Shang Chi Dragon Ball Reference: Shang-Chi Couldn’t Help but Make One Dragon Ball Reference

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is a martial arts epic set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, with fantastic action sequences as the Master of Kung Fu attempts to stop his wicked father Wenwu from unleashing a multiverse-wide dread on the MCU. Shang-Chi inherits the legendary Ten Rings to face a massive, kaiju-sized beast known as the Dweller-in-Darkness in the fantasy land of Ta Lo, magically buried within the heart of China. Shang-Chi uses the rings’ power to unleash an ultimate assault, a homage to the iconic attack from the manga/anime franchise Dragon Ball, replete with a namedrop.

Shang-Chi utilises the Ten Rings to set up a gigantic strike, poised to kill his father, after learning how to command them during his final fight with Wenwu. The charging motion mimics an energy projectile move like Hadoken from Street Fighter or Kamehameha Wave from Dragon Ball, but Shang-Chi chooses to spare Wenwu rather than deliver the killing blow. After the Dweller-in-Darkness appears and swallows Wenwu, Shang-Chi and his sister Xialing ride Ta Lo’s Great Protector, a giant water dragon, to pacify the Dweller-in-Darkness before Shang-Chi destroys it in a single epic blast. Later, when recounting the last battle to friends, Shang-best Chi’s friend Katy compares the attack to a Kamehameha Wave, cementing the friendship.

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Shang Chi Dragon Ball Reference

Of course, the concept of a chargeable energy strike isn’t unique to Dragon Ball, but there are other, more subtle references to Akira Toriyama’s enormously successful franchise, as well as elements it has with numerous fighting anime and classic martial arts films. This is seen in Shang-upbringing, Chi’s which included intense martial arts training from an early age at Wenwu’s distant refuge in the Chinese mountains, similar to that of many hardened Kung Fu movie and anime characters.

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Shang-Chi finds spiritual common ground with Goku in the tranquil environment of Ta Lo, not in the nefarious intrigues of the Ten Rings. The Great Protector, which is populated by a slew of fantasy animals plucked from Chinese folklore, bears more than a passing resemblance to Dragon Ball’s Eternal Dragon Shenron — a given considering their common mythological background. In contrast to Vegeta’s training in the advanced facilities provided by Capsule Corp, Shang-Chi unleashes his inner potential by embracing the training and fighting styles available to him in Ta Lo.

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Shang-Chi has numerous thematic allusions to its influences, both in terms of live-action and anime inspiration, in addition to the obvious intentional reference to the Kamehameha Wave. The Master of Kung Fu is very much his own martial artist, having been created by Steve Englehart and Jim Starlin over a decade before Toriyama’s Dragon Ball, but he is also influenced by a lot of what followed after notably Goku’s hallmark strike. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, directed and co-written by Destin Daniel Cretton, is now in theatres.

Naruto teases Amado’s true intention toward Kawaki.

With the latest chapter of Boruto: Naruto Next Generations, we learn more about Amado’s actual objective for Kawaki! With the latest chapters of the series, the aftermath of Isshiki Otsutsuki’s attack on the Hidden Leaf Village is still being explored, and it’s becoming clear exactly how strange Amado has become over the course of the arcs so far. He’s been working on something hidden away from everyone’s notice since he aggressively bargained his way into being protected by the Hidden Leaf.

The latest installment adds to the enigma. When it was discovered that Kawaki had a new Karma mark implanted in his new arm by Amado, it raised issues regarding what this meant for Kawaki’s new drive for power, as well as why Amado would impose a new Karma mark on him in the first place. Amado’s strategy gets a little more tangible in the latest part of the story, as it becomes clear that he needs Kawaki with a fully powered Karma.

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My Hero Academia Cosplay Burns Down the House

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With the fiery sidekick Burnin, one heroic My Hero Academia cosplay is definitely burning the place down! The fifth season of Kohei Horikoshi’s original manga franchise’s anime introduced viewers to the Endeavor Agency, as well as the heroes and employees who worked under the new number one hero. This demonstrated what Izuku Midoriya, Katsuki Bakugo, and Shoto Todoroki could learn from the fiery hero, while also showcasing many of the pros who were all too familiar with the hero side of him thanks to his roster of close sidekicks who all had their own fire skills.

Fans were also exposed to his most trusty sidekicks, including Burnin, who was one of the lead sidekicks under the fiery hero. The manga’s most recent chapters indicate just how much each of these sidekicks knew about their hero, but by the fifth season, these sidekicks were also delving deeper into the Todoroki family. Now, thanks to artist @kainosaurus_ on Instagram, Burnin has come to life! Check it out:

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