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The cast of Dragon Ball Z #6

Monday 4th March 2013

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!

Dragon Ball Z Mr SatanMr Satan: Mr Satan is the manliest man of all mankind, a mustachioed, hairy-chested hulk who won the World Martial Arts Tournament while the Z-Fighters were off-world battling Frieza. While he’s the toughest non-powered human alive, he’s still no match for the kinds of threats Goku, Krillin and co. face. His victories against normal people and the celebrity status that followed have given him quite the ego though, and repeatedly claims that the real heroes are merely his disciples! Despite the bravado and devilish name, Satan is a fundamentally righteous man who can’t abide cruelty or injustice.

Dragon Ball Z ChichiChi-Chi: Chi-Chi is Goku’s wife, having met the young warrior when they were both children. The daughter of the fearsome Ox King, she was a sweet but rambunctious girl, one of the few people pure enough of heart to ride Nimbus, Goku’s flying cloud. After marrying Goku and having their first child together, Gohan, she becomes much more formal, insisting her son focus on his studies rather than martial arts training. Despite her aversion to combat, she eternally supports her family as they battle to save the world!

Dragon Ball Z Cell JrCell Junior: What’s worse than one Cell wreaking havoc? His seven offspring joining in. Like any invasive lifeform, Cell reproducing is a huge threat to the host ecosystem. When that ecosystem is Earth and each child is almost as powerful as Cell himself, it’s especially bad news. These blue brats can each take on a Super Saiyan-level opponent, and boasts all the skills that Cell absorbed. Time for an extermination squad before they can spread further!

Dragon Ball Z KorinKorin: This cute-looking kitty is actually revered as a god of martial arts – though his reputation precedes his appearance, with most who meet him not believing the mighty Korin could possibly be the tiny talking cat. A key figure in the original Dragon Ball, Korin remains an important ally throughout Dragon Ball Z, dispensing knowledge and advice accrued over his 800+ years of existence. He lives atop the colossal Korin Tower, where he farms the legendary Senzu Beans, a single one of which can rejuvenate a fallen warrior to full strength. Fun fact – Akira Toriyama based Korin on his own cat at the time. The mog was asleep when Toriyama drew him, hence the characteristic ever-closed eyes!

Dragon Ball Z YajirobeYajirobe: Although he doesn’t play much of a role in the battle against Cell, Yajirobe is one of Goku’s oldest friends. Introduced as a samurai mountain man, hunting and living off the land, their first meeting quickly degenerated into a fight when Goku accidentally stole his lunch. They soon teamed up, and Yajirobe eventually handed over his Dragon Ball. One of the lower-ranking Z-Fighters in terms of power, Yajirobe was soon outclassed when enemies such as Vegeta started appearing. He can mostly be found living in Korin’s Tower, assisting the diminutive cat-sage and indulging his near-legendary appetite.

Dragon Ball Z, box set 6, is out now on UK DVD from Manga Entertainment.

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Dragon Ball Z Series Six (episodes 166-194)

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The titanic battle with Perfect Cell! Having at last achieved his Perfect Form, the evil Cell's powers have soared to terrible new heights, overshadowing even the greatest of the Z-Fighters. Eager to demonstrate these newfound abilities and prove his superiority, Cell proposes a tournament. He issues an ultimatum to the people of Earth: produce a worthy opponent or die! The day of reckoning upon them, Goku and the Z-Fighters line up to participate in Cell's twisted game, the world's best hope of defeating the monster. But they are not the only ones brave enough to accept the challenge - the reigning World Martial Arts Champion, Mr. Satan, has also stepped into the ring! Now, with the fate of the human race hanging in the balance, one of these valiant fighters must come forward to defeat the seemingly invincible Perfect Cell - but who will it be? Contains episodes 166-194.



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.


The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness

Helen McCarthy reviews Mami Sunada’s Ghibli documentary
Show, don't tell: the mantra of every writer and film-maker, and a particular challenge in documentary film. Every work has its own agenda, hidden or not: for director-writer-cinematographer-editor Mami Sunada, the challenge was immense. And she rises to it with unobtrusive magnificence.

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.

Blood C: The Last Dark

Director Naoyoshi Shiotani on getting the darkness right
“In every theatre you have different light, so you can never be sure what it’s going to look like. So you have to think; will this be okay, will you lose details in that kind of darkness? It was hard to calculate all that.”
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