|Alternative Name(s)||Soba (ソバ)|
|English Localized Name(s)||
|Galaxy||Milky Way, North Galaxies|
|Manga Debut||Volume 2, Chapter 18|
|Movie Debut||Movie 18|
Shū (シュウ; FUNimation "Shu", Viz "Sho"), known as Soba (ソバ) in the early stage of the manga, is an Animal-type Earthling, and a member of the Pilaf Gang. He serves as Pilaf's loyal henchmen along with his partner Mai. He has encountered the Dragon Team on their mission to further their leader's quest to collect the Dragon Balls and to complete his master's goal of world domination.
Shū is an Animal-type Earthling, and as such, bears the appearance of a bipedal animal; in his case, he resembles a dog. Shū has white fur with brown patches, as seen from around his face and hands, a long snout and a black button nose, as well as dark black eyes that are round. Physically, Shū does not differ much from an adult to a puppy, beyond a height difference and softer features.
His typical attire consists of purple ninja garb, worn over a black undershirt, tied with a white obi, and he wears black tabi worn within waraji for footwear. On his back, he wears a sword tied with string. In the original Dragon Ball anime, he wore a yellow undershirt.
Hunt for the Dragons Ball Arc
Red Ribbon Army Arc
The following contents are "Non-Canon" and therefore not considered part of the Canon story.
Uranai Baba Arc
Piccolo Daimaō Arc
Dragon Ball Z: God and God
Main article: Dragon Ball Z: God and God
Dragon Ball Z: Revival of "F"
Main article: Dragon Ball Z: Revival of "F"
God and God Arc
Main article: God and God Arc
Revival of "F" Arc
Main article: Revival of "F" Arc
Hakaishin Champa Arc
Main article: Hakaishin Champa Arc
"Future" Trunks Arc
Main article: "Future" Trunks Arc
In Other Timelines
Shū shared the same past events with his present counterpart before Trunks used Time Machine to travel to the past. At some point in the future, the Pilaf Gang gathered the Dragon Balls and summoned Shenron to wish for youth. Their timing was during the Android's attack on Earth, however, and the death of Piccolo rendered them inert from that point on; their wish turned them into infants.
In Other Media
Dragon Ball Super (manga)
See also: Dragon Ball Super#Manga
God and God Arc (manga)
Hakaishin Champa Arc (manga)
- Shu along with the Pilaf Gang make a cameo in Akira Toriyama's other work such as the movie Dr. Slump and Arale-chan: N-cha! Love Comes From Penguin Village.
- In the Ask Akira Toriyama section of the tankōbon version of volume 12, Akira Toriyama revealed to a reader in his questionnaire that the reason why this character is named both "Shū" in volume 10 of the manga and "Soba" in volume 2 is because when the anime came out in Japan, they had asked him to name Pilaf's underlings. Toriyama told the anime industry to name this character "Shū", completely forgetting that he already named this character "Soba" in the manga. By the time he realized this mistake, it was already too late, so Toriyama decided to rename the character to "Shū" in volume 10 onwards for consistency with the anime. Despite this, an editor revealed that they retained "Soba" as the character's name in the English version of the manga in order to stay true to Toriyama's original intentions.