When Dragonball made the change to Dragonball Z, the whole tone of the series changed. We transitioned from a comedic fantasy to Earth-shaking action, and with that change came the loss and downgrading of most of the main cast. Talking animals, human fighters, and any non-fighter suddenly seemed to be totally irrelevant to the series. Poor Krillin, Tien, Yamcha, Puar, Oolong. Lunch, Ox King, Corin, you shall be missed. Maybe. Probably not.
The women of Dragonball never had it GREAT as a whole, and things really didn’t improve when the transition to Z happened. And maybe that’s to be expected. DBZ is, at it’s heart, hyper-masculine male wish fulfillment.
I want to go ahead and say that I am a HUGE DBZ fan. I was raised on this stuff. All nine seasons on DVD, most of the movies, several posters and wall scrolls. I love this series. I’m not here to bash it.
But let’s look at this from a feminist slant all the same.
So, some of the women in Dragonball/Z really do start out….pretty good. But inevitably it seems that the final fate of all the women is to become a baby-makin housewife. -sigh-
Let’s look at the major women for a moment, in the order in which they appear.