The upcoming DEATH BATTLE of Goku vs Superman is such an enormous internet debate, we knew we needed to do everything we could to ensure the validity of the winner. To do so, we contacted several expert consultants in all things Dragon Ball and Superman. One of these experts is Derek Padula, Dragon Ball analyst and author of The Dao of Dragon Ball, an upcoming book exploring the insights and connections of DBZ to the real world. The first of Padula's Dragon Ball related books is available now, titled Dragon Ball Z "It's Over 9000!" When Worldviews Collide. It is a 104 page analysis of a single phrase...
Remember the first time you saw this meme? It became a phenomenon! Would you believe FUNimation, the studio responsible for dubbing and sellingDragon Ball Z in America, changed the way they do business specifically for this one line? It happened! This single piece of dialogue has even changed peoples' lives! But how is that possible? Was it simply Brian Drummond's excessive voice acting? Is Vegeta's ridiculously dramatic crushing of the perfectly functional scouter that hilarious? (Answer = absolutely!) Or does this line resonate with greater depth? Padula explores this idea in Dragon Ball Z "It's Over 9,000!" When Worldviews Collide.
Including the sincere foreword by Ryo Horikawa, the Japanese voice of Vegeta, When Worldviews Collide is an intriguing approach to a series most known for its violence, explosions, and large, punk hairstyles. It is common knowledge that Akira Toriyama, creator of the Dragon Ball franchise, began the series with few plans for its future. According to an interview on kanzentai, writing Goku's alien origin was a surprise to even him! Regardless of its entertainment value, how can an action-oriented story thrown together as it went along possibly have any profound meaning? Padula effortlessly shatters any doubts, and attempts to rattle your perception of Dragon Ball Z for the better.
This $2.99 e-book primarily explores the rivalry between Goku and Vegeta, which constitutes much of the Dragon Ball Z manga and anime. Padula asks a simple question: if Goku and Vegeta "are full blooded Saiya-jins, why [and how] do they oppose one another?" Dismissing the simple approach of "good guy" vs "bad guy," When Worldviews Collide delves into what makes these two tick and the repercussions this creates for the viewer and the Dragon Ball universe.
An insightful look is given to their differing class, relationships, values, morals, and progression of character in ways that relate to our own experiences. For example, he compares Vegeta's reliance on his scouter to the different ways people judge each other in real life. Following this line of thought, Padula creates a new, fascinating perspective for us to experience Dragon Ball Z with. The analysis is taken further through the DBZ saga, uncovering the significance of events such as Vegeta's rebellion against Frieza, Captain Ginyu stealing Goku's body, and Vegeta's ultimate sacrifice. Padula expands the Dragon Ball tale while also emphasizing the inspirational impact these scenes have had.
The book is lacking in visual examples, likely to avoid any copyright issues. Some chapters will be more clear if you have seen the series recently, or at the very least can recall the key moments when described. The book is more about the philosophical approach than the action, though. Yet despite all this scholarly dissection, no topic or argument ever seems forced or unnatural. Padula is clearly a passionate fan who has invested a lot of effort into making this book worthwhile to any Dragon Ball enthusiast. This is not your school's boring psychology textbook.
Dragon Ball Z "It's Over 9,000" When Worldviews Collide is a much-needed fresh take on a series fans are desperate to reinvigorate. The out-of-the-box approach comes naturally and explores the deeper aspects of the series many viewers likely missed. It is an easy but intelligent read, and will without a doubt instill a new appreciation of Dragon Ball in both longtime and casual viewers.
You can find Dragon Ball Z "It's Over 9,000!" When Worldviews Collide on his website, TheDaoOfDragonBall.com for only $2.99. Enter the code "SCREWATTACK" on checkout and you will get 33% off!
Want a paperback version? It's on Amazon for $9.99. Keep an eye on TheDaoOfDragonBall.com, as The Dao of Dragon Ball and more are set to come. This entire book stems from a single line in a single episode, and there are nearly 500 episodes in the Dragon Ball franchise altogether. So he's got plenty more to work with!