Dragon Ball anime series has always been popular owing to the flamboyant show of power, muscles, and hair color! Since its birth by Akira Toriyama in 1984, the series has achieved maturity and even formed a franchise with animated media and video games. But all this aside, was it never so apparent the whole series is all about food?
Originally called saiya-jins in Japanese, saiyans literally mean vegetable beings. Go figure! Raditz is a pun on radish; Nappa refers to the napa cabbage, while Kakarot (Goku’s Saiyan name) is a nasty take on carrots! Even the prince of all these is merely termed a vegetable, LOL!
The Earth Squad
Earth is in the soup race, too, all puns intended! Ever figured out how Krillin (called Kuririn in Japanese) looks like a neatly polished chestnut? Guess what? Kuri or Kurumi in Japanese means chestnut! What pun, eh?
Then there is, of course, Yamcha, whose name is a reference to dumplings (Chinese), Chi-Chi, which simply means milk or father. Ahem, ahem, take you, ahem, pick. Of course, there is one to beat all these – Gohan, the rice man.
The Cold Fruits
Freiza likes to store some cool fruits in his collection. His henchmen are mostly named after popular fruits, LOL! A for Apple (apple), B for Blueberry (no guesses what), C for Cui (kiwi), and D for Dodoria (durian). There’s also Pomegren (pomegranate), Raspberry (haha), Zarbon (pomelo), and the pair Abo and Kado (avocado, duh).
There are, of course, other characters in the DB series with particularly appetizing names (pun? Yes!) There is, of course, the other Saiyan from Universe 6, Cabba (Kyabe in Japanese), which refers to a cabbage.
Then, of course, there is a whole race of aliens, the Cerealians, and with names like Granolah (grain or granola), Muesli (muesli), or Flyak (flake), they sure sound ready for breakfast. We hope you all found this list to your taste (see what I did there?) Let us know if you have something to add to the list in the comments below.