A fun fact: The May 9 date has an interesting backstory. While in the original Japanese version of Dragon Ball, Piccolo chose May 9 as his special day, the English-language dub changed that to May 13. The reason? Nine is an unlucky number in Japanese culture, much like 13 is in the U.S. To preserve the joke behind the date, Western distributor Funimation changed it to May 13.
In 2015, the Japan Anniversary Association declared May 9 a national, Dragon Ball-centric holiday. But instead of toasting to Piccolo’s dreams of world domination, the organization named May 9 Goku Day. That seems like a better choice to us, considering Goku is the true star if the series.
Piccolo became a loyal and important ally to his former nemesis as the years wore on. He even mentored Goku’s son Gohan during the years that Goku actually stayed dead. Piccolo pulled off one of the most impressive role reversals in anime, becoming a fan favorite and becoming one of the most important, recognisable faces of the franchise.
Date published: 05/05/18
Written by: Joseph Opoku
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