3 More Clever Dragonball Trivia Gags From Team Four Star

With this being the last article before Christmas I thought I had run out of holiday themed topics since I refuse to bash on bad carols this year.

But then I remembered that I have a relatively new Christmas tradition I can talk about; DBcember!

Yes, every year, the hard-working comedy geniuses at Team Four Star reflect on the franchise that helped make them famous and brought them and so many others so much joy with a new video counting down memorable moments and characters every day until Christmas where they give us all a special present in the form of a brand new episode of Dragonball Z: Abridged. This one hopes to be the biggest yet as they have been teasing the reveal of the long-awaited parody of The Legendary Super Saiyan, finally ending the chants of, “Wen Broly?”

So, let’s take another look at the subtle trivia-based humor that I love them for.

Imperfect Cell’s Horror Inspiration

The introduction of Cell in Dragonball Z brought in elements of Horror to a series that also blended Action, Sci-Fi, and Fantasy. So it was only fair that TFS pay tribute to that.

This was most notable in the introductory scenes of their Halloween special Flight Out Of Cell where the news reporter name checks several classic horror films. But for my money, the best was in Episode 47 where he straight up quotes one of the most memorable lines from the film Wishmaster.

Fun Fact: Because Flight Out Of Cell takes place solely as a dream sequence in Krillin’s head, his voice actor Nick “Lanipator” Landis provided all of the voices during the dream (with the obvious exception to Cell). Nice work, Lani!

Goku’s Feats Got REALLY Silly

In Episode 53, a perfected Cell utterly crushes Trunks spirit by informing him just how unblooded he is as a fighter. He then goes on to cite the feats Goku had accomplished before he was Trunks’ age… which get a little ridiculous.

But if you’ve been following his adventures since the original Dragonball, you know he’s not pulling any of it out of his ass. The rabbit Cell refers to is none other than Monster Carrot whose touch can turn anyone into a carrot and was sent to the moon with his gang; alluding to the Japanese folk tale of The Rabbit In The Moon.

Unfortunately for Monster Carrot, the moon was destroyed during the 21st World Martial Arts tournament and the Rabbit Mob have been drifting through space ever since. So sad.

Yajirobe Declares Himself “The Bean Daddy”

In Episode 35, Yajirobe comes down from Korin’s Tower to help the others prep for the oncoming android attack by supplying them with life-restoring Sensu Beans. However, quick to remove himself from the conflict, he hands them the beans with no sense of ceremony and swiftly departs with the phrase, “Bean Daddy out.”

What he doesn’t mention is that this is the ACTUAL name he gives himself when doling out Sensu Beans.

During the movie Cooler’s Revenge, an exasperated Yajirobe gets fed up with Korin’s demanding nature in the face of an emergency and takes control of Sensu distribution while declaring, “I’m The Bean Daddy this time!”

What’s great about this is how it becomes a running gag in DBZ:A as we see Korin fretting over Yajirobe’s safety after being stranded by the android attack and longing for his Bean Daddy; an in-joke among fans over the speculated nature of the mostly unseen relationship between the two and their tendency to act like an old married couple.

5 Interesting Dragonball Trivia Notes (As Revealed Through Some Of Team Four Star’s Best Moments)

Thanks for the laughs, you guys.
Source: kamicon.net

I make it no secret that I’m a huge fan of Team Four Star and everything that it’s individual members have done outside of the team (Curtis “Takahata101” Arnott is probably one of the best-kept secrets in voice acting). Hell, I even reworked my facial hair with inspiration from their latest music video.

But, in terms of their main project, Dragon Ball Z: Abridged, one of my favorite aspects of the series is how they find obscure trivia and work it into clever jokes and character moments that reward fans for their dedication.

So, as we are quickly closing in on the dawn of their 50th episode (barring the movies), I thought I’d show some love by sharing some of the brilliance that comes from the little known facts that TFS loves and that you probably forgot to laugh at the first time.

The Origins of the Androids

This is one that series director, co-writer, editor and actor Scott “KaiserNeko” Frerichs brought up in his Episode Breakdown, but there’s still plenty to discuss.

In Episode 44, just before Krillin and Trunks destroy Present Cell, Trunks discovers the blueprints for Androids 16, 17, and 18. Upon finding them, he reveals that 17 and 18’s real names are Lapis and Lazuli and that 16 was designed to resemble Dr. Gero’s son.

Come to find out, they didn’t make that up. In an interview, Dragonball creator Akira Toriyama dropped these facts. Before they were orphaned and kidnapped by Gero for his experiments in cybernetics, 17 and 18 were two siblings named Lapis and Lazuli – most likely named for their unusually piercing blue eyes (in real life, lapis lazuli is a gemstone prized for it’s rich blue hue and was once more valuable than gold).

As for 16, Dr. Gero modeled him after his son; a soldier that died in service to the Red Ribbon Army that Gero himself served in. Clearly grief stricken, he wanted to build an android to fill the same role, but programed him to be pacifistic and tried to avoid activating him for fear that he might be destroyed.

Oh, and in case you were curious, Android 19 was modeled after a doll that Gero found in an enemy base. So, make of that what you will.

Frieza Is Too Lazy To Name His Planets

In the special, Bardock: Father of Goku, Bardock makes a snide comment about how Frieza should be able to give proper names for the planets he conquers instead of just numbering them. Once again, this wasn’t just some made up, throw-away gag.

Apparently, everyone in Frieza’s family – not just him – has forcibly claimed dominion over so many planets that it’s just easier give them numbers instead of names. Of course, the popular theory is that Kanassa was renamed to Frieza Planet 79 (the planet Vegeta recovers on after his defeat on Earth); not 419 as stated here. Still, points are to be awarded for calling B.S. on Frieza’s laziness.

Salza and Jeice Are Of The Same Alien Race

In a clever fake-out gag at the end of Revenge of Cooler, a battered and beaten Salza uses his last moments of life after being sniped by Piccolo to say his goodbyes to his ‘Cousin Jeice’ – Jeice being a member of Frieza’s Ginyu Force who served a similar role to Cooler’s Armored Squadron in this movie.

While there is no concrete evidence that they are actually related, this is a clever reference to the fact that both Salza and Jeice are Brench-seijin – humanoid aliens native to the planet Brench; AKA Cooler Planet 98 (I told you Frieza’s family did that a lot).

So why the interest in Brench-seijin warriors? Well, as it turns out, Brench’s gravity is at least ten times greater than that on Earth. This means that Brench-seijin have a physical predisposition to be stronger and tougher to handle the increase in gravity and making them natural fighters and athletes (before joining the Ginyu Force, Jeice was a Galactic Little League pitcher and modeled his trademark Crusher Ball attack on his signature pitch).

On the subject of people that work for Frieza…

Burter Had A REALLY Crappy Childhood

Near the end of episode 21, Jeice takes a time out from the fight with Goku to call Burter out on his obsession with speed. This causes him to have an emotional breakdown as he believes that his speed is all that he has.

Of course, that rant becomes much sadder if you know WHY speed is so important to him.

As a child, Burter grew up with a very authoritarian and abusive mother that would beat him if he didn’t finish his chores fast enough. As such, he developed his reputation as “the fastest in the universe” solely to avoid getting slapped around.

Wow, that’s… really depressing. How do I recover from that?

Oh! Goku got Burter’s name confused with butter, right? That’s a nice segue into…

The Dragonball Universe Loves Pun-ny Names

On multiple occasions, TFS has sneaked in some heavy handed reminders that the original crew loved any excuse to use names that were puns.

As Nappa points out in episode 7, Raditz sounds an awful lot like radish. In fact, all Saiyans are named after vegetables with Vegeta going so far as to actually be named after the word and Goku’s family favoring root vegetables in particular (Kakarot/Carrot, Bardock/Burdock, ETC.).

As mentioned earlier, Burter is a pun on butter. As such, the rest of The Ginyu Force are word plays on dairy foods as well, although they tend to use the Japanese words rather than English – Jeice and cheese, Recoome and cream, Guldo and yogurt, and Captain Ginyu and milk. Knowing this, it makes sense that the family they work for would all have names based on cold puns as they would all need to be refrigerated.

There are more puns to be had, but I’ll let you discover them for yourselves.

So, now that I’ve finished my longest article ever explaining the hidden secrets to these jokes, they’re funnier now, right?

The Agent’s Favorite Gags of April Fool’s 2015

I know of a fair number of people that detest the concept of April Fool’s Day, but I just can’t bring myself to hate on it. I love the idea of a day where it’s socially acceptable to mess with people’s heads.

More so than that, I like seeing what established companies and personalities on the internet do to play with the folks that support them. So, let’s take a look at some of my favorite harmless shenanigans of this year.

Ingress One-ups Google’s Prank

“I got In-Gress Fe-ver!”
Source: GeekNative

For those that don’t know, Ingress is an augmented reality mobile game that turns major landmarks and locations into portals that you compete for control over with players around the world.

Now, some of you may be aware of Google turning its maps into playable Pac-Man stages. But Ingress said, “Why play Pac-Man in the streets when you can BE Pac-Man in the streets?”

For one day, the game was Pac-Man themed. Your marker was the titular hero, the portals were ghosts, and the Exotic Matter (XM, for short) that powers your actions became those classic pellets.

It was oddly satisfying to walk through town collecting XM and hearing that classic “Waka-Waka” sound. I would say that an AR Pac-Man game would be a great concept, but I’d imagine a lot of accidents resulting from people staring at their phones and not watching where they were going.

Still, if any of the development team is reading this, could you make the option to make this a permanent change for us? Thanks.

Gaijin Goombah “Loves” Pachinko

I’ve mentioned how much I love the work of Gaijin Goombah here and how he can find value in the things that others either don’t notice or just take for granted. But it seems even he can’t get excited about every game that comes his way.

In a video claiming to “take a critical look into one of Japan’s most thriving gambling past times,” Gaijin blindsides us with a slow clip of a video pachinko machine (he had to buy the game due to strict anti-photograhy laws in parlors). I think the funniest part was just the slow pan on his blank “Pokerface” expression – totally speechless in the face of the repetitive sight before him.

Oddly enough, this got me to thinking about the concept of Pachinko and its appeal. I think it may come from the fact that it’s almost completely automated and requires little effort from the player other than launch power adjustment. I almost want to compare it when I go to the arcade and drop streams of tokens into prize ticket games.

So, thanks Gaijin; You made me laugh and think.

DeviantART Discovers a New Color

“The colors, Duke! The Colors!”
Source: The Daily Dot

Right off the bat this sounds fairly standard. A bunch of DeviantART administrators got together to write an article about a new color discovered via the Large Hadron Collider. Seems like their sort of thing – an art community would naturally be inclined to joke about something that revolutionizes visual media.

But here’s why I like this gag so much; as stupid and obvious as it was, I COULD have bought it.

You see, so-called “impossible colors” technically exist and have been talked about for some time. At first when someone told me about this article, I thought they meant they found a way to visualize them. But a quick read and I soon lifted the veil.

Nice try, folks. Next time, be sure to bring your A-Game.

ProJared’s Fun with Phalli (Warning: NSFW Video)

ProJared normally has a surprisingly refined style in his videos. So you can imagine my surprise when he spent over three minutes in a video talking about dicks (or DYICKS if we’re going by his pronunciation).

The funny thing is that, though I doubt he intended it this way, this video is a nice reversal of the male gaze in gaming. So many games focus on large breasted women. So, seeing guys get similar treatment was kind of refreshing.

I’m some what disappointed he left out Shin Megami Tensei’s Mara. I mean, you can’t get much more DYICK in a game than making a character that is quite literally a giant, sentient DYICK.

Regardless, thank you, Jared, for making us laugh and sharing some SWEET DYICK, BRO.