Goku and Fortnite couldn't be a better match

Goku and Fortnite couldn’t be a better match

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Over the weekend I almost did what I once thought impossible: download Fortnite again. Many of my friends had taken the plunge, filling my social media feed with clips and talking about Victory Royales (with cheese) for the first time in at least a year. The reason? goku. Son Goku, the star of Dragon Ball, still holds the key to my jaded heart — and many others,” it seems.

With a hot Fortnite collaboration and a new movie in theaters, we were once again reminded that Dragon Ball is on top, and seemingly always will be. I’m more than OK with this. I’m not one to know if Goku can beat someone else in a fight – that stuff is for the birds. I just think Goku is cool. And seeing Goku in non-Dragon Ball contexts is, it turns out, extremely funny.

Goku in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade? unbelievable. Goku hitting the Griddy? Divine. goku with a sniper rifle? Our best humorists could never do that.

Much of the cultural cache that Goku/Dragon Ball has in the US can be considered one of the first major anime properties to make it big here. But I also think there is more to it. Besides being an essentially perfect character design by the legendary Akira Toriyama, Goku’s distinctive jacked and serious look is almost always immediately undermined by the context. No matter how fierce a particular fight may be, it never takes long before it gets into some sort of family hip or himbo trouble, eats too much or lifts too many weights and ruins someone’s yard. He may be the most powerful warrior in the known universe, but he has all the social skills and behavioral tics of a partially trained Labrador retriever.

And now he knows how to do Dougie.

Fortnite is, ironically, the perfect place for Goku, a character who doesn’t appear in his own canon as much as in the minds of fans. For a project as cynical as Fortnite – in some ways it’s the most successful new ad platform to emerge in the last decade, in others it’s a late capitalist nightmare – it’s also one of the best expressions of modern fandom. It’s not really a place to win battle royales, it’s a place to go Like it stuffand to like them with other people.

This is the kind of space where Goku and Dragon Ball thrive. It doesn’t really matter if you know about the latest adventures of Goku and his friends – I am not, although all this has inspired me to finally check it all out Dragon Ball Super. It’s just important that you can join the great tradition of thinking that Goku looks cool, and how crazy and fun it would be if that guy and all his friends – Bulma, Piccolo, Krillin, Vegeta, et. al – could run around in any context you think of for them.

That this is all happening five years after the most recent Dragon Ball series, Dragon Ball Super, has packed, only underlines this. Nearly 40 years after its 1984 debut in the pages of Toriyama’s Dragon BallGoku and his team are more than just manga and anime characters, they are avatars of fandom – a fundamental touchpoint that is passed on from one generation to the next surprisingly intact. I’ll check out just about anything if Goku is in it. So are, as it turns out, many others.

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