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  • Dragon Ball Z Planets: Namek



    Ruler: Grand Elder Guru

    Strongest Warrior: Nail

    Inhabitants: Namekians

    Orbital Period: 130 days

    Date of Destruction: Age 762

    Having three suns, Namek never has any ‘night time.’ There is, however, a dark side to the planet when shown from afar. Theory is, that the planet is stuck in a tidally locked group of stars and result with the planet not having a day and night cycle. A year in Namek is only 130 days long, much shorter than Earth’s.

    Namek is home to about 100 Namekians in the Age of 762. Other life, such as frogs, fish, and dinosaurs, share the planet as well. The Nameks are the creators of the Dragon Balls and therefore play a key role in the series. They are humanoid, but with sluggish features and green skin. They even have antennas. The name is taken from Japan’s word, namekuji, meaning slug.

    At one time, Namek was once a beautiful landscape of meadows and Ajisa’s. The climate shifted, however, and wiped the majority of the Namekian race out in Age 261. Guru and a few exiled Powered-Up Namekians survived. They sent a child to Earth to ensure the survival of their existence. Guru was slowly able to repopulate Namek since Nameks can produce asexually. He gave birth to 109 Namekians and they began work on restoring the planets vegetation.

    The blissful time would soon pass, though, when Frieza arrives looking for the Dragon Balls. He ends up destroying the planet, but only after he tortures the remaining Namekians and killed a lot of them. Those who died at the hands of Frieza were revived though with the Dragon Balls. The Namekians were forced to live on Earth for about 260 days while a new planet was being scouted for them. They soon moved to the New Namek.

    Namek Dragon Balls are quite different from Earth. Grand Elder a Guru created the balls on Namek. They are larger than the Earth Dragon Balls. They are about the size of a basketball. There are two requirements when it comes to using them. First you must say the password, which happens to be the name of the dragon, Porunga. Second, you may only speak Namekian to Porunga.

    Porunga is a much stronger wish granter. He has the ability to grant three wishes. He can also bring back a mass of people (at first he could only revive one person at a time, but was modified). These a Dragon Balls also only take 130 days, while Earth took a full year. In the anime it is never shown that the Dragon Balls spread across the planet of Namek.

  • Dragon Ball Z: Potara Earrings

    Potara Earrings


    Potara are earrings worn by Supreme Kais and attendants of them. They have been worn for many generations now. They are not just used for jewelry though. They hold a second usage that is very powerful. They may be the standard outfit for any Supreme Kai you see. They come in many different colors, so they do not look like anything special. They have no power when worn by one person as a set.

    The power is only seen when two people are wearing only one earring on opposite ears. They do not even have to be from the same set. At that point, the two beings are fused together without any warning. This fusion is a permanent. The only way to get out of this fusion is if that person is sucked into a world that does not support the fusion. This is seen when Vegito is absorbed by Super Buu.

    Another bad things about this fusion is the inability to power down if you fuse while you are powered up. Going Super Saiyan to fuse can be a great thing, but it would eventually wear down the body and shorten the life. There are good things though as well. When two people merge, their powers are much much stronger than before.

    When merging together in a Potara fusion, not only are the two people merged but their clothing as well. The dominant person will show through the voice and facial features. This is shown with Supreme Kai and Kibito. Vegito may have had a double voice and an even look of Veget and Goku since they are both very dominant.

    Potara Merges

    In the Dragon Ball Z series, there are three known Potara merges.

    The first was the old witch and old Kai.

    The second was Supreme Kai and Kibito.

    The third was Goku and Vegeta.

  • Dragon Ball (Manga) Review

    Dragon Ball Manga Review


    Recently I finished the manga Dragon Ball. Dragon Ball’s manga encompasses the entire Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z anime series. Of course I found that there are many fillers in the anime versus the manga, but the anime rarely leaves anything out from the manga. This makes the anime very faithful to the manga which is sometimes hard to find. The manga was created by Akira Toriyama and ran from 1984 to 1995.

    Note: I will be using the American names while reviewing this manga. There are major and minor SPOILERS


    Dragon Ball Plot


    I am sure everyone knows the plot of the series, but I will go over it anyways.  The first 194 chapters follows a young boy named Goku. He meets up with a young girl named Bulma which only wants the glass ball that Goku’s grandfather (Gohan) left him. What he does not know is that there are six more of these dragon balls and when gathered they grant any one wish you desire. So they begin to search for them. A lot happens throughout these chapters and alot of characters are introduced.

    The last half of the manga ( chapters 195-519) follows Goku as an adult. Now he has a child and several of his friends. The story no longer focuses on the journey of finding the dragon balls but instead on Goku and his fellow friends saving the Earth multiple times.
    I have a lot of problems with the last part of the manga. The first part actually focuses on a set journey and destination (not that the last part does not). It seems to be more focused on the story and the fun of writing/drawing the manga. The characters all play an important part and Goku seems to grow as a person as well. The last part, however, seems rushed and just attempting to get a story out there for the fans. Goku does not grow as a person at all. The other characters play a part, but nothing really special.


    Dragon Ball Characters


    There are a lot of characters throughout the series. Some show only a few times, while others appear often. Due to this I only want to go over a select few characters. Basically the ones that play a big part.


    Goku being the main character should grow. Like I said, in the first part he does grow as a character. He is a young child so it would be weird if he did not develop as he grew older. He is naive and a happy person. What you would see in any shonen manga. He eats a lot, laughs at serious moments, and always saves someone at the last minute. As the manga goes on and you begin to get the Dragon Ball Z arc of the manga, his development stops. He seems to be the same person and just becomes annoying. *SPOILER* At the end of the manga he comes to fight at the Tenka’ichi Budōkai. He really only shows up to find Boo’s reincarnation (Uub) and take off with him, leaving his family alone AGAIN *SPOILER END* That was another thing that annoyed me about Goku. He seems to really only care about himself and fighting. Even at this point Vegeta would rather stay with his family, that is just sad.


    Which brings me to my next point, Vegeta. Vegeta is one of my favorite characters. He grows as a character (enormously) and becomes a great constant rival for Goku. I really have no problems with his character. He seems to be more ruthless in the manga than in the anime more towards the Saiyan and Namek arcs. *MAJOR SPOILER* I though that his true colors showed when he committed suicide trying to kill Boo. It really showed how his character developed from wanting to destroy the Earth to saving it *END SPOILER* He has one goal in mind, to get stronger than Goku.


    Of course, Dragon Ball would never have the story without Bulma. Bulma is the person who prompted Goku to find the Dragon Balls and is a driving force throughout the series. She is a genius and filthy rich due to her parents and the creation of capsules (which her father created). She is just like any other teenage girl, hates the outdoors, wants to be pampered, and is looking for the perfect guy. Even her character grows more than Goku’s. She starts as a snobby girl that wants her way and runs from any danger. Towards the end she calms down alot and even goes to the fighting sites of many of their enemies.


    I wanted to talk about the children of Goku at once. Gohan is not that big of a disappointment in the manga… well except for Great Saiyaman. That was a fail for me. Gohan does not seem to be that whiny in the manga. Goten on the other hand was a little annoying. I could see the importance of his character, but he was nothing serious to me.


    Trunks is a different story. Future Trunks is another favorite character of mine. He was similar to the Cell arc Gohan and therefore I liked him a lot. He is compassionate, but knows when he must fight. He is basically the same in the anime. The actual timeline Trunks was even just as good. In the anime he annoyed me a little, well a lot. I am not sure why though. In the manga he was not so annoying.


    Krillin, Master Roshi, Yamcha, Tien, and Piccolo all play an important part as side characters. Krillin is just as annoying as he is in the anime and dies just as often. He never catches a break. Master Roshi is extremely perverted. Yamcha surprised me even more in the manga than in the anime. He really trains hard and tries to catch up even though he can not. But hey, at least he tries and that is more than some people can say. Tien shows up a lot in the first part of the manga, but he seems to take a back seat in the last part, especially the Boo arc (which he is shown like one time). Piccolo grows as a character basically along the same lines as Vegeta. They both just develop way more than the first character.


    The other characters throughout the series all play important parts, but like I said there are so many to go over. Even the villains are hard to go over, so I want to just sum them up together. Basically all the villains have one goal, World or Universal dominance. They are all ‘really strong’ until Goku comes out of left field and throws a wrench in their plans. Many times it is not even intentional like the Red Ribbon Army. The villains in the first part are more of a joke than those in the second part. The Dragon Ball villains consist of humans and then eventually Piccolo. The last part of the manga has villains that are from other planets so they are more serious in their conquest.


    Dragon Ball Artwork


    Akira Toriyama was pretty consistent with his artwork throughout the series. The first part is a little more sloppy in some ares, but it is still very well drawn out. The paneling selection works out for this manga as well. Mostly the manga is filled with action scenes due to the genre type. In most mangas I read that have many fight scenes, the artwork begins to get sloppy and you start to jumble things up. It gets annoying, but Toriyama seems to keep his clean and this helps with the enjoying the manga a lot more. He seems to like to draw out the characters and takes time in their wardrobes. A good example is Bulma. He hair changes often as well as her outfits, making her character more believable as a  typical girl.

    Dragon Ball Overall


    Overall I did enjoy the Dragon Ball manga. I did get a little bored when I began the DBZ arc, but that is only because I have watched almost all of the anime. Like I mentioned earlier, the anime follows the manga panel to scene almost (except when fillers come along). Even though I enjoyed the manga, I would recommend people to read the Dragon Ball arc, but actually watch the Dragon Ball Z arc. You will get more enjoyment out of it that way.
    There are many things this manga can teach you, mainly perseverance. There were many times that everyone was sure to die or fail, but they kept pushing to get to the end. It may have been a fun journey at first, but it becomes more life threatening towards the end.


    Overall Grade: 7/10