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The cast of Dragon Ball Z #4

Saturday 3rd November 2012

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!

Dragon Ball ZGarlic Jr. The latest menace to cast a shadow over the Earth, Garlic Jr’s vendetta is an immensely personal one. Seeking revenge for his father – denied the role of Guardian of Earth centuries before due to his selfish ambitions – and having already been defeated by Goku once before, Jr launches his most nefarious scheme yet. Turning the populace to his will with a substance known as Black Water Mists, he’s determined to salvage the family name. Despite his tiny stature, Garlic is a tough enemy, capable of bulking up into an even more dangerous Super form – not one to be underestimated.

Dragon Ball ZSpice Boys. Thankfully nothing to do with the warbling minxes who plagued music charts in the ‘90s, this quartet of villains serves as Garlic Jr’s generals. Lead by Spice, a narcissist with an appetite for destruction, the team is rounded out by Salt, a short and especially cruel red alien; Vinegar, an arrogant man-mountain; and Mustard, a horned monster resembling a humanoid frog. While a lack of teamwork is often the undoing of many villains, the Spice Boys have spent years honing their group attacks, enabling them to pool energies to create an ensnaring energy web, or magnify each other’s individual attacks.

Dragon Ball ZDende. A native of Namek, the home planet of Piccolo. Dende has a unique and incredibly potent healing ability, one capable of restoring recipients to full health even after suffering grievous wounds. First appearing during the assault on his homeworld, Dende is rescued from certain death at the hands of Dodoria by Gohan and Krillin. Joining them in their search for the alien Dragon Balls, his powers prove essential in making sure the Z-Fighters could hold the line against Frieza. A greater destiny lies ahead for the brave young Namekian though, as he prepares to take up the role of Guardian of Earth.

Dragon Ball ZKing Cold. Like son, like father – and when the son is the despotic Frieza, then dear old dad is going to be an utterly evil brute. Towering over his offspring and the heroes of Dragon Ball Z alike, King Cold cuts an imposing and terrifying figure. Functioning as the true power behind his son’s public throne, he is a haughty and elitist sort, regarding other species as far below him. Oddly, he has some twisted degree of affection for Frieza, swearing vengeance on Goku after learning of his son’s defeat at his hands.

Dragon Ball ZTrunks. Mysterious time traveller? Super-powered secret Saiyan? Saviour of the future? Trunks is all of these – and he hasn’t even been born yet. The child of Vegeta and Bulma, Trunks grew up in a nightmarish future where Goku and friends were all killed. Sent back in a desperate effort to prevent those events coming to pass, Trunks is a battle-hardened warrior of immense skill and power, keen to use his knowledge to change the timeline for the better. With his father’s aptitude for battle and his mother’s genius-level intellect, he’s a fierce new addition to the Z-Fighters’ ranks.

Dragon Ball Z box four is out on UK DVD from Manga Entertainment.

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Dragon Ball Z Series Four Episodes 108-139

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Dire warnings of an android future!
Having returned victorious from their battle with Frieza, the Z-fighters can at last breathe a collective sigh of relief... But they won't have long to rest. A new host of villains has appeared, ready to wreak havoc on the Earth - and Goku, the Z-Fighters' greatest hero, is still missing!
In the face of these new dangers, a mysterious youth with Super Saiyan powers has come bearing a bleak prediction for the future: in just three years' time, an evil greater than any the Z-Fighters have ever faced will emerge to cast a shadow of destruction and despair over the Earth. If the young Saiyan's prediction is correct, the Z-Fighters will have to train like they have never trained before in order to have any hope against these seemingly unstoppable foes: the Androids!
Contains the Complete Garlic Jr., Trunks, and Android sagas - 32 episodes - with revised English dialogue and original Japanese music.



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 #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.

The cast of Dragon Ball Z #6

Matt Kamen meets Mr Satan... and friends
Here’s the sixth instalment in our character guide for Dragon Ball Z, filling you in on the heroes and villains to keep an eye on in the latest super-charged volume of the famous action epic!


Robotics Notes 2

In search of cults both good and bad
The second half of Robotics;Notes comes to Blu-ray and DVD, completing the tale of students determined to build a giant robot on their island home of Tanegashima.

The Early Anno

Andrew Osmond on the adventures of Young Hideaki
22nd June sees the first ever British release of Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water on Blu-ray and DVD, courtesy of Animatsu. Nadia is a splendid adventure on its own terms, but it’s also an insight into the development of Hideaki Anno, who made Nadia five years before he unleashed Neon Genesis Evangelion on the world.
Manga Entertainment is excited to announce a UK theatrical release of cult Japanese director, Takashi Miike’s latest cinematic feast, Yakuza Apocalypse.

Who's Who in Dragon Ball #3

Wonder no more, as we reveal the origins of Akira Toriyama’s creations!
The faces may look familiar, but everything else is different in this classic series!
That's right, Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods and Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection 'F' will be airing on Sky Cinema this summer!
Animation producer, director & illustrator, LeSean Thomas was our special guest of honour at last week's MCM London Comic Con. Now, we are extremely happy to share with you the teaser trailer for his upcoming project, Cannon Busters: The Animated Pilot.

Kite: Live Action

Samuel L. Jackson brings Yasuomi Umetsu's anime to life
Kite the movie will be released on UK DVD and Blu-ray by Anchor Bay on 13th October.

Eureka Seven Ao

Kicking it old-school, with giant robots
Pacific Rim opened a new gateway to ’bot sagas for youngsters, and for oldsters too. They’ll see del Toro’s film, learn how much he was inspired by Japanese cartoons, and then check out the originals. If they choose Eureka Seven Ao, they’ll find elements also seen in Pacific Rim, embedded in a very different show.
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