Having grown up with DBZ, and not ‘regular’ DRAGON BALL, I’ve always wondered if the series was designed to be an epic. Obviously, Toriyama was making this up as he went along. There’s no way that the concept of Super-Saiyans was even a twinkle in his eye at this point. However, I did wonder about one thing specifically. Was it clear that Chi-Chi was intended to be Goku’s wife from the moment she was introduced; or was she just another wacky character in the cast, and Toriyama eventually decided it’d be cute to pair her off with the monkey boy?
(Really, if you watched this show without any prior knowledge of the franchise, you’d assume that Bulma was being set up as Goku’s eventual girlfriend. Doesn’t matter if she’s more of a platonic older sister figure, at this point - - there’s a literal sexual tension between them).
So, color me surprised when Chi-Chi’s fantasizing about marrying Goku here, mere moments after meeting him. And color me doubly-surprised when that big lovable Bluto, the Ox King, actually wants to set the two of them up.
There you go. Question answered. And I suppose it only fits. With the notable exception of JOJO’S BIZARRE ADVENTURE, DBZ has been fairly unique amid major shonen series for the fact that it let its lead get a serious girlfriend, marry her and raise a family with her in the space of the actual show itself (no FMA-style post-credits family reveals). And that seems to be something Toriyama was clearly planning for, all along. Goku’s already been more… intimate with Chi-Chi in this one episode than most shonen heroes get in their hilariously-never-consummated, long-build romances.
For those of who you lunatics who’ve seen every single episode of DRAGON BALL - - are there any other cases of foreshadowing which are as amusing as this?