Since the ’90s, with Toonami curating anime for TV audiences and classics like Fist of the North Star circulating on VHS, Black America has been enamored with the Japanese medium. Just as martial arts films had in the decades before, anime turned its back on the redemptive narratives American media usually peddled, captivating viewers with stories of courage and willpower in the face of existential threat and internal conflict. It was hard not to find parallels; RZA once famously declared that, “Dragon Ball Z represents the journey of the Black man in America.”
By now, two generations have been raised…
Bet you didn’t know streaming platforms had a bottom. Not a quality bottom, like the social media muck where White supremacists and Tory Lanez apologists congregate, but an actual bottom. Like, you’ve officially seen it all. At least that’s how it feels almost 11 months after the first shutdowns began; we’re all still inside watching the same hodgepodge of warmed-over crime dramas or the umpteenth episode of 90 Day Fiance. Don’t worry, there’s an entire universe of shows out there waiting for you: anime.
This martial arts mentor/jokester is one of Dragon Ball Z’s coolest characters — from his stunna shades to his pet monkey.
Frank Ocean and André 3000 referenced this big blob of a villain on their classic duet “Pink Matter.”
DBZ’s lovable main protagonist is also an absentee father who chose training with a hated rival (albeit to save the world) over raising his kid. Your fave would never!
The series’ most habitual line-stepper — through death, resurrection, hell, and back again.
The heir to the Saiyan throne is not only the most humble savior of the universe; he’s also Dragon…
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