Contact Us

‘Dragon Ball’ Creator Akira Toriyama Reveals Android 17 And 18′s Human Names

Android 17
Dragon Ball

Dragon Ball creator Akira Toriyama is on a roll lately when it comes to expanding the lore of his 42-volume manga series. On top of completing his latest manga, Jaco the Galactic Patrolman and a 12-page Dragon Ball/Dragon Ball Z prelude story known as Dragon Ball Minus, the creator recently provided siblings Android 17 and Android 18 with some added backstory (and epilogue) in a Q&A in Shueisha’s Saikyō Jump.

It turns out that before Goku’s enemy Dr. Gero transformed them into monstrously powerful cyborgs, Android No. 17 was a human named Lapis and his twin sister No. 18 was named Lazuli. Their names come from the deep blue semiprecious stone known as lapis lazuli, meaning their names are essentially “Stone” and “Blue,” respectively.

In Dragon Ball and its localized Dragon Ball Z manga, the androids are a menace before dying, coming back to life and eventually mellowing out. While Android 18 goes on to be a fixture in the DB cast by starting a family with Kuririn, her brother more or less does his own thing and only shows up for a panel before the series wraps up. In the new Q&A Toriyama has revealed that after the manga Number 17 later becomes a poacher-hating park ranger at a nature preserve and marries a zoologist with two adopted children. This future is naturally completely at odds with the Dragon Ball Z anime’s sequel Dragon Ball GT (a series not based on Toriyama’s manga), but something tells me most fans won’t mind.

 

Anroid 17 and 18

 

‘Dragon Ball Minus’ Is Fan Service With A Smile

 

[Via Crunchyroll]

Best of the Web

More From Around the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your points and personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account with your Facebook account, just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing profile and VIP program points. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://comicsalliance.com using your Facebook account.

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

Register on Comics Alliance quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!

Not a Member? Sign Up Here

Please solve this simple math problem to prove that you are a real person.

Register on Comics Alliance quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!