SDCC 2019: Dragon Ball Z Sets Guinness World Record For Largest Kamehameha

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BY September 4, 2019

Dragon Ball Z Sets Guinness World Record For Largest Kamehameha

Dragon Ball Z is arguably the most popular Anime franchise in the world. The series took things a step further this year by setting a new Guinness World Record at the San Diego Comic-Con 2019.

Dragon Ball Z began as the story of Goku, a little boy with extraordinary strength. The original series saw Goku embark on wild adventures to find mystical orbs known as Dragon Balls. The balls would grant their finder one wish. The series was followed by the mature-themed Dragon Ball Z, about the adventures of an adult Goku, with his family.

An image of Dragon Ball World Tour set up at SDCC 2019
Dragon Ball World Tour set-up at SDCC 2019.
Image via Toei Animation

Based on the highly successful Manga, (a Japanese graphic novel or comic book) Dragon Ball spawned multiple series sequels, standalone movies, games and much more. Fans found the innovative action and high flying animation highly appealing. Especially given that the series saw the characters employing unique energy attacks during battles.

Unique Style Of Fighting

The setting of the DBZ universe saw characters who are able to train intensively, and harness the energy within them into various shapes and forms. They are then able to expel this energy as attacks at their enemies.

One of Goku’s signature attacks is known as the Kamehameha wave. From his arsenal of varied energy attacks, the Kamehameha is the one that Goku is most famous for. It’s his most powerful move. Goku’s last-ditch effort when things are bad and his enemies are about to get the better of him. But most importantly, it’s coolest attack of them all!

The Iconic Kamehameha Wave!

The move has become iconic since its depiction in the Anime. Many artists have drawn Goku in various renditions of his Kamehameha pose. Major toy brands such as Bandai and MegaHouse have often featured Goku action figures and figurines in the same action tableau. Fans of all ages around the world have imitated the hand motions involved in making Goku’s Kamehameha. The hand gesture is as significant to Anime as Spock’s Vulcan salute from Star Trek is to Sci-Fi pop culture.

So when Toei Animation, the home studios of Dragon Ball announced that the franchise and its fans would be going for a world record at SDCC 2019, one that involved Goku’s Kamehameha, all eyes were on them.

https://twitter.com/ToeiAnimation/status/1151567745965678592

Dragon Ball At SDCC 2019

As part of the year’s biggest film, TV, comic and Anime event at SDCC 2019, Dragon Ball was present with their Dragon Ball World Adventure feature. The feature showcased many of the series’ upcoming video games and other fun events for fans.

The opening ceremony for the feature had fans of the franchise attempting to set the Guinness World Record for the largest gathering of fans collectively attempting Goku’s Kamehameha move.

And on July 17th, 2019, Dragon Ball successfully set the Guinness World Record for the World’s Largest Kamehameha! The news was confirmed on Toei Animation’s official Twitter page. Guinness World Records have also confirmed that the number of people who successfully completed the Kamehameha was 786, breaking the previous record of 250.

https://twitter.com/ToeiAnimation/status/1151668585426837505

Toei Animation is responsible for many internationally successful Animes such as Sailor Moon, Digimon and Dragon Ball Z. The event was led by Sean Schemmel, who is the voice actor for the English dubs of the series.

After its highly successful opening day, Dragon Ball World Adventure will continue its SDCC run through July 21, open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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Shah Shahid is an entertainment writer, movie critic (so he thinks), host of the Split Screen Podcast (on Apple Podcasts & everywhere else) and filmy father on a mission to educate his girls on decades of film history. Armed with uncontrollable sarcasm and cautious optimism, Shah loves discussing film, television and comic book content until his wife’s eyes glaze over. So save her by engaging him on his own blog at BlankPageBeatdown.com or on Twitter @theshahshahid.

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