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Solo Leveling's homage to Dragon Ball that ignited Akira Toriyama fans



Episode 9 of Solo Leveling slipped a wink reserved for fans of the legendary franchise Dragon Balland whose release coincides with the death of Akira Toriyama.

Like many popular anime, Solo Leveling owes a lot to Dragon Ball. It's no secret: the story of Goku and company created the first wave of fans for the shonen genre, in both manga and animated series. And Akira Toriyama's work, by spreading internationally, has contributed to the spread of Japanese pop culture to the rest of the world.


Having become a major reference in a world of series and films which continues to gain ground, Dragon Ball, with all its spin-offs, is very often used by teams of animators needing starting points. And the latest anime of the moment, Solo Levelingpresented a reference to Toriyama's series, in a tribute falling at the same time as the announcement of the author's death.

Episode 9 of Solo Leveling pays homage to Goku Dragon Ball Super: Broly

Episode 9 of Solo Leveling is the opportunity for the hero, Sung Jinwoo, to reveal the extent of his abilities to those close to him, breaking the secret about his double awakening. And as he faces a new foe, the Hunter heats up in a way that will feel familiar to fans of Dragon Ball.


Goku's iconic warm-up / The timing of this episode is crazy too, like we're really living in a simulation.”


Indeed, before charging the opponent, the hero hops from one foot to the other… exactly like Goku before rushing towards Broly in the film Dragon Ball Super: Broly, written by Akira Toriyama and directed by Tatsuya Nagamine in 2018. The shots and editing match. And very quickly, the spectators made the connection.

The wink unfortunately coincides with much less amusing news: the author of Dragon Ball died on March 1, 2024. But the Easter egg has the merit of recalling the importance of the work of the father of shonen in the world of Japanese animation, and proves that the author did not leave without leaving her brand.


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