Hello to everyone! ^^ Welcome to this special section of Dragon Ball Arena, whose purpose is to go to find Goku and all Dragon Ball characters where no one would have never thought that he could meet them! ^^ Oh yeah... because this Toriyama's work is so famous that its protagonists are mentioned, or imitated in their moves or techniques, inside many other animes/mangas and sometimes they even appear themselves! And so, we are here to show you all those "extra" appearances of our favourite heroes! ^^
Of course, reading and being informed about all comics published all over the world it's an impossible task... that's the reason why we need all your help in searching stuff... ^^
Well... If you run across a Goku, or Vegeta or Piccolo while you're turning over the pages of a romantic Japanese high-school manga or a spy and mecha action story... will you please signal it to us? We're already searching for those things! And do not ignore movies or TV serials because they appear there sometimes! So, do open your eyes and open up to a lot more because sometimes they hide themselves very well. ^__-
by Kabu

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Title: Super Mario Bros. Z
Created by Alvin-Earthworm a.k.a. Mark Haynes

This is a Flash series using sprites from various Mario and Sonic games, entitled Super Mario Bros. Z or SMBZ for short. The story is loosely based on the events of DBZ and has even its own site www.smbz.vglan.com where you can watch the SMBZ episodes!
Reference, info and pictures provided by Sean.







Title: Lucky Star
Manga Author: K. Yoshimizu
Anime Director (ep.5): Yasuhiro Takemoto
Character Design: Yukiko Horiguchi
Anime: episode #5

This time we talk about Lucky Star, produced by Kyoto Animation. This series has a different ending theme for each episode: while we see the door of a Karaoke room, we can hear the protagonists getting ready to sing a song which is always anime-related. The ending for episode #5 is Cha-la Head Cha-la from Dragon Ball Z. Clicking on the screenshot, you'll see and hear that funny Cha-la Head Cha-la version!
Special thanks to Chibi Goku for the reference and Strato for the English fansubbed clip.




Title: Lucky Star
Manga Author: K. Yoshimizu
Anime Director (ep.4): Yutaka Yamamoto
Character Design: Yukiko Horiguchi
Anime: episode #4

It's once more Lucky Star and now we talk about Dragon Ball references from episode #4: they're not so considerable but anyway we want to show them to you. From the left screenshot you can notice, on the book cover, the kanji for kame (turtle) that's the same we see on Muten Roshi's pupils clothes; in the right screenshot you can notice that action figure on the desk that some people think is standing for a Genkidama. Click on the previews to enlarge the pictures!
Special thanks to Chibi Goku for reference and screenshots!




Title: One Piece
Manga Author: Eiichiro Oda
Anime Directors: K˘nosuke Uda - Munehisa Sakai
Character Design: Noboru Koizumi
Anime: episode #48

And here it is again the kanji for kame (turtle): it's on the bag at the right bottom of the screenshot from One Piece episode #48 when Usopp goes into the shop.
Reference by BK '81, screenshot provided by Chibi Goku.




Title: Hayate The Combat Butler (Original Japanese title Hayate No Gotoku!)
Manga Author: Kenjirou Hata
Anime Director: Keiichiro Kawaguchi
Character Design: Osamu Horiuchi
Anime: episode #10

Look at this picture... Doesn't it call something to your mind? Well... it seems just like Karin-sama obelisk and, if you climb it, you'll reach... Click on the screenshot and you'll see the clip!
Special thanks to Chibi Goku for reference and clip.




Title: Hayate The Combat Butler (Original Japanese title Hayate No Gotoku!)
Manga Author: Kenjirou Hata
Anime Director: Keiichiro Kawaguchi
Character Design: Osamu Horiuchi
Anime: episode #10

More stuff from Hayate episode #10: see these Dragon Ball references in the pictures below. At the left, the kame-kanji appears this time on Nagi's back. At the right, a Fusion dance performed by the two butlers in the background! Click on the previews to enlarge the pictures!
Special thanks to Chibi Goku for references and screenshots!




Title: MPD-Psycho
Author: Shou Tajima
Volume: #11

In this psychological manga suddenly the main character Shinji and his friend go and act like if they are performing the Fusion. And if you see them and think this couldn't be, well you'll have no doubt from the words from the 3rd character below (the scan is from the Italian comic but the word Fusion is just the same)! Click on the preview to see the whole scene!
Thanks to GT! for reference and scan!




Title: Air Gear
Author: Oh!great (Ito Oogure)
Volume: 4
Pages: 7 (trick:24) and 185 (trick:32) of the scanlations

There are various references for other authors and manga in Air Gear and in volume 4 it's Dragon Ball turn! Both the quotes are for the Kamehameha: at page 7 Ikki, the main character, thinks of himself like a "space monkey who can't shoot a Kamehameha" and at page 185 he threatens Akito/Agito with... Click on the preview to see the whole pages!
Thanks to BK '81 for the reference and scum-scans for the pages.




Title: Nurse Witch Komugi-Chan Magikarte Z (OAV)
Director: Kou Matsuzono
Character Design: Akio Watanabe

This is a crazy OAV series full of of references and parodies of various anime. And here they are Komugi and Koyori fighting and suddenly shooting a Kamehameha... or better, they call it Ha-cha-me-cha-ha! Click on the screenshot and you'll see the clip!
Thanks to Uchiha Caio for the reference and to Chibi Goku for the clip from the English subtitled episodes (source wannabe fansubs).




Title: Pokémon, I choose you!
Director: Masamitsu Hidaka
Character Design: Ken Sugimori, Sayuri Ichiishi
Anime: episode #20 The Ghost at Maiden's Peak - Season One (Indigo League)

In this episode of Pokemon Sean has stumbled upon something and told us... "After Ash sends out his Squirtle and Bulbasaur, a powerful Ghastly responds by creating giant final evolutions of them (Blastoise and Venusaur), after which he forms them into one Super Pokemon, called Venustoise, "Just for fun." as Ghastly states. The two do their best to perform the Fusion dance, as they are fairly bulky Pokemon, followed by a flash of light revealing the newly formed Pokemon, upon gazing up at the monster Squirtle and Bulbasaur yell and flee in terror..." Click on the screenshot and you'll see the clip!




Title: Gintama
Manga author: Hideaki Sorachi
Anime Director: Shinji Takamatsu
Character Design: Shinji Takeuchi
Anime: episode #50

This episode of Gintama is full of parodies and references for various anime. The clip we're going to show you is a sort of movie-trailer for Dragon Ball, Bleach and One Piece, all together, that we captured from the Japanese raw episode! Click on the screenshot and you'll see "DragonBleaPiece"! ^_^
Thanks to Uchiha Caio for the reference.




Title: Sayonara Zetsubo Sensei
Manga author: Kôji Kumeta
Anime Director: Akiyuki Shinbo
Character Design: Hideyuki Morioka
Anime: episode #3

Again some guys attempting the Fusion Dance! This time the performance is by Mr. "Dispair" Itoshiki Nozomu with a student of his in Sayonara Zetsubo Sensei episode #3. Click on the screenshot and you'll see the clip!
Thanks to Chibi Goku for the reference and a.f.k. group for the English fansubbed clip.




Title: Air Gear
Author: Oh!great (Ito Oogure)
Volume: 5
Page: 55 (trick:35)

Another reference from Air Gear manga: in volume #5 Ikki refers to Goku when he tells Gohan to get angry to become a Super Saiyan, during the training with him inside the Room of Spirit and Time.
Click on the preview to see the whole page!
Thanks to BK '81 for the reference and scum-scans scanlation group for the page...




Title: Keroro Gunso
Manga author: Mine Yoshizaki
Reference #1: volume 4 - episode 31
Reference #2: volume 5 - episode 39
Reference #3: volume 5 - episode 40
Reference #4: volume 5 - episode 44

Sorry if we can only show the Italian version of this manga but we hope that you can get what's going on from the images.
The first reference is for Keroro's scouter that breaks when is measuring Natsumi power level increase. The second reference is for a looking-like-Tenkaichi tournament appearing in the aliens mind when Fuyuki talks about organizing a sport tournament. The 3rd reference is for a Super Saiyan Keroro while the 4th reference isn't anything you can get by the pictures: in the bubble and in the left note they are talking about Kakaroth Syndrome referring to Goku's loss of memory when he hit his head.
Click on the previews to see the whole pages where the references are.
Thanks to Chibi Goku for providing all the stuff: references and scans!




Title: Yakitate!! Japan
Manga author: Takashi Hashiguchi
Volume: 20
Chapter: 179
Pages: 122-123-124-125-126

Well, there is really no need to explain anything here, cause you have only to watch the images! So we're giving you the whole 5 pages showing Kawachi that is creating and shooting a Genki...ehm Trust Ball! Click on the previews and you'll see the entire performance.
Thanks to Chibi Goku for providing the reference and the scanlations from Manga-Heaven - Minna-scan - Null!




Title: Hayate The Combat Butler (Original Japanese title Hayate No Gotoku!)
Manga Author: Kenjirou Hata
Anime Director: Keiichiro Kawaguchi
Character Design: Osamu Horiuchi
Anime: episode #27

Here's to you Nagi's performing a Makankosappo (she even borrows Piccolo's hand!) and not only... Click on the screenshot and you'll see the clip!
Special thanks to Chibi Goku for the reference and the clip from the English subtitled episodes (source SS-Eclipse).




Title: Hayate The Combat Butler (Original Japanese title Hayate No Gotoku!)
Manga Author: Kenjirou Hata
Anime Director: Keiichiro Kawaguchi
Character Design: Osamu Horiuchi
Anime: episode #18

Well, certainly we can tell that this anime is full of Dragon Ball references! Here's one picture from episode #18 where you can see Hayate "turning" Super Saiyan... Click on the preview to enlarge the image!
Thanks to Uchiha Caio for the reference and to Chibi Goku for the screenshot.




Title: Hayate The Combat Butler (Original Japanese title Hayate No Gotoku!)
Manga Author: Kenjirou Hata
Anime Director: Keiichiro Kawaguchi
Character Design: Osamu Horiuchi
Anime: episode #28

Take a look at this clip and you'll realize what Hayate Ayasaki is going to do to face his opponent... Click on the screenshot and you'll see the clip!
Special thanks to Chibi Goku for the reference and the clip from the English subtitled episodes (source SS-Eclipse).




Title: Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo
Manga Author: Yoshio Sawai
Anime Directors: Hiroki Shibata
Character Design: Youichi Ohnishi
Anime: episode #74 "The Bigger the Gasser - The Smellier the Gas!"

Yoshio Sawai is one of those mangaka who openly confessed to be one big Dragon Ball fan (speaking of which, have you already noticed this page of our site?). In Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo episode #74 you'll see that Don Patch is forced to take this battle "seriously"...by transforming into a Super Don Patch, called Professional Patch, a seriously powerful upgrade that makes easy work out of his enemy!
Thanks to Sean for the reference and screenshot.




Movie Title: The Glass House
Director: Daniel Sackheim
Year of Production: 2001 (USA)

Lacermo sent us a DB reference from this movie where Ruby Baker and her brother Rhett are sent to live with Terry and Erin Glass, after the death of their parents for a car accident. But, after beeing happy at first, later Ruby begins to notice odd behavior from Terry and Erin, then some info leads her to suspect that her new guardians might somehow be responsible for her parents' deaths. So Ruby tries to escape bringing his brother. But Rhett is in the dark about the matter and Ruby makes a story up to convince him (being a videogames and cartoons big fan) to follow her and tells him about a selling-off of Dragon Ball vhs.
Thanks again to Lacermo who provided us with the movie clip (click on the preview to get it)! ^_^




Movie Title: Merry Christmas
Director: Neri Parenti
Year of Production: 2001 (Italy)

In the past 3 years many people told us about "Merry Christmas" Italian movie having a couple of Dragon Ball references, but no one provided us with a video clip to prove them. Now our friend Vegeta-4x4 sent it to us at last! Sorry if we can only offer the Italian version (we don't even know if this movie was released in English!) but anyway the 2 references are easily noticed even if the spoken language is the Italian. We get the first quote when the actor Christian De Sica (sit at the table) speaks to a Japanese guy calling him "Dragon Ball"! The second reference is much more obvious but - let me tell you - HORRIFYING :-PPPP with those 2 "floor boy"-guys who, acting like Vegeta and Goku, pretend to perform a Fusion dance in order to please a Dragon Ball fan kid.
Well, click on the preview, raise the volume (sorry if the audio is quite bad) and have fun...! =_=

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