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have a question regarding Pu'er. I know during season
one and the old DB dub they pulled a Zoisite (gender change)
on him for some reason. (I'm thinking they heard his Japanese
voice and instantly mistook him for a female). Do you
know if they ever corrected that? Since then I have never
heard anyone on DB or DBZ refer to Puar by anything gender
specific, whether saying him or her, or whatever. -
You're right; as far as I know (which isn't much, granted),
they tended not to refer to Pu'er with any kind of gender-specific
label during the course of the dub, although there were at least
one or two slips when he's labeled "she" or "her."
Then again, I have no idea if they really used gender-specific pronouns for
him in the original Japanese dialogue, either. For what it's worth, he speaks
in a more-or-less masculine way, and when Toriyama was later asked about the
"gender question," he said that he always thought of Pu'er as male.
Honestly, I had always felt the exact opposite, but whatever... - VegettoEX
Q. Is the Broli
from movie 11 actually the same Broli from movies 8 and
10 resurrected in a cloned body, or is he just a mindless
He doesn't seem to be entirely mindless,
as he seems to remember "Kakarrot" quite well
(or rather, well enough to figure out that he should be
attacking people while yelling that name... hehe :P).
It's really hard to say, since there's no indication anywhere
of just what the mental structure of the clone may be.
I'm tempted to believe it's a cloned body, rather than
a full-out clone. Why, you ask? For one thing, when we
first see Broli in movie 11, the body is already at adult
size. Movie 11 can't take place all THAT long after movie
10, which means there would have been no time to clone
Broli and grow him into adulthood (despite that being their
only real chance to collect his DNA).
we're really overthinking this. Movie 11 sucks! :P - VegettoEX
u know anything bout police goten and trunks...... - Senzubeanhead4
*cross fingers and closes eyes* Please
don't turn into mailbag, please don't turn into mailbag,
please don't turn into mailbag... - VegettoEX
Despite the question's ultra-super-duper vagueness,
what I think we're being asked about
is an illustration where they're depicted as such. In
which case, I distincly remember seeing a drawing in Daizenshuu
# 1, where Gohan, Goten, and Trunks are riding (and firing
weapons) in a car labelled "Satan City Police."
Of course, I could be completely off-base about this,
not having the book to check, but that seems to be the
most likely answer. But, at any rate, please...
for our sake (and sanity) as well as yours, be a little
more specific next time. Then again,
at the same time, this was a fun one to show friends...
does the name "Kamehameha" really originate
from? And do you pronounce it as it is spelled, or do
you say "Kameyameya Wave?"....I doubt you don't
pronounce it the second way, but I have to know. -
The story goes that Toriyama wanted to have some kind
of appropriate attack for Kame-Sen'nin, the good ol' turtle
elder. Since kame means "turtle" in
Japanese, Toriyama started with it. Apparently he asked
his wife for advise on how to finish the name of the attack,
and she came up with the full title of Kamehameha.
Whether or not she intentionally derived that from the name
of the original Hawaiian king, we don't know; a rough translation
of the Japanese would be "Turtle Destruction Wave," though, so
it really could go either way.
do you pronounce it? Well, here's a comparison:
KA - may - HA - may - HA
FUNimation Dub #1: ka - MAY-ha -
FUNimation Dub #2:
ka - MAYA - MAYA
the difference between what syllables are emphasized between
the Japanese and English dub; the "may"
is WAAAY overdone in the dub, turning it into an almost
completely different word. Also, the syllables "MAY-ha"
in the dub are much closer, in relative distance when enunciated,
than they are in Japanese. Props to the voice directors for getting
it right for the Budokai games, though! Good stuff... glad to
hear it done correctly there. - VegettoEX
Q. Do ANY of
the movies have a time where they fit perfectly into the
timeline? Dead Zone tried, but all the problems about Krillin
and Bulma knowing Gohan
come up. Could any fit during the numerous "X Years
of Training" segments? - Knux
The only movie that can perfectly
fit into the canon storyline without any
continuity problems is movie nine. This would take place
after the Cell Games, and after Trunks returns to his
own timeline to defeat # 17, # 18, and Cell. If Trunks
were to defeat them, then come to our timeline
to hang out for a bit and say that he's saved his own world,
it's perfectly possible (remember that he was about to use the
time machine when Cell showed up). There's nothing else going
on during this time that could potentially conflict with the
events. It doesn't seem all THAT long after the Cell Games,
and everyone looks like they have their appropriate character designs. - VegettoEX
Q. So if Trunks went back to the future to kill the androids
(or so I've heard), then how come 18 is still alive to
this day? - Elk
DBZ handles time travel much differently than, say, Back
to the Future. In BttF, when something is
altered in a timeline, it is reflected in the past / present
/ future of that same timeline. That
is to say, whatever the characters do to change history
directly affects them and the world around them.
example, when Marty met his own mother in the past (as
"Calvin Klein"), she would remember who "Calvin"
was in the present after he returns. She never puts it
together that it's her own damn son,
but that's just her being stupid :P.
DBZ, it's very different. When a timeline is disrupted,
instead of it being reflected in the past / present /
future of that timeline, a totally new
parallel timeline is created and branched off. So when
Trunks returns to the past to give Goku the cure for the
heart disease, Goku does not miraclously come back to
life in Trunks's own timeline; nothing changes at all.
However, the events of OUR timeline are
changed by Trunks. As for how he manages to keep moving
between his own timeline and the one he created, it's never
We know... it's
pretty confusing! - VegettoEX
Q. I am majorly
confused by all the timelines started by Cell and Trunks.
Is there anything I can read about them, or maybe get
a good diagram explaining it all? - Mike
You think YOU'RE confused?! Check out the next question.
WEEK'S MESSAGE BOARD DISCUSSION:
we are in the fourth week of this new feature! I think
it's a really neat thing to add to the section, and I'm
glad to see people are getting involved. Please feel free
to contribute to the discussion, and even start up your
I took it upon myself to throw my message board
slaves to work for me. With the intellectual abilities
of so many people, SURELY we'd come to some kind of conclusion
about how all the various timelines work, what prompts
the timeline splits, etc. etc. etc.
up to four pages and five timelines. And it's still confusing.
over the discussion, here! Lots of great input from
quite a few people.
trying to stay with our weekly schedule for the section...
us your questions for next week's update! We love
getting all these questions, each week, so the more you
send us, the more we can (try to) answer for you!
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