horns, who was trying to protect Dende, and tosses him to the sea. Gohan tries to save him, but when Frieza stops him, an incredibly angry Gohan easily beats down Frieza and pummels him with many ki blasts. Despite Vegeta’s shocked reaction, the attack is not enough and Frieza recovers with little damage done. Luckily, Dende rescued Krillin out of the sea, telling Gohan that he is still alive. Angry that he was actually was hurt by the attack, Frieza then easily pounds Gohan, hurting him severely. Vegeta tries to attack when Frieza’s back is turned, but it is completely ineffective and Gohan is left almost dead. Gohan is saved when Krillin launches aDestructo Disc at Frieza and cuts off his tail. Dende then uses this time to heal Gohan as Vegeta watches. It was revealed that Dende was the one who plucked Krillin out of the sea and healed him. Krillin continues to distract Frieza using many evasive maneuvers, such as Solar Flare. Soon, Gohan is healed and now strongerthan ever due to his Saiyan genes.

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Gohan unleashes a relentless attack against Frieza

Just then, Piccolo arrives, claiming that he can beat Frieza. Vegeta scoffs at Piccolo, claiming that reviving him was a waste of a wish. However, this turns to shock for Vegeta that the Namekian who was easily killed by Nappa had now become powerful enough to challenge Frieza. The fight begins as Piccolo remains confident that he can take Frieza down. Thanks to his fusion with Nail, his power is slightly higher than that of Frieza’s. Through much of the battle, Piccolo has the upper hand, but Frieza transforms again into his third stage, earning yet another power increase. Piccolo, still confident that his speed is greater than Frieza’s, is proved wrong when Frieza grossly outstrips him in both power and speed, and subsequently launches finger blasts at him that are too fast for him to dodge at all. Soon, Piccolo is severely wounded. Gohan is furious at Piccolo’s defeat and explodes in a bout of rage, revealing his hidden powers as he once again takes on Frieza. Gohan then launches a Full Power Masenko that proves to be challenging for Frieza, until he deflects it back. Luckily, Piccolo saves Gohan in the nick of time with a blast. Frieza realizes that Gohan is a Saiyan and that he and Vegeta are constantly getting stronger. He then decides to transform into his final and strongest form, his original being. Vegeta comes up with the idea for Krillin to blast him to near death and for Dende to heal him afterwards, increasing his power enough to become a Super Saiyan. Although Krillin is highly reluctant at first, he blasts Vegeta in the stomach, piercing him through. Because of Saiyan heritage, recovery from a near-death experience causes Vegeta to increase in strength significantly. While Frieza transforms, Dende heals Piccolo and reluctantly heals Vegeta. Vegeta becomes confident that he has become a Super Saiyan.

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Frieza fires his Death Beam

Frieza sees how everyone was defying death using Dende’s healing, so he takes to the root of the problem. After transforming, he quickly kills Dende with a Death Beam, meaning the fighters will have no more chances to be healed. He tries to blast Gohan as well, but Vegeta quickly saves him. A confident Vegeta decides to commence battle with Frieza and his newfound power. To his horror, no matter what Vegeta does, he is no match and Frieza still has the upper hand throughout the whole battle. Vegeta actually sheds a tear in frustration when he realizes that the situation is hopeless. Because he drops all his defenses in desperation, Frieza batters him mercilessly to the brink of death. Goku, still in the Medical Machine, awakens and realizes what is taking place and quickly rushes off to save his fellow comrades. As Goku arrives, Vegeta swallows his pride and tells Frieza that Goku is the legendary Super Saiyan that will kill him. Frieza gets angry and blasts a hole using his Death Beam through Vegeta’s heart. Before his death, with tears in his eyes, he tells Goku the truth of Planet Vegeta’s destruction, how every Saiyan was forced to serve Frieza before most of them were killed, how Frieza took Vegeta from his father when he was a child and treathen to kill him unless he followed orders, how Frieza killed the king anyway along with Goku’s parents and the Saiyan Race. In his last breath, Vegeta asks Goku to take vengeance for all Saiyans, and Goku then buries Vegeta. Fueled with rage at Vegeta’s death, Goku honors Vegeta’s request to take vengence for Planet Vegeta and the entire Saiyan race, and begins to fight Frieza.

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Vegeta meets his end at the hands of Frieza

The battle between Frieza and Goku begins. They seem perfectly equivalent for some time in terms of strength and speed. During the match, Goku seems to have more clever ideas on how to fight and tricks Frieza several times. Goku used to his advantage the fact that Frieza needs to see his opponent and is unable to feel their energy. While Goku was under water during one attack, he used the Kamehameha wave as torpedoes to trick Frieza. Frieza then revealed that he was only using about a fraction of his power, and that he’ll power up to 50%, which turns the tables in Frieza’s favor. At Kaio-ken x10, Goku was being brutally beaten. Frieza claimed he allowed Goku to think he had a chance, and even offered for Goku to replace Ginyu as his bodyguard. Goku refused, but after one rigorous attack after another, Piccolo, Gohan, Krillin, and even King Kai began to see the situation as hopeless. Goku tries to raise his power using the Kaio-ken x20 and shoot a Kamehameha wave at Frieza, but it only leaves Frieza’s hands burnt, while the attack left Goku completely drained. Having no choice, Goku prepares the Spirit Bomb in desperation. Piccolo, Gohan, and Krillin step in to try and hold off Frieza while Goku gathers energy for the attack. Once the Spirit Bomb is finally finished and unleashed upon Frieza, it does significant damage to him, causing the Z Warriors to believe Frieza was finished off. Krillin and Gohan take Goku and Piccolo away from the damage. A few minutes of celebration was soon turned into a horrid sight once Krillin saw Frieza furiously standing on the top of a rock.

Final battle

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Goku endures Frieza’s wrath

Enraged and surprised that Goku had such ability for a Saiyan, Frieza lashes out against the other warriors. He first decides to kill Goku. As he fires a Death Beam at the exhausted Saiyan, Piccolo jumps in the way of the blast and saves his life (however, in the manga, Frieza simply blasts at Piccolo with a Death Beam). Though it does not kill him, Piccolo is hurt very badly and falls to the ground unconscious, enraging Goku. Next, Frieza kills Krillin by making his whole body explode in the air. Seeing his best friend killed causes Goku to erupt with even more rage. In a display of gathering energy, the angry Goku pulls out his strongest emotions ever before reached. His hair turns more spikier and golden, and his eyes turn green. He is now a Super Saiyan, with his power tremendously increased. He yells at Gohan to take Piccolo and retrieve Bulma and take them to the ship that he traveled in and use it to head back to Earth.

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Ginyu and Bulma share a moment on Namek, after Ginyu accidentally exchanges bodies with a frog

Super Saiyan Goku and Frieza begin to fight, and Goku toys with him and starts treating him as if he was a rag doll. With no other options, Frieza decides that if he cannot beat Goku, then he’ll blow up Namek instead. He throws a ball of energy towards the planet’s core, hoping to destroy the planet. However, Frieza realizes he held back too much power, and the planet only begins to crumble. Frieza then claims it will explode in five minutes and reveals that he can breathe in space. As the battle rages on, Frieza decides to use 100% of his full power. Though this significantly increases his power level and allows Frieza to gain the upper-hand on Goku for a time, the damaged incurred in this previous levels causes him to lose that power radically after a short bout. Goku realizes this, and uses it to his advantage to take down the mighty tyrant.

Back on Earth, Kami and Mr. Popo have gathered all of the Dragon Balls and with King Kai’s help they devise a plan to bring back all who were killed by Frieza.

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Goku transforms into a Super Saiyan after witnessing Krillin’s murder at the hands of Frieza

Since the wish brings back Guru, who was killed by the grief of Frieza’s killings, King Kai telepathically asks him to wish all of those on Namek, except for Frieza, back to Earth with the Namek Dragon, which still has one wish remaining. However, Goku intercepts their telepathic communication and requests that he be left behind on Namek as well and King Kai reluctantly gives in. King Kai notices that Super Saiyan Goku is no longer the Goku they used to know, he is now only acting on blind Saiyan instincts. Vegeta, who was also resurrected as well by the wish, is surprised to see that Goku had become a Super Saiyan just before he is teleported off of Namek.

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Frieza is sliced by his own attack

With the entire planet empty except Goku and Frieza, they take the battle around the crumbling planet. Soon, Goku notices that Frieza is losing stamina too much to be a match for him. He then stops that fight and begins to leave, telling Frieza to train and come back for a rematch. Enraged, Frieza decides to release a Death Saucer that he can direct to attack Goku with. Goku easily outmaneuvers this attack. Frieza realizes that one is not enough and releases another Death Disc, attempting to outsmart Goku. Goku maneuvers at the last minute, blasting into the ground creating a blinding blanket of dust. Frieza is unable to detect energy without physically seeing it, so one makes its way to cut Frieza in half. Goku tries to warn him, but he is chopped into four pieces by the disc. As he is dying, Frieza begs Goku not to leave him like this. Goku cannot stand seeing a life, even one as evil as Frieza’s, suffer in such a painful and humiliating manner. Eventually Goku takes pity on the pathetic tyrant, and gave him some of his energy. Frieza then explains that there is no way Goku is going to live, as the planet is about to explode and his ship is in no working condition. As Goku leaves, Frieza makes one final attempt to kill him, using the energy given to him to throw a wave of energy at him. Goku pushes the blast back at Frieza with his own energy blast and flies away.

Knowing he will not reach his own ship in time, Goku searches for Frieza’s and finds it in a crater. Goku, frustrated and desperate, realizes that he will not make it off of Namek as he watches its wreckage plummet into a lava filled chasm. Seconds later, Goku screams in agony and rage as planet Namek disappears from the Universe in a colossal, blinding explosion.

Aftermath

On Earth, Dende heals Piccolo and realizes that he has merged with Nail. The Namekian Dragon Balls follows Guru to Earth, evading the explosion. As Guru is dying once more, he transfers his role as Senior Elder to Moori, a trusted Namekian village leader, so the Dragon Balls will not die with him. Dende also informs Gohan that the Namekian Dragon Balls can also resurrect a deceased person more than once. This is good news since it would mean that they could resurrect Krillin, Chiaotzu, and Goku, who had been killed before. Everyone is thrilled until King Kai reminds them that Krillin and Goku can not be resurrected because the planet they died on (Namek) was destroyed, and if wished back, they would only appear in empty space and immediately die again from lack of air. However, Vegeta suggests that they use a wish to transport their remains to Earth first.

130 days later, the Namekian Dragon Balls are able to be used again. They are first used to transport Goku and Krillin’s remains to Earth. However, Porunga reveals that he is unable to transport Goku’s remains because he is not actually dead. After the second wish is used to bring back Krillin, the final wish is made to bring Goku to Earth, Porunga then informs them that Goku refuses to come back and will return later by himself. This leaves our heroes greatly perplexed, but arrive at the conclusion that Goku is coming home either way, and they accept his absence. All, that is, except Vegeta, who leaves in a space ship to search the universe for Goku and the key to becoming a Super Saiyan. With one wish remaining, it is used to resurrect Yamcha.

Another 130 days (one Namek year) later, the Namekian Dragon Balls are ready again. The first two wishes are to resurrect Tien and Chiaotzu, and the final wish is to transport the Nameks to a New Namek that would have similar living conditions to their old planet Namek. Gohan and Dende share a tearful goodbye as the Nameks disappear to their new home, and life on Earth returns to normal… for now.