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Lost in Translation
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The idea of Son Goku was developed conceptually from the old Chinese mythological hero character Son Goku, who was actually a monkey. The mythological character was also equipped with a stick weapon and a cloud that he could ride on.
Yamcha, Oolong, and Puar are all named after types of teas.
Bulma, Trunks, and Dr. Brief are all...well...named after underwear. :)
Tenshinhan is a style of Chinese food. Chaozu in Japanese is spelled the same as "gyouza", a popular chinese dish of meat dumplings.
The Japanese letters for "Saiya" can be rearranged "Yasai", or vegetables. All true Saiyan names have vegetable references. Examples of this: Kakarot => Carrot, and Vegita => Vegetable
Frieza, Cooler, and King Cold's names are all based of cold stuff. Of course, you probably should have realized that. What you might not have known is that almost all of the Ginyu Force, Frieza's henchmen, are all named after food! Interesting, huh? For instance, Burter is based on butter, and Ginyu is japanese for milk.
Cell's name is based on the fact Cell himself was created using the cells of various Z Warriors.
The original and uncut format of Dragon Ball Z contains 291 episodes and 4 sagas: Saiyajin Saga, Freezer Saga, Android Saga, and Majin Boo Saga.
All namekian names are based on instruments and/or gastropods (snails/slugs) i.e. Piccolo = piccolo, Nail = snail, Cargo = escargo, Slug = Slug, Drum = drum, Tsuno = Horn, Tambourine = Tambourine, Dende is derived from "den-den-mushi" which is used to describe any mollusk of the Gastropod class, etc...
Bibidi, Babidi and Buu come from the chant "Bibi-dee babi-dee boo" from Cinderella.
Gohan is the Japanese word for boiled rice
Chi-chi is a word that Japanese children use for breasts
as well as Saiya meaning Yasai (vegetables), Tsufuru comes from the word Furutsu (fruits) and namek comes from Namekuji (Slug).
Another name pun: The name of Mr. Satan's (Known as Hercule in the English version) daughter is Videl. If you rearranged the letters in her name, you get the word devil.
Bra is named after underwear as well.
Stephanie Nadolny's inspiration for her East Kai voice was based off of her Aunt.
Stephanie Nadolny had auditioned as the English voices of Chi-Chi, Bulma, Chiaotzu, Android 18, Videl, and Goten.
Meredith McCoy had auditioned as the English voices of Videl & Kid Trunks.
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