You don’t have to be part of the anime fandom for long to learn about its dub v sub factions. A small sector of the fandom isn’t afraid to fight over their version of dialogue, and that debate is rearing its head in the Dragon Ball fandom over some donuts.
Yes, donuts. You heard that right, and you can blame Hit for the big to-do.
For those unaware, Toonami aired its latest episode of Dragon Ball Super, and the update has fans freaking out. Not only did it leave off with Goku dead, but it featured a now controversial scene with Hit.
You're fucking kidding me pic.twitter.com/oYbjJ4moce— Skippy (@SkippyTheRobot) July 15, 2018
As you can see above, Goku ended up fighting Hit after the Universe 6 assassin came for him. The Saiya wanted to see how strong Hit really was, so he put out a hit on himself to lure Hit. So, when the assassin showed up before Goku, he prepared for battle with an odd line of dialogue.
In fact, Hit simply said it is “time to make the donuts” before charging at Goku, and fans are very split about the line. For sub purists, they are livid over the line because its western feel doesn’t line up with what Hit says in the Japanese. However, there is a reason behind donuts line that lots of fans are defending.
Sure, the dialogue may seem out of place, but it is a direct reference to a Dragon Ball game. If you played Xenoverse 2, you will know Hit says that exact same line in English when players choose him on the select screen. In Japanese, Hit says it is “time to do my job”, but the dub version uses the colloquial dialogue about donuts instead. The line is a easter egg for gamers to enjoy, but its little-known history seems to have rubbed some the wrong way. As you can see below, there is plenty of debate going on about the line, and Hit has found himself in the middle of the growing fan-war.
How do you feel about this line? Do you think it's really such a big deal? Let me know in the comments or hit me up on Twitter @MeganPetersCB to talk all things comics and anime!
I tuned in to watch Dragon Ball Super not Team Four Star Funimation.— CSA (@CSA0905) July 15, 2018
Can’t the people complaining about Dragon Ball this, Dragon Ball that, just shut the fuck up and grow up? “Oh my god, he said he was gonna make the donuts JUST like what he says in Xenoverse 2! This just can’t be!” Yeah yeah, fuck off!— Lane (@LCBebop) July 15, 2018
a single goofy throwaway reference to a reference they already made in a video game means Dragon Ball Z is ruined forever and it's a complete tragedy and here's my 7 hour YouTube rant
there are reasons to crit the Super dub's script & performances but donuts is GOAT— Em @ Pride All Day Every Day ?️? (@SpaceQueenEmily) July 15, 2018
We're apparently shitting on the Dragon Ball Super dub because of Hit's donuts line and now it's the worst dub of all time.....
This two-parter literally has Goku dying and REVIVING HIMSELF in it.— Brad Smith (@bradsmithVR) July 15, 2018
Toei: How can we create an uproar with our fanbase?
Toriyama: Let's bring back Broly.
Funimation: Hold my donut. #DragonBall— Mad Alex (@itsmadalex) July 15, 2018
Fans like this are what make me annoyed of being a Dragonball Fan. It’s clearly a homage to the people who play Xenoverse. I personally enjoyed it as a lot of others did as well. You should be ashamed for being so mad about Hit getting ready to make the Donuts. FOH https://t.co/kmVdxyCdrK— Broly is canon and yall mad af (@Sanithesnowman) July 15, 2018
I awoke to seeing the Dragon Ball community shitting themselves again. I'm just gonna sit back and watch from afar while eating some DONUTS!— SailorDodo⭐️ (@SantoryuStar) July 15, 2018
Dragon Ball fans and content creators "Dragon ball will NEVER have dubbed music again because that's just not a thing anymore, scripts will be exactly like the Japanese dub no more corny western lines FACT"
Hit starts talking about making donuts in the DBS dub... pic.twitter.com/BfgWFUeSZc— ᖇᕮTᖇO ᖇᗩᑎTᕮᖇ (@RetroRanter) July 15, 2018