My love for all things Japanese stemmed from my infatuation with Anime/Manga when Cartoon Network started playing Dragonball Z on Toonami. Who remembers that? It was around that time, little Niran aka Millhouse to those who know me from Secondary School dashed home in 30 minutes to make sure I was there to watch the next episode. There was something about the animation style, heroism, masculinity and humour made it appealing. It was ahead of its time, even though it aired in the UK almost 11 years after airing in Japan. Crazy. It was refreshing and so much better than everything else the channel had to offer: Whacky Races, Cow & Chicken, Johnny Bravo, Dexter’s Lab etc. Who else can relate? I still watch anime 3-4 times a week at the age of 26 and I don’t see myself stopping any time soon. More on the reverse.
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The anime started airing here in the UK back in 2000 when I was in Year 8 of secondary school. As young and ignorant as I could ever be, Dragonball Z’s masculinity and heroism was aspirational for me and my peers. Goku’s persistence to save his planet and those of others was inspiring – he never gave up on his friends or family and that for me made him a role model. How silly does that? calling a cartoon character, a role model. Along with the likes of Thierry Henry and David Beckham but that’s whole different #TBT post. So here’s a few of my favourite scenes from the series below, I hope y’all can recall them:
Not in chronological order but come on, who else wasn’t gassed when this happened? Super Saiyan Goku! after episodes of endless beating from Frieza and standing there looking constipated, Goku managed to level up.
I’m pretty sure I attempted to turn Super Saiyan after watching this episode. Fortunately for me, I didn’t have a webcam and Youtube didn’t exist so this never happened. I feel sorry for that kid, no one will let that drop for the rest of his life.
The infamous Cell saga which I think was better than the Boo one. Gohan avenged the death of Goku by tapping into his Super Saiyan power and raising it to level 2. Man, it still gives me the chills. Watch from around 4:43.
One last clip and it’s when Future Trunks came to visit out of the blue. The way we all were overly excited about the way he showed up and slashed Frieza and his pops to pieces in a matter of minutes. What the hell, why did I notice the horrific dubbed English accent on King Cold before? Yikes.
Funny, this isn’t even much of a Throwback since I’ve been watching the new DragonballZ Kai which is a remastered HD version of the series minus all the fillers. I watch it on my Monday commute to work and I’m pretty sure others are judging me on the tube, oh well. Ya’ll missing it out. If you’re into anime at all and don’t know what to watch, hit me up on Twitter.