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|English TV||Kamehameha Wave|
Originator Kamehameha (元祖かめはめ波, Ganzo Kamehameha)
|Manga Debut||Volume 2, Chapter 14|
|Movie Debut||Movie 1|
|OVA Debut||OVA 1|
|Game Debut||Dragon Ball: Legend of Shenron|
|Type||Ki Manipulation Technique|
The Kamehameha is the first ki-based attack shown within the entirety of the Dragon Ball series, the signature attack of the students of the Turtle School, and most importantly — as well as famously — the signature attack of Son Gokū, the overall protagonist of the Dragon Ball series.
Kame-Sennin claims to have invented the Kamehameha during a 50-year time period pre-Dragon Ball. The attack itself, despite being the signature of Kame-Sennin, was famous among martial artists before the time of Mr. Satan, as even Yamcha knew the specifics behind the technique, and had heard of it, though he could not yet perform it.
In order to initiate the Kamehameha, the user must first cup their hands together while also keeping them open, throwing them to their sides; this causes ki to gather and converge at a single point between their hands. Upon chanting the name of the attack, the user stresses the last syllable with a shout—before throwing their hands forward, unleashing the ki in the form of an enormous, surging beam of energy capable of causing large amounts of destruction. However, it seems that the two-handed approach is optional—it can be utilized by any of the user's two limbs; however, it is not certain if this is exclusive to Gokū or not. In addition, the Kamehameha is notable for having the most variants of any ki attack—the colour and properties can be customized at the user's will, but the appearance of the attack is consistent.
- The origin of the name come from the king of Kingdom of Hawaii, Kamehameha I When Akira Toriyama was thinking about the name of the technique, he adopted the proposal of his wife, Mikami Nachi who through it would be ridiculous enough to match Kame-Sennin.
- In Dragon Ball XenoVerse, when using Voice 8 for the male Future Warrior, the technique will be constantly mispronounced.
Notes and References
- ↑ He attempted but never completed the usage.
- ↑ Daizenshū 2, page 202
- ↑ Daizenshū 4, page 111
- ↑ Daizenshū 6, pages 16, 124, 142
- ↑ Daizenshū 7, page 131
- ↑ Dragon Ball: Mystery of Shenron
- ↑ Dragon Ball Z: Sparking!
- ↑ By virtue of having the Big Bang Kamehameha
- ↑ Dragon Ball chapter 495, page 13
- ↑ By virtue of having the Final Kamehameha
- ↑ Dragon Ball chapter 15, page 2
- ↑ Dragon Ball chapter 14, page 8
- ↑ Daizenshū 4, page 167
- ↑ Dragon Ball Super Exciting Guide: Character Volume