I would never imagine that one day I would be playing defense for Dragon Ball, a incredibly popular anime series, against typical anime elitists.
You know, the ones who have a false sense of superiority cuz they took deep, more artistic anime series way too seriously. Not that there’s anything wrong with deep anime.
The depth of Dragon Ball gets slept on because people have this common misconception that Dragon Ball Z is nothing more then mindless Shouen battles.
It’s actually deeper than that.
The Dragon Ball Z series have various theatrical theme such as nature vs. nurture, fathers-and-sons, accepting your racial heritage, and unity.
The Saiyan and Frieza saga revolves around Goku’s struggle with accepting his Saiyan racial background . A struggle brought on because he believed himself to be an Earthling all his life prior to Radtiz arrival. As the Saiyan and Frieza saga progress, Goku slowly appreciates his racial background.
He realize his battle hungry nature is a result of his Saiyan nature. The reason why Goku spare Vegeta was because he wanted to challenge him again. Dude never fought anyone as strong as Vegeta before.
(Goku did not spare Vegeta because he saw good in him. That was a bullshit 90s dub change. Sorry English-speaking blinded 90s nostalgia fanboys who refuse to watch DBZ Kai or the series in Japanese!)
The Buu saga is strong with the theme of unity. Goku and Vegeta fusing to defeat Kid Buu. The average non-powered humans coming together, giving Goku energy for the spirit bomb. Majin Buu and Satan befriending one another. You get the point.
Also, we can not forget the theme of redemption of this arc. Vegeta’s atonement of past sins with his sacrifice to save the world. Majin Buu expelling the evil of his heart after Satan show him love and friendship. Speaking of Satan, he also redeemed himself in a way. He managed to unite and convince everyone on earth to donate energy for Goku’s Spirit Bomb.
Guess that kinda makes up for him lying about saving the world from Perfect Cell.
Dragon Ball is fuckin deep. Sad that some folks don’t make the effort to explore the themes of this amazing series.
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