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and we all contribute as much as we can. Unfortunately,
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Q. In your humble opinion, is anything important ever
going to happen in with Dragon Ball ever again, from US
releases to events in the DBZ web community? - Sam
"General Tso" Spencer
It's really hard to say, but at this point, I think it's
save to guess that.. well.. no, nothing huge is going
to happen, again. The original DB is nearly out on DVD
and nearly done on TV, DBZ is nearly all out on DVD and
nearly done on TV, DBGT is slowly going along on DVD (but
hasn't yet really started on TV)... so... there's no HUGE
hype going on TV with it, anymore.
for Japan, eh. The kanzenban are still coming
out, and a new daizenshuu-type book has come
out, but unless they do another anniversary movie in the
future, I just don't see it really taking off, again.
not much left to do with the series, other than just continue
to love it in our own ways ^^.
Q. And what's up? Why the new interest in DB? Does Ms.
ToT still come over to your dorm room and talk DB? - Sam
"General Tso" Spencer
Dude, we've been together for three years, now :P. Figure
it out for yourself :D.
Q. I've been wondering if you've ever made any close friends
who started out as fans of the site? I realize that it's
awkward to have people stalking you at cons, and such,
but do you ever get to meet any of us crazy web visitors
and hang out? - Eric
Hmm.. that's actually an interesting question. Believe
it or not, I've actually met only one other SINGLE website
maintainer (other than Meri) in my six years of being
on the web... and that was JUST last weekend! At AnimeNext,
we ran into Maggie (who runs "Lovely
Cyborg"... check it out, great site!). OK, I
guess I've met Chris Richards (who ran "Dragon World
Z"), but he doesn't count, since he's more of an
AMV person :P So nope... I haven't even met any of the
people who have ever worked on my site! That include Julian,
who's actually not that far off.
for fans of the site, yeah, I've met and hung out with
a few. I think Otakon 2001 was the last time I really
did so, though (and even then, it was only two people).
I think last year a couple people (in passing) knew what
my site was, but weren't really into it. Since I was gone
for so long, it doesn't surprise me that no DBZ fans have
come up to me at cons recognizing either me or my site.
for AMVs, though... that's a different story. Christ,
I had a dinner with 70 of my fellow AMV peers at AWA a
couple weekends ago :P. They're all a great bunch, but
it's a TOTALLY different kind of community (in fact, I
like it a lot more ^^;;). It's starting to get to the
point in my AMV "career" where people are starting
to know me as VegettoEX from AMVs, rather than as VegettoEX
from the website... and that creeps the living Hell out
of me :D.
Q. Is the origin
of Yamcha's scars ever explained?
He doesn't have them at the beginning
of DB, but seems to appear with them for the first time
when everyone reunites for the 23rd Budokai (i.e., around
the time Goku marries Chichi). I haven't seen all the
episodes around this point in the story, but no other
characters seem to pay his scars any mind, leading me
to believe one of two things:
1) The scars are a retrofit on the character; i.e., Yamcha's
"always" had them, and they just weren't hit
upon or drawn by Toriyama until later in the story.
2) They're unexplained, as some things simply are in Dragonball.
I recall reading something about the scars being the result
of an attack by/with a cursed sword, but I think this
was a fanfiction, and not a canonical story point. Any
light you can shed on this minor mystery is appreciated.
You pretty much get it with your numbers one and two.
Yamcha just "shows up" with them at the 23rd
Tenka-ichi Budokai in the original DragonBall,
and no-one even mentions them, nevermind tries to explain
where they came from.
notice that he didn't have them yet during his training
with Tenshinhan, Chaozu, and Kuririn before they all headed
off on their own, so it's presumed he got them during
his own individual training in the time before the tournament.
yeah... it's just another one of Toriyama's mysteries!
Q. There's a
scene I've been seeing in random music videos and video
clips where teen Gohan is fighting Majin Buu in the middle
of a bunch of city ruins. Gohan's wearing an orange gi,
and he looks as old as he did in the Buu saga, but I've
seen the Buu saga, and I don't recall ever seeing that
Sorry, but since I already had my own image made, I just
took that instead of your attachment :P. I've actually
answered this question NUMEROUS times across many message
boards, so it's nothing new to me ^_~.
image, above, is actually from the opening animation to
the PlayStation game DragonBall: Final Bout (which
was re-titled DragonBall GT: Final Bout when
it was released here in America; September 1997). We'll
eventually have the full animation up for download, here
on the site, so look forward to that! :D
Q. Was it ever
clarified why Trunks never had a tail like Gohan?
Sorta kinda... but not in DragonBall. In the
first issue of the domestic Shonen Jump (January
2003), a fan asks Toriyama why Goten and Trunks don't
have tails, to which Toriyama simply replies:
seems that tails are a recessive trait."
does this mean? One of two things:
Toriyama planned this from the start (unlikely), or
2) He forgot about tails by the time he came up with Goten
and Trunks, and thus never bothered to explain the details
of their tail situation :P
Q. Kuririn doesn't
have a home of his own, does he? Even after getting married
and having a child, he STILL lives with Kame-Sen'nin (which
he's been doing since after the 21st Budokai), along with
his family! With an old man like Kame-Sen'nin around,
I certainly wouldn't want *my* wife living in the same
house as him.
Like you said in the original e-mail, it's definitely
more of an observation than question :P. But it's true!
We first see in the We Gotta Power opening animation
that Kuririn and #18 are hanging out at Kame-Sen'nin's
house. Throughout the course of the Buu saga, we constantly
see the "family" either at Kame-Sen'nin's, or..
think it's safe to say they don't have their own stable
home. Then again, other than the Son and Briefs families..
who does? :P
One week of one question for Julian, and then I come back
to be bombarded with questions from all my adoring fans
:P... hehe. Keep it up! E-mail
us your questions for next week's update! No matter
which one of us ends up answering, you're sure to get
your money's worth (and don't complain if you don't, 'cuz
you didn't spend anything anyway)!
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