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Characters that made my year – Cell (12 Days of Christmas – Day 3)

December 16, 2010

Another day, another character who made 2010 a better year in anime for me.  On the third day of Christmas, let us honor Cell from Dragon Ball: Kai!

So yeah, a slight bit of cheating but since Dragon Ball: Kai is currently airing I have a valid excuse for including Cell on this list!  I had completely forgotten that Cell was voiced by the brilliant Norio Wakamoto – I had a complete fangasm when I realised this when Cell made his glorious arrival into the series during episode 69.  Wakamoto’s vocal performance is just amazing – they way he rolls words round before spitting them out with gusto added a whole new dimension to Cell’s character.

However the moment I’ve picked to demonstrate how ridiculously powerful, and entertaining Cell is, is from the recently aired episode 83, where Cell, in his perfect form, hijacks a TV station to broadcast his intention to hold the Cell Games.  Waltzing in through the front door, he politely asks the receptionist where the studio with worldwide broadcast capabilities is, and once directed to the upper floors, calmly proceeds directly up through the ceiling passing through multiple channels before arriving at his destination.  It’s a hilarious scene, but we’re quickly reminded of how powerful and heartless Cell is when he blasts directly through the wall and wipes out half the city as a demonstration of what he’s capable of.  Cell is all at once highly entertaining, and loathsome – this is why he’s such a great antagonist and why I’m thankful to be reliving the joy of the Cell arc in Dragon Ball Kai.

9 Comments leave one →
  1. December 16, 2010 4:29 pm

    I can’t wait for the Cell Games proper to actually start. Damn show is teasing the viewers horribly right now. =/

    • December 16, 2010 11:58 pm

      Haha – still at least we’ll get to the main games quicker in Kai – NO FILLER!

  2. Roghek permalink
    December 16, 2010 6:42 pm

    Wow, when was the last time I watched dragon ball?
    I can’t even remember, but villains like him, make the anime world a better place, for us fans of course.
    Cool stuff!!

    • December 16, 2010 11:59 pm

      Dragon Ball is good any day of the week, and Cell is one of the best antagonists.

  3. ukato permalink
    December 16, 2010 11:01 pm

    Cell x Gohan was definitely my highlight from the DBZ series
    Gotta love that one-hand kamehameha Gohan does at the end😄

    • December 16, 2010 11:59 pm

      Haha – can’t wait to see that scene again in Kai!

      • December 18, 2010 2:06 pm

        Cell is great I love how he has every persons special ability rolled into one character, probably my most favorite bad guy in DBZ close second behind Buu.

        • December 18, 2010 3:57 pm

          Cell is so ridiculously overpowered its amusing. I didn’t much like Buu if I’m honest – Cell & Frieza are my favourite DB villians

    • December 18, 2010 2:04 pm

      Agreed! Cell Vs Gohan win!

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