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'Dragon Ball' Spin-off Manga Features Yamcha As The Strongest Character In An Alternate 'Dragon Ball' Universe

By Dan Niel , Dec 12, 2016 11:58 AM EST
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The debate is over! The strongest character in "Dragon Ball" is no other than Yamcha -- that is, in an alternate "Dragon Ball" universe. A new spin-off manga written and illustrated by Dragon Garow Lee based on Akira Toriyama's original series and re-imagines Yamcha as the hero started serialization in Shueisha's Shōnen Jump Plus digital manga magazine.

The spin-off manga, titled "Dragon Ball Gaiden: Tensei-shitara Yamcha Datta Ken" ("Dragon Ball Side Story: The Case of Being Reincarnated as Yamcha"), follows the story of an ordinary high school student who was reincarnated in Yamcha's body in the "Dragon Ball" comic after an accident, according to Crunchyroll. He will use his knowledge about what will happen in the manga to train and transform Yamcha to be strongest hero in the series.

Yamcha, a former bandit, was originally characterized as a deadly warrior who has fear of women. He was also a former enemy of Goku but the two became friends, and he was also Bulma's ex-boyfriend. Yamcha is very talented in martial arts and although he is a human, he possesses skills that allow him to fight alongside other "Dragon Ball" characters.

However, Yamcha is criticized as one of the weakest character in the series. He is strong for a human but his skills are dull when compared to otherworldly characters in the series. He wasn't much of a help when killer androids, Saiyans and other aliens visited earth and his weakness is always made into trolls on the internet and social media. Later, Yamcha became a professional baseball player for a team called Titans.

In "Dragon Ball Super" episode 70, Yamcha made a comeback in the most dangerous baseball game of all time which almost destroyed the planet. Yamcha was injured multiple times by Vegeta who is playing on the opposite team with Champa but in the end, he scored a run before and became the game's MVP.

 

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