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  • "Dragon Ball Z" is the sequel to "Dragon Ball". Both were created by Akira Toriyama, a manga

  • artist who gained mainstream recognition through his manga "Dr. Slump", prior to the creation of "Dragon Ball".

  • Akira Toriyama has also served as a character designer for popular video games including

  • the "Dragon Quest" series and "Chrono Trigger".

  • Prior to becoming a manga artist, Akira Toriyama

  • worked at an advertising agency designing posters. After 3 years, he quit his job and entered an amateur

  • manga contest for Jump magazine but lost.

  • A line in the FUNimation dub of "Dragon Ball Z" states that Vegeta wears a size 9 boot.

  • Kazuhiko Torishima has said that Dragon Ballshouldve wrapped up with the Frieza Saga".

  • Torishima’s disappointment in having Androids

  • 19 and 20 as villains spurred Toriyama to create Androids 17 and 18.

  • But Torishima also disliked Androids 17 and 18, which led to the creation of Cell.

  • Following the creation of Cell, Toriyama’s actual editor at the time, Kondou, complained about the

  • character’s original insectoid appearance. He felt it was too ugly. So Toriyama had Cell

  • transform into his Semi-Perfect form, but Kondou dislike that design too, saying the

  • villainlooked like a moron.” Which is why Cell ended up undergoing his final transformation into Perfect Cell.

  • Before all the revisions to the Android Saga,

  • Android 19 and Android 20 were set to play the roles that Future Android 17 and Future

  • Android 18 ended up with. 19 and 20 would have been the culprits behind the massacre

  • of Future Trunksworld.

  • Dragon Ball Z adapts the last 325 chapters

  • of the Dragon Ball manga series, which is the second best-selling manga of all time.

  • It has sold more than 230 million copies worldwide.

  • Dragon Ball Z first aired in Japan on Fuji TV on April 25, 1989. It completed its run on January 31, 1996.

  • Dragon Ball Z was produced by animation studio

  • Toei Animation. The studio has also worked on other hit series, including One Piece, Sailor Moon, and Digimon.

  • Akira Toriyama chose the titleDragon Ball Z” because Z is the last letter of the alphabet.

  • Toriyama was running out of ideas for Dragon Ball and wanted the series to end.

  • The Dragon Ball Z anime includes original, or some would say filler, material, such as new attacks

  • and characters, that weren’t present in the manga. This is because Akira Toriyama

  • was still writing the manga while the anime was being produced.

  • The original Japanese voices of Dragon Ball

  • Z differ greatly from their English dub counterparts. For one thing, Goku is voiced by a female

  • actress named Masako Nozawa and has a much higher pitched voice than what dub viewers might be used to.

  • In addition to Goku, Masako Nozawa also voices

  • Gohan and Goten. Like father like son. And other son.

  • Dragon Ball Kai is a remastered version of Dragon Ball Z, broadcast as part of the series

  • 20th anniversary celebrations. It premiered on April 5, 2009.

  • When it originally aired in North America, Dragon Ball Z was subject to heavy censorship.

  • Content was heavily altered or removed, including character names, clothing, scenes, and dialogue.

  • One example would be the character Hercule.

  • His original name was Mr. Satan.

  • Akira Toriyama’s influences include Osamu

  • Tezuka’s Astro Boy and the early films of Jackie Chan. Watching the anime adaptation

  • of Dragon Ball also influenced his work and method of coloring.

  • Artists influenced by Akira Toriyama and Dragon Ball include Eiichiro Oda, the creator of

  • One Piece, Masashi Kishimoto, the creator of Naruto, Hiro Mashima, the creator of Fairy

  • Tale and Rave, Tite Kube, the creator of Bleach, Kentaro Yabuki, the creator of Black Cat,

  • and Jeff Franklin, the creator of Full House. Okay, the last one’s not true, but could you imagine?

  • Toriyama has said of Dragon Ball’s success,

  • Frankly, I don’t quite understand why it happened. While the manga was being serialized,

  • the only thing I wanted as I kept drawing was to make Japanese boys happy.”

  • At its start, Dragon Ball was loosely based on the classic Chinese novel Journey to the

  • West. Goku was based on Sun Wukong, and Bulma was based on Xuanzang.

  • When working on Dragon Ball, Toriyama didn’t plan the series out in advance. He would just

  • draw and write it as he went along. At times, he would forget things he had previously established.

  • This would force him into tough situations he would have to write himself out of.

  • The character Launch largely disappears from

  • Dragon Ball Z following the Vegeta Saga. Akira Toriyama has admitted that her absence stems

  • from the simple fact that he forgot she existed.

  • Goku’s house is located at 58N 018. In simpler

  • terms, his address is 439 East District. For some reason I can’t find this on Google Maps.

  • Android 17’s actual name is Lapis and Android 18’s is Lazuli. With their powers combined, they form Captain Planet!

  • Actually they just form Lapis Lazuli, which is a rock.

  • The battle between Goku and Frieza took around

  • four hours of total screen time. Supposedly, it’s currently the longest anime fight of all time.

  • Prior to the Saiyans taking over, Planet Vegeta was called Planet Plant.

  • If you add up the number of battles in Dragon Ball Z and Dragon Ball,

  • youll find that there have been 187 fights.

  • Bulma’s ID number is SSC 41453.

  • Between Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z, Bulma has had 17 different hair styles.

  • Akira Toriyama said at one point that Piccolo

  • was his favorite character. According to him, “It really is cliche when bad guys turn

  • into good guys, but it just feels great drawing it!”

  • It’s a well-known fact among fans that Goku’s father is Bardock, but his mother’s identity

  • is a bit lesser-known. She was a Saiyan named Gine and had a gentle nature, which was something uncommon among her kind.

  • The Yu-Gi-Oh card Tyler the Great Warrior was actually modeled after Future Trunks.

  • Namekians develop much faster than humans

  • or Saiyans. By the time he was 3, Piccolo was a full grown adult, and he’s actually

  • only four years older than Gohan.

  • Vegeta may be Prince of the Saiyans and one of the universe’s strongest warriors, but

  • even he isn’t immune to fear. He’s scared of worms.

  • Goku is afraid of needles and hospital food.

  • Goten was originally brought into the series to replace Goku as the main character. But

  • fans disapproved so much that the plan was scrapped.

  • By the time Dragon Ball Z ends, Master Roshi is 354 years old. The manga explains that

  • Roshi once consumed an immortality elixir.

  • Trunksfavorite food is yakiniku, which translates to grilled meat.

  • One of Goten’s favorite foods is Pocky.

  • If youre a Naruto fan, you may have spotted

  • Chiaotzu in Chapter 150 of the manga. As Naruto wanders around the festival, Chiaotzu’s

  • face makes a cameo as one of many masks on display.

  • For all the times he’s entered, Goku has actually only won the World Martial Arts Tournament once.

  • Yamcha is severely injured, killed, or already

  • dead in every saga of Dragon Ball Z.

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  • Yamcha also loses in the quarter finals of every World Martial Arts Tournament. He just can’t catch a break.

  • Bibidi, Babidi, and Buu’s names were taken, of course, from the famous Cinderella incantation.

  • James Wong, the director of the (awful) 2009 live-action film adaptation of Dragon Ball

  • Z, Dragonball Evolution, said that he had never seen a single episode or read any of

  • the series until he was involved with the film. Clearly this made him the best choice

  • to direct a movie for it, then.

  • Frieza is charge of the Galactic Trade Organization,

  • which conquers planets and then auctions them off at high prices. Toriyama based him off

  • of real estate speculators, who he considers to bethe worst kind of people.”

  • Broly was born with a power level of 10,000.

  • It took Goku a ton of training to get those kinds of numbers.

  • Excluding movies and specials, Goku has only been killed two villains in Dragon Ball Z. They were Yakon and Kid Buu.

  • His pacifist son Gohan, on the other hand,

  • has killed a total of fifteen enemies over the course of the series and its films. In

  • the manga, this number is cut down to eight. Seven Cell Juniors and then the big Cell himself.

  • It’s Over 9000!” is one of the most famous lines from Dragon Ball Z. But it actually

  • contains a dubbing error. In the original Japanese, it was actuallyOver 8000!” But it doesn't have that same kind of charm.

  • In order to obtain Planet Plant, the Saiyans had to battle the Tuffles. The war between

  • them is known as the Saiyan-Tuffle War and lasted 10 years.

  • Technically, Vegeta isn’t the Prince of all Saiyans. He’s the King because his father was killed by Frieza.

  • But more importantly, this makes Bulma a queen? Because she's totally a queen.

  • Frieza owns somewhere around 79 planets, but

  • his older brother Cooler owns over three times as many with around 259 planets to his name.

  • Goku has taken a bite out of every lead villain except for Cell.

  • King Kai’s pet monkey Bubbles is a reference

  • to Michael Jackson’s pet monkey of the same name. Does that make King Kai Michael Jackson?

  • There are over twenty-five variations of the Kamehameha.

  • Majin Buu is over five million years old! But that doesn’t keep him from acting like a baby.

  • But Majin Buu is nowhere near the age of Old

  • Kai, who is around 15 million years old during the Majin Buu Saga. There’s probably a reason why

  • he literally hasoldin his name.

  • Goku’s identity as a Saiyan was originally

  • going to be revealed during the Piccolo Jr. Saga, but Toriyama decided he should delay it until Raditz arrived.

  • After fusing with Kami, Piccolo was temporarily

  • the strongest Z Fighter. He even surpassed the Super Saiyan powers of Goku, Vegeta, and Future Trunks.

  • The Dragon Ball Z special, Dragon Ball Z:

  • Bardock - The Father of Goku, reveals that Nappa used to have hair. Shoulda used Rogaine.

  • Vegeta’s always calling Goku by his Saiyan name, Kakarot, but he has used the name Goku on a total of eight occasions.

  • Piccolo and Cell are the only two characters

  • in the Dragon Ball universe to have killed Goku.

  • Dragon Ball Z debuted on Toonami in September of 1998.

  • There are three types of Androids in the series. Cyborg, Total Artificial Construct Types, and Bio-Mechanical.

  • In the manga, the character Pui Pui is named Pocus. Yet another Cinderella reference.

  • Goten managed his first Super Saiyan transformation at the age of 7, granting him the title of youngest Super Saiyan.

  • Vegeta was born in Age 732.

  • Goku was born in Age 737, which makes him 5 years younger than Vegeta.

  • Gohan was born in May of Age 757.

  • After Goku’s battle with Vegeta, he ends up in Wukong Hospital. Wukong is the Chinese

  • name of the Journey to the West character Goku is based on.

  • From the day theyre born, pure-blooded Saiyan’s hairstyles never change.

  • At 7’4”, Piccolo is the tallest Z Fighter by far.

  • If you add up how many times the Spirit Bomb has been used in all Dragon Ball related series,

  • films, and specials, youll get eight.

  • The second battle between Goku and Vegeta

  • takes place exactly two hundred episodes after their first.

  • Guldo, the Ginyu Force mercenary squadron member, is a member of the alien race of Bas-jins.

  • Goku and his friends starred in a special titled Goku’s Fire Fighting Regiment. It

  • was used to teach fire safety to kids in Japan.

  • Tien has fought against every major Dragon

  • Ball Z villain besides Frieza. And the only reason he couldn’t fight Frieza was because

  • he was dead at the time.

  • The six dots on Krillin’s forehead are actually incense burns from when he was a monk at Orin Temple.

  • Goku was killed off during the Cell Games

  • in an attempt to start shifting the focus of the series onto Gohan. Clearly this idea didn’t last long.

  • The Garlic Jr. Saga, which sounds like a great

  • fast food restaurant, never takes place in the manga, and is entirely a filler arc for the anime.

  • But don’t write off Garlic Jr. just because

  • he’s filler. He’s the only villain to have succeeded in wishing for immortality with the Dragon Balls.

  • Over the span of all series, films, and specials, Frieza has been defeated five times. This makes him the villain with the most losses in the series.

  • Snoop Dogg, or rather Snoop Lion, has revealed on Reddit that he’s a fan of the character

  • Gogeta, the fusion of Vegeta and Goku. He’s said thatGogeta is a g".

  • In the Dragon Ball universe, Earth has been

  • destroyed twice within a 15 year span of time. Once by Majin Buu in Dragon Ball Z, and once

  • by the Black Star Dragon Balls in Dragon Ball GT.

  • Were only really familiar with Beerus, but there are a total of twelve Gods of Destruction. One for each universe.

  • The final episode of Dragon Ball Z to premiere

  • on Toonami aired on April 7th, 2003. It’s been over 12 years

  • The force of Planet Vegeta’s gravity is ten times that of Earth’s.

  • Music by the American rock band Disturbed has been featured in the dubbed versions of

  • two Dragon Ball Z films. Dragon Ball Z: Lord Slug and Dragon Ball Z: Cooler’s Revenge.

  • The music from the North American version of Dragon Ball Z differs from that of the

  • original Japanese version and was composed by Bruce Faulconer.

  • Bruce Faulconer has said that Future Trunks is his favorite Dragon Ball Z character.

  • Goku is completely pure of heart, which is why he can’t be harmed by the Devilmite

  • Beam, and why he can control the Spirit Bomb.

  • Master Roshi’s Immortal Phoenix died from food poisoning after eating some bad bird seed.

  • Chi-Chi was renamed for the Latin American

  • Dub because chichi means breast in Spanish.

  • In the manga, Chi-Chi originally had blue hair and Bulma had purple hair.

  • Akira Toriyama created a prototype for Dragon Boy.

  • Masako Nozawa has been voicing Goku since

  • 1986. That means she’s had the job for almost 30 years now!

  • In the FUNimation dub of the series, voice actor Chris Sabat place Vegeta, Piccolo, and Yamcha.

  • The God of Destruction Beerus was originally

  • going to be called Virus, and would have been responsible for turning the Saiyan race evil in the first place.

  • Another initial plan for Beerus was to have

  • him turn Goku’s friends against him, forcing the Saiyan to think about what really makes

  • a hero. But Toriyama found the plot too dark and reworked it into a more light-hearted story.

  • Which is still why Goku doesn't know what makes a hero, I guess.

  • Tien was going to appear in the 2008 Dragon

  • Ball special, Yo! Son Goku and His Friends Return!!?, but his voice actor Hirotaka Suzuoki

  • passed away so the character was removed out of respect.

  • Beerusname was derived from the wordvirus”,

  • but Akira Toriyama mistakenly thought it came from the wordbeer”. So he decided to

  • name Beerusattendant Whis, taken from the wordwhiskey”, to match.

  • Namek is taken from the Japanese wordnamekuji”, which means slugs.

  • Saiyan comes from rearranging the syllables of the Japanese wordyasai”, which means vegetables.

  • You may be wondering how Vegito’s name is

  • a combination of Goku and Vegeta. It’s actually Vegeta combined with the Japanese form of

  • Goku’s Saiyan name, Kakarotto.

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