What Dragon Ball Z Characters Taught Me

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What Dragon Ball Z Characters Taught Me

Posted 19 September 2013 - 01:21 AM

Gohan taught me to have a pure heart
Vegeta taught me how to leave pride behind
Krillin taught me what a true friend is
Goten and Trunks taught me the importance of teamwork
Piccolo taught me the transformation that a friend can bring to a life
Frieza taught me that vanity brings downfall of even the mightiest
Cell taught me that no one can ever be perfect
Majinn Buu taught me... on second thought, he didn't teach me anything.
Ginyu force taught me that you shouldn't dance if you can't unless you want to look like an idiot.
Yamcha taught me how to fail epically
Master Roshi taught me about porn
Mr. Satan taught me everything you can't understand is a trick
Supreme Kai taught me that he doesn't know anything that a Supreme Kai should know
Old kai taught me that what Master Roshi taught me is right
Chi Chi taught me that Gohan's studies is more important than anything else in the world
And last but not the least, Goku taught me how to work hard with enthusiasm to cross the limits for things that matter the most.

How many people here are fans of Dragon Ball Z anime? Who are your favorite characters in it?

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Posted 19 September 2013 - 04:26 AM

Only thing I learned from Dragon Ball Z was that you should shout really loud before assaulting someone, spend 20 episodes taunting him and shouting first
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Posted 19 September 2013 - 05:56 AM

I had a conversation last night with a buddy of mine about the parallels of dbz and journey to the west. Good shit. Goku is obviously monkey, I feel like kuririn is tripitaka, vageta might be the bull demon and/or his wind goddess wife. Bhudda is master roshi. Ummmmmm who would picolo be?
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Posted 19 September 2013 - 06:24 AM

Dragon ball Z has taught me that Dragon ball Z is lame. Like over 9000 lame.
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Posted 19 September 2013 - 06:46 AM

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How many people here are fans of Dragon Ball Z anime?

Count me out.

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Who are your favorite characters in it?

Not a single one.
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Posted 19 September 2013 - 09:03 AM

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Posted 19 September 2013 - 11:08 AM

At least in Pokemon, people died.
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Posted 19 September 2013 - 11:18 AM

.. and your pokemon if you left them in their old balls too long.
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Posted 19 September 2013 - 12:26 PM

DBZ is still around? I havent seen that since the 90's. Usually when I take a shit my hair turns yellow and you can here me say "Kamehameha"
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Posted 19 September 2013 - 03:18 PM

I don't get why a lot of people will defend their TV shows saying "it has a good message" or "it teaches you about what TRUE friendship is" (looking at a specific show here). Like are you saying that before you had no idea how to act and watching that show bettered you or your life? A cartoon show for kids written by a group of middle-aged men taught you stuff you didn't already know?

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Posted 19 September 2013 - 04:03 PM

Like I said, I'm pretty sure it's a cartoon version of a classic Chinese epic with a twist.
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Re: What Dragon Ball Z Characters Taught Me

Posted 20 September 2013 - 02:26 PM

View Postcreativecoding, on 19 September 2013 - 04:18 PM, said:

I don't get why a lot of people will defend their TV shows saying "it has a good message" or "it teaches you about what TRUE friendship is" (looking at a specific show here). Like are you saying that before you had no idea how to act and watching that show bettered you or your life? A cartoon show for kids written by a group of middle-aged men taught you stuff you didn't already know?

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I think there's a difference between defending a show and identifying the reason you enjoy it. I've never felt the need to justify why I enjoy a show, but I certain do feel a need to understand why I enjoy it.

Happiness is derived from the achievement of one's values. When I accomplish something that is ethically valuable to me, it makes me happy. For some, giving a dollar to a bum, for others looking back on a hard project and admiring that it was overcome. It varies by individual. It is pleasing to watch something which reflects those values. Seeing them identified by others vindicates that they are not arbitrary. Seeing them portrayed in a TV show brings happiness through proxy, by enjoying seeing those values embodied. It's exactly the same as reading a story for its message on morality. When a character represents one of our values, we might say we identify with it.

There are many reasons to enjoy a story, and this is only one. I'm not saying other reasons aren't valid, simply illustrating that this is the reason I enjoy some shows. It's not that I don't know how to be a good friend, it's that I find relaxation and enjoyment in seeing such stories told.

It's the same premise that a number of popular urban legends operate on. For example, recently the story about the "homeless pastor" has been gaining popularity. Among who, though? Atheists and holier-than-thou Christians (the kind of people who always try to one-up a kindness and demonstrate that they're totally the most giving person anywhere). Why? Because it vindicates our opinion that the majority of Christians are hypocrites. Atheists enjoy it because they see Christians being made uncomfortably aware of how they act and it validates their feeling that Christians are a bunch of assholes. The holier-than-thou Christians see it as validation that they really are more pious because they would have been kind to the poor man.

People enjoy the story because it reaffirms what they believe. Likewise, a personal example here, seeing Matt Harding dance like a fool amid crowds of people all over the world reaffirms my belief that all people are essentially the same regardless of race, country, or creed. It didn't give me a sudden realization, just made me happy that I'm not the only one.

If you haven't seen the "Where the Hell is Matt" videos...
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A cartoon show for kids which carries the right message and is executed in a way that reaffirms ones beliefs without being childish - and realize that many kids shows are written to also entertain the parent to a degree - can easily become a favorite. Whether that's Pokemon or Dragon Balls or Sailor Moon or whatever, people will enjoy what they enjoy.

So here's an example of the difference between identifying why one enjoys something, and defending that enjoyment. I ask you: why would you feel it necessary to deride what someone enjoys? Can the fact that another human is happy really be that bad? No one is pinning your eyes open and forcing you to watch Evangelion, but why insist that anyone who is able to identify why they like something, is defending it? To them it likely needs no defense. I'm not defending a specific show, if a 40 year old enjoys watching the Muppet Show more power to him imo. I'm glad that he has something he likes, even if it's not my bag.

Aside: I just took an awesome nap.
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Posted 20 September 2013 - 03:37 PM

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Posted 22 September 2013 - 12:33 PM

View PostThe Arcanist, on 19 September 2013 - 01:21 AM, said:

How many people here are fans of Dragon Ball Z anime? Who are your favorite characters in it?


I love DBZ. I hated the latest movies tho. Too childish.

View PostThe Arcanist, on 19 September 2013 - 01:21 AM, said:

Cell taught me that no one can ever be perfect


Was my first thought. I love Cell.

View PostThe Arcanist, on 19 September 2013 - 01:21 AM, said:

Majinn Buu taught me... on second thought, he didn't teach me anything.


... that there's something good in everyone. :) (I'm talking about Blob Buu :P )

View PostThe Arcanist, on 19 September 2013 - 01:21 AM, said:

Mr. Satan taught me everything you can't understand is a trick


Well, not everything. Maybe that one's reputation can be used to do good things? (In the end he used it to save the world!)


Cheers!
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Posted 24 September 2013 - 12:31 AM

Cartoon for Kids? Dooooooood, do you know how much violence is in DBZ? With nearly 290 episodes, I've seen a lot of people lose their heads literally!
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