I don’t actually remember a time before I watched Dragonball Z. I was little, you know? I don’t remember the exact age I started, though I figure I must’ve at least been older than 5 or so. I do remember how I started watching, though. Like most things, it started with my older brother. He made me watch cartoons with him, Pokemon, Yugioh, Digimon. All his fault. I don’t regret it, but that’s how it went.
The thing is, I don’t think anyone is allowed to judge me for my attachment to these characters, especially Gohan. Gohan is Goku’s son and I watched him grow up, from a baby to a toddler to a scared little kid. I watched him learn to be brave. I watched that kid turn into a preteen. I watched his first day of high school, his first date. I watch his goofy attempt at being a superhero. I watched him meet the girl that would become his wife. I watched him become an adult, have a daughter. I watched this kid grow up.
I watched Goku grow up too, but it’s different with him. For one thing, Goku never really DOES grow up. Even as an adult, even after he dies, he really kind of stays the same. Happy, cheerful, carefree, up until the moment you threaten him or his loved ones. Then he turns serious and kicks your ass. That never changes with Goku and I’d be upset if it did. Another thing is that I watched Dragonball Z and Dragonball simultaneously. I came home from school and watched a kid Goku go on goofy quests for the dragon balls for half an hour, then DBZ would come on and an adult Goku would battle Vegeta, Frieza, Cell, Buu. He would die, or appear to die, several times. He would become stronger and stronger. I watched kid Goku knowing what was waiting for him.
And I didn’t get to see Goku the Scared Kid. I didn’t get to see Goku the Shy Preteen. And I didn’t get to see Goku the Awkward Teenager. I missed all that. Everyone did. But I was there with Gohan. I was a child clinging to my father’s leg, a kid learning to stand on my own, a preteen willing to fight for what’s right, and I was teenager trying to become my own person. And now I’m becoming an adult.
No one’s allowed to judge me for being attached to this show and these characters. (and honestly, I’m kind of worried about anyone that could watch this show all the way through and not feel something for Gohan. If you were watching the same life I was, I don’t know how you could not like him) They’ve been with me as long as I can remember. They make me happy. And if anyone has a problem with it, they can get out.