Sure, KaiserNeko from TeamFourStar stops by to be a pretty face and help get the show going, but the real meat this week is an in-depth crash course in Journey to the West, the Chinese story which served as the initial inspiration for Dragon Ball:
First up, our buddy Herms details the influences in the earliest parts of the DragonBall story, then turns to the very end of the first TV series with the character of Annin. The Taoist philosopher named Lao Tzu makes a disguise appearance, and contraptions meant to seal away the Handsome Monkey King are put to use.
I then bring you all the way back to Episode 79 of the first TV series with two characters named “Ginkaku” (Silver Horn) and “Kinkaku” (Golden Horn), themselves and their magical gourd a direct reference to and re-telling of a story from Journey to the West:
Download the show now, or head on over to the podcast page for more information or to subscribe. We also have the inspiration for the podcast episode detailed on our forum. I have no doubt that many of you will want to run out and purchase a translation of the original story after listening!
Episode #0249! VegettoEX and KaiserNeko cover the mostly non-news and March’s releases. Herms joins to give an in-depth crash course in “Journey to the West”, the Chinese story which served as the initial inspiration for “DragonBall”. Two stories from the first TV series directly reference characters and items from its inspiration, and in ways you may never have known!
- “Journey to the West” Vol. 1 (Yu) @ Amazon
- “Journey to the West” Vol. 2 (Yu) @ Amazon
- “Journey to the West” Vol. 3 (Yu) @ Amazon
- “Journey to the West” Vol. 4 (Yu) @ Amazon
- “Monkey / Journey to the West” (Waley) @ Amazon
- “Monkey / Journey to the West” (Kherdian) @ Amazon
- “DragonBall Kai” DVD Vol. 24 @ CDJapan
- “DragonBall Kai” DVD Vol. 24 @ Amazon Japan
- “DBZ Kai” Part 4 DVD Set (FUNimation) @ Amazon
- “DBZ Kai” Part 4 Blu-ray Set (FUNimation) @ Amazon
- Kanzenban Volume 12 (French) @ Amazon France
- “DragonBall: Raging Blast 2” OST @ CDJapan
- “DragonBall Kai OST IV” (New Listing) @ CDJapan