Category: Anime

Goku !!

He is the most powerful fighter in the universe, the leader of the Earth’s Z-force and one who is respected by even the Eternal Dragon Chevron. He eats like pig, sleeps like a log and fights like a real hero. He is Goku, the main protagonist of the Dragon Ball Series.

He was born a Saiyan at the planet Vegeta and was sent to the planet Earth with the sole purpose of destroying it. But somehow he fell down heads first and forgot everything about his mission. An old man Gohan found him and brought him up. He grew up to be a strong lad(thanks to his saiyan origin) with a gentle heart ready to help any soul. In DragonBall he was just a kid whose dragon ball was stolen from him by those who wanted to use them for evil(Red Ribbon Army/Dr Gero, Garlic Jr). The DragonBall belonged to his then late Grandpa and Goku and held a special place in his life. On his adventure to get back the Dragon Ball he met many others like Bulma, Chi Chi , Krillin, Yamcha and others. He also participated in the world martial arts tournament defeating the likes of King Piccolo. Later his brother Raditz came to earth to check on him and Goku died trying to save his son, Gohan. The earthlings later learned that more Saiyans are coming after the mysterious Dragon Balls, this news make Kami interfere and he guided Goku to King Kai for training after convincing King Yama.

He trained and was just back in time to save the day defeating Vegeta. The next adventure was to use the original Dragon Balls on the planet Namek to bring back those who were killed during the fight with Vegeta. However another contender Frieza also joined the race for the Dragon balls. During their confrontations Frieza killed Krillin which triggered a transformation in Goku elevating him to Super Saiyan level. After the Frieza saga was over another danger by the name of Androids creations of Dr Gero hit them. That and then Dr Gero’s ultimate creation Cell. During Cell games Goku elevated to SS2. After Cell saga the last one in DBZ was Buu Saga in which Goku had risen above all to Super Saiyan 3 (awesome !!).  Thereafter the story continued in the DBGT series with 92 episodes, DBZ had 292 !! In DBGT there was only one main villian the Dragon. Overuse of Dragon Balls resulted in freeing of the Dragon and this time the Earth was almost destroyed. This series displayed the power of fusion between Goku and vegeta, enter Vegeto and Gogeta. The dragon was defeated and Goku left with Chevron for eternity. He is and will be the most powerful and kind fighter of the universe forever.


Hatake Kakashi – The Copy Ninga

Hatake Kakashi is one of the main characters in the Naruto series and is a highly(probably the most) skilled jounin in the Hidden Leaf Village respected by all others(Guy Sensai too !!). His father was also holding similar reputation and was bestowed with the title White Fang of the Leaf ! During a mission his father sacrificed its success for protecting the other team members’ lives. This resulted in heavy criticism by the villagers and the reputation of the White Fang was defaced. His father left the village soon and not much is known about him since then. This incident transformed Kakashi’s attitude and he started to consider the mission more important than his comrades. This changed during a mission with his team headed by Minito(The Fourth Hokage) where one of his comrades from the Uchiha clan sacrificed himself to save him. The dying Obito Uchiha gifted Kakashi with the Sharingan. Since then Kakashi rose to new heights in skills and mastered(rather copied ;)) more that 1000 ninjutsu earning himself the title of The Copy Ninja.

He is a former ANBU team leader(one of the youngest). His basic element is Lightening and he is the sensai for team 7 consisting of Naruto Uzumaki(our Hero!), Sasuke Uchiha and Haruno Sakura. His most powerful technique is the Lightening Blade. He also succeeded elevating his eye techniques by attaining the Mangekyo Sharingan. He commands the Ninja Dogs using Summoning Techniques adding to his tracking abilities. He is best known for speed, coolness quotient and his yet to be disclosed face. He also loves reading the Make-Out series written by Jiraiya. He is by far the coolest character(close competitor to Itachi) and its thrilling to see him fight !

Many a times in a story we see many bad guys turn towards the good side. Same thing happened with Vegeta the lead villain in Dragon Ball Z series. He is one of the Saiyans who survived when the planet Vegeta exploded. Unknowingly he worked for Freeza who had destroyed planet Vegeta, but he had no idea about it. He came to Earth when by mistake Goku(the lead hero) revealed the secret of the Dragon Balls to his then dying brother Raditz(also on the bad side !). Seeing Goku who always remained one step ahead of him in terms of strength, he felt jealous and in continued to train on Earth. Eventually he befriended the members of Earth Z Force and married Bulma(:O). They have a son named Trunks and a daughter named Bulla.

Even after his transformation his heart was not totally pure as was seen in the episodes where Babidi uses the blackness in his heart to transform him and use him against Goku. But still he fought (with arrogance and without teamwork)against many other villains like the Androids, Cell, Buu. He was also seen in the next series Dragon Ball GT where he fought alongside Goku against Chevron. Both Goku and Vegeta rose to Super Saiyan Level 4, and the series also involved the first appearance of Vegeto!! Overall he may not be the strongest one(compared to Goku) but still his attitude and style will always top the list. After all he is The Saiyan Prince !!

One of the most comic and interesting characters of the series is Jiraiya. He first appeared in the first series and played a major role in the Shippuden one. He is one of the Three Legendary Sannin of the Hidden Leaf Village teamed with Orochimaru(the bastard) and Tsunade(the Fifth Hokage) who trained under the Third Hokage, Sarutobai. He mastered the Sage mode in an effort to become stronger to impress Tsunade on whom he had a crush. He is capable of summoning toads using the Summoning Jutsu.

He is very similar to Naruto and plays a GodFather for him. He was also the master of the Fourth Hokage, Minito, who was Naruto’s father. He trained Naruto and taught him techniques like the Rasengan. He also did some espionage for the Leaf village concerning the Akatsuki. He later discovers that Akatsuki is led by his former students Nagato and konan(Madara comes later), who kill him as Jiraiya discovered the secret of the six Pains. Pain is how Nagato refers to himself after the events like death of his parents and his dear friend Yahiko.

Jiraiya’s death surely came as a surprise and I am sure every other viewer feels the same. We would have loved to see more of the Ero-Sennin !!

Naruto Uzumaki

This is the main character of the series Naruto. He is a very ambitious boy with a huge amount of will power. The biggest motive in his life is to become the Hokage(chief) of his village Konoha(Hidden Leaf Village).

His hopes and dreams are high but he performs miserably in his Ninja Academy exams and barely passes to go to the next level.

Uzumaki Naruto enters!!

Naruto is an ongoing Japanese cartoon series written and illustrated by Masashi Kishimoto. The plot tells the story of Naruto Uzumaki, an adolescent ninja who constantly searches for recognition and aspires to become a Hokage, the ninja in his village that is acknowledged as the leader and the strongest of all.

The anime series was produced by Studio Pierrot and Aniplex. It premiered across Japan on the terrestrial TV Tokyo network and the anime satellite television network Animax on October 3, 2002. The first series lasted 220 episodes, while Naruto: Shippuden, a sequel to the original series, has been airing since February 15, 2007. In addition to the anime series, Studio Pierrot has developed six movies for the series and several original video animations (OVAs). Other types of merchandise include light novels, video games and trading cards developed by several companies.

Viz Media(the one which brought DBZ 🙂 ) has licensed the manga and anime for North American production. The anime series began airing in the United States and Canada in 2005, and later in the United Kingdom and Australia in 2006 and 2007, respectively. The films, as well as most OVAs from the series, have also been released by Viz, with the first film premiering in cinemas. The first DVD volume of Naruto: Shippuden was released by Viz in North America on September 29, 2009, and it started broadcast on Disney XD in October of the same year.

As of volume 44, the manga has sold over 89 million copies in Japan. Serialized in Viz’s Shonen Jump magazine, Naruto has become one of the company’s best-selling manga series. The English adaptation of the series has also appeared in the USA Today Booklist several times and volume 11 won the Quil Award in 2006. Reviewers from the series have praised the balance between fighting and comedy scenes, as well as the characters’ personalities, but have criticized it for using standard shōnen plot elements.

In TV Asahi’s latest top 100 Anime Ranking from October 2006, Naruto ranked 17th on the listNaruto Shippuden has ranked several times as one of most watched series in Japan

.Naruto in Shippuden series

Dragon Ball is a Japanese series written and illustrated by Akira Toriyama. Inspired by the Chinese folk novel Journey to the West, it follows the adventures of Son Goku(my profile pic is his final evolved form SSJ4 😉 ) from his childhood through adulthood as he trains in martial arts and explores the world in search of the seven mystical objects known as the Dragon Balls, which can summon a wish-granting dragon(Chevron). Along his journey, Goku meets several friends and fights against several villains who also seek the Dragon Balls.

The story/comic has been adapted into three anime series produced by Toei Animation: Dragon BallDragon Ball Z, and Dragon Ball GT. Additionally, Toei has developed seventeen animated feature films and three television specials. Several companies have developed various types of merchandising such as a collectible trading card game, and a large number of video games.

The series is licensed for an English language release in North America by Viz Media(the one we see on Cartoon Network). Several companies have dubbed and aired the three anime series in North America. In China, it was produced a live-action film adaptation in 1989. In 2002, 20th Century Fox began production of the first American-made live-action film which was released on April 10, 2009 which was named Dragon Ball Evolution(sadly a huge flop 😦) .

Since its release, Dragon Ball has become one of the most popular manga series of its time in both Japan and North America. It enjoys a high readership, with over 150 million volumes of the series sold by 2007. Several manga artists have noted that the manga series was the inspiration for their own now popular works, including Naruto(my other favorites 😀 ) and One Piece. The anime is also highly popular, ranking number 12 among the best anime series of all time in 2006. Reviewers praise the art, characterization, and humor of the manga story. The anime series have had more mixed reviews, with the first also praised for its characterizations, but the second was criticized for its long, repetitive fights, and the third series considered even more repetitive but still it will excite you to the core and leave you craving for more action. Go Goku!!