Dragon Ball has more characters under its thumb than fans care to count, and we're sure creator Akira Toriyama feels the same. The artist has created hundreds of them over the years, and somewhere along the way, Toriyama crafted several naming conventions to help streamline things. From characters to techniques, you can find naming patterns everywhere in Dragon Ball, but it seems the official name for Piccolo's newest form missed the memo.
So, please be warned! There are major spoilers below for Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero. Read on with caution...!
For those who don't know already, Piccolo unlocks more than one power as he fights in Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero. The Namekian unlocks his Potential Unleashed form towards the start of the film, but he taps into another power before the ending comes around. It turns out his Namekian Pride lights a fire under the new power, and the form is known as... Orange Piccolo.
Yup, you read that right. Orange Piccolo is the name of this form, and Toriyama confirmed as much himself in a recent note to fans.
According to the creator, Piccolo is still his favorite character, and his stoicism is to thank for the favor. Toriyama has long considered giving the Namekian his own power boost, but the time was never right until Dragon Ball Super put Piccolo in the spotlight. Now, the hero has two new forms under his belt, and it is up to fans to decide whether or not Orange Piccolo suits the Namekian.
Soon, fans in the United States will get the chance to see Piccolo in all his color in theaters. Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero has already debuted in Japan, and Crunchyroll will bring it stateside on August 19th. Other territory releases will follow, but thanks to several new PVs overseas, it seems the spoiler floodgate for the anime comeback is officially open!
Did you expect Dragon Ball Super to go with this name...? Or do you have a better one in mind for Piccolo? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section below or hit me up on Twitter @MeganPetersCB.