If you are a fan of Dragon Ball Z, then you are familiar with some of anime’s most lauded heroes. Characters like Goku and Gohan are undeniable saviors in the fandom, and the franchise hosts other model warriors. Despite his anti-hero tendencies, Vegeta has become an enduring role model for audiences around the world. And, this week, the princely Saiyan had a hand in saving a young boy from a deadly attack.
On Monday, an 11-year-old boy from Phoenix found himself rushed to the hospital after he was stung by 400 bees. Andrew Kunz was outside playing with a friend where they were shooting BB guns at an abandoned car. However, the two boys were unaware a swarm of deadly Africanized bees had taken up residence in the vehicle. When Kunz was shooting, the noise and vibration of the shots agitated the bees, and they were quick to seek revenge.
First responders to the scene rushed to Kunz after his grandmother called the police, and the boy was left fighting for his life. According to local reports, the boy held on during the pain by thinking of his favorite anime, Dragon Ball Z. Kunz reportedly pretended to be Vegeta powering up with his “Full Force Power” move.
Once the boy regained consciousness at the hospital, Kunz was interviewed by local reporters. It was there the boy dropped an iconic line, saying, “I’m Andrew, but you can call me Vegeta.” Currently, Kunz is still receiving treatment for his injuries, but he is expected to make a full recovery.
Of course, Vegeta would be proud of Kunz and how tough he was during the ordeal. When Trunks learned to go Super Saiyan, the Dragon Ball Z character was begrudgingly pleased. The hot-tempered hero would surely say Kunz’s brave act pushed his own power levels over 9000.
This month, Dragon Ball Super's story arc kicked off the ‘Universal Survival’ saga. You can check out the brief synopsis for it below:
“At Goku’s request, the Omni-Kings’ “Tournament of Power” martial arts tournament between universes now begins! …But this also proves to be the beginning of universal destruction. What awaits the victors of this tournament, and the vanquished…?! How will these intense team battles between the elites of each universe turn out…?!”
As for the saga's start date, the new arc premiered on February 5, 2017. The “Universal Survival” saga is part of the recent simulcast agreement that sites like Crunchyroll and Funimation have scored. Dragon Ball Super airs on Crunchyroll Saturdays at 7:15 p.m. CST. Toonami will begin airing the English dub on Adult Swim Saturdays at 11:30 p.m.