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Interview from an old Shonen Jump issue with Toriyama

Quotes from Toriyama:

Q: What does the Z in Dragonball Z stand for? (Most of us know that the Z was only used in the anime and it was just an index to separate Goku as a kid and Goku as an adult. But check out the response from Toriyama-san).

A: I was starting to run out of things for Dragonball and I really wanted to finish the series. So I thought that if I put a Z at the end of Dragonball, people would think that it was going to end soon!

Q: How would you position the Dragon Ball Z anime (TV series)?

A:I consider the TV animation to be in "one dimension" with the Manga. I have what I call Canon, which is the TV series and the original, printed comic edition works that are directly tied into continuity.

Q: What happened to Vegeta's tail after he was defeated on Earth?

A: The tail lets you gain tremendous strength instantly by transforming into a giant ape, but the risks are equally great--you'll lose your strength if it's squeezed. Once you're as powerful as Goku and Vegeta the tail just gets in the way. It is thought that the bodies of Saiyans, who are a fighting species, decided that their tails are unnecessary appendages

Q: Is there such a thing as a female Saiyan?

A: Of course there are. Even though they don't appear in the manga, they do exist.

Q: Is Puar male or female?

A: For what it's worth, I thought of him as a male when I was drawing him.

Q: What is Majin Buu's power level?

A; The frightening thing about Majin Buu is his unknown, unfathomable power. Whether it's actually not that much, or whether it's really stupendous, majin Buu himself probably doesn't know the answer.

Toriyama-san was kind enough to lend us his time and answer us some
questions about Dragonball. We will be asking some of the
questions we received by your fan letters. Much thanks to Toriyama-san for his kind gesture.

I was wondering, do you have any Shonen Jump Dragonball Magazine covers you could send me?

Thank you.

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