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Kanzenshuu has the full translation of the new Toriyama interview up. Some fun tidbits in there, some contradictory to previous information too: www.kanzenshuu.com/translation…

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As you know, Akira Toriyama-sensei, the father of Dragon Ball, oversaw the manga in this volume, and so naturally, he answered the questions of Naho Ooishi-sensei, who is also a super-fan of Dragon Ball!! Don’t miss it!

How was the character of Bardock born? (I heard he was born from the TV special, “A Lonely Final Battle”, but…) Also, what sort of attachment do you have to the character Bardock?
Yes, Bardock certainly was born from the anime. However, I don’t remember the particulars of how it went at that time. As for his design, I think I probably just gave some editorial supervision to what was suggested to me by [people from] the anime side of things. I don’t recall a lot about the exact contents of the anime, but I do remember it being quite well done. So I used that setting in the main story, as well.

The Saiyans [as a whole] appear warlike, but what sort of personality does Bardock have?
Of course, Bardock is a Saiyan, too, so he is warlike, but compared to other Saiyans, who are cold-hearted and of simple thoughts, he also happens to possess calm judgment and a small measure of humanity. Because of his actions of “saving his companions“, which is rare for a Saiyan, he is greatly adored among a portion of the low-class warriors.

What sort of person was Bardock’s wife — in other words, Goku’s mother?
As for her appearance and such, you’ll find out if you read the bonus comic in the collected release of Jaco the Galactic Patrolman. Her name was Gine, and a long time ago, she fought on a four-person team together with Bardock.

Whaaa~t?!! She’s in the bonus comic?! Please tell us about Gine in more detail!
Gine had a gentle personality and wasn’t cut out as a warrior, being repeatedly saved from danger by Bardock. At that time, a special emotion was born between them. Normally, Saiyans don’t have much of a notion of romance or marriage, and apart from the royal family of Vegeta, they aren’t particular about blood-relationships. Being in among all that, I suppose you could say that the pair of Bardock and Gine were those rare Saiyans who were joined by a bond other than for reproductive purposes. Incidentally, Gine, who was not cut out as a warrior, would go on to work at the meat distribution center on Planet Vegeta.

Please tell us about Bardock’s family structure! Did Goku, and also Bardock himself, have any siblings? (Apart from Raditz, that is….)
The quartet of Bardock, Gine, Raditz, and Kakarrot make up Bardock’s family, such as it is, but all four of them were never together. Also, I think that Bardock himself might have had siblings, but perhaps even Bardock himself doesn’t really know, and at any rate, he probably has no interest in it, either. Saiyans don’t have much of a concept of “family”.

It was written that Saiyans have a long youth, but how long is their lifespan on average?
Their [natural] lifespan in itself is longer than humans’, but since they are a warrior race, many of them die in battle, and their average lifespan isn’t all that long.

About how high was Bardock’s battle power, ultimately? (In Episode of Bardock) Also, if he hadn’t been defeated by Freeza and had continued his growth, about how strong would he have gotten?
To be honest, I haven’t thought it through that far, but Bardock is a low-class warrior. Although even saying that, almost all [Saiyans] were low-class warriors, and there were only about 10 mid-class warriors. And when you get to the elite warriors, there’s only King Vegeta and Prince Vegeta. Bardock is in the upper ranks as far as low-class warriors go, but he isn’t able to become a mid-class warrior.
This rank is determined by an innate latent battle power, but naturally, if their battle power rises greatly afterward, they can be promoted.

About how many of Freeza’s race are there? Are they quite thriving, with a big population?
Freeza is what you might call a mutated life-form. Strictly speaking, Freeza’s father is a mutant with an abnormally high battle power. And, born from his father alone, still in strong possession of the mutant traits, was Freeza. Accordingly, even saying “Freeza’s race”, these two are the only ones who possess an abnormal [level of] battle power and cruelty.

TRANSLATION NOTE: Thanks to Herms over at Kanzenshuu for the translation details, but I wish they had cleared this up during the actual interview. There is some room for interpretation, but the way it's phrased in Japanese, it seems they only mean that he inherited his father's mutant genes. That is, the "from his father alone" text is modifying the the text describing the traits Freeza was born with, rather than Freeza's birth itself.

Since Saiyans are supposed to have no affection for family or friends, does this actually make Vegeta, who holds his family and wife dear, an even stranger (kinder) Saiyan than Goku?
Vegeta, whose pride had been deeply wounded, sought help from Bulma, and little by little, his ruthless personality changed. Nowadays, you certainly might be able to say that. On the other hand, Goku might not have a sense of family members like Gohan and Chi-Chi except as one of his companions.

In the future, might we be able to see Bardock in action…? And Vegeta as well, if possible….
You really like Bardock, don’t you, Ooishi-san? But unfortunately, Bardock has been dead for quite some time, so you probably won’t be able to see him in action except in stories of the past. There is the trick of having Shenlong bring him back to life, but by this point, his battle power isn’t high enough, so methinks it’d be a bit difficult. As for Vegeta, in the event that there’s talk of another animated film, then next time, I’d like him to play the main role. (Of course, this is nothing more than intentions, and I haven’t decided anything at all.)

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Note: Unless there is a design included, I'll be sticking with the Tanip design for Redux and just renaming her Gine.
Note 2: That didn't last long. Guess I'll be giving Tanip the ax, personality and all.
Note 3: Full interview up.
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ElementalDemonSage Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014
Interesting. Bardock has been dead far longer then 1 year...witch means that the Dragon got a power boost if he can revive Bardock.
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The-Devils-Corpse Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
That's only for large groups...
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Wyote Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014
Info about Goku's mother...  I never thought this day would come.
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The-Devils-Corpse Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, not what I was expecting.
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Wyote Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014
So, does this mean we have a chance of all those old questions being answered, or is this a one time thing?
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The-Devils-Corpse Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I dunno...
Toriyama has been cranking out a lot of new info in the last couple years, considering the manga has been over for like two decades. I guess it's just a matter of what are said questions, and does he think they are important to address in the future.
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Wyote Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014
Just have to wait and see.
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Nassif9000 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Professional General Artist
we can finally understand from here that frieza and cold reproduce asexually. i personally don't know if he forgot about cooler or he just doesn't consider him cannon
although i believe cooler is *cough* cooler than frieza.
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The-Devils-Corpse Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
That's not exactly how the Japanese text works though. True, it's not 100% clear (and I wish they had cleared it up during the interview), but the way it's phrased in Japanese, it seems they only mean that he inherited his father's mutant genes. That is, "from his father alone" is modifying the the text describing the traits Freeza was born with, rather than Freeza's birth itself. But, as noted, it's not entirely clear.

(Thanks to Herms over at Kanzenshuu for the details on the translation issue.)
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Nassif9000 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014  Professional General Artist
i understand, translation isn't always 100% accurate :)
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The-Devils-Corpse Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
It's as accurate as it can be. Sadly, it's the source material that isn't as clear as it should be. :/
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Nassif9000 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014  Professional General Artist
true :\
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Gojira012 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014
Toriyama could stand to answer a few more questions
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The-Devils-Corpse Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I'd love for him to answer every question I could think of, but the man has done a lot for the franchise in the last year or so (Battle of Gods, Battle of Gods interviews with new info, Jaco, Jaco interviews, etc).
He can take a little break...but just a little one.

...actually, I'm too scared to ask him questions, out of fear that they would just cause even more contradictions. There are already like a dozen, just in this short interview. xD
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Gojira012 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014
Yeah because in that one question with Vegeta. If that were true why was he still such a "BEEP" To her
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The-Devils-Corpse Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Because the kindness is only visible when in dire situations or when they are alone. Seriously, the man still has his pride, a lot of it, and only protecting everyone from Birus will make him throw it away. xD
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Jose-Ramiro Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hey, nice.
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JWAPPEL Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014
So did AT just confirm Frieza's race is asexual or am I reading that wrong?
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The-Devils-Corpse Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
It's not 100% clear. I wish they had cleared it up during the interview, but the way it's phrased in Japanese, it seems they only mean that he inherited his father's mutant genes. That is, "from his father alone" is modifying the the text describing the traits Freeza was born with, rather than Freeza's birth itself. But, as noted, it's not entirely clear.

(Thanks to Herms over at Kanzenshuu for the details.)
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HulktySSJ2 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Oh God...just imagining all the upcoming fanart of Goku's mom is killing me LOL
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The-Devils-Corpse Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
No real need for fan art when Toriyama is drawing her for us. I don't want to wait till april, but it won't kill any of us.
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Omnoproxyl337 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
my first real question wouldve been "why didnt Goku meet his father in the afterlife when he went there"? 
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The-Devils-Corpse Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Depend on what you accept as part of the story:
1. Bardock is a technically a villain (mass murderer), and so he was probably in hell without a proper body (unless you count anime filler).
2. Bardock has probably already been reincarnated by the time Goku died in the Cell Arc (he had too much of a mission in the Saiyan Arc).
3. He was blasted into the past of another timeline. So not only is he in a different timeline from his son, but: see above.
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Omnoproxyl337 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
but goku has been to hell though, like 3 er 4 times and even frieza got to keep his body sooooo...
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The-Devils-Corpse Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Like I said, it's inconsistent anime filler, both Goku going to hell (which never happened in the manga) and who keeps their body. The only people who are supposed to keep their bodies are those granted them by the gods, as shown in the Saiyan Arc. Piccolo reconfirms this in the Buu Arc, even in the anime, when he tells Vegeta that he won't be able to keep his body when he's sent to hell after the sacrifice against Buu. It isn't until Enma decided to keep him around as back up. Still, the writers needed something to fill space...
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Omnoproxyl337 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
god damn inconsistencies 
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Sweet-Turnip Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
I've hered about Gine right exactely today and I was so shocked! I've been wating for so many years to see Goku's mom, and by one side I'm happy about her, but other way I'm sad cuz of Taanipu, so now she doesn't have no more reason to exist and all my drawings, fanarts, fan page and even group here have no sense! :'( *feels sad*
I hope she will have long hair like Raditz and big eyes like Goku!
Two things I don't like, first the fact she doesn't fight, ok I like she's a sweetheart but not the fact she's weak, and second her name Gine who doesn't match really much with the rest of the family as name pun (Taanipu in my opinion was fitting much better Taanipu= turnip with Bardock= burdock Raditz= radish and Kakarot= carrot), but that's what Akira Toriyama decided so I will respect it!
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The-Devils-Corpse Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I understand. I had spent a lot of time crafting my Tanip's role as Bardock's mate in my project's interpretation of planet Vegeta's detruction, and now it is all for naught. None of it can be salvaged because Gine isn't a fighter. I can recycle her into another role, but it is still a lot of wasted effort.

I like her name, and it makes sense that she doesn't share the theme. Kakarotto and Raditz as "named after" their father, but she was originally part of another family, perhaps with its own theme. Same with how Trunks and Bra are named after their mother, but Vegeta isn't underwear. I went with the Tanip name only because she already came with it when I borrowed the design. Anyway, I'm not worried about her design. I trust Toriyama to make something I'll like, but I hoping for her to have long hair and I don't want the big Chi Chi style eyes. None of the other pure Saiyans have those kind of eyes, including Bardock and Tullece (despite being Goku clones), and even Tarble (despite being the nicest one we've seen yet).

Also, the interview says her personality isn't suited for fighting because she is too nice, but nothing in says she's weak. She could have a decent amount of power, but he dislike of fighting just prevents her from using it and gets her in dangerous situations. We;ll have to wait and see if Jaco's final chapter clears things up in April (FOR FAR AWAY).
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Sweet-Turnip Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
Well to Toriyama ALL womans aren't suited for fighting! ._. Look at Chi-Chi, #18 and Videl! From warriors to mere housewifes! And well my Taanipu had a warm temper like Tarble but she was a great fighter and warrior too, like a true Saiyan must be! I've always liked the idea of a female Saiyan who's strong and fight! And now? All my dreams infringed and destroyed just for a commercial purpose! *crys*
Plus what shall I do now with all my artworks and fics after all the time I spent across Taanipu? I just can throw them away! T_T
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The-Devils-Corpse Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Again, they may not be fighters on the front lines anymore, but that doesn't make them weak. Videl is the strongest normal human on Earth, Chi Chi is basically the strongest super human on Earth (like Namu, Chopa, Tao Pai Pai), and 18 is the strongest person on earth that isn't a a Majin, Namekian or Saiyan. The three of them together are in the top 1% of Earth's strength population.

I'm not sure Gine was created just for a commercial purpose. Jaco was written in a way that oozes the fact that this was a story Toriyama wanted to tell, not one he was asked to. He may have actually just wanted to reveal Goku's mom to us, and Shueisha is just taking the opportunity to capitalize on it, big time.

You don't have to throw them away. Just don't hold as much relevance any more.
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Sweet-Turnip Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
Well ok, but why Toriyama made them quit fighting becoming just mere housewifes? ._. Plus #18 it's so strong just cuz she's and android! If you mind in Dr. Slump Arale is the stronger charachter in the whole story and she's a female, but...again a robot! ._.

Well to me Toriyama ended his time of glory with Dr. Slump and DB! I read on the net that new story about Jaco and seriously it's nothing so special I would buy to read and keep on my manga collectors cabin! ._.
What makes me more angry it the fact Toriyama never considered what his fans likes and did along all this years about Goku's mom! 99% of his fans always had the idea of Goku's mom as a great fighter since she's a Saiyan but he never cosidered this and Toriyama without his fans it's NOTHING!
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The-Devils-Corpse Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Because it's a shonen manga written in Japan, that was aimed at boys under the age of 10 during the 80's. We're fairly lucky that we got any important females in the genre considering the era, so what does it matter if they're robots?

People complain about Jaco because it's not full of action like Dragon Ball was. Thing is, the people complaining about the lack of action are the ones completely missing the point of the series. It's actually kinda sad, because Jaco is a really great, character driven story. Very classic Toriyama when he's not trying to appeal to everyone in the audience so that he can stay serialized, make money and put food on the table. he doesn't need to worry about that anymore, so he can write whatever he wants, and most of his works come out better for it.

Toriyama doesn't owe us anything. Sure, I had an idea about what Goku's mother would be like. I'm sure a lot of fans shared my exact same idea for her, and I'm sure there were plenty that had their own, different ideas. The difference is, I love how Toriyama's mind functions. The simple fact that he went against what all of us were expecting is what makes him a good story teller and what keeps us entertained by proving we don't know what is coming next. There is absolutely no reason for him to conform to fan opinion. It's his story.
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Sweet-Turnip Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
Yep i know about shonen mangas and it's a kind of mangas I like a lot, from One Piece to Naruto and so on. But look at those two, females fights and rocks, they aren't only mothers and housewifves! And about robots, well to Toriyama seems a woman can be stronger then a men only if she's a robot! -_-

About Jaco tastes are tastes, but a story with an alien who comes on earth (and looking like a sort of Ultraman) it's nothing new! The whole world it's full of stories with aliens who comes on Earth. OK Saiyans too comes on Earth but it is put on a totally different way!

Well maybe ur right, Totiyama doesn't owe us anything, but considering a bit what fans were expecting that wouldn't have been so bad right? OK my ideas of Goku's mom (in that case was my idea of Taanipu) was to be a sweetheart loving Bardock, but remaining a fighter, and a great fighter! Being the strongest female Saiyan of third classes.
And what's really strange it's the fact Toriyama now it's adding romance to his stories when he always said he hates romance and that in Dr. Slump he added the love story between Arale and Obochaman just cuz his editors asked him. 
I still so shocked and confused! Now I'm curious to see how that Gine will look like! But still pissed for being nothing more then a cook!
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JayDRivera Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Now this is certainly very intriguing news indeed! Thanks for Sharing this with us! :D Wow..... Goku's mother! That should be one for the ages. We are in your debt :iconthe-devils-corpse:
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The-Devils-Corpse Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem.
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Saiga-no-Getsuga Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, that's a surprise. Interesting tidbit about relationships being unusual among Saiyans.
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The-Devils-Corpse Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I always kinda figured that's just how it was. Comrades and have that bond of loyalty and stuff going on, but you never get close to anyone else and all of them are just a target for a potential brawl...unless there is mating to be done (which could still be a brawl in a way). Afterward, it's back to not giving a shit. lol
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JWAPPEL Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014
UGH! No Thanks. As far as I'm concerned, Goku's mom is still unknown and Tarble, Jaco, Bilis, and most other new DB installments never existed. I'm sorry but the franchise's attempts at revivals have all failed in my eyes. 
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The-Devils-Corpse Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Gonna have to disagree with you. Now that Toriyama isn't so stressed from the weekly deadlines, we've been getting better content than some of the stuff during the actual run of the series.
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HulktySSJ2 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Well...it took him almost 30 YEARS!.....but now we FINALLY know the REAL name of Goku's mother.
In April we'll finally see what she really looks like and end all the crazy fan art XD
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The-Devils-Corpse Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah. I'm gonna miss Tanip... lol
Hopefully Gine has a decent design. It's Toriyama though, so I'm not really worried about it looking bad, but I'm definitely hoping she shares some Raditz traits. At least the long hair.
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Teoma-The-Naraotor Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Student General Artist
Tanip could be use now for Vegeta mother ^^;
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The-Devils-Corpse Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Nah. I'm not replacing Ohkrah for her. I like Ohkrah better for Vegeta's family.
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Teoma-The-Naraotor Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Student General Artist
Ohkrah never heard of her :D sorry ^^;
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Teoma-The-Naraotor Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Student General Artist
:wow: Well done but what does her name mean ?
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The-Devils-Corpse Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks. Like all Saiyans, it's just a vegetable: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Okra
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DarkAngelxVegeta Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
OMG Awesome :excited:
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BlueSunStudios Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
FINALLY! Vegeta being a protagonist and we finally get info on Goku's mom; kinda disappointed that she's unfit for fighting (something I saw coming from miles away for some reason), but hey it's something!
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The-Devils-Corpse Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Of course, we weren't given a battle power for her (as far as I know), but it doesn't seem that anything in the information implies she was born weak like Goku. So even though she might not be suited for fighting, it doesn't mean she's "weak". She could still be stronger than Raditz. xD
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