North Korea's Dictator Is So Dragonball

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Kim Jong-il passed away last month, leaving his manga-reading gamer son Kim Jong-un as successor.

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Not much is known about Kim Jong-un, which means the developers of Homefront had to insert his likeness later.

One thing that North Korea's neighbor China knows is that Dear Successor totally looks like a Dragonball bad guy.

The above image is a current meme sweeping Chinese nerddom. Its origin is unclear, and it is possible the image was made outside the country.

A Kim Jong-un photo was altered to look like Dragonball's Android 19 of the Red Ribbon Army. While their appearances might look similar, The Great Successor cannot fire lasers from his eyes.

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Well, I don't think he can—though, the North Korean propaganda machine may beg to differ.

Obviously, China and North Korea have a close political alliance, so there might be some good-natured ribbing in this. Or it could be that this guy really looks like Android 19.

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The reaction online in Japan has been amusement, pointing out how merciless the comparison is.

"If this guy entered a cosplay contest, he'd come in first place," wrote one Japanese commenter.

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Nerdy comparisons are not new to the North Korean dictatorship. Kim Jong-il was also parodied a few years back with a "Rocket Monster: Gold" illustration.

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DISCUSSION

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Man, Dragon Ball Z was so awesome as a kid. Seriously, it's a perfect boys' show; it's got tons of action, superpowers, a nice big cast of potential "favorite characters", and a bit of playful sexy-time.

And seriously, for as cheesy as Super Saiyan transformations might seem by today's standards, you have to admit, they were really exciting to see the first time a character transformed.

It's just a shame the Buu Saga, and maybe even the Cell Saga, changed the tone of the series so much. Before, absolutely every character felt vital and powerful in his own way. Then, it became *purely* about Super Saiyans, which really sucked when suddenly children were able to go Super Saiyan without any sort of character-arc.

Still, everything up til the Cell Saga, and even most of that, was just fantastic. It's a shame the Ocean's Group didn't get to voice the entire series. The new voices aren't bad by any means, but those versions of Goku and Piccolo were the ones I came to love. Vegeta's original voice was great, though the later VA probably seemed more appropriate for the kind of character he evolved into. I do wonder how the original VA would've sounded, though, speaking the more heroic lines from the Buu Saga.