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The cast of Dragon Ball Z #3

Monday 1st October 2012

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!

Dragon Ball Z PorungaShenron and Porunga. Literally putting the ‘dragon’ in Dragon Ball, these legendary serpents will grant the wishes of anyone who gathers all seven of their associated mythic spheres. There are a couple of key differences though – Shenron is the Eternal Dragon of Earth, a fearsome beast resembling the traditional elongated dragons of Chinese and Japanese classical art. However, despite his imposing presence, Shenron is normally only capable of granting one wish at a time, once per year. Porunga is the Namekian counterpart, a continent-sized behemoth known as the Dragon of Dreams. His summoned form is more like a genie of Arabian myth, a hulking upper body with a tail trailing down to a point and, like his inspiration, capable of granting three wishes.

Dragon Ball Z GokuSuper Saiyan Goku. Not so much a new character as a new attitude, new focus and new level of power! Goku is the first modern Saiyan to master this terrifying transformation. Surrounded by a golden aura and his signature spikey hair altered to match, Super Saiyan Goku is almost immeasurably stronger than normal. The prospect of an entire population with the genetic potential to reach the same level scared Frieza – so much so, he destroyed their homeworld rather than risk them rising to challenge him. Even with the Super Saiyan upgrade, Goku will need every move he’s ever learned to face up to the intergalactic criminal!

Dragon Ball Z KamiKami. The Guardian of Earth, which makes him as close as anyone will come to being God – lucky really, since that’s what his name means. Originally born on Namek, he became a being of pure goodness after purging his darker urges, which in turn coalesced into the original King Piccolo. Kami is the original creator of Earth’s Dragon Balls, and oversees their use from his Lookout, floating high above the world. Since meeting Goku as a child, Kami has served as a mentor for the youthful hero.

Mr Popo. Kami’s servant, and that of the Guardian of Earth before him. Popo is an ‘assistant deity’, a seemingly immortal genie with the ability to materialise items out of nowhere, teleport anywhere on Earth, and consume energy – his first confrontation with Goku saw him swallowing his famous Kamehameha attack and only suffer the ignominy of a smokey belch! He rarely fights directly, mainly functioning as caretaker and gardener for Kami’s Lookout, though often serves as advisor to the Z-Fighters in dire times.

Dragon Ball ZOolong. A major figure in the original Dragon Ball, this shape shifting communist pig-man joined Goku and Bulma in their early quests for the wish-granting orbs. Cast early on with a sneering and almost mean personality, he became better known for being a complete pervert. By the time Dragon Ball Z rolls around, Oolong is essentially Master Roshi’s sidekick, the pair both sharing an unhealthy love for girls’ panties.

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The cast of Dragon Ball Z #3

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Dragon Ball Z Series Three Episodes 75-107

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The Horrifying power of Frieza! The battle to decide the fate of the universe begins! On the distant Planet Namek, the seven magic Dragon Balls have been brought together and the dragon Porunga summoned. Now, Goku and the Z-fighters are all that stand between the evil Frieza and his wish for immortality!
Having survived their encounters with Frieza's dreaded minions, Goku and his friends are now left to contend with the ruthless tyrant himself. Despite their recent victories, however, the Z-fighters are ill prepared to face the terrifying reality of Frieza's power. To defeat this seemingly invincible foe and restore peace to the universe, there is but one hope - a Super Saiyan must emerge!
Contains episodes 75-107.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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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