Dragon Ball's Goku will have his own balloon in the upcoming 92nd Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade —and Japanese manga fans are excited.
Appearing in his Super Saiyan Blue form, the star of the animated franchise, begun in 1984, will feature prominently in the parade at 70-feet long, 36-feet wide and 56-feet tall. The standard balloon size for the parade is five to six stories high and somewhere around 60 feet long and 30 feet wide, according to HowStuffWorks.
A collaborative effort between Dragon Ball's, Toei Animation and Macy's Studio artists, this will be the first time a Japanese manga character will be featured in the parade, according to a video posted by Funimation.In the video, you can witness the artists at work on the balloon's design:
We’re making history, y’all! OUR BOY GOKU GETS A BALLOON IN THE @MACYS 🔥THANKSGIVING 🔥DAY 🔥PARADE!! 🔥@ToeiAnimation… https://t.co/utlCVdOUpd— Funimation @ Macy's Parade🎈 (@Funimation @ Macy's Parade🎈)1541080800.0
Toei Animation proudly announced the balloon on Twitter:
Something looks SUPER in this artwork. 👀🔥🎈 #MacysParade https://t.co/YlLxgPGDbq— Toei Animation (@Toei Animation)1541095674.0
Commenters on Twitter are excited about Goku's upcoming appearance:
@IGN Goodness, gracious. I just went to Tokyo Tower and thought "this has to be the max height of Dragon Ball." (li… https://t.co/7sMlxlFKEN— Franco abstract. ⭐⭐ (@Franco abstract. ⭐⭐)1541112021.0
@IGN Goku is finally getting the attention that he deserves!— B.Awesome (@B.Awesome)1541077923.0
@IGN Shows you how popular dragon ball is here in the states— Dennis Misiak (@Dennis Misiak)1541078119.0
Whetting fans appetites for more, Goku's appearance in the parade celebrates the upcoming North American release of the feature film Dragon Ball Super: Broly in January 2019.
@IGN This is LIT ASF Why does he have a spear or pole through his chest This never happen Events that were similar… https://t.co/vSUeUxH1rm— Goku_Vegeta561 (@Goku_Vegeta561)1541100927.0
@IGN https://t.co/0XDkfb0BbA— Jay Smith (@Jay Smith)1541084247.0
@IGN YOOOOOO!!! THAT'S FUCKING AWESOME!!! #SuperSayajin #Goku #Macy— 🎅⛄Leonardo🎄Drake☃️🤶 (@🎅⛄Leonardo🎄Drake☃️🤶)1541086273.0
There were some disputes over whether or not Goku is truly the first manga character to appear in the parade (as the video above notes):
@IGN @QueThePromoter Uh pikachu?— Dan. (@Dan.)1541077776.0
@IGN "This will be the first time a Japanese manga character makes an appearance in the Parade." https://t.co/xoBScnyrBq— Papá Belzebú (@Papá Belzebú)1541078674.0
@PBelzebu @IGN Pokemon is originally a videogame not a manga. Manga = Books (see Evangelion, Ghosts in the Shell, R… https://t.co/Oh3H7PXG9G— ShinobiNYC (@ShinobiNYC)1541079568.0
@ShinobiNYC @IGN But there are plenty of Pokemon mangas, the first one dating almost as far back as the Red/Blue games.— Papá Belzebú (@Papá Belzebú)1541080201.0
Derek Padula, a "Dragon Ball scholar," according to his Twitter profile, and author of the book Dragon Ball Culture, made this prediction:
Toei says Goku is going to be in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade! He will be seen by millions of people, and rec… https://t.co/3kfapSWnfN— Derek Padula (@Derek Padula)1541095857.0
If the balloon looks as on point as the design, there's little doubt that when Goku makes his appearance in the parade, longtime fans of the hero will be shook.
I can’t belive Goku is gonna be in the Macy’s parade lol. 12 year old me is shaking!— Joe (@Joe)1541095817.0
Check out Goku in the 92nd Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on Nov. 22nd, on NBC from 9am-noon.