Do you think Bulma and Chi-Chi are really best friends?

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Do you think Bulma and Chi-Chi are really best friends?

Post by DBZAOTA482 » Sun May 21, 2017 6:41 pm

I see this thing floating around quite a lot among fandom but thinking on it, it does make a whole lot of sense.

Even though Bulma's known Goku and the others for much longer, Chi-Chi is pretty much the person she can seriously relate to. Aside from being another female, she's also a unique person of unique origins and also has to deal with a freeloading asocial husband so they have a lot to talk about with each other. On top of that, Chi-Chi's not a battle-crazed freak like almost all the Z-Warriors. They can learn a thing or two from each other.

The anime also seems to support this fanon. Aside from moments where the anime puts Chi-Chi over-the-top, they act very chummy around each other like Bulma letting Chi-Chi borrow her lipstick and we're always hanging around each other during events. Even in the manga Chi-Chi saved Bulma's ass from that obnoxious fat lady.

You can say Videl might be Bulma's bestie but they barely talk to each other and Videl is pretty much a regular person to the gang. There's also #18 but she doesn't seem very social at all.

Now... yeah. What do y'all think about this?
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Re: Do you think Bulma and Chi-Chi are really best friends?

Post by precita » Sun May 21, 2017 6:48 pm

I guess? Maybe? They're always shown friendly around each other and meet up every so often.

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Re: Do you think Bulma and Chi-Chi are really best friends?

Post by Zillamon51 » Sun May 21, 2017 7:19 pm

Chi-Chi, the country-girl homemaker, probably considers Bulma her best friend.

Bulma, the upscale, urbane city girl, could have many more friends that just don't figure into the story. But she also doesn't seem to get out much (work), and can relate to someone else with a Saiyan husband and super-powered offspring. So it's still certainly possible.
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Re: Do you think Bulma and Chi-Chi are really best friends?

Post by Cipher » Mon May 22, 2017 4:22 am

I can't think of a reason for them to even like each other.

Scenes portraying the two as being chummy have always felt a bit disingenuous to me.

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Post by Cypher » Mon May 22, 2017 12:34 pm

Agreed; it does seem to be more than anything else (let alone a well-thought out decision) a by-product of the 'female character becomes fighter's wife' paradigm in the series, doesn't it? 'Oh, they're both wives, let's parcel them together for very little justifiable reason'. Well, at least narratively speaking; for all we know 'off-screen' they might get on really well, or whatever, but we so rarely see that kind of thing that it's more or less a moot point.

Still, I guess I like the idea that they get along, simply because they're both 'strong Earth women who are attractive to Saiyan males' (even if Goku doesn't consciously have this rationale, I suppose) and have that headstrong quality in common. I just wish they'd come to use 18 a bit more; I know she's had a couple of interactions here and there in Super, and perhaps her prominence in the upcoming tournament might yield similar development, but really apart from fighting in the Buu arc tournament she's done regrettably little since she became one of the good guys (a lot of standing there in crowd scenes, I mean).

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Re: Do you think Bulma and Chi-Chi are really best friends?

Post by precita » Mon May 22, 2017 1:31 pm

18 doesn't really care about anyone else very much, although she did have a few scenes with Bulma in Super.

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Re: Do you think Bulma and Chi-Chi are really best friends?

Post by IntoTheFire » Mon May 22, 2017 2:26 pm

I don't know. In DBZ I didn't really get the impression they were best friends. On friendly terms sure, but nothing more. I think Super is giving them more scenes together, also scenes with 18, but I never got the best friend vibe from them the way I did from Krillin and Goku and Goten and Trunks.
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Re: Do you think Bulma and Chi-Chi are really best friends?

Post by TheZFighter » Mon May 22, 2017 3:17 pm

At no point have I ever thought Bulma and Chi-Chi are particularly "friendly". They mostly seem to just know the same people.
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Re: Do you think Bulma and Chi-Chi are really best friends?

Post by precita » Mon May 22, 2017 3:41 pm

TheZFighter wrote:At no point have I ever thought Bulma and Chi-Chi are particularly "friendly". They mostly seem to just know the same people.
Watch their moments in the Buu saga, or early Super. Bulma and Chi-Chi hug each other in the stands during the world tournament.

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Re: Do you think Bulma and Chi-Chi are really best friends?

Post by TheZFighter » Mon May 22, 2017 3:54 pm

precita wrote:
TheZFighter wrote:At no point have I ever thought Bulma and Chi-Chi are particularly "friendly". They mostly seem to just know the same people.
Watch their moments in the Buu saga, or early Super. Bulma and Chi-Chi hug each other in the stands during the world tournament.
Yes, I still don't think they're particularly friendly.
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