Templarion Prime focuses almost entirely on information relating to the Planet Trade Saga of Dragonball--that is, the first episode of Dragonball Z through Freeza's demise at the hands of Goku and the destruction of Planet Namek. His favorite character in the books/show is Freeza, followed by Vegeta (up through his death at the hands of Freeza). He made his largest contribution to the site on November 2nd, 2008 before his account was created, on the Freeza page, overhauling most of the Introduction, Personality, and Story information up through the end of the events on Namek. He continues to work/refine anything related to Freeza and the Planet Trade Saga (Saiyan Saga, Namek Saga, and Freeza Saga by common names) throughout the site.
I have been a fierce fan of the Planet Trade Saga of dragonball for quite a long time, so almost all of my editing and writing will be done in pages that relate to that saga. Although I have no doubt others have used the term, Planet Trade Saga is simply the name I give to what is commonly called the Saiyan Saga, Namek Saga, and the Freeza Saga. Though I use the term Planet Trade Saga, I know that it is neither an official nor a commonly used term, and I will not use terms that I invent--such as this--in my actual page edits. As so many admins have posted in the forums and discussion pages, I think we really want to move toward a quality, precise, well written wiki. Hopefully my work will help with this goal rather than come off as furthering my own opinions.
As I mentioned, I like the Planet Trade Saga of Dragonball the best, although I also really enjoy all of the previous material (as in the Dragonball anime series prior to Dragonball Z). I do not enjoy Dragonball GT sequel, nor see it as a faithful sequel to Dragonball. I do like the Cell and Buu storylines, and actually before I read and saw the original Japanese Planet Trade Saga, Cell (both English Dubbed and Japanese) was probably my favorite storyline. Once I read the Planet Trade storylines in the manga and saw the original Japanese Planet Trade saga of the anime, there was no return, and for me that Saga stands above the rest. That's just my opinion.
My favorite characters are:
1) (Japanese) Freeza: The original Japanese Freeza is probably one of the greatest anime villains I have seen. The dubbed versions were less than good in my opinion.
2) (Ocean Dub) Turles: Before I saw and read the original Japanese Freeza character, the second Ocean Dub (released on DVD, not the TV special) of Turles was my favorite character. Aside from great voice acting, there was something very compelling about this character, despite having only one movie for character development.
3) (Japanese) Vegeta (from the beginning of DBZ to his death at the hands of Freeza)--in other words, Vegeta as a villain: Lets face it, while "good" Vegeta had some decent moments (such as avenging Future Trunks death and self-destructing to try to kill Buu), I think the villain Vegeta was incredibly well developed from beginning to end, and was so engaging that I really was more interested in HIM than I was in Goku much of the time...and his death at the hands of Freeza was just some glorious writing I think.
4) (Japanese) Krillin: A great, well rounded and developed character that helped make both the manga and the anime dramatic. The English character lost quite a bit I think, but still retained some of the nature of the original.
4) (Japanese and Both English) Piccolo: What's not to like about Piccolo, from his beginnings as a Demon Clansman to his fate at the hands of Nappa and his fight against Freeza. Just a very interesting character, who adds both good fights and some interesting drama/story.
5) (Japanese and Ocean Dub) Zarbon: Probably my favorite sub-villain--in this case, a villain in the series who is not either Vegeta, Freeza, Cell, or Buu. In a way, the character of Zarbon evokes Tolkein for me. There is a combination of history (Vegeta's past), fighting, current events, and so on mixed up in this character. Also, the original character seems like more than just a thug to me (Dabura, Android 19, Dodoria anyone)?
6) (Japanese and English) Cell: Though I don't think his story is as good as the Planet Trade story, Cell was an interesting character in my opinion was just as good in the dubbed English version as he was in the original Japanese version. Very different from the original Freeza, but a very engaging villain nonetheless who left a big impact on us as readers and viewers after Gohan annihilated him.
I'm kind of obsessed with the Kaioken technique for some reason. I have always found this technique to be fascinating and have used it in fanfiction and other writing, so I may check that page more often.
...and yes, as much as I loved seeing Gohan go Super Saiyan 2 and annihilate Cell, I am one of those fans who thought that having lots of Super Saiyan levels--as well as way too many Super Saiyans--was a bad thing. I promise I will not let this interfere with any editing that I do.
Battle Powers/Power LevelsEdit
Having a primary interest in the Planet Trade Saga, I can't help but consider battle powers / power levels--after all, the Planet Trade saga is where those have their home. As far as battle powers go, I take a conservative view of battle power postings in the wiki--the fewer the better. Unless a specific battle power is mentioned in both the manga and japanese anime for a character, I am against battle powers being posted for characters on a wiki. Battle power wars are so prevalent on Dragonball fansites--as well as sites such as YouTube--so I think it best to leave all but the most firm battle powers out of this site.
Here's an example of what I mean by the above. In BOTH the manga and the original Japanese anime, Freeza states that his battle power is 530,000 in his first form. However, in his second form, he states that his battle power is probably over one million. In his third firm, it is apparent that his battle power is greater than that of his second form, and in his final form, his battle power appears to be much greater than his previous forms. So if the wiki community insisted on having battle powers listed, I would insist that only the first form's battle power should be given, since that is the only hard number given by the two sources. I am not saying that we cannot deduce certain things about other battle powers, but for the sake of quality and precision, I believe it would be best not to include those--just the battle powers that are firmly stated.
Battle powers stated directly in the Japanese Manga or Anime are of interest, though I do enjoy considering, and occasionally reading what others consider to be, possible non-mentioned battle power levels. However, in my opinion, these considerations and debates really belong on fan sites rather than a wiki. Naturally I'm expecting that others will want to take a more liberal approach to posting battle powers here, but my hope is that the majority of quality and precision oriented posters will agree with my position. Battle powers are without a doubt one of the most heatedly debated Dragonball topics, and it would give the wiki some credibility to avoid taking a position in these debates.
With this in mind, here is a listing of battle powers I have recorded from the Season Sets released by Funimation so far--the Orange Bricks. It is by no means complete, and, like this wiki, is a work in progress. This list is being compiled from the original Japanese anime provided on the season sets. I have listed the box season, disc, and time (hours:minutes:seconds):
Season 1, Disc 1:
Farmer: 5 (6:05) Piccolo: 322 (18:24) Gohan: 710 (52:30) Piccolo: 322 (54:05) Goku: 334 (54:05) Piccolo: 408 (57:08) Goku: 416 (57:24) Goku: 924...925 (1:09:14) Piccolo: 1020 (1:09:34) Piccolo: 1330 (1:11:38) Gohan: 1307 (1:20:12) Gohan: 1 (1:21:30) Piccolo: 1485 (1:25:17)
Season 1, Disc 2:
Muten Roshi (Turtle Hermit): 139 (8:25) Kuririn (Krillin): 209 (8:55) Turtle: 0.001 (9:16)
Season 1, Disc 3:
Tenshinhan, Yamucha, Kuririn, Chaozu (All Together): 1507 (48:42)
Season 1, Disc 4:
Gohan: 981 (18:11) Piccolo: 1220 (18:13) Kuririn: 1083 (18:16) Saibamen: 1200 (29:14) Raditz: 1200 (29:18) Tenshinhan: Higher than 1200 (29:40)
Battle Power / Power Level discussions are fun but wiki pages seem to suffer from them, so lets try to keep them off the wiki as much as possible.
For a thorough discussion of battle powers / power levels, I would *highly* recommend visiting the following: http://www.kanzentai.com/bp.php
Dragonball Z: The Abridged ParodyEdit
If you haven't checked out TeamFourStar's Dragonball Z: The Abridged Parody--currently showing on Team Fourstars site (not for download)--then you should make a point to do so. It is a fun series of roughly ten minute episodes that chronicle the series with humor. This is a work in progress, and currently (7-11-10) there are 16 episodes out chronicling the beginning of the Z series to the mid-point of the Namek Saga.
Please feel free to leave a message here or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org at any time. I usually check the wiki once every other day, or more regularly if many changes to certain pages are being made in a short period of time.