7 Things You Didn’t Know (Or Might Know) About Goku!

Sorry this one came a little late but as many of you may know, there’s a new Dragon Ball Super movie making its way to U.S. theaters on January 16, 2019. That movie brings back someone from the franchise that we’re quite familiar with – and it’s not Frieza. As far as what we know via reddit, Funimation and Crunchyroll, the Legendary Super Saiyan has returned, but he’s not the same guy we’ve come to know in the past three movies. Hopefully more will be revealed about the whole story as the movie date gets closer (fingers crossed).

There are so many iconic characters in this legendary franchise that many of us are familiar with, but with all of the things that we know (and may not know) about them, there are still a handful of facts that only a small percentage of DBZ fans may not be aware of – yet! One of those characters is our very own Son Goku, the main character of the entire franchise. With everything fans know about him already, there are some things that might come as a surprise to some, and not so much to others. Here are seven things you didn’t know (or might know) about the Earth-born saiyan, Goku.

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Base Goku, in all of his glory!

7. He Has His Own Holiday in Japan: May 9th!

If you live in America, you’ll notice that we have more holidays than just Columbus Day and Thanksgiving. These days we’ve got holidays for things that most people would make fun of, but for the DBZ fans of Japan, the leading Z-Warrior has an official day dedicated to him. May 9th is known as “Goku Day” in Japan, meaning that the numbers “5” and “9” translate into “Go” and “Ku” in Japanese. With May being the fifth month of the year and the ninth day happening on said month, you get (you guessed it) Goku!

6. Out of the Nine Tournaments He’s Been in, Goku Only Won One!

Goku is the strongest fighter in the DBZ franchise by far, so it would only make sense that you’d spot him in action fighting in Martial Arts Tournaments. It’s true that he has competed in at least nine tournaments through Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z, but out of the nine that he’s been in, he’s only won one – that one being against Piccolo. Having a 1-8 record in the world of Martial Arts isn’t something you’d want to brag about to your friends, but in Goku’s case he’s handling it quite well.

5. Goku Has The Lowest Kill-Count in DBZ!

With Goku being who he is when it comes to fights that could mean life or death for his home of Planet Earth, he always tries and gives his enemies a second chance to change their ways, no matter how nasty the crime was. This doesn’t mean that Goku won’t do whatever he has to do to protect the ones he loves, and he’s only had to do this twice against enemies Yakkon and Majin Buu (who became Uub later on).

4. His First Fight with Frieza Lasted Longer Than The First “Lord of the Rings”

Shout-out to all the Lord of the Rings fans out there. With everything we know about the iconic encounter/showdown between Goku and Frieza, the battle itself actually lasted longer than “five minutes” as Frieza had implied. Of course he had three other forms that gave Goku’s friends and Vegeta a hard time, so it only justifies as to why the final fight took as long as it did – and yet Frieza survived (until Trunks kills him later on).

3. Goku’s Greatest Threat…is Needles?!

Yep, you’ve heard it from us. The strongest saiyan warrior on Earth is afraid of needles, so you don’t have to worry about being the only one who is. Back in the earlier episodes of DBZ, there was a comedic gag where Goku has a fear of needles as well as being injected. Can you imagine what his battle against Cell would have been like had this gag kept going? What’s that? You can’t even? Us too! XP

2. Goku Was An Advertiser For…KFC?

Advertising and promoting are crucial when it comes to anything in the media and entertainment industry – especially anime. For DBZ fans in both the East and West there’s always promos and ads going on about a new series or movie. One bizarre way Goku has been advertised was the time he used KFC as a way to promote the Battle of Gods movie that came out a few years ago. Although a crossover between the Colonel and Goku seems great in theory, it reinforces the fact that saiyans have a hardy appetite.

1. Goku Used The Kamehameha Wave 97 Times in DB and DBZ!

We all know that the Kamehameha Wave is the signature attack of Son Goku taught to him by Master Roshi, however its not the kind of attack that he just whips out once in a blue moon. The K-Wave has been used close to (if not already) 100 times if you throw some Dragon Ball Super episodes in there; making it one K-Wave every five episodes. He’s killed some fearsome enemies with this legendary move, so it’s only natural to the anime and its fanbase that this is the go-to move for the Earth-born saiyan.

There’s other facts and secrets about Son Goku that many of us know, and some of us don’t. Nevertheless he’s a seemingly clueless fighter who has saved the world from powerful threats at least a dozen times. That’s all we’ve got for this post as well as this week, but next week we’ve got more awesome posts and updates including a new convention highlight video that will be coming soon!

Until next time, stay gold! 😉

3 Things To Look For When Buying Anime Merch At a Con!

Being an anime fan these days means more than just watching/streaming titles on a computer or a laptop. In the modern day era we’ve been blessed with not just awesome people who voice the very characters that we’ve come to know and love, but to see those very same people at the conventions that we spend over six months saving up for. Since the 90’s the anime convention circuit has been one of the greatest destinations for anime fans to come together, and one of the first places that many fans head to, is the Dealer’s Room.

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The Dealer’s Room at Katsucon

When it comes to this particular area of the convention, you’ll find a large assortment of anime DVDs, manga, T-shirts, apparel, figures from the shows, and more! Now before you reach into that FLCL wallet that you have conveniently tucked away in your back pocket, there’s a few tips about Dealer’s Room shopping that we’d like to share with you.

Tip #1: Do A Little ‘Window Shopping’

Dealer’s Rooms have tons of vendors with both official and fan-made merchandise from various anime titles. However after chucking out money for the hotel, your badge, and (possibly) your mode of transportation, your wallet will make you real selective about the kind of anime merch that you want to buy. If you’re a first-time con goer and you have no idea of what you want to by at the Dealer’s Room, shop around for a bit and look for deals that’ll give you more ‘bang’ for your buck! Don’t make an impulse buy on a particular item just because you’ve seen it on a recent episode, because you might find that same item for a whole lot less either online, at a store, or at another convention.

Tip #2: Compare Merch Prices From Different Tables in the Dealer’s Room

If you managed to find the items you want to buy in the Dealer’s Room, it never hurts to look around some more until you find another table with the same items. Once you do, compare the prices of the items on the two tables. If the prices of the items is lower at one table than the other, then your best bet is to buy from that table. Different vendors sometimes sell the same items for less than the competition, but that depends on the convention itself. At smaller hotel-based cons you can find some really cool merch at some rather reasonable prices, which brings us to our third and final tip…

Tip #3: If You’re Hunting For Deals, Sunday is the Best Day

On the last day of the con, everything in the Dealer’s Room drops between 50-70% off. This is really good for fans who want to score some good deals on some merch, however the only thing about shopping on Sundays is the fact that you run the risk of losing out on something that you really wanted. (But that all depends on the fan as well as the convention.)

Types of merch like DVD/Blu-Ray box sets or props are at their highest prices on Fridays and Saturdays, but on Sundays you’ll find them marked down to almost 60% of their originally priced value. If you’re looking to save money or if you brought less than $100 in merch funds with you, then Sunday may be your best bet for buying anything from the Dealer’s Room.

Hopefully these three tips will aid you in searching for some good quality merch at great prices while at the convention’s Dealer’s Room. They may also make you more aware of what you’re getting (money-wise) depending on what you want. Every con’s Dealer’s room is different; meaning that prices found at one con’s Dealer’s Room, will either be higher or lower than the other.

That will do it for this post, but if you have any Dealer’s Room stories or experiences to share, you can post them in the comment section below.

Until next time, stay gold! 😉

Anime Cons: October 2018 Edition (Part 2)

It’s the second Monday of October, which means another weekend filled with anime conventions in various states and places of the world. Tonight we’re wrapping up our October edition of the locations/areas of anime conventions in, and near where you live. If you live in or near the Southwest and Westbound areas of the United States, then you’re in luck! There are some awesome anime conventions that will be happening there, so if you’ve got the time (and money) be sure to check them out! Until next post anime guys n’ gals! 😉

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D&A Anime Blog: October Anime Cons (Part 1 of 2)!!

It’s the tenth month of the 2018 year, and there are still so many cons out there left to go to and check out! As always D&A’s got you covered on the convention front with new and exciting cons that are in your area and region. For this post we’ve got cons in the Northeast, Northwest, Westbound, and Southbound areas of the U.S. so if you live out there, check em’ out! That’s all we’ve got for this post for now, but there’s more to come next week on the blog! You can also check out our Twitter page for any incoming updates about our plans for next year, and more. Until next post my friends! 😉

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D&A Anime Blog: Plans & Announcements For 2019!!

January 11, 2016 was the day that our baby was born. Back then we were just two guys who loved anime and manga, went to cons in the Baltimore area, and have kindled a 15+ year friendship. Originally the blog was just going to be a digital photo album area, where we would post our pictures with all of the cosplayers we’ve taken pictures with at anime and comic book conventions. Now with our baby turning three next January, we plan on expanding our online (and hopefully offline) presence with our fans, voice actors, and anime distribution companies.

So far one of the newest blog updates we have is the fact that we’ll be going Premium on January 11, 2019 (our 3-year anniversary date). We also mentioned that we now have a title for our official subreddit page called Otaku Outlook, which will feature posts about various topics surrounding the anime community, and the anime industry. Since its been a bit of a struggle on how we were going to deliver our fanfiction segment to you guys, we’ve decided to restart that in January 2019. Our first fanfiction title is a crossover one; featuring characters from the Sonic the Hedgehog and Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt series called Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt: Sonic Fury.

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Aside from those updates and announcements our music segment where we feature original DJ tracks and mixes from Enzo Blackjack (D.J. Lewis), will make its debut on January 19, 2019. We know that our videos have been a little scarce in the last several months due to the heavy responsibilities of life, but we do have something that we’re currently working on at the moment that will be revealed in due time.

That’s all we’ve got for announcements and updates for the moment, but should anything else come up be sure to swing back here for the info. If you have any questions let us know on our Contact Us page section of the blog. Until then guys n’ gals, keep making D&A a part of you, and we’ll make you a part of us! 🙂

Filler Post: D&A’s Top 7 Leader Cards For The Dragon Ball Super Card Game!

Happy October guys n’ gals! We are officially in the final quarter of the 2018 year, and we just want to say thank you to all of our fans and anibloggers who have supported us throughout the year. Now with that out of the way, it’s time for another awesome filler post! Since the inception of Pokemon and other classic anime titles of the 90’s, trading card games have made their way into the world of the nerd and have become another great staple in the community. One trading card game in particular has gone through various incarnations over the years, and its latest format has taken the TCG community by storm! We’re talking about the one and only Dragon Ball Super Card Game (DBSCG)!

One of the reasons why this version of the classic action-packed card game is so popular, might be the way that the game is played. The rules are simple and aren’t too complicated, and you can probably finish a game (or battle) in 30 minutes or less. You get to play as characters from every series in the Dragon Ball universe (including Super), and every character does something different and unique depending on the type of deck that you decide to run. If you’re trying to find out which character/deck you want to run for your first time playing this awesome card game, here are our Top 7 Leader Cards that you gotta check out to figure out what style/tempo you feel like playing at.

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7. The Masked Saiyan (Leader Card) / 10000 Power / Critical / Awaken

Coming in at Number 7 on our list is the Leader card The Masked Saiyan. With this card you’d have to place the top 3 cards of your deck into the Drop Area. If two of the cards that you place in the Drop Area are black and any other color, not only do you gain the Critical boost, but you also get a +5000 power boost as well. This Leader card is a great card to practice with if you aren’t too familiar with the game just yet, however there are others just like this one out there with the same or similar abilities.

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6. Broly (Leader Card) / 10000 Power / Permanent / Awaken

From what we’ve heard about this card, you’ll need to make sure you have Broly’s Ring handy in order to see its full benefits. Other than that running a Broly deck isn’t too bad as long as you have the right ingredients, so if you’re thinking about running this deck be sure to check out Broly’s Deck Profile on youtube for some pointers.

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5. Hit (Leader Card) / 10000 Power / Awaken

Getting a +5000 power boost every turn from this Leader card isn’t too bad. The Hit Deck is also a nice starter deck to begin with, and with the right cards it can become a lethal one as well.

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4. Ginyu (Leader Card) / 10000 Power / Awaken

This Leader card would be good to practice with once you’ve gotten a little used to the game. If you’re gonna run this deck, you might wanna make sure you’ve got the rest of the Ginyu Force along with Frieza, Zarbon, and Dodoria on your side. You can also get some good ideas on Reddit if you’re having trouble.

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3. Vegito (Leader Card) / 10000 Power / Permanent / Awaken

This Leader card’s ability will change any Goku or Vegeta cards that you have in your deck to red, blue, and green cards for the rest of the battle. You also get a +5000 power boost every time this card attacks. Having a lot of Goku, Vegeta, and Vegito cards can really help if you somehow get yourself in a jam. Also don’t forget to combo as much as you can!

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2. Son Goku (Leader Card) / 10000 Power / Awaken

This card and the Vegeta Leader card are great decks to start off with if this is your first time playing. First off for this card; you’ll gain a +1000 power boost for each energy you have on the field, so the more energy you have on the field, the more power you gain. Even when this card awakens you still get the power boost ability, plus other neat perks depending on the type of deck you build around this card.

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1. Cell (Leader Card) / 10000 Power / Awaken

This Leader card is a card killer as well as a nightmare for some players. As long as you have the androids and a few Cell cards in your deck, you can punish your opponents and gain quick victories with the right strategy of course. This deck plays rather aggressively due to the fact that if you’ve got some fusion/union Cell cards along with 17 and 18’s, you’ll be able to bring out your 30000 power Perfect Cell in no time! for tips and tricks just search youtube or Reddit.

Well guys, that will do it for this filler post. Whatever leader/deck you decide to go with, just know that you’re gonna have a great time playing this game. There’s more posts to come as well as a special announcement regarding what we’ll be doing in 2019. Until next post, stay golden! 😉