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Akira Toriyama’s Wife Made Him Name Goku’s Legendary Attack after the Legendary First King of Hawaii

Akira Toriyama’s Wife Made Him Name Goku’s Legendary Attack after the Legendary First King of Hawaii

Akira Toriyama is considered one of the few names that come on the list of legendary mangakas of all time, and this is a feat that he has managed to achieve after working hard on the evergreen Dragon Ball franchise.

Akira Toriyama
Akira Toriyama

One of the things that make Dragon Ball memorable is the iconic Kamehameha attack, which is the signature ability of none other than Son Goku, the main protagonist of the series. However, what many might not know about how the name “Kamehameha” originated.

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Akira Toriyama’s Wife Recommended Him The Name for Iconic Son Goku’s Attack

The story revolves around how Toriyama wanted to include the word “Kame” in the name of this particular attack. Kame refers to a “Turtle” in Japanese and essentially refers to Master Roshi, also called the Turtle Hermit.

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The mangaka was then later suggested by his wife, Nachi Mikami, how Toriyama should name the attack after the first-ever king of Hawai, who was known as “Kamehameha The Great“. This was a suggestion that, when executed, helped millions of children around the world make unforgettable memories of their first-ever Kamehameha.

Goku's Kamehameha
Goku’s Kamehameha

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How Dragon Ball Characters Were Named

While the origins of how the Kamehameha came to be have been made clear, it is quite different when it comes to naming other stuff in the franchise.


When it comes to particularly naming characters of the series, it is quite humorous, the truth is that many major characters in the franchise were named after vegetables and fruits. This concept is observed clearly when we look at the name “Kakarot“, which relates to a carrot, and the name “Vegeta“, which relates to “Vegetable”.

The characters from the Dragon Ball universe
The characters from the Dragon Ball universe are named after fruits and vegetables.

Dragon Ball has been an iconic franchise, and for decades it has managed to entertain millions of fans around the world and continues to do so. The series has also managed to break the internet quite a few times, with the most notable one being when Goku finally Mastered Ultra Instinct in his fight against Jiren.

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Written by Aaditya Chug

Aaditya Chugh, an 18-year-old from New Delhi, India, is out to make a name in pop culture critique. With a passion for gaming, anime, Hollywood, and Netflix, he offers relatable insights and reviews. His down-to-earth approach resonates with readers, showing his potential as a rising media voice.