Do you think Dragon Ball uses too much pink?

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Do you think Dragon Ball uses too much pink?

Post by flashback0180 » Wed Feb 26, 2014 1:07 pm

Do you think dragonball uses too much pink! to make the characters more badass..in a way.


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Re: Do u think dragonball uses too much pink!

Post by Gaffer Tape » Wed Feb 26, 2014 1:10 pm

No such thing as too much pink!

Can't say I'd never noticed it before, but it's nice to see DB breaking down the great gender color divide. :D
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Re: Do u think dragonball uses too much pink!

Post by TheGreatness25 » Wed Feb 26, 2014 1:25 pm

They also use lot of blue, green, yellow, and orange.

I see what you mean, though. I just never thought about it. The only thing I see off is Goku's wristbands from GT. They don't match anything on his attire.

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Re: Do u think dragonball uses too much pink!

Post by Friezacooler » Wed Feb 26, 2014 1:34 pm

nahh is only anime thing.

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Re: Do u think dragonball uses too much pink!

Post by Cold Skin » Wed Feb 26, 2014 2:01 pm

Well, we often choose other colors than pink to represent power, but why not pink after all?
Maybe it's more of a cultural thing on our side to qualify such or such color - and especially pink - as ALWAYS representing this or that.
A number of people looking at the Super Saiyan God often have an initial reaction of "Pink hair?! For the ultimate warrior?! Pink?!"
They won't look for any nuance, to them it's immediately PINK, a color they deem incompatible with strength and fierceness, especially on a man.

The same goes for other stuff, I mean the Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII staff have their ultimate versions of enemies (Omega monsters) being completely flashy pink, and so is the ultimate weapon - aside from the temporary Ultima - that you can get from such a monster. And lots of people go "ugh, pink, really? For something supposedly powerful, impressive or even frightening?"

So I don't know if it's specific to Japan or if it's specific to those designers, but the notion of pink = power doesn't seem farfetched to them, just like for any other color.
I would suspect that in other countries, they would have been subconsciously constricted to not using pink for "badass" as well. If Dragon Ball had been made by a western mind or adapted by a western staff, I can easily imagine them NOT using pink because we tend to have that stereotyped vision of it like "pink = girly / sweet".

Maybe people should learn not to try putting everything in specific boxes and be more open-minded when it comes to artistic creativity, it's too bad to lock creativity into "this can traditionally only be this way" and "that can't properly be this way or it's a blatant mistake on the designer's part compared to what it's supposed to be"!

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Re: Do u think dragonball uses too much pink!

Post by dbboxkaifan » Wed Feb 26, 2014 2:07 pm

Some of those colours are debatable whether they're light red or pink, like for example Super Saiyan 4 Goku / Freeza forms / Uranai Baba / Dabura that could be light red or light purple but since I like the colour pink it's fine by me.

But is there somehow a problem with pink? Is that a girly colour for you?
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Re: Do u think dragonball uses too much pink!

Post by Hades » Wed Feb 26, 2014 2:21 pm

All that pink and you don't mention this?

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Though vegeta looks like he'll feed me my own entrails for bringing this up.
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Re: Do you think Dragon Ball uses too much pink?

Post by Gaffer Tape » Wed Feb 26, 2014 2:50 pm

It's in the picture in the original post.
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Re: Do you think Dragon Ball uses too much pink?

Post by sailorspazz » Wed Feb 26, 2014 4:52 pm

I seem to recall a quote from a Toriyama interview (but don't remember the source) that since pink was considered a soft, seemingly nonthreatening color, he liked to use it for his villains because it went against expectations. Though at some point, since he used it so much (Vegeta's pink scouter, Freeza, Cell's pink eyes, Boo...), you'd think the Z Warriors would see the color pink and be like "oh shit, this guy's definitely bad news!"
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Re: Do you think Dragon Ball uses too much pink?

Post by garnetjester » Wed Feb 26, 2014 5:05 pm

I remember reading somewhere that back in the XVIII century, pink was the color used for boys, because it was derived from red, and so it was seen as a stronger color in a way, while blue evoked the calm of the sky and the ocean and because of this it was considered more appropriate for girls. I don't know when this rule was inverted though.
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Re: Do you think Dragon Ball uses too much pink?

Post by Chuquita » Wed Feb 26, 2014 5:24 pm

Pink and blue were switched in the early-mid 20th century, I think. I don't know why they switched them though.
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Re: Do you think Dragon Ball uses too much pink?

Post by FortuneSSJ » Wed Feb 26, 2014 5:34 pm

I will be honest. I didnt realize this until I saw your post.
Its ok to me.
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Re: Do you think Dragon Ball uses too much pink?

Post by RocktheDragon » Wed Feb 26, 2014 6:25 pm

Nope not at all and I enjoy the overall color schemes of the anime. I think the pinkish colors of many of the outfits/characters/villains really help give the series a "pop" that helps some of the characters stay in your head a bit more. For instance, I always enjoyed Buu's colors being pink and I couldn't imagine his character any other way.
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Re: Do u think dragonball uses too much pink!

Post by Insertclevername » Thu Feb 27, 2014 12:58 am

TheGreatness25 wrote:They also use lot of blue, green, yellow, and orange.

I see what you mean, though. I just never thought about it. The only thing I see off is Goku's wristbands from GT. They don't match anything on his attire.
I actually think it fits great and in a way, steers the outfit from being too generic looking.
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Re: Do you think Dragon Ball uses too much pink?

Post by kenisu3000 » Thu Feb 27, 2014 1:20 am

sailorspazz wrote:Though at some point, since he used it so much (Vegeta's pink scouter, Freeza, Cell's pink eyes, Boo...), you'd think the Z Warriors would see the color pink and be like "oh shit, this guy's definitely bad news!"
To quote MST3K (from"Circus on Ice"), "And now, when you see pink, you're gonna think, 'We're doomed!'"

Actually, when I saw the title of this thread, Boo and his many forms were the only example that came to my mind. For some reason my mind filtered out all the other pinkness. Of course, that could just be because it's been a while since I watched the anime on marathon...
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Re: Do you think Dragon Ball uses too much pink?

Post by SaiyaJedi » Thu Feb 27, 2014 1:49 am

There's a Toriyama joke in here somewhere.
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Re: Do you think Dragon Ball uses too much pink?

Post by Kid Buu » Thu Feb 27, 2014 1:52 am

Huh, this is the first time I noticed so many Pink.

I do think a certain space arc had way too much green though.
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Re: Do you think Dragon Ball uses too much pink?

Post by Black_Liger » Thu Feb 27, 2014 2:20 am

Pinky is manly. Get over it :D
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Re: Do you think Dragon Ball uses too much pink?

Post by DragonBoxZTheMovies » Thu Feb 27, 2014 3:20 am

SaiyaJedi wrote:There's a Toriyama joke in here somewhere.
Is this what you're alluding to?
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Re: Do you think Dragon Ball uses too much pink?

Post by dbgtFO » Thu Feb 27, 2014 7:33 am

"Men in pink? how bizarre!"

I've never had a problem with it and I think it works well with Majin Buu at the very least.
I never really got the impression, that Dodoria was 'girly-looking' though it may have helped that he's a monster-type guy.
It would probably have annoyed me a bit, if Freeza and Buu had a very 'sharp' pink colour, instead of the more 'flat' colour they have.

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