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Dragon Ball FighterZ will be getting a brand new fighter this Fall. Who you may ask? Well, it’s none other than the old, panty-sniffing, badass pervert master of Kame House himself, Master Roshi.
Not much is known regarding his gameplay… because barely anything was shown. The only glimpse of gameplay fans were given was a short auto-combo that led into his (possible Level 3 super) Evil Containment Wave. The cool thing about it, is that it seems to trap the opponent in the small bottle if Roshi manages to use it as the finishing blow.
Roshi has been a highly requested character since Day 1 and fans were shocked that he wasn’t part of the first season of DLC, let alone the main roster. It’s nice to see the old geezer finally make it into the game. Considering that Season 3 has done much to revitalize the game–with new gameplay mechanics, balances, and game modes–Roshi will be a welcomed addition to shake up the current meta. (UI Goku is killing it right now…)
Roshi is set to join the roster September 2020 and will be the 3rd DLC character of Season Pass 3.
The show Steven Universe has made several references to different kinds of pop culture, from video games to anime. For most of the series, it seems like Steven Universe draws some inspiration from a variety of anime series in their characters and in some scenes. Fans of the show can find some of these anime references pretty easily, but there are some that aren’t so subtle and require a second watch to spot them.
Revolutionary Girl Utena
One of the biggest anime influences on Steven Universe would come from the anime Revolutionary Girl Utena. If you have watched the sword fight between Pearl and her hologram self during the second season, you may notice that the movements are similar to the series. Even the arena in which they fight is reminiscent of the same one from the anime show. With the main character, he would often defy gender norms just like Utena in the anime series. Throughout Steven Universe, you can find some subtle references to the Revolutionary Girl Utena in various of the earlier episodes as well as the epilogue series Steven Universe Future.
Dragon Ball Z
Steven Universe has some memorable fight scenes and crazy transformations, some of which can easily be drawn from one of the most well known anime shows out there. Of course we are talking about Dragon Ball Z. One good example is when Garnet uses a pose similar to the anime where she increases her powers and grows here hair like a Super Saiyan would. Even the dance that the Gems use to fuse their gems seems to take inspiration from the show. There was also a time where Amethyst uses a cloud as a mode of transportation, which is similar to Goku’s flying nimbus in the series. It seems like Steven Universe represents what was great about Dragon Ball Z.
JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure
Speaking of transformations, you can see that certain changes that the Gems go through in the series does seems familiar to what we saw in the popular show JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure. With the character Ringo, his transformation does have some qualities that are similar to Kars from the anime show. This is especially true when Ringo applies the red stone on his head just like the antagonist in the second arc Battle Tendency. Another one taken from JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure was Garnet’s battle with her Water Clone during an episode in the first season, where the fight is visually similar to Star Platinum’s ability to hit a thousand punches in mere seconds.
This might be Steven Universe’s biggest influence by far as it incorporates the magical girl genre into this series. The show pretty much has the DNA of Sailor Moon written all over it. You can even spot an Easter egg to the popular anime series during the episode “House Guest” where you can spot a volume of the manga sitting on Steven’s book shelf. There have also been times where some moments were recreated from the anime to Steven Universe. One that is obvious is the transformations from the Gems like Spinel’s akes some nods from Usagi. Jasper using her Scepter is shown in a similar style to the Sailor Scouts using theirs in the series. In a way, Steven Universe shares their love for the magical girl genre in their storytelling.
Neon Genesis Evangelion
Another big influence in the Cartoon Network series would have to be one of anime’s most acclaimed treasures. Strands of Neon Genesis Evangelion can be found on numerous occasions, especially in the epilogue series Steven Universe Future. When you see Alexandrite opening her mouth during “Super Watermelon Island”, that can possibly be referenced to the Eva Unit 01 in a berserk mode in the anime series. The one that clarified the anime’s influence would be the end of “The Test” where the Crystal Gems would congratulate Steven mirroring the final scene of the anime with a piano cover of the opening theme playing in the background.
Steven Universe has made several references to the mecha anime series Gurren Lagann. It holds especially true during the final season when both Garnet and Peridot gain new sunglasses that are strikingly similar to the ones worn by Simon and Kamina in the series. Even the memorable line that Steven tells Peridot on believing in oneself might be referenced to the way Kamina spoke to Simon. Another wink at the anime can be found in Steven Universe: The Movie where Spinel uses a huge drill as her weapon just like Simon. Storyboard artist Jeff Liu even admitted that some of the animated sequences with Garnet’s final move were inspired by Gurren Lagann.
Dragon Ball is by far the most successful and popular anime in history. There is no one who has never heard of Dragon Ball. There are 20 movies and countless games that many of us played when we were kids. For many of us is Dragon Ball an important part of our childhood, we all wanted to become a Super Saiyan like Son Goku or Vegeta and save the world. There are also many interesting facts about the work that Akira Toriyama created. Here are seven facts about Dragon Ball.
A fact that will surprise many is that Toriyama’s favorite character is not Son Goku but Demon King Piccolo. In an interview for the book Daizenshuu 2, Toriyama spoke about his favorite characters from Dragon Ball. “Off all characters, I like Demon king Piccolo the most and Piccolo (his son) comes shortly after.” Another favorite character of Toriyama is Mr. Satan, because of his funny personality. “It was fun drawing Mr. Satan when I first created him, I didn’t think I would make him such an important character, I thought he was just a one-shot-character. But making funny gags is more entertaining than doing battle scenes.”
In an interview, Akira Toriyama reveals the real names of Android 17 and Android 18. Android 17’s name is Lapis and Android 18’s name is Lazuli. They were humans before they were made androids by Professor Gero. After the Cell arc, Lapis (17) was revived with the dragonballs and became a park ranger in a national park. He married a zoologist and adopted two children. Lazuli (18) married Krillin, they have a daughter with the name of Maron. The funny thing is that the name of Krillin’s ex-girlfriend was Maron.
Son Goku’s voice actor Sean Shemmel passed out while voicing the transformation from Son Goku into Super Saiyan 4.
The fight between Frieza and Goku on Namek is with almost 4 hours, the longest fight in anime history. The fight is not only the longest but also the most intense and merciless fight in all of Dragon Ball. At the beginning of the fight, Frieza is too powerful. Son Goku has no chance against him but after Goku turns into a Super Saiyan for the first time in Dragon Ball, the tide turns and Frieza is defeated. This fight is, in my opinion, the best fight in Dragon Ball. Fun fact, Frieza said to Son Goku that Namek exploded in five minutes. In reality, it took 53 minutes and 3 seconds before the planet exploded.
The word Saiya is an anagram for the word “yasai” the Japanese word for vegetables, and “jin” means people/person. So Saiyajin means vegetable people or person. Another interesting fact is that all Saiyans are named after vegetables. Vegeta (vegetable), Kakarot (carrot), Raditz (radish) and Broly means broccoli. Toriyama loves to use wordplay when it comes to character names in Dragon Ball.
The transformation is legendary, but why does the hair turn blonde? There is a practical reason behind this. In the manga, the hair is black in the base form, but white in the Super Saiyajin state. The reason is that Toriyama had to write a new chapter every week. It saved a lot of time because the hair did not have to be painted and the difference between the forms was easier to see.
In Dragon Ball, Vegeta is one of the most important and popular characters. But it is hard to imagine that Vegeta should no longer play a role in the planning of Toriyama after the Saiyan arc. However, believe it or not, Vegeta was originally intended to be a disposable villain who would be killed off fairly quickly after being defeated. However, Vegeta proved popular with the fans who demanded that the Saiyan prince be kept on in the series. The producers listened to the fans and the rest is history.