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is supposedly the ruler of the underworld. If so, is that
a separate place than Hell in Dragonball? I thought
Enma-daiô ruled over Hell, or at least
decided who went where. -
Dabra is *A* demon ruler, but not necessarily
*THE* demon ruler (whether or not there's
an actual Devil, beyond DB movie 2's Lucifer, or Akkuman, or Piccolo-Daimaô,
or Mr. Satan), isn't really known...
for all we know, Hell truly is run by a group
Enma-daiô (Yama Maharaja, known variously as Yanmo, or Yinmo, or Yeomma,
or Yamraj, depending on what part of the world you're in), he's traditionally depicted as the judge of the afterlife,
although whether he's the judge or one among many, whether or not
he's in charge of the entire after-world, and whether or not he's also in charge of
Death itself (à la the Grim Reaper or YûYû Hakusho's Botan),
varies according to sources and local traditions.
what little is said about Dabra, he seems to come from
some other type of "demon realm," possibly even
another dimension or universe. As Babidi is quite the
powerful magician, it doesn't seem all that far-fetched that
he'd drag some Demon Lord from another dimension to be
his pawn. - VegettoEX & Julian
In the Saiya-jin saga, Ôzaru-Vegeta really
does a number on Goku, so bad that his ribs are crushed
and he can't even move his arms (after he shoots Vegeta
in the eye). Well... after Kuririn, Gohan and Yajirobe
finish him off, Goku is to a point where it hurts even
to speak. When he tells Kuririn to spare Vegeta's life,
he contacts him telepathically. If
Goku had this ability of telepathic speech, why doesn't
he use it at any other point in the series (after the
fact of course, because maybe he learned it from Kaiô-sama),
because there are times when it seems a talent like that
could have been quite useful. -
It seems to be just another "one of those things"
that's used... and discarded as quickly as it was brought
in. There is one other instance I can think of,
which involves both Goku and Kuririn, again. Upon Goku's
arrival to Planet Namek, he places his hand on Kuririn's
head and receives a whole gallon of mental images, essentially
getting himself caught up-to-date on the events thus far.
we could get really creepy and say that Goku exclusively
has this kind of weird connection with Kuririn... but
he was able to tell Gohan to bounce back the Genki-Dama,
so that wouldn't entirely be true, either :P
you're right... beyond this, Goku seems to rely on Kaiô-sama
for his telepathic conversations (though, granted, those
conversations tend to cross over the realm of the dead
to the living...). - VegettoEX
you know if Toriyama-sensei contributed character
designs to the movies? Certain characters resemble his
art specifically more than others, especially Tapion (Movie
#13) and Gokua (Movie #9), who remind me of some of his
characters from the Chrono Trigger and Dragon
Quest (Dragon Warrior) video games. -
What a fine eye you have! While it's true that many of
Toriyama-sensei's peers can do quite a good job
emulating his style, there are a few times that we, as
fans, can just tell when it's our main
man taking the job.
be interested to know that Toriyama-sensei contributed
a huge number of character designs to
the movies (including: Dr. Urio, the Shinseiju,
Slug, Coola & his Armored Squad, #13, 14, & 15, Broli,
Bojack & his henchmen, Tapion & Minoshia, and
even the final designs for Bardock's team).
actually hard at work on (and almost finished with!) scanning
and translating the designs Toriyama-sensei contributed
to the movies, all taken from the sixth daizenshuu.
If you'd like a little sneak-peek, head
on in and check it out ^_~. - VegettoEX
FUNimation create all-new merchandise for North America,
or do they simply license all of the pre-existing (older)
merchandise from Japan and simply "translate"
it? - Tyson Hicks
Little bit of both. We've gotten a great deal of some
of the original Japanese merch (such as the "Super
Battle Collection" series of action figures), but there's
also a great deal of things that we've never seen, and
probably never will (of course, the "Super Power
Desk" is the first thing that comes to mind).
the North American distributor, FUNimation also has option
on licensing new merchandise to be created and sold under
their domain. - VegettoEX
there any other DBZ CD or collection that inculdes "Batoru
besides DBZ Hit Song Collection 6? - Matt
Amazingly, Hit 6 seems to be the only CD I can find with
the song on it. If you can track down the CD, be sure
to! Man, I'm ever-so-glad I was able to grab it ^^;;
it doesn't seem all that "strange" in terms
of its production. It's credited to Kenji Yamamoto, who's
done tons of other music for the series (such
as movie themes), all of which ended up on plenty of other
CDs (such as the recent Complete Song Collection
series). Why this particular song isn't included
is a mystery, indeed.
those possibly unsure, the song in question is a neat
synth piece that plays during DBZ episode 120; once when
Trunks transforms into a Super Saiyan, and again at the
end when Trunks slices Freeza into pieces. - VegettoEX
Is that "Koi no Nazo Nazo" song (from
DBZ Hit Song Collection 8 ½ Special) really Vegeta
and Bulma's theme song? Just an old V/B fangirl checking
up on random internet info. - Gaia
See, that's the thing with these image songs...
it really *THE* Vegeta/Bulma love/theme
song...? Well... only in-so-far as that's what it's called.
It's just a song, that happens to be on a CD, that happens
to be written about/for the two characters. It's not like
the song was ever played in the series, nevermind in some
amazing non-existent love scene for the two ^_~.
case you're wondering, it's actually
a duet between KÛKO and Tricky Shirai (NOT Hiromi
Tsuru and Ryô Horikawa, Bulma and Vegeta, respectively),
who have done plenty of other DBZ image songs on their
own. - VegettoEX
What exactly are the property of senzu? I know there has
been a similar question before, but I'm getting to the
point. There are two points, actually.
first introduced, senzu keeps its eater from having to
eat for ten days. It is later revealed that it restores
the body from injury. In the Trunks Story in Volume 33
(if Viz didn't mistranslate this), Trunks claims that
if there were still any senzu, Gohan could grow his arm
back. If this is true, and senzu can heal permanent injuries
as well as just basic battle damage, then what is the
deal with Yamucha and Tenshinhan? Both of them develop
scars around the same time in the story that both stick
around for the duration of the series, even though I know
they partake of senzu during the Cell saga at the very
least. If it can regenerate limbs, why not eliminate scars?
as long as I'm on the subject, why wouldn't death have
gotten rid of them? I'm assuming that Kami-sama
gave Ten his arm back just as he restored Chaozu's body.
Since he did this, why not go ahead and heal them completely?
Is there a time limit to this sort of thing? - LanceESR2
That's something we really don't have an answer for; beyond what Toriyama tells us it does,
we don't exactly know. It wouldn't be the first time Toriyama's contradicted himself. :-P But
as for a more logical explanation, it's possible that the Senzu will only heal wounds that haven't
yet done so on their own. If we go by this idea, then it makes sense: since Yamcha and Tenshinhan only
used senzu after their scars had set on their own, these had become a part of their "normal
state," and therefore not something that would be healed by the bean's magical effects.
I would assume that the reasoning of Kami-sama and Shenlong worked in much the same way.
So, it's possible that, had Gohan taken a Senzu
fairly soon after being maimed, he might have been able to grow it back. However, this is
only a theory, and nothing that gets expanded upon in the series. Take it as you will. -
Yamcha's Sôki-Dan is one of my favorite
attacks in the series. Yamcha first uses it when he fights
Shen/Kami at the 23rd Tenka-ichi Budôkai.
However, did it appear in the manga, or was it an attack
made specifically for the anime? - gojira007
Yep, the attack was indeed featured in the manga. Not
a whole lot more we can say on the subject, since that's
a pretty easy and straight-forward answer ^^;;.
guess we can say that it would have been nice to... oh,
I dunno... see the attack again in more than a filler-episode
and a mediocre movie... - VegettoEX
My #1 favorite attack in all of DB/Z/GT: Yamcha's Rôga-Fufu-Ken.
What does that translate to in English? I don't fully
trust FUNimation's "Wolf Fang Fist" out of sheer
paranoia, but the fan-lations I've found don't ring true
either. - gojira007
FUNimation's translation is actually pretty close, but it doesn't give the complete meaning
of the phrase. Allow me to translate, character by character:
Using the above information, we can construct an English phrase that closely approximates the Japanese: "Wolf
Fang Hurricane Fist." And there you have it. - Julian
- 狼 ("rô," pronounced "ôkami"
on its own) means "wolf."
- 牙 ("ga," pronounced "kiba" by itself) means
- 風 ("fû," pronounced "kaze" by itself) means
"wind," but its doubling implies a strong wind. Going by the in-character Yamcha song
"Wolf Hurricane," we can justifiably infer that "hurricane" is
a good translation.
- 拳 ("ken," pronounced "kobushi" on its own)
WEEK'S MESSAGE BOARD DISCUSSION:
Okay, I've always been slightly confused
about these two. You have Ki, which is the Japanese version
of Chi, essentially spirit energy. The fighters manipulate
this to use techniques from flying to energy blasts. They
can also surpress it to hide their presence from Ki detection
devices (scouters) and those who can sense Ki. Ki seems
to be the variable that is effected by training and transformations...
what is Genki exactly, just life force? I mean, Ki seems
to tie into life force also (Ten's Kikoho comes to mind)
in the way that one can kill themselves by overextending
all people have an equal amount of Genki, or would it
be proportional to Ki? I'm just trying to grasp the two
terms so I can fully understand them.
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