As a Tokyo-based writer, I will introduce you to various aspects of pop culture such as manga, anime, movies and music. I want to spread the joy of Japanese pop culture around the world.
Hi, my fellow otaku friends! I am Mokugyo and this time I want to tell you a few things about the Prince of Saiyans from the popular anime Dragon Ball, Vegeta!
In the newest series of the franchise, Dragon Ball Super, Vegeta seems to be less a bloodthirsty warrior and more of a loving father and a funny friend. Let’s explore a few things about the powerful warrior.
Vegeta is one of the most popular characters from the Dragon Ball series. His height is 164cm. He was 29 years old when he showed up on-screen for the first time and he is 42 years old in Dragon Ball Super. He is the prince of a warrior race of aliens called the Saiyans. The name ‘Saiyan’ comes from the Japanese word Yasai that means ‘vegetable.’ The word is pronounced ‘Say-an’ in the English dub but in the original Japanese they are called ‘saiya-jin’, with ‘sai’ rhyming with ‘high’. Vegeta’s name is very appropriate for the prince of Saiyans, as his name comes from the English word ‘Vegetable’. In addition, his main adversary and best friend Goku’s real name, Kakarot, comes from the word ‘carrot’.
Vegeta is an elite Saiyan and a warrior full of pride.That pride is what forbids him from losing to Goku and that’s why they always work hard to power up their skills.
Goku got his name from his human guardian after he found him in his small Saiyan spaceship. The name given to him by his parents is Kakarot, and there are no characters who call Goku by his original name other than Vegeta. This shows how Goku holds a special place in Vegeta’s life.
Vegeta and Goku’s home world, planet Vegeta, (Vegeta is named after the planet) was destroyed by the Emperor of Space, Frieza. Frieza destroyed the Saiyan planet because he was afraid of the naturally aggressive warrior race, the Saiyans, raising a rebellion. Vegeta tries to fight Frieza when he hears the news but loses spectacularly. After defeating the villain, Vegeta joins Kakarot in protecting the Earth. Only Goku and Vegeta are constantly powering up in Dragon Ball Z and Dragon Ball Super. That’s because they are pure Saiyan and their physiology allows them to progress to infinity. For Vegeta, Goku is still a pure Saiyan even though he grew up on Earth. That is why he looks at him as a Saiyan and calls him by his Saiyan name, Kakarot, instead of his Earth name, Goku.
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Vegeta has a younger brother called Tarble. This name also comes from the word ‘vegetable’. Tarble doesn’t show up in the original manga or the Dragon Ball Z anime series. He shows up for the first time in the short anime called Yo! Son Goku and His Friends Return!! in 2008. Tarble is even smaller than Vegeta. Despite being a Saiyan, his combat power was so low that he was sent to a neighboring planet. That’s why he survived the destruction of Planet Vegeta. Tarble is not at all like his brother Vegeta. He has a kind and polite personality.
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Vegeta also shows up in the comic Nekomajin by Akira Toriyama. It’s rare for Vegeta to show up in a work other than Dragon Ball. Nekomajin is a gag manga where mysterious cat-like creatures called Nekomajin go on a rampage. Vegeta struggles with Nekomajin’s crazy power. He said he doesn’t want to fight with gag manga characters anymore and leaves.
There’s a comedian in Japan who acts as Vegeta all the time. His name is R Fujimoto. He cosplays as Vegeta and talks like Vegeta too. He loves Dragon Ball and he is an expert who is getting popular with his Dragon Ball material. Once R Fujimoto gained popularity, the number of comedians who act as Dragon Ball characters increased. Now, there are comedians who act as Frieza, Piccolo, Yamcha and Cell. They are called ‘Dragon Ball Comedians’ and get together to hold comedy live shows. R Fujimoto, as Vegeta, is the center person of these Dragon Ball Comedians.
Vegeta is a popular character in the Dragon Ball series. Even the original author, Akira Toriyama, says he likes him. He has too much pride and looks sullen all the time, but he has a comical side and is a very funny character. I hope there are more opportunities for Vegeta to shine as a warrior and as a protector of Earth!