Now i understand Dragonbal.

May 15

I seldom just "blog" about what I encounter on the net, to prevent the site turning into yet another link-blog. Nor do i like to "Follow the Herd" and do yet another repost of items every geek has seen ten times over. But sometimes fun stuff is like .. fun stuff.  Like for example : Dragonball. I must be missing a certain part of my frontal lobe that I fail to see the secret behind this immensely popular cartoon that has been running on TV for some time now. Upon shipping the cartoon in Noah’s Digital Ark one should file it under the Manga section : Hence the fact why I cannot make heads or tails of it.


For one : THe characters of this wonderful cartoon. The first time I saw the cartoon it was dubbed in French. Back then, being only a youngster, the only French I know consisted of a way of saying " I want to fondle your boobs ". This line however, was never mentioned in the show. So I was unable to decipher what the characters where yapping on about. I was sure that in the dialog lay the secret to WHY they all looked different. Midgets, old guys, girls with a tail and cat-ears, aliens (as if the other ones where "local" to the planet) and more strange stuff.

But most of the cartoons consisted of a lot of moaning. No no .. not "that" kind of moaning. But the kind of sounds people make when they suffer of bowel-obstructions and need to really push to get mr hanky into the potty. This "moaning" preceded short but spectacular scenes of violence that where totaly oblivious to the laws of physics. Fighting scenes that sometimes took several episodes before they where completed.

And should one of our heroes (or villains) should have an unexpected appointment with their own mortality they could even lug it out in heaven.

Luckily I found THIS post explaining the painfully obvious to the painfully oblivious : The laws of Phisics : Manga style.

I quote :

#1 – Law of Metaphysical Irregularity

    The normal laws of physics do not apply.

#2 – Law of Differentiated Gravitation

    Whenever someone or something jumps, is thrown, or otherwise
    is rendered airborne, gravity is reduced by a factor of 4.

#3 – Law of Sonic Amplification, First
Law of Anime Acoustics

    In space, loud sounds, like explosions, are even louder
    because there is no air to get in the way.

And of course :

#11 – Law of Inherent Combustibility

  •  Everything explodes .. EVERY-THING. 
      Anything that explodes bulges first.
      Large cities are the most explosive substances known
      to human science. Tokyo in particular seems to be the most unstable of
      these cities, sometimes referred to as "The Matchstick City".

That explains a lot. Now I can go to bed and fall asleep with the thought that I finally understand … Dragonball..

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