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The cast of Dragon Ball Z #9

Tuesday 29th October 2013

The ninth and final 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!

Dragon Ball Z #9Evil Buu/Super Buu. Talk about letting off steam – when the child-like but dangerous Majin Buu releases all his frustration and anger, it coalesces into the slender, grey Evil Buu, the manifestation of his malice and hate. Possessing the bulk of their power, Evil Buu quickly overpowers his ‘good’ self, turning him into chocolate and re-absorbing him. The results in him turning into the mighty Super Buu – a muscular and sadistic powerhouse with the cruel intellect of his evil form. Yet even this monstrous form pales before Buu’s final transformation....

Dragon Ball Z #9Kid Buu. After battling through the assembled Z-Fighters and absorbing most of the Earth’s heroes, Buu seems unstoppable. After a final effort from Goku and Vegeta gives them a momentary glimpse of victory, Buu shatters their hopes by assuming his ultimate form – the uncontrollable, insane and relentless force of nature he was first created to be! Despite his youthful appearance, there is nothing childlike about Kid Buu, and his only joy comes from causing utter destruction on a planetary scale. There is no reasoning with this brute, no tricking him – and possibly no beating him. Has humanity met its extinction?

Dragon Ball Z #9Bibidi. Who’s to blame for all the Buu-related mayhem? This ancient wizard. Millions of years ago, Bibidi created Buu to aid in his planned domination of the universe. Even then, after tricking the new lifeform into thinking he was its father, Bibidi found Buu was was hard to control, regardless of his own vast magical powers. After setting his malevolent creation loose to rampage across all existence and slaughter most of the old Supreme Kais, Bibidi finally met his match in the Eastern Supreme Kai – but not before he managed to seal Buu in a cocoon-like container and send him rocketing towards the Earth.... And yes, Bibidi, his son Babidi, and Buu are named after the song in Disney’s Cinderella!

Dragon Ball Z #9Vegito. Possibly the final hope for our world and all life in the universe – but his very existence might mean the end of Goku and Vegeta! Like Gotenks, Vegito is the result of the fusion between two warriors, but with the frightful cost that the merge is permanent. With the best traits of both fighters, from Vegeta’s tactical mind to Goku’s raw skill, and a combined power level that exceeds anything previously seen in Dragon Ball history, Vegito may be the only force that can stand up to Buu though. Will two heroes have to ‘die’ to save all that lives?

Dragon Ball Z #9Pan. Promising hope for the future, Pan is Gohan’s daughter and inheritor of Goku’s legacy. Making her appearance at the end of the series, her own powers and potential are yet to be explored. Adventure runs in the family though, and there are doubtlessly journeys ahead for the intrepid young girl!

Dragon Ball Z box 9 is out now on UK DVD from Manga Entertainment.


Dragon Ball Z Complete Season Nine (episodes 254-291)

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Majin Buu's spree of terror continues, and his ruthlessness knows no bounds! In his quest to eliminate the remaining Z-Fighters, Buu has cut a path of destruction across the face of the Earth, leaving a trail of devastation so utterly complete that it may even be beyond the power of the Dragon Balls to repair..With their efforts to stop Majin Buu quickly proving futile, the Z-Fighters have but one remaining hope against this seemingly invincible foe: the Fusion Technique! But for this desperate plan to succeed, Goku will have to join forces with his oldest rival, Vegeta! Can the combined efforts of these two mighty Saiyan warriors put a stop to Majin Buu once and for all? The final battle for the fate of the universe begins! Contains episodes 254-291.



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.


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Attack on Titan: The Interview

Katsuhiko Kitada, Ryotaro Makihara and George Wada talk Titans
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Satoshi Kon Exhibition

The late animator celebrated in a Tokyo museum.
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Helen McCarthy is holding out for a hero
I got quite excited when I found the clip online. "James Bond, aka Bondo (agent 007), the suave superspy who…" Alas, my delight was premature. It was a fan animation starring a green-eyed, spiky-haired pretty boy who looked as likely to bed the villain as shoot him - a quantum of solace, undoubtedly, but no help on my mission: find anime's answer to Bond.

Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods (Trailer)

The first Dragon Ball movie in 17 years...
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Tokyo Tribe

Andrew Osmond on a rap musical, in Japanese. Yes. Thank you. You’re welcome.
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Patema Inverted

Jonathan Clements on the movie that turns anime on its head
Boy-meets-girl has never been so strange as in this feature, in which the leads must literally cling to each other or fall away to an uncertain fate. Patema Inverted winningly plays with matters of spatial awareness, perspective and weight, regularly flipping its angles until the viewer literally can no longer remember which way is truly up.
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