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We should have seen this dumb Dragon Ball Z Ford commercial coming

We should have seen this dumb Dragon Ball Z Ford commercial coming

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It was going to happen eventually. Some company in the States went ahead and made a car commercial using footage from Dragon Ball Z, and it's about as silly as you could possibly expect. Here, Dende, Krillin, and Gohan have just summoned Porunga, the Namekian Eternal Dragon, to ask for a Ford Focus. They even got the actual voice actors, Sonny Strait and Colleen Clinkenbeard, to voice Krillin and Gohan, respectively. Please join me while I sigh heavily.

I don't have to tell you that, as a DBZ nerd, I was a little upset at all this. First of all:


Porunga doesn't actually understand English, which is why the Z fighters needed Dende there to translate. Second, they're on Planet Namek. Why would you wish for a car on an alien planet of all places, especially one that doesn't actually have roads for you to drive on? (To say nothing of the fact that all these characters can fly!) Finally, why wish for a car at all? These characters are being chased by Frieza, a bloodthirsty space tyrant! Why not do the sensible thing and wish for one of your dead friends back?!

They'd have done a better job shoehorning this concept into that filler episode where Goku and Piccolo learn how to drive:

But here's the thing. I can't actually be too mad. That Ford made a silly ad starring DBZ heroes speaks to how great a year the franchise has had. Fans got a movie and a whole new series. And hey, I got to interview the voice actors behind Goku and Vegeta. And lest we forget: Japan has been doing this sort of thing for years. Did you know the Z Warriors were in a KFC commercial?

Go figure. The truth is everything from our youth will eventually be co-opted. It's the way of the world. Just be happy people love the series, even if brands turn it into something as silly as this from time to time.