Thursday, September 23, 2010
Vegeta's bodyguard at the beginning of Dragon Ball Z, Nappa is a huge bald Saiyan. He is not very smart and always acts before thinking (which kills him later on). At one time, he was thought to be indestructable, since he took out 3 of the Z fighters without any trouble. When Gokou arrives (he had been dead, and then wished back to life), he kicks the crap out of Nappa, leaving him defensless. Seeing this, Vegeta takes pity on him and kills Nappa with a ki blast, saying that he was worhtless to him now that he was injured.
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Mr. Satan is a weak older fellow that takes all the credit after the Z fighters defeat Cell. He has won many Tenkaichi Budokais (during the period of that Gokou and friends didn't compete), and is renowned worldwide for his so-called "strength." Mr. Satan is actually pretty strong, but he is absolutely no match for any of the Z fighters or the villains they face. When he is confronted by fans, or introduced to fans at a public event, a mock-heroic theme plays that stays with you longer than you'd like it to. If he's not trying to impress the media, he's hanging out with his best friend Buu and pet dog. During the Buu saga, he was actually of some help when he stalled Buu while Gokou formed a Genki Dama (he also demanded that the people of the earth give up their energy to Gokou for his attack) to defeat the evil enemy. He is the father of Gohan's wife, Videl, therefor is Gohan's father-in-law.
Majin Buu was created 300 years ago by the evil sorcerer Babidi. At one time, there were four powerful Kaioshins, until Majin Buu killed all but one. The remaining Kaioshin used the Potara earrings to fuse with Buu, thus giving him his fat appearance. He was then sealed away, only to be resurrected by Babidi's son, Bibidi. Fat Buu was not as evil as we had thought he was, and becomes friends with Mr. Satan. But fat Buu gets mad and creates another form. One being the original fat Buu, and the other, evil Buu. With the power to absorb other life forms, Evil Buu absorbed fat Buu and many of the Z fighters and became even stronger. Gokou and Vegeta go inside of him, get their friends that were absorbed out, and escape through Majin Buu's mouth. Buu is later killed by a Genki Dama from Gokou, but not before spitting out fat Buu, who spends the rest of his days living with Mr. Satan. 10 years after Buu is killed, Gokou makes a wish that he will be reincarnated into a cleansed form so he can spar with him, which happens to be a poor black child named Ubuu.
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
The bodyguard of Chaozu, Tenshinhan is the strongest human fighter (or Kuririn could be the strongest... It's debatable, though). He has two normal eyes, and then one extra eye above them that doesn't seem to have any use. He usually hangs around his little buddy Chaozu, and doesn't let anyone mess with him. He was killed during the Vegeta Saga by Nappa, and was resurected by a wish made with the Dragon Balls. By the end of the Cell Saga, he (along with Chaozu) tells the other Z fighters that they'll probably never see him again, only to show up for a brief time during the Buu Saga.
The father of Trunks and the husband of Bulma, Vegeta shows a tough front but is full of pride. At first he is a villain, but like most villains in Dragon Ball, he is quick to join the "good" side. But even after Vegeta joins up with the Z fighters, he is still very reserved and won't accept pity. He doesn't talk to anyone much, and utterly despises Son Gokou. Vegeta can't stand him because of the simple factthat Gokou is stronger than him. So, Vegeta is constantly trying to be better, but never truely succeeds. He is the third (if you count Trunks) person to become a Super Saiyan, and one of only two to achieve Super Saiyan 4. You might be asking, "If Vegeta's heart isn't pure, how did he become a Super Saiyan?" The answer to that is simple: Vegeta does have a pure heart... it's just pure evil. He finally becomes truely good in the Majin Buu saga where we get to see a side of him that was once thought to be non-existent. He swallows his pride in a tough situation and acknowledges that Gokou is stronger than him. Vegeta might seem hard and cold on the outside... but, well, I guess he's that way on the inside too. But every series needs a badass, doesn't it?
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Originally named Kakarrot (カカロット, Kakarotto?, spelled as Kakarot in the English dub), Goku is born a member of a fictional race of extraterrestrials called Saiyans. Shortly following his birth, Goku is sent from his home, a fictional planet named Vegeta, to prepare Earth for sale on the intergalactic market by destroying all its life. Due to an injury to his head that caused him severe amnesia, Goku forgets his purpose, and instead focuses on becoming stronger to improve himself. In the beginning of the series, Goku meets a teenage girl named Bulma, the desert bandit Yamcha, and two shapeshifters named Oolong and Puar. He also meets one of his closest friends, Krillin, and others during his training. Participating in various martial arts tournaments, Goku also battles foes-turned-allies such as Tien Shinhan and Chiaotzu, as well as Piccolo Daimao's offspring of the same name.
During his early adulthood, Goku meets his older brother, Raditz, an encounter that results in his death after he learns about his own heritage. Following the wish for his revival from the Dragon Balls, Goku continues to face other enemies linked to his heritage, such as Vegeta, who eventually also becomes his ally, and Frieza, whose actions cause Goku to transform into a Super Saiyan. After his epic battle with Frieza, the focus on Goku's past is shifted away, as new enemies are introduced as threats to the fictional universe. When the androids appear, Goku contracts the heart virus that Future Trunks warns him about earlier, but is able to recover thanks to the medicine that Future Bulma had made for him. Later on, Goku trains his first child, Gohan, to be his successor and sacrifices himself for the second time during the battle against the evil life form Cell. Goku returns to Earth from the afterlife seven years later and meets his second child, Son Goten. Shortly after, he participates in the next martial arts tournament, however he is drawn into a battle for the universe against the deadly monster Majin Buu. Goku also battles Vegeta after he is taken under control by Babidi. Later on, Goku destroys Buu with his Genki Dama technique. During the martial arts tournament held ten years after Buu's defeat, Goku meets Buu's human reincarnation, Uub, and takes off with him, in the end of the story, intending to train him as another successor.
In the anime-only series Dragon Ball GT, which begins ten years after Goku meets Uub, Goku is transformed back into a child with a wish made by Emperor Pilaf using the Black Star Dragon Balls. Shortly after he, Trunks, and his granddaughter Pan all take a trip around the universe to locate the Black Star Dragon Balls and return them to Earth. Goku later battles the evil Baby, Super Android 17 and the evil shadow dragons. His final challenge is against Omega Shenron, who he eventually destroys using the Genki Dama. Goku leaves with the original form of Shenron, only to appear 100 years later at the next martial arts tournament as an adult once more, where he is observing the battle between his descendant (Son Goku Jr.) and Vegeta's descendant. An elderly Pan spots her grandfather, but he quickly departs.
Sunday, August 29, 2010
With the ending of Dragon Ball, Toei Animation quickly released a second anime television series, Dragon Ball Z (ドラゴンボールZ(ゼット), Doragon Bōru Zetto?, commonly abbreviated as DBZ). Picking up where the first left off, Dragon Ball Z is adapted from the final twenty-six volumes of the manga series. It premiered in Japan on Fuji Television on April 26, 1989, taking over its predecessor's time slot, and ran for 291 episodes until its conclusion on January 31, 1996.
Following the short-lived dub of Dragon Ball in 1995, Funimation Entertainment began production on an English-language release of Dragon Ball Z in North America. They teamed with Saban Entertainment to finance the project, sub-licensed home video distribution to Geneon Universal Entertainment, and once again hired Ocean Productions to dub the series. This dub of Dragon Ball Z was heavily edited for content, as well as length, reducing the first 67 episodes into 53. The series premiered in the United States on September 13, 1996 in first-run syndication, but also suffered from poor ratings during its run, and was eventually cancelled after two seasons. On August 31, 1998, however, the Ocean dubbed episodes began airing on Cartoon Network as part of the channel's new Toonami programming block, where the series received much more popularity. With new success, Funimation continued production on the series by themselves, only now using their own in-house voice cast, as well as less editing due to fewer restrictions on cable programming. Dragon Ball Z was now in full production in the United States and the new dub of the series aired on Cartoon Network from September 13, 1999 to April 7, 2003.
The Funimation dubbed episodes also aired in Canada, Ireland, the United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand. Beginning with episode 108, however, an alternate dub, produced again by Ocean Productions, was broadcast in the United Kingdom, Canada, and Ireland, while Funimation's in-house dub continued to air in the United States, Australia, and New Zealand. In August 2004, Geneon lost its licensing rights to the old Ocean dubbed episodes of Dragon Ball Z, allowing Funimation to re-dub the first 67 episodes with their in-house voice cast and restore the removed content. These re-dubbed episodes aired in the United States on Cartoon Network during the summer of 2005. In 2006, Funimation remastered the episodes then began re-releasing the series in nine individual season box sets. The first set was released on February 6, 2007; the final set on May 19, 2009. These sets were noticeable for including the option of hearing the English dub alongside the original Japanese music, an option that had previously not been available. Other options included hearing the English dub with the American soundtrack composed by Bruce Faulconer, and a third option included watching the original Japanese version, with the original Japanese soundtrack and English subtitles. Beyond that, however, it was also noticeable for causing a degree of controversey among fans regarding the remastering process for the footage, which some fans deemed to be sub-par, particularly the 'video cropping' controversy.
In June 2009, Funimation announced that they would be re-releasing Dragon Ball Z in a new seven-volume set called the "Dragon Boxes," which were previously released in Japan as a five-volume set containing the entire anime franchise. Based on the original series masters with frame-by-frame restoration, the first set was released on November 10, 2009.