PAGE TOP

Published by Hujio
30 March 2013, 1:29 PM EDT

It has been only a few days since we first learned the name puns behind “Birusu” and “Uisu” from the movie’s scriptwriter, Yūsuke Watanabe, in his recent GetNavi interview. As it turns out, the back story behind their name puns goes much deeper than that. In fact, it comes down to simple confusion on Akira Toriyama’s part.

As a point reference, Watanabe established in his GetNavi interview that while he had named Birus after the word “virus”, Toriyama was the one who actually named Birus’ attendant. Watanabe did also confirm in an interview with DVD & Blu-Ray Vision that in his first incarnation of the story, Birus could implant evil into people, like a viral infection, which is where his original name pun comes from. He did not delve into it much more than that, which reasonably led us to assume both were virus-based name puns that were carried over from this initial story development stage. However, in an interview released this morning with the news website Asahi, original author Akira Toriyama gives a little bit more insight into the characters’ name puns:

ビルスという名前はあらすじにあったものをそのまま使いました。どうやらビールスというかウイルスから取った名前だったようですが、僕は酒のビールからと勘違いし、付き人の名前はウイスキーから取ったウイスと名付けてしまいました。


The name “Birusu”, I used as-is from the story outline. Anyway, it’s apparently a name that was taken from “virus”, but I mistakenly thought it came from “beer”, and gave his attendant the name “Uisu”, which I took from “whiskey”.

This certainly explains why Watanabe has been so adamant on Twitter that they were not alcohol-based puns. The interview goes on to note that Shueisha seems to officially disagree with him, though:

集英社から正式に「ビルス→ビール」「ウイス→ウイスキー」に由来すると補足説明あり。


Shueisha gives a supplemental explanation that officially, “Beers” comes from “beer”, and “Whis” from “whiskey”.

Our own Julian (“SaiyaJedi”) has confirmed that the movie’s theatrical program does in fact use the romanizations “Beers” and “Whis” for the two characters.

So there we have it: two sets of “official” name pun sources, confirmations, and justifications. As is always the case, there are certainly two sides to every story!

Stay tuned for extra analysis of the movie, additional interviews and production insight, and more right here on Kanzenshuu…!


5 Comments
  1. supacomboy

    In light of this will Kanzenshuu take the Anglicised names from Watanabe’s or Shueisha’s name pun source??

    30 March 20134:12 PM EDT
  2. DBZGTKOSDH

    It’s finally decided: Beers & Whis are the names for me. 😀

    30 March 20134:16 PM EDT
  3. Lance Freeman

    We live in the information age. We can hear about things on the complete opposite side of the world as it is happening. Thanks to the fine folks here, we can have accurate recaps of new content as it comes out. With all of these amazing leaps in modern technology… how in the world did Toriyama make a mistake like that?

    30 March 20134:33 PM EDT
  4. ea575

    Because it’s Toriyama 😆

    30 March 20135:25 PM EDT
  5. Daimakku

    I guess I’ll have to drink some beers and whiskey while watching this movie in commemoration to the official name puns. :mrgreen:

    30 March 20136:59 PM EDT