It’s over 9000! The true power of Dragon Ball!

A lot of people see Dragon Ball (Z mostly) as that show that is about shouting people, with changing hair colors and three minutes that go on forever and ever.  Where the main character sounds like a kid (I am a sub girl) fighting evermore increasingly stupid powerful enemies. Yet this show really isn’t all about power levels and transformations. These are but means to convey the true message that is inside this truely amazing series.  Here’s a Kamehameha of love to the face!

(Pink Kamehameha Equals Love Kamehameha)

A Journey to the West

When Toriyama started the Dragon Ball series , we faced a completely different beast than we did today. In fact the original series that was very loosely based on Journey to the West and mostly Son Wukong in most places only came to the west after it’s sequel became such a success. The original series felt much more contained, never larger than life. It was just about a kid wanting to be the strongest martial artist or find his grandfather’s relic just to find out it was connected to something bigger.  It was more lighthearted and the pacing was so much slower. A lot more credible as well. Yet while everyone seems to agree that Dragon Ball Z was a completely different type of beast there is so much they have in common as well. As do all subsequent shows… even GT. In their core all the adventures of Goku and his friends are about a journey and their biggest enemy they face is never the villain of the arc, the worst villain in Dragon Ball is always the heroes themselves.

No no I don’t mean Goku Black or other evil counterparts, even though there are a lot. Dragon Ball in it’s very concept is a show about facing and breaking your limits. From the first world tournament , well .. (or the 21st world tournament if you prefer) up until and even beyond the Tournament of Power, virtually none of the enemies are defeated by simply a straight up fight the real obstacle to overcome is themselves. It’s about a journey of transcendence, to rise above oneself and break your limits. According to Toriyama that journey to surpass yourself  just happens to involve a lot of shouting and occasionally changing hairstyles. I wish I could change hairstyles by breaking my limits. I am just not sure about turning british for it though, but maybe that just happens to Sean Schemmel.

(The name is Goku Black Mate I’m like a Narky Goku, You Cheeky Bastard)

Snake Way

Toriyama goes through great length to teach us what it means to break your own limits, it’s a long and arduous journey which is reflected throughout the entire series, but  which is most apparent in Dragon Ball Z. When we look at series like Naruto or Bleach for example, training can be somewhat fun and Ichigo managed Bankai in an extremely short time, Naruto can use shadow clones to learn moves faster, and later even spontaneously learns them. While Goku is a savant that can do a Kamehameha in one attempt it never is truly enough. Where Ichigo can learn the final Getsuga while travelling, Goku has to travel Snake Way just to get a chance of training. It’s a long and boring journey that is very uneventful and does not result in direct pay off.  We also see this happen during the cell games when Goku and Gohan focus on staying inside their super saiyan forms. First of all, the series establishes that they can not get a result over night, they have to train for at least a year to rise above themselves, and even then it wasn’t enough. Both Goku and Gohan had to let go of their kind heartedness to do what must be done. Resulting in Super Saiyan and Super Saiyan 2 respectively. Sometimes what holds you back.. is you and the only way to break free of it is experiencing pain and loss…well that or a tingly feeling in your back.

This theme that power doesn’t come easy is continued throughout the series. When Gohan is meditating on the planet of the Kai’s or when Goku in GT is forced to accept the being he truly is by reclaiming his tail, a part of him he put away/ learned to ignore a long time ago. Power never comes easy in this universe and almost always feels earned.  Sure the Zenkai boosts are convenient, (a saiyan gets stronger when he suffers massive injuries but recovers) through the use of senzu beans and health pods but it’s still a heavy price to pay. Characters suffer defeat oftenly many times before they come out victorious. Even Goku had his fair chair of losses or times that he got downed. Yet the best message that dragon ball sends is that his power should never be gotten through cheating.  Plenty of villains have wished, and sometimes even obtained immortality (mostly in the movies though) yet even with the earth in constant danger never has a z-fighter wished for more power. It would be so easy to simply wish for the strength needed to defeat earth and it would most likely not beyond Shenron’s limits yet it barely even got considered throughout the series. That is because this show teaches you to deal with your own problems. Dealing with them may be tedious, it may be a drag and it will not come easy but everyone can do it. No matter where you come from (Namekian, Saiyan, Android and in GT  and OG even humans) all can break their limits and achieve new heights. 

Keep Fighting

We dutch have a saying that is called Huisje Boompje Beestje, (Little House, Little Tree, Little Creature) which signifies what we all strive for. Some call it the american dream others talk about that white picket fence. It’s the common happiness, that everyone thinks is the ultimate goal. Get a job and a house, get married, reproduce and possibly get a pet. For many that shared happiness is enough! Toriyama says NO! It is not enough. Everyone has to chase their own dream, not just that shared one. From early in the series we see Goku as an amazingly talented kid that gets offered the option at the common dream. We see it when he meets Chi-chi we see it at how he performs in tournaments and gets a fair bit of price money. In Dragon Ball Z and later it becomes really apparent. Yes it is a meme to call Goku a bad father and maybe he is, but that is because he doesn’t just settle for being a father. He can’t stop dreaming about being stronger just because he had Gohan and now has to give everything up for that. No! Dragon Ball shows it is okay to have wishes of your own, after all had Goku followed the common dream, earth would have been destroyed many times over.  Sure it also would have been in danger a lot less but it wouldn’t have stopped the Saiyans from coming and destroying us. Cell would have still awoken in time because Gero was already wronged by kid Goku. Toriyama tells us to fight for our dreams and to get strong enough to seize that. We should not let common sense or setteling get in the way between us and our dreams!
We should push ourselves to our full hearts content.

Yet the mangaka also tells us that even if we get our dream, we gotta keep dreaming even bigger. By chasing our desire, we keep moving, we stay on our journey. If I manage to get healthy enough to get an income again, I should strive for a job I would like better still. If I find the job I would like to do for the rest of my life or get filthy rich through sheer luck , I can make sure I spend that money in ways to make me happy. If I bought everything I want I should desire more. Because it’s that ambition to get something that I can not have at this time that I am pushed to strive for that I become a better version of myself. In a much more invisible way , I transform. I am not sure if Goku turning arian  was the best way to convey this message but in a way Toriyama chased his own happiness when he made Super Saiyan. The design stems from his wish not to spend as much time colouring in Goku’s hair. He wanted to be quicker and he made that happen by pushing his story to the next level. Goku is more than a saiyan, more than a hero he is unlimited potential embodied. He is a perfect symbol of what we should strive for. We should always be chasing our own dreams, we should not be bound by the white picket fence because it’s better for our children or pet.
If it is your dream to make others happy than chase that dream, if it’s your dream to have children than go find your significant other, but never stop dreaming. When you have children, you can still learn to play the piano,you could finally build the model planes you wanted or even pick up crochet or whatever. Whatever you do, make sure you have something to face, something to fight for. This is why Goku keeps wanting to fight stronger opponents, but also why he keeps most of his enemies alive and befriends them. When there is no strife in your life, no conflict, you can be perfectly content, but you have way less possibility to grow. You can choose to stay away from that friend who doesn’t like your new boyfriend or girlfriend because they do not matter for your picket white fence goal. You wouldn’t really miss the negativity. Yet you would rob yourself of a chance to lead a fuller live. Balancing that friend and your love may be hard but it will make stronger socially, it might make you better in terms of time management it might make you a better friend, who fights for those dear to them.  This series tells us to keep fighting no matter what!

Erase the Universe

There is a saying that it is better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all which is true. Yet suddenly when we have that love, all forward motion seems to stop. It seems that is better to give up dreaming and growing than to have lost a love. You have to turn down that promotion so your daughter can stay with her friends,  you have to stay close to your family even if you would be happier elsewhere. There is something very twisted about that logic to me. For love should be about happiness. If it is your desire is to be the best blogger in the world and I mean if i’s truly your desire than your loved one should never ask you to give this up. We should encourage each other to grow but that grow will come with risks.  Again this risk is always depicted in Dragon Ball. When reaching Super Saiyan for the first time Goku almost lost himself. His marriage is under constant pressure from all the time he spends training. Many people call the relation with Goku and his family unhealthy yet at the same time Chi-Chi allows her man so much she does in fact accept that he is like that. She might not be happy about it but life isn’t a fairy tale. There’s always things about the other you do not like. Like how Goku doesn’t like how Chi-Chi can get obsessed with careers and money but still allows her to have these desires and dreams and at least somewhat tries to support her in that. Goku is always in motion as should we be. Yet when you are walking or running towards your new dream, there is always the risking of being tripped over.  The further we get along in our development, the bigger steps we have to take.. which increases the chance of tripping.  

(Sometimes we bite of more than we can chew..but at least we get icecubes for our drinks)

When Goku fought Frieza he nearly lost himself, when facing Cell he risked the bond with his son, and the entire earth on a chance, and when he had no strong opponents left to fight he hired Hit to kill him (in which hit succeeded) only to risk the entire universe just for a chance to fight someone even stronger.  When chasing our dreams first we might just upset our parents with our next dream we may upset our love and in the next phase Arceus forbid we may even upset our offspring. Who knows if we push ourselves far enough we might even disappoint everyone. Yet if I learned anything about your dreams and own happiness is that it is always worth the risk. If you are a transgender, wanting to transition, keep fighting! Don’t settle for the next best thing .. by just dressing up on sundays. If you are gay, don’t keep that side hidden. Take the risk losing over it, fight your fights. Goku never stopped and neither should we. Only by fighting for what we truly want and keep that up we can become bigger than ourselves. There is a Super Saiyan inside all of us even if  the world outside may not always recognise it. If you fight for what you want and keep growing, even if it takes you longer than you’d hope or isn’t as pleasant as you want, one day you will see that golden warrior in the mirror.

Trainer Profile: Perfect Cell

A jolly good day to you again my dear little Watsons. Over the past few weeks we had some experiences with creating so called trainer profiles for the likes of myself and my family. Now we shall apply this skill to actual delinquents to see how they would look like in the actual world of Pokémon so we know what to expect should they misbehave. Today’s villain is one most of you will know. Calling himself the perfect life form, Perfect Cell from Dragon Ball Z. Why did I choose Cell? Well because if I did them in order the criminals would know what to expect of course! Also Frieza scares I rather pick one that is still in the home for infinite losers. Because I cant say where he REALLY is

Trainer-class: Champion

Perfect Cell could have been a gentleman, as a villain Cell is well mannered, eloquent and even somewhat charming. At least in his final forms (counting instant transmission 100% perfect cell as well). For those who do not know who perfect Cell is, he is the third major antagonist in the dragonball Z series, take third with a grain of salt though because there were some other villians in there as well. Created out of the cells of all fighters by the ‘evil’ doctor Gero this bugman had to absorb two androids in order to achieve his perfect form. When he did this and noticed no one was able to stand up to him he had given the people of Earth seven days to train and come face him in a big tournament he called the Cell Games, if they would not be able to defeat him he would destroy the Earth. While this simplification doesnt do the character justice it shows exactly why his trainer class has to be Champion. He in his very concept is ‘the strongest’ that people have to train up for in order to challenge him at a tournament.

This is basically the entire concept how a champion in the Pokémon World works as well. You gotta train your team so you fight a really strong guy in the end that no one had the strength to face before. Cell is a Boss type villain, like Frieza, Hit  or Jiren. Yes I am leaving Kid Buu out of that list as Buu was basically the only relevant encounter in his arc so he never really felt like a boss to me and more like let’s say the Moon in Majora’s mask that will cause certain doom instead of the final boss encounter. In terms of Pokémon Kid Buu would be your legendary encounter or Ultra Necrozma battle. Cell is a knowledgeable fighter has mastered many techniques and can be both charming as well as an arrogant sack of shiitake mushrooms.  Being a mix of classical champions like Blue and Lance arguments can be made for Cell being the perfect Champion.

Preferred Type: Bug

Being a bugman himself it would make sense that Cell has a natural affinity with the type. Yet I do need to say that Cell probably one of the few people here, who I’d possibly rank as “omni’ type. Cell is built with the cells of other fighters and thusly is super adaptive and can use techniques of others much like they are his own. However there is also merritt to  Cell preferring the bug type other than him being one. Bug types have a super fast development cycle, much like our subject of today. Their evolution cycle is the fastest of any type of Pokémon. Cell evolved from his pod form to his perfect form in the span of a few days. Near a single day. This means he is still the fastest evolving character in Dragonball. The Saiyans had to train for a year to catch up to him and even than they needed an emotional trigger to be pushed over the edge. While Frieza jumped a massive distance in the span of three months of training Cell did, I’d like to say about 20 to 25% of that in terms of power levels (when considering the current scaling)  inside a day and than caught up to Gohan again in a matter of minutes.

Like basically every bug type in the pokémon game he does need some set up though. While he outlevels the Z-fighters on his first arrival he is not that much of a threat until his plans begin to work. He needs to absorb people for strength first, which he was able to do and throughout his saga he needed boosts to reach his maximum potential. That is also how bugs work. They hinder your opponent while they set up a boost for themselves. So in the end this type does seem to work in his favor.

The Team

Signature Pokémon:  Silvally (Any Type)

Silvally is a pokémon that was created to save the world by combatting the Ultra Beasts, which are the Eldritch Abominations of the pokémon world. While some may find my continuing statement an exaggeration, they are all extremely odd creatures that are quite hard to describe or fathom, (except for Buzzwole maybe) that live outside space and time that have the ability to drive you insane. Silvally’s  pre-evolution Type: Null at least was created to combat these creatures. For this Pokémon to be able to defeat the Ultra Beasts they build it from the cells of pokémon of all the types with the idea behind it that it could switch on the fly to be resistance while defending and super effective while attacking against this threat from outside time and space. An ultimate fighter that is made from the cells of others, where have we heard that one before?!

Oh right it fits Cell quite well, yet Cell wasn’t created to defend the world. Or was he?  While most of this is hearsay or ‘after-information’ made in interviews years after the source material, Dr Gero (the creator of Cell) arguably was not a bad guy. As a former member of the Red Ribbon Army, and having lost his son in said army, assumably to Goku, Gero saw Goku as a huge threat to his world. He created the androids to stop that treat to the world. Now of course all of them sort of turned into homicidal maniacs in one timeline or another, except for 16 which was based on Gero’s son. Cell blinded by his arrogance lost his calling somewhere along the way but like Silvally he was created with a semi-noble purpose. I mean I can’t even deny that Goku IS the treat to the world Gero saw him as.. he got the earth destroyed a few times and even risked being wiped out of existence as an entire universe just for thrills. So Silvally and Cell nicely parallel each other, the same type of abilities, the same type of being one having found friendship, silvally needs friendship to evolve, the other one releasing the power of his ego.  A great pairing.

Physical Sweeper: Accelgor (Bug Type)

Accelgor is one of my favorite bug type pokémon, alongside Galvantula and Ariados.. which arguably are arachnids and not bugs. This one makes the list due to it’s high speed which resembles Cell’s method of fighting. When Trunks introduced us to Super Saiyan Grade 3 (not to be confused with Super Saiyan 3.. which is something different)  we saw a shift in tone for power-ups. While Grade 3 overpowered Cell, it became to bulky and lacked the speed to stop him properly. With the term Grade 3 is never mentioned in the anime .. let’s just call it Super Saiyan Swole. Swole Trunks got his Mudbray (the Arse Pokémon) handed to him by a much faster Cell.

While Accelgor prefers special attacks, the same can be said for Cell. He is very much a Ki blast user and Accelgor favors special attacks. Yet both have respectable enough physical traits (in Accelgor case should you focus on them) Both Cell as Accelgor have Moxie and with the ability Guts Accelgor can really put out a great Facade, which seems something also quite befitting of our bugman.  In its own way Accelgore can even be pretty swole!

Physical Wall: Forretress  (Bug-Steel type)

Cell has been known to take quite a bit of violence without flinching an inch. Be it by completely absorbing vegeta’s neck shatter kick, or even taking a saw blade to the neck, (which somehow does physical damage opposed to how other ki blasts work) he has shrugged it all off.  Forretress is the evolved pinecone pokemon whos is a bug with a skin as hard as steel. Which is quite fitting for the man we are talking about today.

Forretress basically likes to control the arena where he builds something with rocks , much like how cell did when he built and destroyed his own little arena for the games.  Having access to Rapid Spin as well as Stage Hazards the Steel Ball pokemon can make or build his own arenas as well. This is not the reason why it is included on this list though, the reason why Forretress is on the list is because it’s endgame is quite similar to Cell.

In Pokémon games Hazards can not be set up indefinitely. Depending on which Hazard you can set up one to to three stacks per Hazard, yet set hazard still takes up an entire move slot. After those hazards are in place the pokémon becomes virtually useless. Fortress however is a hazard setter who learns a particular move that Cell also used near the end of the Cell games. The move explosion! While Cell uses this move he even puffs up almost like a ball.. much like this Pokémon.

Special Sweeper: Lucario (Fighting Steel type)

While Cell’s physical fighting style is closest to Picollo his special moves he mostly borrows from Goku. Lucario is Special Sweeper (yes his special attack stat is higher than his physical one) that resembles their style quite a bit. Lucario and Goku share quite a similar moveset. Both have the after image technique (Double Team for Lucario) both can create blinding Sunlight (Solar Flare for Goku and Sunny Day for Lucario)  Both have stats multipliers (Kaioken for the human and Calm Mind/Swords dance for the pokémon. They can even both transform into a more powerful state with Lucario being a pokémon with a mega evolution. Arguably Dragon Fist and Giga Impact are ultimate finishing moves and the only thing that Lucario seems to be lacking is the Spirit Bomb.

Yes he does have the Kamehameha, that’s why he is on this list as the technique is Cell’s de facto offensive move as well. It is called Aura Sphere and it is EXACTLY the same thing. Literally the ONLY difference between the two is that one is a beam and the other is a sphere.  Aura sphere is made out of one’s on inner energy , Aura as pokémon calls it is basically the same thing as Ki in dragonball. It is gather from within the user and hurled at the enemy in an attack that never misses. Aura Sphere is the Kamehameha Wave to a fault. Plus having a fighting type on this team that is able to transform as well seems to fit Cell quite nicely as well. 

Special Wall: Reuniclus (Psychic Type)

While this Pokémon isn’t particularly specially bulky it is okay at that job because of his high health stat and more than passable special defence but it will struggle against powerhouses. Much like Cell who has been blasted into pieces quite a few times during the Cell games. He doesn’t take special attacks that well. However I did not pick this pocket monster for the time traveling insectoid just because of their shared mediocrity. Reuniclus is the final form of the Cell Pokémon Solosis. The fully evolved pokémon is called the multiplying pokémon.  This means that the pokémon canonically is able to produce new cells or versions of itself . Quite like how Cell is able to produce miniature versions of himself called Cell Junior. A fun detail in this is that while the regular evolution line has a green (gelatinous) skin much like the antagonist that serves as it’s master, the shiny counterpart is blue.  Pokémon can get shiny from multiplying so Reuniclus could technically, maybe create blue juniors as well.

The hidden ability of the pokémion is called regenerator and what do you know.. that is Cell’s main defensive ability as well. Both of them can regenerate as well. So a bulky cell pokémon that can create blue offspring that doesnt take special hits to well but can regenerate?  That seems like quite a perfect pokémon for Cell.

Legendary: Mewtwo (Psychic Type)

A perfect lifeform and another perfect lifeform walk into bar and one says to the other ‘you are coming home with me tonight’ The second perfect life form scoffs and says ‘Why do you think that’ to which the first replies ‘I got some Masterballs with your name on them’ Now bad jokes aside, was there ever any doubt that Mewtwo would be the perfect legendary for Cell? Both created in a lab, both believed to be the perfect life form, both grown in a test tube for many years with the DNA of the most powerful creatures around. Even English Dub Mewtwo and Perfect Cell’s motivations are quite similar. Feeling they are a superior species they want to eliminate the unworthy. In case of Mewtwo that just happens to be Pokémon that serve humans as well as humans themselves and in case of Cell it’s ..everything that is not him. Mewtwo can transform beyond his perfect form and in Dragon Ball Online as well as some Dragon Ball Heroes arcade machine we have seen bugboy do the same.

Cell like Mewtwo is great at manipulating minds, seeing how he managed to trick Vegeta in letting him obtain his perfect form. Of course in a straight up fight between Mewtwo and Cell the later would win, because Bug types beat Psychic types.. so there is that question solved. Besides being their respective universes ultimate life form though they both have one more commonality that is too good not to mention. Both  Mewtwo (Game version and to a lesser extend the movie version) as well as Cell have been beaten by a ten year old boy!

Question to my Readers:

Which Villian (or Hero) would you like me to profile next?

When you fight Cell be warned he is a lot tougher than me, and less likely to play fair. Bring plenty of Fire types when facing Cell and make sure of them at least one of them is a Mega Houndoom that you don’t use against Lucario and you should be fine. Bring a Delphox for Lucario..or like a Chandelure and Cell will go down! 

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