Japanese teen trend: "Dragon Ball attack" selfies

"Numerous Japanese teens, it seems, are uploading photos of themselves doing the Kamehameha attack from popular manga and anime series Dragon Ball," writes Kotaku's Japan-based correspondent Brian Ashcraft. There's a photo gallery and it's awesome. Brian had an earlier post at Kotaku about the broader trend in Japan of young women staging photos with manga-style martial arts. Below, one such image found on 2ch, Japan's largest bulletin board, with the heading, "Schoolgirls Nowadays lol".

(Thanks, Brian Lam!)


  1. Very cute. That show, though … watched it a few times with my niece and each episode is basically 80% posturing and chest-beating and taunting threats by the characters, 10% boring journeys through dull wastelands accompanied by plot and background exposition (including recaps of threats, posturing, etc.), and maybe 10% actual action.

    The nine-year-old got tired of it quickly, and now we call it “Dragon Stall Z.”

    1. The animators worked quicker than Toriyama could write and release the manga it was based on. The series is full of filling material, but the comic is amazing. 

      1. Thanks to you and Sekino for the explanations. The show was unwatchable to the point where I wondered how it ever made it to air. Now I know, and since the manga seems popular with girls maybe I’ll suggest my niece give it a chance.

    2. Do you watch dubbed or subtitled?  Because dubbed anime is unrelentingly saccharine garbage.

    1. That planet’s had five minutes left til kaboom for like… an entire season or three or something.

  2. Woo! We did this at my friends’ wedding in Mexico last month. None of us had heard of this at the time, but maybe the guy who suggested it had. We’re still waiting on the photos from the guy they hired, but an amateur one here:

  3. I’d suggest someone ‘shoop in some visual FX, but I’m sure the internet is already on it.

  4. More like the Hadoken attack from Street Fighter, methinks. That’s how I’m seeing it described elsewhere.

    1. Whatever the case, the Japanese call these poses Kamehameha (かめはめ波) in their twitters.

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