Goku the protagonist of the 90’s Anime Dragon Ball is one of the most popular characters in the Animeverse. The Character is Super strong, down to earth and eats a lot of food. Well, these are things most of us know, what about the thing which we don’t?
Here is a list of things you didn’t know about Goku
May 9th is Goku Day in Japan.
Pretty much every day has now become a holiday to honour someone, but at least we can say Goku is more deserving of his own day than just some random excuse to get people tweeting behind a weird hashtag on Twitter. Dragon Ball is one of the most popular anime’s of all time.
Just like May 4 became the Star Wars day, May 9 became Goku day for a similar reason. Apparently, in Japan, numbers 5 and 9 can be pronounced as the sounds “Go” and “Ku.” So May is the fifth month of the year, and on the ninth day of that fifth month you get “Goku”.
Goku was Inspired By ‘THE MONKEY KING FROM JOURNEY TO THE WEST’
Most fans are already aware of this fact, but when talking about Goku, we can’t exactly get rid of something as integral as the inspiration for the character. Akira Toriyama (The creator of the Anime) has been very openly confessed that the Dragon Ball franchise originated due to his desire to do a story similar to Journey to the West. So if you ever wondered why the Saiyans are just randomly part monkey, it’s because Goku was modelled on Journey to the West’s Monkey King.
Goku’s Hair as a Super Saiyan was Made Blond to save time while drawing the Manga
We know it takes a Saiyan, who can tap into incredible amounts of rage to access the Super Saiyan form, it’s usually a good indicator that someone is about to get hurt real bad. But even in the world of Dragon Ball, we don’t really get an explanation for why their hair changes its colour. Like what does changing the colour of the hair has to do with gaining more strength?
The logic behind the blond hair (subsequent red and blue) may always be a mystery, but in terms of real-world, we do know the reason.
Akira Toriyama was looking for a way for it to be visually evident that Goku had gained a new transformation, changing Goku’s hairstyle seemed like a good way to communicate that(in the Manga). But there was also the issue of wanting the transformation to be easy to draw. So instead, Toriyama went with something that would actually save time to draw since, on the black and white pages of the manga, blond hair was represented by the colour white.
Goku is Scared of NEEDLES
The character’s trait is something more from the anime than the manga, but fans who remember the earlier episodes of the original Dragon Ball will probably remember Goku’s strong dislike of needles. Therefore, even as a kid, there wasn’t too much that could intimidate the kid, who would become Earth’s strongest warrior. But the chance of having to get an injection would make the strongest run.
It is generally used as a comical ploy early on in the series to see such a tough character turn into a coward over something that wasn’t that big of a deal. But, it could have made Goku’s encounter with Cell more interesting at the time.
If you know what I mean?
Goku’s Japanese voice is done by a Woman
This one isn’t even a shock to a lot of us, especially those who came to the Dragon Ball franchise by watching it with the Japanese dubbing. But for many of us who have grown up with the English voice cast for Dragon Ball Z, it was extremely shocking to find out. Goku sounds like a pretty normal guy in our translation, but in the Japanese dub, there’s no way you’re not going realizing that it’s a woman voice. Japan’s Masako Nozawa gives the voice for the super powerful man.
Goku and Frieza’s Fight was the longest in Anime History
Thinking back on the fight against Frieza on Namek, you remember it taking forever to end, there’s a pretty good reason for that. Frieza sure was the biggest enemy in the series up to that point. But Goku’s battle against Frieza took in the range of four hours from start to finish. That is the longest fight in any anime.
We have to keep in mind, that’s just Goku’s portion of the encounter. Frieza had three other forms that kept Vegeta, Gohan, Krillin, Piccolo, and Dende busy for many more episodes prior to his final one. The fight between the Z warriors and Frieza was one of the most epic battles of that season.
Goku has never beaten Vegeta in a Fight
Throughout the Dragonverse, Goku’s main traits are his loyalty towards his loved ones, and his desire for a great fight. Whereas most people would define Vegeta’s characteristics in Dragon Ball Z as his envy of Goku’s power and the desire to be better than him. But why was Vegeta that way?
Because Goku is more powerful than him and has always defeated him? Well, that’s actually not the case at all.
In their first clash, Vegeta was on the verge of killing Goku after transforming into his great ape form and crushing him between his “Bear” hands (Pun Intended). Vegeta lost, but that was because of Krillin, Gohan, and Yajirobe ganging on him. Goku was left defenceless because he cannot handle Vegeta all alone.
And their second fight? Majin Vegeta left Goku miserably lying at the end of that encounter too.
So Vegeta has never lost to Goku and even surpassed Goku multiple times like when he became a Super Saiyan against Android 19, and when he emerged from the Hyperbolic Time Chamber to challenge Semi-Perfect Cell. But all of this still raises a question, why is Vegeta so jealous of Goku as a fighter? Well we might never know!
Goku’s English Voiceover Artist passed out while recording the original Super Saiyan 4 transformation
Goku’s Japanese voice actor being a woman was a surprise to many people. As so many of us grew up hearing America’s Sean Schemmel voice as Goku. He had trouble giving justice for the character at first. But eventually, the character engrossed him. He went little far for this one though.
The franchise is known for its long fights. With a lot of screaming, I mean A ‘LOT’. And, this once led to Sean Schemmel passing out in the recording booth. Many people assume this must have been from the Super Saiyan 3 transformation. It was five minutes of screaming at higher and higher pitches. But it was actually Goku’s first Super Saiyan 4 transformation. Schemmel said that the scream descending into a low growl was a more difficult adjustment on his breathing. It led to him waking up on the floor.
Goku has only died by Sacrificing himself
With the number of powerful opponents Goku has encountered in the Dragonverse, it’s really lucky that he hasn’t faced such a situation where he died due to wounds after a fight. Even when facing Majin Buu, someone who literally killed almost every single person on the Earth, Goku was still one of the lucky ones who didn’t get caught in the crossfire.
By Dragon Ball standards, Goku’s death count is on the low side in comparison to the other characters. Not only that, but he’s been so lucky in his fights that the only time he’s has ever died were when he willingly sacrificed himself. The first was when he restrained his brother Raditz, so Piccolo could finish him off with the Special Beam Cannon. And the second was when Cell was about to self-destruct himself to blow up the Earth and Goku used his Instant Transmission to transport them both away. That means the only person who has ever killed Goku is the man himself.
The Legendary Saiyan has only won Martial Arts tournament ever.
Goku might be one of the ripped fictional characters out there. And has frequently stood at the top of the franchise as the most powerful character on the show. But his professional fighting record doesn’t addup. Goku loves a good fight. And in the original Dragon Ball especially, it showed.
Throughout the various series of the Dragon Ball franchise, Goku has competed in 9 different Martial arts tournaments. Yet only victorious in one! His first two outings in the original Dragon Ball saw him lose to Jackie Chun, and Tien, respectively. But in the third tournament, he gained his only victory against his arch nemesis in Dragon ball “Piccolo”. Furthermore, in Dragon Ball Z, he forfeited against Perfect Cell during the Cell Games. He got a double disqualification against Pikkon in Other World’s tournament. Same was as for his planned match with Vegeta during the Buu saga. And once again, when he fought Uub at the end of DBZ.
Though people don’t even consider acknowledging GT, Goku fought in a tournament there as well. He loses to a feeble boy named Mugley after a distraction by Vegeta showing up. And finally, in Dragon Ball Super, Goku’s sense of fair play made him eliminate himself. Where? In his tournament match against Hit due to the rule of no killing. Thus, prohibiting Hit from utilizing his full power.
Source: Screen Rant
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