Slam balls and medicine balls are both weighted balls you can use to enhance your workout routine. The differences between the two are slight but should be considered to ensure you get the right equipment for your fitness goals.
Both slam and medicine balls can be found in weights ranging from 2 lbs. to 50 lbs. The size typically ranges from roughly the size of a softball to slightly larger than a basketball. A medicine or slam ball can be added to a variety of exercises simply by holding the ball while performing the exercise. Some examples are squats, sit-ups, overhead presses and lunges. Both balls also work for partner exercises such as chest passes, overhead passes and rotational abdominal work where partners stand back to back and twist to pass the ball to each other.
The most significant difference between a slam ball and medicine ball is that a slam ball is designed for throwing exercises. It has a harder shell typically made of a tough rubber so it can handle a high-velocity impact against a hard surface. Some manufacturers make slam balls with rope running through the centers. This variety is used for swinging exercises. Medicine balls are typically made of leather, rubber or plastic, and are sometimes manufactured with handles to make holding the balls easier.
Slam balls can be used for standard weight-lifting exercises in place of free weights and for dynamic exercises that involve an increased cardiovascular aspect. Slam balls are also effective for athletic training because they improve muscle mass, cardiovascular endurance and hand-eye coordination. Medicine balls are typically used only for standard lifting exercises because they are not meant to withstand impacts like slam balls do. But they are still useful for athletic training.
The most common exercise is a ball slam. Stand with feet shoulder width apart and lift the slam ball above your head while rising onto the balls of your feet. Throw the ball toward the ground a little bit in front of you to prevent the ball from bounding back in your face. Keep your arms relatively straight, and as you throw the ball, crunch your abs and bend your knees. You then catch or retrieve the ball and repeat the sequence. Concentrate on breathing in on the lift and out on the throw. The ball slam works your shoulders, triceps, abdominals, quads, glutes, calves and back. Repeating the exercise will increase your heart rate and burn more calories.
Use a slam ball in an abdominal workout by doing a sit-up with feet 6 to 12 inches from a wall and holding the ball at chest level. Once you're in the middle of the sit-up, toss the ball against the wall while you continue to crunch up, catch the ball and return to the floor. You can also use a slam ball with a partner. Chest, overhead and bounce passes work your arms, chest, back and abdominals and improve hand-eye coordination.
Use a medicine ball in place of free weights to add a dimension of functional training to a workout. This is helpful for athletes. Or use the ball for functional training that will prepare your body for movements you make in everyday life. One functional exercise is a diagonal chop. Stand with your feet facing forward toward a wall, and hold the ball in your hands. Move the ball above your head and diagonally while rotating your hips so one faces the wall. Then move the ball diagonally toward the opposite side of your body and close to the floor. Once you finish your repetitions on one side, switch to the other. The diagonal chop will work your arms, chest, back, abdominals, obliques, legs and glutes.
Since the original Dragon Ball manga finished publication, multiple anime adaptations have been made, and one of the adaptations even jumped ahead ofthe Japanese comic. Dragon Ball GT came along, but it wasn't long until the fans found out that it wasn't canon to the original Dragon Ball. After only publishing spin-off manga for many years, the Dragon Ball series made a comeback in 2015 with the Dragon Ball Super anime.
Released shortly after as promotional material was the Dragon Ball Super manga. Because the original writer, Akira Toriyama, and his main co-writer, Toyotaro, both have more involvement in the manga than the anime, there are a lot of differences between the two, the biggest of which will be listed here.
This one is a bit weird, as even in the anime, they describe Super Saiyan Blue as a form where you essentially "stack" Super Saiyanon top of Super Saiyan God. This means that Vegeta has also used Super Saiyan God in the anime, we just never see it.
In the manga, Vegetatactically uses Super Saiyan God during the fight with Goku Black while switching to Super Saiyan Blue when striking. It's explained that this is because Super Saiyan God takes less stamina and is just as fast, but Super Saiyan Blue strikes harder. Interesting Vegeta never thought of this in the anime.Dragon Ball Super: Brolyfinally allows Vegeta to attain the traditional Super Saiyan God form.
While Goku does activate Kaio-ken while using Super Saiyan inDragon Ball Zagainst Pikkon during the Otherworld Tournament, it technically isn't canon due to just being filler that only appeared in the anime. The first time we see Goku use this transformation is during his first fight against Hit during the Universe 6 and 7 Tournament.
They explained in the anime that Goku does not have enough Ki control with any of his previous transformations to utilize the Kaio-ken; luckily, Super Saiyan Blue has perfect Ki control, so he's able to pull it off. Initially, he was only able to use up to Kaio-ken times 10, although he was able to use Kaio-ken times 20 during his first fight against Jiren.
The last time Cell Juniors were shown was back in the Cell Arc of the original Dragon Ball manga, where Cell gave birth to several of them to fight against the Z Warriors and make Gohan angry. After most of the Z-fighters are defeated, Cell makes Gohan snap by killing Android 16. Consequently, the young Saiyan seemingly kills all of the Cell Juniors.
At least, that was presumed to be the case, until they showed back up in the Dragon Ball Super manga during a bonus chapter. Android 17 left Goten and Trunks to watch his island while he was away fighting in the Tournament of Power. He mentioned to Krillin that he tamed the Cell Juniors to guard the island, and then they were shown fighting Goten and Trunks briefly before they realized that they were there to help them.
Dragon Ball Super introduced the concept of a multiverse alongside their concept of Gods of Destruction, and in one of these alternate universes was a character named Zamasu. He was a trainee in Universe 10 as a god, next in line to be their Supreme Kai whenever Gowasu left.
Zamasu resented mortals, even as an idea, so he acquired the Super Dragon Balls and made a wish to became immortal. He killed Gowasu in his timeline and attempted to take out all mortals by force, and when Trunks cut apart his body, his immortal soul merged with the universe, and he attempted to become its law and order before being erased by the Omni-King Zeno. He attained a similar state in the manga, but on a far smaller scale.
Back during theDragon Ball manga's Frieza Arc, Gokuspectacularly goes Super Saiyan. While powerful, it has the drawback of using a lot of stamina. During the Cell Arc, we're introduced to Saiyans actually training their usage of Super Saiyan to develop it further, and this was their plan to defeat Cell.
In the Dragon Ball Super manga, we actually see a similar development with the Super Saiyan Blue form during the Zamasu Arc. Goku achieves a form referred to as "Perfected Super Saiyan Blue" that he uses to combat Zamasu after he merges with Goku Black. Vegeta also attained this form later in the manga.
Late into Dragon Ball Super, we see Goku break his limits and use a technique referred to as Ultra Instinct. This form's less developed stateis called Ultra Instinct "Omen" and throughout the Tournament of Power, we see Vegeta also try to achieve this state that is difficult even for a God of Destruction to attain.
In the anime, to contrast with Goku using Ultra Instinct "Omen", he develops his Super Saiyan Blue form further, calling it "Super Saiyan Blue Evolution". He used this form when fighting Jiren alongside Goku, and was shown to be around the same level as Goku when he uses Super Saiyan Blue with Kaio-ken times 20.
Characters in theDragon Ball series have a good handful of different powers and abilities. Theseinclude things like Oolong and Puar being able to shape-shift, Piccolo's talent for creating clothes, and Majin Buuturning people into candy; however, none are as powerful as the ability possessed by the Gods of Destruction.
In the manga, during the Zamasu Arc, Goku uses the Hakai technique to erase Merged Zamasu. Goku only has an incomplete version of the technique, but being able to erase people partially is better than not being able to erase people at all.Weirdly enough, Goku isbeing trained by the Gods to be a Destroyer.
InDragon Ball GT, we see a character of the Tuffle race, a scientist that creates artificial life named Doctor Myu. He created a bio-android named Baby from Tuffle DNA, and the two had the collective goal of taking revenge on the Saiyans. Baby has the ability to insert himself into the bloodstream of his foe and then taking over their mind and body. He used this on Goten and Gohan, but the most notable form he took on was Baby Vegeta.
In theDragon Ball Super anime, there is a character with a similar ability called Commeson, and he does not appear at all in theDragon Ball Super manga. His ability is to encompass the opponent with his colloidesque body and then copy their shape, statistics, and abilities. His look is very reminiscent of Baby Vegeta.
ThroughoutDragon Ball, we see many different types of gods. Gods of Destruction, Supreme Kais, and other types; the position is treatedas a job that anyone can get with enough training. We see examples of this inDragon Ball Super, like how Toppo trained under Belmod, the God of Destruction in Universe 11.
In the anime, Toppo achieves a God of Destruction-like form where he has an aura that passively erases everything that fell within it, so he willed it to. In the manga, Toppo has a different Aura of the Gods state that he uses more often. It makes him more powerful but lacks the destructive capabilities that he has in the anime.
During the softer parts of the Zamasu Arc, there were quite a few filler episodes in the anime showcasing events that didn't occur in the manga. One of these was an episode where there was an alien parasite named Watagash that was being tracked by the Galactic Patrol, and it happened to land on Earth around this time.
Watagash feeds on hatred and evil to become more powerful, so he ended up taking on the actor Barry Kahn as a vessel due to his envy of Gohan getting all the attention as his stunt double. Barry became powerful enough to actually fight against Gohanbut was eventually defeated. Funnily enough, the fight between the two made it into the Great Saiyaman moviestarring the two.
Jiren the Grey was brought intoDragon Ball Super to be the main antagonist during the Tournament of Power. At the time of his fights, he was the greatest foe the Z-Warriors had ever faced. Unlike Hit, Jiren does not have many abilities; he simply is powerful, and excessively at that.
While Jiren was given flashbacks and implications of his history in the anime, they barely gave any explanation for either. In the manga, Jiren's past was more thoroughly explored. This iteration of Universe 11's Pride Trooperwantsto bring back his master who died trying to protect Jiren and his planet.
This was another one of the filler episodes that followed the Universe 6 and 7 Tournament, this time refocusing on the rivalry between the two universes and their Gods of Destruction. This time, instead of pitting the two universes against each other in battle, they held a baseball match against each other.
While a lot of it still focused on power, such as the pitchers imbuing their Ki within the baseball to make it harder for the batter to hit it back, skill seemed to be a more notable factor. In this competition, Yamcha was actually brought along as a valuable asset to the team because of his past as a professional baseball player.ConsideringDragon Ball Super mostly depictsYamcha as being virtually useless, this filler episode marks a high point for the character.
In the anime, whenever Goku attained Ultra Instinct "Omen" state, it was achieved as a reaction to basically being erased by the Universe 7 Spirit Bomb that was deflected back on him by Jiren. While there is little sense in that at all, the manga went about it differently.
The manga took advantage of Master Roshi and his history as the most skilled martial artist on Earth, having him demonstrate a state that Whis said was similar to Ultra Instinct during Roshi's fight against Jiren. After putting up a bit of a fight, Roshi was eventually defeated, but not in vain, for Goku used Roshi's performance as a basis to unlock Ultra Instinct "Omen".
After multiple decades of Broly existing only as a non-canon movie character, popular demand caused Broly to come back many more times in non-canon movies until he was eventually worked into a canon Broly Arc with his own movie. This was quite a surprise to fans, seeing asDragon Ball Superintroduces Kale, a female Saiyan who is very reminiscent of Broly.
Broly has parts of his character and backstory reworked, although most of the qualitiesfans enjoyedare kept. This time around, however, Broly is portrayed as a good-hearted character who just cannot control himself. He is ultimately subdued by Gogeta after over an hour of him fighting Goku, Vegeta, and even Frieza. This Arc is only referenced in the manga.
TheDragon Ball Super manga has actually continued on with another arc after theDragon Ball Super anime, one set after the events of the Broly movie. The arc is shown to take place after Broly was defeated, and it begins with an ancient enemy of the gods breaking out of the hold of the Galactic Patrol.
The enemy was named Moro, an ox-like villain with the ability to drain the spiritual energy of not only plants but also people and entire planets. He was defeated eons ago by the Lord of Lords, who was the original Supreme Kai, who gave up all of his power to seal away Moro. Moro defeats Goku and Vegeta, before narrowly escaping defeat at the hands of Majin Buu with the restored memories of the Lord of Lords. Moro uses Namek's Dragon Balls to restore his magical power, and from there, the arc is currently ongoing.
Niarobi is an upcoming article writer here at CBR, having been writing informational blogs about comics and other fiction for years. He's been reading comics for quite a few years, getting deeply interested in DC Comics in 2016 and researching and reading it pretty extensively ever since.
Whether Dragon Ball is a franchise you got into through the original Dragon Ball series or through Dragon Ball Z, eventually, you no doubt tried watching the other series. Many fans are able to enjoy both series just fine, but others have found themselves more divided between which they like better. That's because regardless of how much you enjoy watchingGoku's adventures throughout the years, the two classic Dragon Ball shows are also drastically different from each other.
The original Dragon Ball started out heavily inspired by the story of Journey to the West, and had a strong focus on martial arts. Dragon Ball Z introduced a new style filled with rock music, energy attacks, and a fixation on epic battles over characterization. Which show was better? That's up to personal preference. Decide which series is for you as we discuss the 15 Biggest Differences Between Dragon Ball And Dragon Ball Z.
Just as Goku had grown up by the end of Dragon Ball, so too had its original viewers. The first series had strayed from its lighthearted humor by the time King Piccolo showed up, and had had started diving into darker plotlines like the death of Krillin. With Goku now an adult in Dragon Ball Z, it only made sense his playful days would be behind him in many ways, and he'd have to face even more of the serious situations that Piccolo was the harbinger of.
DBZ definitely demonstrated that change of tone, even early on. Characters were beaten bloody with a lot more frequencyand were suddenly prone to cursing. Characters like Tien sustained gruesome injuries, like when he lost his arm in a fight against Nappa. And the death toll was amped up significantly, with Goku, Yamcha, Chiaotzu, Tien, and Piccolo all dying very early on into the new series. The message was made loud and clear early on: this was a series that would explore some darker territory.
In Dragon Ball Z, everyone knows that losing a fight is but a temporary setback. Thanks to things like the Hyperbolic Time Chamber, the ability to fuse, senzu beans, and the Dragon Balls, a major boost in power is something that's easily attainable. And anyone who got into the franchise through DBZ knows that power levels are everything. It doesn't matter how effective an attack looks unless it's coming from a Super Saiyan or a fusion of two gods, or some similarly overpowered person.
It wasn't always that way, though. In Dragon Ball, fights were about pitting techniques against each other, and one character having to get innovative to find a counter to a seemingly unstoppable attack. It made battles more of a learning process than an exercise in brute strength, and it was honestly a more interesting way for fights to happen. Sure, DBZ's power ups are cool, but it effectively eliminated the potential for a new challenge to come forward at any time. Now, unless you can destroy a planet, you're nothing.
As everyone knows, by the time DBZ hitits stride, it was a show focused on Saiyans. If you were almost any other species, you were becoming increasingly irrelevant. This was obvious even early on, when formerly stronger characters like Tien and Yamcha were easily killed off by the Saibamen and Nappa. And people are well aware of what a running joke Krillin has become.
You'd never guess that Tien was once one of the most powerful characters in the franchise. And yet, not long before DBZ, Tien beat Goku. It's unfortunate that the humans of the show had to be outclassed so quickly, when they had the potential to do so much more. But as mentioned earlier, the show became about power levels, which is an area that humans had a pretty low ceiling for. So while we were granted the opportunity to witness the rise of Vegeta, anyone actually born on Earth was quickly pushed to the background.
It might come as a shock, but Goku wasn't always hogging the spotlight the way he is today. Back in the first series, Bulma was equally as important to the show as young Goku was. She not only taught him about the purpose of the Dragon Balls, but was right there with him in his journey to retrieve them. Goku was extremely naive as a kid, so it fell upon Bulma to serve as a surrogate big sister and teach him about how the world worked. She was his teacher, a fellow adventurer, and one of his closest friends.
Unfortunately for Goku's friends, once he reached adulthood, he didn't really make a habit of sharing screen time. Almost all of the original characters from Dragon Ballwere quickly shoved aside in favor of Saiyans in DBZ. It didn't stop there either. Uub and Pan and the characters poised to be the next generation's heroes at the end of DBZ? were later reduced to occasional sidekicks in GT. Goku even pushed his own son aside (both of them, actually) in the Buu saga to once again become the main hero of the franchise. So good for Bulma for making the most of her chance to be someone significant in the series while there was still a chance.
Even with all the death and destruction that takes place in Dragon Ball Z, you can't say the series didn't have its funny moments. Watching Piccolo and Goku try to get their driver's licenses is an episode that's always good for a laugh. But humor really wasn't a major element of the series, either. The most prevalent jokes were usually throwaway scenes featuring Master Roshi being a perv or Bulma having to fend for herself against some giant monster. There weren't too many big laughs to be had across the long-running series.
Dragon Ball, on the other hand, took itself much less seriously. Goku was still a child at the time, so there was more leeway for him to treat life as a game. He was serious about defeating truly evil opponents, but even in major fights, he had no qualms about mocking his opponent for a laugh. There were entire sections of Goku's life that were almost nothing but absurd situations, like the ridiculous training he went through with Master Roshi, doing things like delivering milk each day. Or his romance with Chi-Chi, where he accidently agreed to marry her because he thought marriage meant something to eat.
As many good memories as we might have from Dragon Ball Z, the show is just way too freaking long. There are basically three main villains in the series, and DBZ goes on for almost 300 episodes. That's a really long build to each big fight. And of course, we can't forget the infamously long fight between Goku and Frieza on Namek, which went on for around four hours all on its own. Sure, there were a lot of memorable moments in the series, but there was also a ton of padded out staredowns or tangential comedic relief featuring side characters. There's a reason many fans prefer the abbreviatedDragon Ball Z Kai,after all.
By comparison, the original Dragon Ball was nearly half as long as its sequel series, and it covers just as much, if not more, ground. There's no denying the fact thatDBZ didn't need to be as long as it was, since even the show runners acknowledge they were just trying to stretch things out to avoid running out of material to adapt from the manga. So if you're looking for taut, fast-paced storytelling, Dragon Ball is probably the way to go. And if you want to watch the original version of DBZ nowadays, maybe keep the remote handy, so you can fast forward through the fifty scenes of Bulma screaming and being chased by monsters to pad out an episode.
If you got into the franchise starting with DBZ, it's really jarring going back to Dragon Ball and finding out that, for the majority of the series, none of the characters knew how to fly. Sure, Goku doesn't even know the Kamehameha at the start of the series either, but he very quickly acquires his trademark technique. But actual flying isn't something that becomes a technique used in fights until Tien and Chiaotzu show up late in the series.
For the majority of Dragon Ball, Goku has to rely on his flying nimbus to take to the skies. It's pretty bizarre to think that if anyone like Frieza had shown up during this point, Goku and his friends would have been totally helpless to fight him in the air. It's an aspect of the franchise that's easy to take for granted, and it makes for a weird experience going back to battles that are limited to being fought on the ground.
For a franchise called Dragon Ball, the shows certainly have veered sharply away from the mystical orbs being the most important part of it. Remember in the first series when every character was amazed by the limitless possibilities of what they could wish for? Once they realized they actually stood a chance of collecting the Dragon Balls, it was all they could talk about, and they were willing to brave any danger just for the chance to use them.
After the Frieza saga, that whole mindset pretty much disappeared. The Dragon Balls didn't even feature in any significant way during the battle involving the androids and Cell. And then, when the Z Fighters were wishing to fix the damage Cell had caused, they seriously ran out of ideas for what their third wish would be. What happened to the wonder and imagination of using the Dragon Balls? They became so trivialized and easy to obtain that eventually, Bulma was even giving them away as prizes in Battle of Gods, and they summoned Shenron just to wish for him to answer a question for them. How did the Dragon Balls get demoted to serving the same function as Google?
Going hand in hand with humans being regarded more highly in Dragon Ball was the fact that there were no aliens in the franchise at that point. Goku wasn't some survivor from a race of warriors, he was just a funny little monkey boy who was unusually strong for his age. And Piccolo had it pretty good too. Rather than being a dime a dozen member of some race of plant people, he was a demon king who nearly ruled the Earth.
Dragon Ball Z brought in the aliens right off the bat, changing the game entirely in the span of a single season. Suddenly, Goku had a brother he had never heard of, and he was a Saiyan instead of some random monkey boy. From there, it got to the point where alien threats were almost a weekly problem. It made you wonder what the storyline explanation was for more of them not turning up sooner. If Buu or Beerus had visited Earth a couple decades sooner, they really would have had the run of the place.
A byproduct of the sudden boom of alien visitors and power levels randomly being a thing was the escalation of the threats new villains posed. Once you've unleashed the villain who can kill someone with a single attack, you can't exactly scale back from there again and still keep things high stakes. So instead, we got more and more powerful villains who could unleash even more ridiculous levels of destruction.
Emperor Pilaf was obviously never meant to be intimidating, but even he nearly killed Goku once by trapping him in a glass box that would have cooked him alive once the sun came up. Of course, that looks downright tame compared to Kid Buu literally destroying planets in a matter of seconds. It might make each new villain look cool, but it simultaneously downgrades previous villains, as evidenced by how rapidly Frieza became a total non-threat after his saga wrapped up. So looking back, pretty much everyone before the super powerful space aliens arrive come across rather tame in retrospect.
Dragon Ball was a sprawling adventure full of friends and enemies for Goku to meet. Most of his enemies obviously didn't stick after being defeated, but the friends arent that easy to ignore. Or at least they shouldn't have been. But when Akira Toriyama was first creating Dragon Ball, he couldn't have had any idea how big the series would become, or that a second series would be in the future. If he had, he might have introduced a few less extraneous characters.
By the time Dragon Ball Zcame around, many of the original characters were demoted in importance. If you think Tien or Yamcha have it bad, just think of how seldom Fortuneteller Baba returns, or Korin the cat. And Launch? Toriyama literally forgot she even existed. It makes it even more awkward when one of these characters suddenly shows up again and you're just left wondering where the hell they've been all these years.
While the Dragon Balls were initially something the characters sought for selfish reasons, like to become wealthy or gain more power, eventually, the primary reason characters went after them was to revive their friends. But even Shenron had limits initially, and couldn't revive more than one person at a time, or revive the same person more than once. So when a character died, it was a big moment, because there was always the potential that they would never be able to come back.
Nowadays, Shenron and Porunga have both become so powerful (and the Dragon Balls are so easy to find) that death has basically lost its meaning. Even when Kid Buu literally destroyed the Earth, it was no biggy, because the fans and the characters knew they could just wish the planet and every single one of its residents back into existence. Chalk this aspect up in favor of the original Dragon Ball, because after the first series, death became nothing more than a minor inconvenience akin to catching a cold.
A compelling aspect of many great fantasy stories is how the hero is oftentimes initially defeated by an enemy, only to come back stronger and wiser later on and eventually triumph over their foe. Their imperfect nature makes the hero more relatable, and their ability to weather the storm helps audiences better connect with these characters. It was also a big part of Goku's development early on, as he was defeated by many of his opponents the first time they met. Yamcha, Mercenary Tao, Tien, and King Piccolo all snagged victories over the Saiyan at various times. It's hard to believe it, looking at where Goku is now.
Goku has become so ridiculously powerful that at this point, he is the anime equivalent of Superman. He is literally as strong as a god now, and his only competition at the moment is other god-like beings. Goku has lost a couple fights in the post-Dragon Ballyears, but it's often due to extenuating circumstances beyond his control. Regardless of how he lost, most of his round two victories these days come via a radical new transformation or power-up, rather than him learning a fun new way to outsmart his enemy.
Any fan of the original Dragon Ball looked forward to the World Martial Arts Tournaments. It meant a lot of fighting featuring some of the strongest characters in the franchise. Dragon Ball Z would later make an entire series out of that idea, but in Dragon Ball, it was something unique and different compared to the pace of the rest of the story. Each tournament was the climax to a saga, and showcased how far Goku had come in his training.
With the rapid increases in power levels that were introduced inDragon Ball Z, the tournaments were quickly devalued. By the time the Z Fighters decided to fight in one again in the Great Saiyaman saga, they were all so overpowered that they had to deliberately hold back their ability to avoid attracting too much attention from other participants. No one cared who won the tournaments any more, because the true test was in who was beating the evil alien at the end of each main saga. It's a shame the tournaments lost their importance, but now it's something that helps setDragon Ballapart.
Regardless of which series you like better, there's not much argument about which one had more widespread appeal. For many fans, DBZ was their introduction into the entire world of anime. DBZ had huge confrontations, angsty antiheroes, explosions, and tons and tons of fighting. It tapped into something that the more light-hearted Dragon Ball didn't quite manage to do to the same extent in Western countries, despite the original's immense popularity in Japan.
Obviously, there would be no DBZ without Dragon Ball, so you can't dismiss the importance of either show. But let's face it, how many memes do you see based on Dragon Ball? How many people do you see sporting t-shirts with Tien or Yamcha or Oolong emblazoned on them? DBZ wasn't just popular, it was cool. People still quote the show to this day, and proudly go out rocking clothes with Goku and Vegeta on them. If popularity is your measuring stick for which show is better, time has shown which series stands out among fans.
There are very few differences between male and female ball pythons. Aside from the obvious, which is that female ball pythons can lay eggs while male ball pythons cannot, the differences that exist between male and female ball pythons are very minor.
In terms of temperament, both male and female ball pythons are quite docile, and are rarely ever aggressive. The only time a female ball python will show more aggression because she is female is when she is protecting her eggs before they hatch into baby ball pythons. Yet this behaviour is quite understandable.
One difference between the two genders is that female ball pythons, on average, physically grow to be larger than male ball pythons. While male ball pythons will often grow to be 3-4 feet in length, female ball pythons will often grow to be 4-5 feet.
This is because those who like to breed ball pythons prefer to have more females than males, since many females can breed and carry the offspring for a single male at the same time. This makes the female more valuable because the more female ball pythons one has, the more offspring can be produced, while technically, only one male ball python is needed (or at least only one of the certain type of morph necessary to breed the offspring morph).
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Dragon Ball Z Kai is a 2009 revision of the original Dragon Ball Z - a show that's lauded as one of the best Shonen Battle Anime ever made. Toei Animation commissioned Kai to help introduce the Dragon Ball franchise to a new generation. The showrunners for Kai tried to change as little as possible from DBZ, but certain changes just couldn't be helped.
Updated by Caleb Bailey on 1/29/2020:The recent release ofDragon Ball Z: Kakarot means that plenty of newcomers will be joining the Dragon Ball fandom. The way we see it, they'll either watch the original Dragon Ball Z series or they'll watch DBZ. We're going to take a look at 5 differences between Dragon Ball Z and Kai, as well as 5 things that were unchanged. Our goal isn't to say that one series is better than the other. If anything, we're aiming to praise both shows for being awesome in their own ways!
One of the most iconic features of the original DBZ series was its soundtrack. Producer Takashi Uchida is one of the many artists responsible for creating the legendary, orchestral sound that's synonymous with the Japanese version of DBZ. When DBZ aired on Cartoon Network back in the 1990s, Bruce Faulconer took charge and created the Metal-inspired, synthesizer laced soundtrack that most Western fans of DBZ have become accustomed to.
Naturally, DBZ Kai needed its own soundtrack to help it stand out from the crowd. That's where Kenji Yamamoto and the Japanese band Dragon Soul come in - these artists created a soundtrack for DBZ Kai that wouldn't be out of place in a Major Motion Picture! They also created the theme song for DBZ Kai; Dragon Soul.
Speaking of DBZ Kai's opening, we'd be remiss if we didn't talk about the series' amazing intro sequences. Both the "Dragon Soul" and "Kuu-Zen-Zetsu-Go" intros feature brand new music as well as newly animated scenes.
The same goes for Kai's closing credits sequences, which features the song "Yeah! Break! Care! Break!" These elements only further serve to distinguish DBZ Kai from its predecessor. However, you should definitely check out "Rock the Dragon" and "Cha La Head Cha La" if you've never heard them before.
Most long-time DBZ fans probably expected Kai to feature a different soundtrack than the original series. However, another major element that separates Kai from DBZ is the script. You see, the dialogue featured in Kai is actually closer to the original pieces of dialogue that Akira Toriyama wrote in the DBZ manga.
It's certainly a strange scenario - to discover that the adaptation you've known and loved for years isn't as faithful as you thought it was. However, fans of Fullmetal Alchemist's 2003 adaptation can relate. For what it's worth, most of these changes won't be too jarring in the long run.
Tonally, DBZ and DBZ Kai are essentially the same show - both are overall lighthearted Shonen Battle Animes that heavily emphasize character and action as opposed to plotting and weighty themes. However, the original DBZ series was darker than Kai from a visual standpoint.
You see, DBZ has more contrast and saturation than Kai - making it literally look like a darker show than its successor. Some might like the overall darker aesthetic associated with DBZ. Others might prefer Kai's brighter, clearer picture quality. Different strokes for different folks, we suppose.
You've probably heard that the 1990s/ early 2000s were a pretty risque time for entertainment. Well, that statement isn't an exaggeration; most of the shows that come from that time were targeted at older, more mature audiences - including DBZ. The original DBZ series featured a fair amount of blood and viscera (i.e Goku and Raditz's deaths at the start of the show.)
Kai lightens the mood by reducing the amount of blood featured in the series, making it much safer for a younger audience. Kai also changed several problematic elements that plagued DBZ, such as sexual content and Mr. Popo's appearance.
Dragon Ball is DBZ's direct predecessor. Goku is a child during Dragon Ball and meets Bulma, Krillin, Yamcha, and Master Roshi for the first time.Dragon Ball is loosely based on Journey To The West and is very lighthearted overall. It's also completely absent from Dragon Ball Z Kai.
One of Toei's gaols with DBZ Kai was creating a more expedient show. Toei wanted Kai to have fewer detours than the original DBZ and to complete its sagas faster. So they decided to skip over Dragon Ball and start off with Z. If you want to witness Goku's humble beginnings, you can buy the complete Dragon Ball series online.
Anime feature filler episodes after they've run out of source material to adapt. Some anime even have entire story arcs that are all filler.The original DBZ had its fair share of filler episodes. Some of them are even pretty enjoyable. Nevertheless, filler detracts from the story as a whole.
When Toei ordered DBZ Kai, they decided to omit all of the filler from DBZ. Kai fans didn't get to see Piccolo and Goku learn how to drive. Nor did they get to witness Goku trade blows with Pikkon. But if you want a more streamlined series, Kai is the way to go.
Yearspassed between the timeDBZ andKaireleased; Dragon Ball Z first aired on April 26, 1989, in Japan. On the other hand, Kai first aired on April 5, 2009! Most of the original cast membersreturned but some couldn't.As a result, characters like Frieza, Trunks, Kid Gohan, and Android 19 received new voice actresses and actors.
Some of the original voice actors retired by the time Kai was ordered. Others, unfortunately, had long since passed away. In terms of voice actors, we understand that everyone has their preferences. Nevertheless, we encourage everyone to respect the efforts of all the DBZ teams around the globe.
During its initial run,Kai made it to the 'Cell Games' Saga before getting canceled.To this day, no one really knows why - some think Toei wasn't satisfied with Kai's numbers. Others think that the impending release of Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods may have played a hand in Kai's truncated run.
The good news is that Toei eventually ordered the World Tournament Saga in 2014. From there, Kai followed in DBZ's footsteps; from 2014 to 2015, Kai completed the 'Majin Buu' and 'Evil Buu' Sagas - wrapping up the Dragon Ball Z storyline in time for Super.
It might be hard to fathom, but once upon a time, Dragon Ball Z wasn't a worldwide phenomenon. WhenDBZ first came out internationally, different countries had different opinions of the show.North, South, and Central America immediately fell in love with Dragon Ball Z. But countries like Japan and China overlooked Akira Toriyama's show almost entirely.
On the other hand, Kai is loved much more on an international scale. The funny thing is that Kai's success was set up by DBZ. It just goes to show that opinions and tastes change with time. These days, both DBZ and Kai receive much love respectively.
In most versions ofKai, Goku is still portrayed by hisDBZvoice actor or actress.Masako Nozawa originally voiced Goku over in the Japanese version of Dragon Ball. In Japan, it's customary for voice actresses and actors to continue portraying characters for as long as possible. Ms. Nozawa first voiced Goku when he was a child and still voices him over in the Japanese version of Super.
In America, Goku is voiced over by Sean Schemmel. Schemmel first took on the role in 1999, when Funimation started dubbing DBZ. If you watched Dragon Ball Z on Toonami in the late 1990s/ early 2000s then you've heard Schemmel's work first hand.
Unlike Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood or theBerserkshow,DragonBall Z Kai is a revision ofDBZ and not a remake.Kai primarily consists of retouched scenes fromDBZ, with a few new scenes added in. And when we say 'a few,' we mean the absolute minimum.
Heck,Kai's intro is the newest material created for the show. Everything else that you see while watchingKai is the result of digital restoration.Some of the same animation hiccups that were present in DBZ are still present in Kai. We understand Toei's decision to go the minimalist route. If it ain't broke, don't fix it and all that jazz.
The Kamehameha Wave is one of the most famous attacks in fiction.If you walk into a crowd of people, enter a horse stance, and use your arms to complete the motion most people will recognize the move. Most people will also probably give you a confused, frightened look.
If you've never watched Kai but are a die-hard fan of DBZ, you'll be happy to know that most of the special moves retain their names. The Big Bang Attack isn't called the 'Big Bubble Blast' or anything like that. Nor is the Special Beam Cannon given a neutered name!
As tempting as it might be,Kai resists the urge to add any new Super Saiyan forms to theDragon Ball canon. Furthermore, Kai doesn't change how these forms work or how the characters gained them. This also extends to the Fusion forms as well, now that we think about it.
But back to Super Saiyan. Goku is still the first character to access Super Saiyan 1 on screen. He's also still the first character that we see tap into the power of Super Saiyan 3. And yeah, Super Saiyan Third Grade still makes users Hulk out and develop muscles on top of muscles!
In the world of professional wrestling, Jobbers are fighters who exists solely for the sake of losing. Originally a fleshed out character inDragon Ball, Yamcha's been a Jobber sinceDBZ.Kai doesn't rewrite anyone's character arcs or shift their roles in the story. Everything plays out exactly as it did in the original Dragon Ball Z series.
Goku is still the main character and savior of the series. Piccolo is still Goku's former rival turned friend. And Yamcha still gets killed by a Saibamen early on. If you were a Yamcha fan during Dragon Ball, then you have our condolences - you had to see Yamcha get jobbed out in two shows! Hopefully, he'll redeem himself in Super one of these days.
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At Soccer Source we often get asked the question; "What is the difference between a training ball and a match ball?" Simply put; one is used primarily for training, while the other is used primarily for matches. Sound good? I guess we're done here!
Well, not quite... It's a little more complicated than that. Some will tell you the price point is the real difference, or there is an inherent 'quality' difference. The answer may seem simple at first, until you dive into some important featuresof soccer balls. Let's explore a little deeper to find out what really makes a soccer training ball vs. a soccer match ball.
First we'll look at the soccer training ball. Usually, training balls are used primarily for individual or team training. It could be backyard juggling, kicking against a wall, playing pickup in the park, or it could be the ball you bring with you to soccer practice each day. Training balls are also a favorite for recreational programs as they don't require the use of match balls in games.
Soccer training balls tend to be medium to high in quality and use long-wear materials in their construction. Meaning, they are built to stand up to heavy use with thousands and millions of touches over months and years. Most training balls on the market are machine stitched, and often times the external PU cover of the ball contains a thinner layer of foam which makes the ball harder to the touch (under 2.0 mm). In addition, the type of bladder used in training balls will give the ball a more stiff feel. Combined together, the PU cover thickness and bladder type will give the ball a different, less perfect feel when controlling and playing it with a pass or shot.
Next, we look at the soccer match ball. Generally speaking, match balls are used exclusively for official games. The reason soccer match balls are usually reserved for games only is due to the unique construction and the desire to keep them in good condition for a longer period of time.
Soccer match balls are high in quality and use materials and construction techniques that are geared toward making a soccer ball that is high-performance, not necessarily long lasting. Match balls are usually hand-stitched and use a thicker layer of foam under the PU cover (3.0 mm and up). Combined with a softer bladder type, match balls have an excellent touch when receiving, passing, and shooting. Match balls will also have the best possible flight when struck to bend, dip, or rise through the air.
It is worth noting as well that soccer match balls are not builtfor the type of high-use that training balls are. They are awesome to train with and you could make the argument that it is better to train with match balls so your training touches are on the same ball you use in games. Although you may want to use a match ball for training anyway, don't expect the match ball to last quite as long as a training ball would under the same sort of heavy use.
It is always good, and is often times required, to have a soccer match ball for game play. For example; the NCAA and NFHS both require school teams to use 'approved' match balls in all games to ensure no advantage is given to either side through use of an odd ball type.
If what you need is a soccer ball to practice in your backyard, or to take to team practices, go with a training ball. On the other hand, if you need a high-performance ball that will give you optimal touch and flight during games (or practice), go with a match ball.
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Choosing which type of control valve in your piping system can be challenging. It is important to understand the differences between plug valves and ball valves to regulate the flow of medium safely, efficiently, and cost-effectively.
A ball valve is constructed with a ball-shaped disc. The circular disc has a hole in the middle, allowing the medium to flow through it when that hole is in line with the ends of the valve. When the hole is turned to oppose the ends of the valve, the port is closed and cuts the flow of the medium.
A plug valve is made with plugs, shaped like a cylinder. When these are turned to align with the channel, it opens to control the flow. These are known to be quick operation valves, enabling seedy shutoff in emergencies. It also seals tighter than the ball valve.
Although both valves need regular maintenance to stay working efficiently, a plug valve is much easier to maintain than a ball valve. The plug can be removed easily for cleaning and repairs. There are also fewer moving parts that would also need attention.
Ball valves typically have more longevity than plug valves. Because of high torque and more fluids coming into contact with the cylinder, the plug valve suffers from a higher likelihood of erosion. Ball valves have more moving parts, less contact with the medium, and require less torque.
Ball valves have a much greater potential for customization. They also have more of a variety to choose from on the market. They have the option to service multiple ports and to contain a one, two, or three-piece body. Top, end, side, and split-body entryways are all options.
Plug valves are not quite as customizable. Because the design is much simpler, there arent as many options possible. Ports can range from 2 ports to 5, but with more ports comes the opportunity for a looser shut-off. For further information on flexibility and customization, visit Anything Flows.
Depending on the material, either ball or plug valves could be what is needed. Plug valves are easier to clean and maintain, whereas ball valves can be more adaptable. To learn more, please visit the RG Groupto view an assortment of ball and plug valves.