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The cast of Dragon Ball Z #8

Wednesday 10th July 2013

The heroes and villains in the latest super-charged volume

Dragon Ball Z

Babidi. Season eight of Dragon Ball Z brings out the bad guys, and leading the charge is the cruel Babidi. A diminutive but powerful warlock, he has no regard for the lives of others, even his own minions. His sadistic streak drives him to mock and torture those weaker than him, but like Dragon Ball Z Babidimost bullies he proves cowardly when faced with an opponent tougher than him. His main purpose on Earth is to gather enough energy to wake his father’s malevolent creation Majin Buu, and he aims to start by draining the contestants in the latest World Martial Arts Tournament. Although Babidi is able to cause his enemies’ bodies to explode with his powerful magic, more terrifying is his ability to overshadow others’ minds, using their bodies for his own ends – and the incredibly powerful Vegeta is in his sights!

Dragon Ball Z DaburaDabura. Formerly the independent ruler of the Demon Realm, Dabura fell under Babidi’s mental subjugation thousands of years ago. Now serving as the wrinkled monster’s right hand man, his immense power has earned him some level of autonomy. Taking a cue from his master, Dabura also employs sadistic tactics in battle to physically assault his rivals, often materialising weapons out of thin air to impale foes and leaving them to suffer. Perhaps more challenging for the Z-Fighters though is Dabura’s penchant for psychological torture, usually in the form of turning innocents and non-combatants into stone, then threatening to shatter his victims in front of their loved ones. However, despite his loyalty to Babidi, he will question orders on occasion – a mark of dissent that Goku and allies can take advantage of?

Dragon Ball Z Majin BuuMajin Buu. Considering his reputation for being the most powerful enemy the heroes of Dragon Ball Z will ever have to face, Majin Buu is almost... cute! A pudgy pink blob, Buu’s threat level is mainly down to his sheer innocence. Despite his near-incalculable power, Buu doesn’t understand the feelings of other living creatures. In moments of what he considers play, he’ll destroy his surroundings, or turn people who annoy him into snack foods to eat. Quick to anger when his games are interrupted, Buu’s dark side is readily apparent though, and his rage may prove unstoppable. Even though Babidi awakens this devastating force, can he hope to actually control him?

Dragon Ball Z GotenksGotenks. In the face of the new wave of monsters, there remains hope! Gotenks is the newest hero to join the Z-Fighters, even though he’s been around for a while. Well, sort of. Using a powerful fusion technique, Goten and Trunks are able to combine into one ultra-powerful warrior. Gotenks is far more than the sum of his parts though – more powerful than either of his constituents, he may prove to be the only force strong enough to stop Babidi and Buu’s rampages. Unfortunately, his personality seems to have adopted the worst traits of Goten and Trunks, making him bratty, obnoxious, and overconfident. It falls to poor Piccolo to try to reign in this problem child but if he can, the good guys might just stand a chance!

Dragon Ball Z box eight is out on UK DVD from Manga Entertainment on 15th July.

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Dragon Ball Z Complete Season Eight (episodes 220-253)

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The awakening of unstoppable Majin Buu! The forces of good and evil have converged upon the planet Earth, and the fate of the universe hangs in the balance! The evil wizard Babidi has traveled across the galaxy on a quest for revenge, hoping to fulfill his father's thwarted dreams of universal domination. Meanwhile, the Supreme Kai has come to enlist the aid of the Z-Fighters in an effort to prevent Babidi from completing his plans and awakening a monster of unimaginable terror: Majin Buu! Contains episodes 220-253.



The history of Dragon Ball Z

Matt Kamen on the history of Dragon Ball Z
Launched in 1984 in the pages of Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump, Akira Toriyama’s original Dragon Ball was a very different beast to the one western viewers would eventually meet. introduced the boisterous Son Goku, an adventurous and unusally strong boy with no social graces whatsoever. Raised in seclusion by his adoptive grandfather, he doesn’t even that know what girls are – making for some prime gag moments when he meets treasure hunter Bulma. Soon teaming up, the pair track down seven rare ‘Dragon Balls’ – powerful items that can summon the wish-granting dragon Shenron. These early stories were very loosely based on Chinese fables but Toriyama gave them a fresh twist, his distinctive art style and perfect balance of comedy and action making the series a hit.

The cast of Dragon Ball Z #1

A first look at the who'z who in Dragon Ball Z

Son Goku. Goku was originally cast as a naive but powerful young boy who was spurred onto the path of adventure following the death of his grandfather. By the time Dragon Ball Z rolls around, Goku’s a full-grown adult, the victor of several martial arts tournaments and a married man. He’s only slightly less naive though, and his strict wife Chichi frequently has to rein in his less socially acceptable habits and wilder impulses. The first arc of the series marks Goku learning of his alien origins for the first time – before meeting other Saiyans, he thought he was just another average monkey-tailed boy!

The cast of Dragon Ball Z #2

The next instalment in our character guide for Dragon Ball Z
Yamcha. One of Goku’s oldest friends – even if they did first meet as enemies! A reformed desert bandit and an ex-boyfriend of Bulma, Yamcha is one of the strongest human fighters in the world. Having regularly entered World Martial Arts Tournaments and fought against a multitude of foes, he’s earned his place as one of the core Z-Fighters. However, he was overpowered and killed by one of Nappa’s drones in the Saiyan invasion of Earth. Luckily, death is rarely the end in the world of Dragon Ball, and Yamcha’s path continues as he trains under King Kai in the afterlife, preparing for a return to the living world to help his friends against the threats they’ll face on the distant planet Namek.

The cast of Dragon Ball Z #3

The third instalment in our character guide for Dragon Ball Z
And so we continue filling you in on the heroes and villains to keep an eye on in the latest super-charged volume of the famous action epic!

The cast of Dragon Ball Z #4

The fourth instalment in our character guide for Dragon Ball Z
With a cast of dozens, there still more to fill you in on the heroes and villains to keep an eye on in the latest super-charged volume of the famous action epic!

The cast of Dragon Ball Z #5

The fifth instalment in our character guide for Dragon Ball Z
Cell. The deadliest enemy the Z Warriors have ever had to face – themselves! Cell is a hyper-advanced android from the future, created using the DNA of the present day heroes and possessing all their skills and abilities thanks to genetic memory. Goku’s Kamehameha? Cell can use it and counter it. Tien’s Solar Flare? Just one of Cell’s basic attacks. Piccolo’s regeneration? That serves to make Cell even more difficult to defeat. Already an incredibly powerful figure, Cell has travelled back in time to physically absorb more fighters and add their powers to his own repertoire. His goal? To achieve his Perfect Form and become the mightiest figure in the Universe – and he won’t let anything or anyone stand in his way.


On the Origin of Sushi

Tom Smith investigates the evolution of Japan’s best-loved fast food.
Sushi is serious business. Thought to be healthy, fresh and hip, the combination of vinegared rice with various toppings (notably fish) has become the food associated with Japan, and its history there stretches back almost as far as the country’s writing system. But if you thought the iconic delicacy was Japanese in origin – or even fresh for that matter – hold on to your chopsticks.

Tezuka's 101 Dalmatians

Andrew Osmond unearths a little-known cross-over
It’s a Japanese translation by Minoru Kume of the classic British children’s book, The Hundred and One Dalmatians by Dodie Smith, with about seventy Tezuka illustrations in his characteristically cartoony style.

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Tom Smith on Fairy Tail’s 8th Opening Theme
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