Dragon Ball Z News: ONE OF AKIRA TORIYAMA’S DESIGNS FOR GOKU IS SLIGHTLY DIFFERENT FROM THE ONE WE SEEN IN THE SERIES
Dragon Ball Z was for many people the highest point of the franchise. This stage marks a before and after in the saga, with an older Goku fighting increasingly impressive threats. In it, we see for the first time the super saiyan mode of this warrior and we meet many iconic villains of the saga.
That is why in Dragon Ball Z, there were many preliminary character designs that were scrapped, especially for Freeza, Cell, and Majin Buu. Some of them are quite remote from what we saw on the screen. But, they weren’t the only ones, also Goku was slightly different from the final version of him.
THE GOKU OF DRAGON BALL Z WITH ALL AND A CANE
In a preliminary design for Goku, Akira Toriyama had thought of giving him a staff, similar to the one used by Master Roshi and Kami-sama. Would this have involved a new type of technique that we did not see in the series? Do you think it is just an aesthetic change?
These kinds of preliminary designs for Dragon Ball Z have given us an idea of Akira Toriyama’s creative process. From the big changes from Freeza (bigger and beefier) to Cell (fully humanized in his android form) to this little detail of Goku, slightly different from his final design for this saga.