- The Dragon Ball series was created by Japanese writer and cartoonist Akira Toriyama in 1984.
- Over the years, it became very popular all over the world until it became an icon of popular culture.
- From vigorexia to binge eating disorder are some of the diseases that can be seen through the characters of Dragon Ball.
Health is so broad that it can be seen in all areas of life. With this in mind, when analyzing something that may seem unimportant like an anime (cartoon) from a medical point of view, several conclusions can be drawn. For sample we are going to review the characters of Dragon Ball, one of the most popular programs in recent years, and the diseases that several of its protagonists represent.
From paper to one of the most popular products in the world
As a context it should be mentioned that the creator of this action and adventure universe is the Japanese writer and cartoonist Akira Toriyama. He originally created a story that was published in manga (comic) format between 1984 and 1995. Although due to his success he was able to go from paper to television.
The main character is Goku, a character from another planet who comes to Earth as a baby and is raised as an ordinary human. The series follows his life until his adult stage and is full of fantastic stories involving fights and adventures. In fact, at the time the program was criticized for its high levels of violence.
Regarding the animated version, its transmission began in 1986, although it reached Mexico until the 1990s. The original saga includes several arcs that have been developed to this day and to date it is one of the most successful products among people of different generations.
What diseases represent the Dragon Ball characters?
Although it is an entertainment animation, the program can be given various readings. With this in mind, reviewing the characters of Dragon Ball can be detected that there are several that perfectly represent various diseases.
To get started, Goku in his adult facet he is a clear example of vigorexia. This mental disorder arises when a person becomes obsessed with his physical state and performs extreme exercise sessions.
While another of the protagonists is Vegeta, also known as the prince of the Sayayines. Within the show you can see that he is a person with a very high self-esteem and tends to minimize others. The fact of considering oneself as “perfect” and believing that others are inferior fits completely with the superiority complex.
Now though dragon ball was created as a children’s series also contains certain erotic elements. All part of the behavior Master Roshi, an elderly man who often has sexual fantasies about women and even touches them improperly without their consent. With this in mind, any psychiatrist would diagnose him with paraphilia.
On the other hand, the anime also contains high doses of humor and one of the most remembered cases can be seen with Yamcha. This is one of the characters that appeared from the beginning of the program. He is an adventurer who has a rather peculiar characteristic: he is extremely afraid to speak and interact with women. Although it seems somewhat comical, it is actually a real-life disease and it is about caligynephobiathat is, the unjustified fear of beautiful women.
While another of the characters with a leading role in the cartoon is Mr. Satan. The simplest way to describe him is that he has an addiction to lies and constantly fabricates stories in which he is always the hero. This behavior is quite common in real life and is called mythomania.
All of the above are clear examples of diseases represented through the Dragon Ball characters. If you want to know the complete list, we share the following graph prepared by the editorial team of salutary.
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