Bulma is one of the earliest characters of the Dragon Ball franchise, ushering in the introduction of not just the Capsule Corporation but also the Saiyan protagonist of Son Goku when he was only a toddler. When the two united to search for the Dragon Balls in order to summon Shenron for a wish, the franchise got started and the duo have been linked ever since. While they didn't officially become a couple, Bulma did end up with a Saiyan in the form of the Prince of the Saiyans, Vegeta. We got the opportunity to chat with the current English voice actor for Bulma and ask her what her favorite experience is being a part of the Dragon Ball franchise.
Monica Rial has been a part of Dragon Ball since 2010, taking on the role of Bulma Brief for both Dragon Ball Z and, to this day, Dragon Ball Super. While Bulma has continued viewing most of the adventures from the sidelines as she doesn't exactly have the ability to turn into a Super Saiyan, her expertise, wealth, and know how have certainly continued to be a part of the wildly popular franchise.
Monica Rial: "Wow! You know, I will say that it's been really, really fun that the more popular it gets and the more visible it is, the more people. It used to be, back in the day, that you know, you'd say, "I'm working on this show," and you'd have to explain the premise and everything. Now, it's to a point where I can say, "I'm Bulma in Dragon Ball." And it doesn't matter who it is, they're like, Dragon Ball?!"
Bulma and Vegeta have recently welcomed a new addition to their family with a daughter, Bulla, who brings their nuclear family to four. Whether or not Bulla will grow to be a fighter like her dad or an inventor like her mom is yet to be seen, but we're sure we'll see her develop as the shonen series moves forward. With Dragon Ball becoming more and more popular as the days pass, its no surprise that the actors like Monica would be taken aback by the recognition they receive as part of the cast!
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Dragon Ball Super currently airs its English dub on Adult Swim during the Toonami programming block on Saturday evenings. It is also available to stream on Funimation and Amazon Video. The Japanese-language release of the series is complete, and available to stream on FunimationNOW and Crunchyroll. The manga has chapters that can currently be read for free thanks to Viz Media, and Dragon Ball Super's big movie, Dragon Ball Super: Broly, is now available on Blu-ray and DVD.