Saturday, February 16

Dragon Ball English





Most people have spent part of their childhood watching the Japanese anime “Dragon Ball” or “Dragon Ball Z.” It is considered as one of the greatest manga (comic book) series ever made, and greatly boosted the popularity of Japanese animation in the West and throughout the rest of the world.



Dragon Ball (ドラゴンボール Doragon Bōru) was loosely based on the classical Chinese novel “Journey to the West.”



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The novel was written by Wu Cheng’en and is among the Four Great Classical Novels of Chinese literature, along with Romance of the Three Kingdoms.  In English-speaking countries, it is also known as “Monkey,” “Adventures of the Monkey God,” etc.




Dragon Ball” tells the story of the main character, Son Goku, as he travels around the world in search of 7 mystical orbs (the Dragon Balls) which can summon a wish-granting dragon. He also trains in martial arts and makes many friends and enemies.



The series is loved by many for its humor and lessons in friendship, rivalry, personal loss, and victory.




Son Gokou



© Bird Studio/Shueisha and Toei Animation




The name “Son Gokou” is the Japanese translation of the original Chinese hero's name “Son Wukong” which means Monkey King.  



The flying cloud that he rides is called “Kinto’un.”  “Kinto(筋斗) means “flip,” “somersault” or “tumble” while “un” means “cloud.”



The second of his two sons is “Goten,” who is named after him.  The “ku” in “Goku” means “sky” while the “ten” in “Goten” means “heaven.”




Fruit or Vegetable?



Did you know that Dragon Ball characters are named following very consistent themes -- such as vegetables, fruits, foods and drinks, dairy products, musical instruments, and even underwear?



For example, all full-blooded “Saiyan” characters are named after vegetables. In the first place, their home planet is called Planet Vegeta and the name “Saiyan” comes from the Japanese word “yasai” (vegetable).



In Japan, “Saiyans” are also called “Saiya-jin” because the added “jin” means “people.”



© Bird Studio/Shueisha and Toei Animation




The other main race in the story is called “Tuffles” or “Tsufuri-jin.” “Tsufuru” is a jumbled version of the word “furutsu(fruits).



In short, it’s a battle between two races: the Vegetable People and the Fruit People.

;-D



This is one of the many inside jokes made by the creator of the series Akira Toriyama, who is also known for his gag comics.



Mr. Toriyama likes making pun (fun) with his characters’ names.


*Pun = a play on words




Dragon Ball Names



Here’s a list of other Dragon Ball names and their English meanings (or puns).



*Note: Some of the names are different in Japanese.


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Name

Comes from / Meaning

Theme: Vegetables


Bardock (Goku’s father)
Broly
Kakarot (Goku’s birthname)
Nappa
Panbukin
Paragus
Raditz (Goku’s brother)
Seripa
Turles
Toma  
Totepo
Vegeta




Dock (a kind of root veggie)
Broccoli
Carrot
A type of Cabbage
Pumpkin
Asparagus
Radish
Parsley
Lettuce (レタス >>>ターレス)
Tomato
Potato
Vegetable

Theme: Fruits


Appule
Blue Berry
Dodoria
Kiwi
Rasberry
Zarbon




Apple
Blueberry
Chinese gooseberry
Kiwi
Raspberry
Pomelo

Theme: Foods & Drinks


Chiaotzu
Chi-Chi (Goku’s wife)
Frieza
Pilaf
Gohan (Goku’s son)
Krillin
Launch
Marron
Oolong
Pan (Goku’s granddaughter)
Puar
Shu & Mai  
Tienshinhan
Yamcha





Dumpling
Milk (also breasts)
Freezer
sauteed, seasoned Rice
Rice
Chestnut (because he's bald)
Lunch
French Chestnut
Type of tea
Bread
Chinese tea
Dim Sum dish (shu+mai)
Fried Rice
Dim Sum

Theme: Dairy Products


Burter
Ginyu Force
Guldo
Jeise
Ricoome




Butter
Milk
Yogurt
Cheese
Cream

Theme: Musical Instruments


Drum
Piano
Piccolo
Cymbal
Tambourine




A Drum
A Piano
A type of Flute
A Cymbal (part of a drums kit)
A Tambourine

Theme: Underwear


Bulla
Bulma
Dr. Briefs
Trunks




Bra
Bloomers
Briefs
Boxers




Hope You Learned Something!

Keep on learning !










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