History MacGuffin / AnimeAndManga

8th Feb '17 2:29:20 AM NNinja
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* The titular Dragonballs in ''Manga/DragonBall'' were originally just an instigator for the story. Goku admitted at the very beginning that he had no plans for a wish and just wanted to see a cool dragon. Bulma was planning to wish for first a lifetime supply of strawberries, then a boyfriend, while Yamcha was going to get rid of his fear of women. The very first wish ended up being just a gag... a pair of woman's panties by Oolong, done to keep Pilaf from using the dragon to conquer the world. Bulma and Yamcha fall in love, not having needed the wishes after all. The second Dragonball hunt was also just Goku looking for his Grandfather's 4-star Dragonball. The necessity to make a specific wish only became important when Tao Pai Pai killed a newfound friend of Goku's while searching for the Dragonballs.
** As the story progressed nearly every BigBad had their plans for the Dragonballs (most wanted to be immortal) but even then the Dragonballs could be replaced with a credit card and the story could still mostly be told, except without a handy ResetButton. It wasn't until ''Anime/DragonBallGT'' that the Dragonballs themselves became a danger to the characters.
** The Dragonballs actually stopped being a [=MacGuffin=] during the Frieza saga in ''Anime/DragonBallZ'', where they have an important instrumental role in the latter part of the plot: first, when the Namek Dragon Balls are used to bring back Piccolo, which not only allows the namekian to join the fight against Frieza, but also prompts the resurrection of the Earth Dragon Balls. These are then used to bring back all the people slain by Frieza and his minions back to life, including the Great Elder (albeit the latter just briefly). This allows the Namek Dragon Balls to be used one last time to evacuate the collapsing planet, except for Goku and Frieza, who stay behind to finish their battle before Namek explodes.
** In the Android and Majin Buu arcs, though, they simply became the series' reset button, the gathering of which was completely glossed over (the characters had become too powerful to ''not'' just fly to where the Dragonballs were and pick them up).
** In the Battle Of Gods Saga in ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'' as well as the movie, they were originally the grand prize for the bingo tournament on Bulma's birthday as she personally collected them for the occasion but following Beerus's arrival and wanting to search for the Super Saiyan God, they use them to ask Shenron about the Super Saiyan God which he helped with the info about how to become one. In the Resurrection of F Saga, the Earth Dragon Balls were used to revive Frieza which kicked off the plot and his revenge for the saga.
** The Super Dragon Balls are this UpToEleven as they are ''planet-sized'', bigger than the Namekian Dragon Balls! They have the power to grant ANY wish and they span out to not just the universe, but both the 6th and 7th Universes! In a DoubleSubversion in the Champa Saga, the conflict is more about between Beerus and Champa, the Gods of Destruction of the 7th and 6th Universes; over the ''ownership of 7th Universe's Earth'' being the [=MacGuffin=] as while it is filled with humanity capable of serving Beerus the tastiest food, the 6th Universe's Earth is devastated with war and humanity's extinction much to Champa's dismay. Which is why the Super Dragon Balls are needed to be able to switch Earths and Champa and Vados already collected six of them so they will be on display for the 5-on-5 tournament between the best warriors of both universes chosen by the gods against each other while the winner gets to keep six of them and look for the final one which Bulma and Jaco begins searching for it. Although because Champa has already been collecting them before even in the Resurrection of F saga, his purpose with them is still unknown.
20th Sep '16 6:35:56 PM Skylentt
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* In ''Manga/DGrayMan'' both sides of the holy war are actively looking for the heart of Innocence. Nobody knows what it looks like and at this point it hasn't been found yet. Also counts as a [[spoiler:[=Living MacGuffin] now that it has been revealed that it has awakened and thus has a wielder]].

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* In ''Manga/DGrayMan'' both sides of the holy war are actively looking for the heart of Innocence. Nobody knows what it looks like and at this point it hasn't been found yet. Also counts as a [[spoiler:[=Living MacGuffin] [[spoiler: LivingMacGuffin now that it has been revealed that it has awakened and thus has a wielder]].wielder.]]
20th Sep '16 6:28:37 PM Skylentt
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* In ''Manga/DGrayMan'' both sides of the holy war are actively looking for the heart of Innocence. Nobody knows what it looks like and at this point it hasn't been found yet. Also counts as a [[spoiler [=Living MacGuffin] now that it has been revealed that it has awakened and thus has a wielder]].

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* In ''Manga/DGrayMan'' both sides of the holy war are actively looking for the heart of Innocence. Nobody knows what it looks like and at this point it hasn't been found yet. Also counts as a [[spoiler [=Living [[spoiler:[=Living MacGuffin] now that it has been revealed that it has awakened and thus has a wielder]].
wielder]].
20th Sep '16 6:25:35 PM Skylentt
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* In ''Manga/DGrayMan'' both sides of the holy war are actively looking for the heart of Innocence. Nobody knows what it looks like and at this point it hasn't been found yet. Also counts as a [[spoiler [=Living MacGuffin] now that it has been revealed that it has awakened and thus has a wielder.]]

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* In ''Manga/DGrayMan'' both sides of the holy war are actively looking for the heart of Innocence. Nobody knows what it looks like and at this point it hasn't been found yet. Also counts as a [[spoiler [=Living MacGuffin] now that it has been revealed that it has awakened and thus has a wielder.]]wielder]].
20th Sep '16 6:24:57 PM Skylentt
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* In ''Manga/DGrayMan'' both sides of the holy war are actively looking for the heart of Innocence. Nobody knows what it looks like and at this point it hasn't been found yet. Also counts as a [[spoiler [=Living MacGuffin] now that it has been revealed that it has awakened and thus has a wielder.]]
3rd Jul '16 5:36:23 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* Protoculture from ''Anime/{{Robotech}}''. It's the mysterious energy source that drives Robotechnology. But in terms of storytelling, it exists mostly to [[CutAndPasteTranslation tie together its three component series]] ''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross'', ''Anime/SuperDimensionCavalrySouthernCross'', and ''Anime/GenesisClimberMospeada''; in the originals, all the mecha and ships were powered by your run-of-the-mill nuclear fusion, with the Protoculture themselves being actual sentient {{Precursors}} instead of just an energy source.

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* Protoculture from ''Anime/{{Robotech}}''. It's the mysterious energy source that drives Robotechnology. But in terms of storytelling, it exists mostly to [[CutAndPasteTranslation tie together its three component series]] ''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross'', (''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross'', ''Anime/SuperDimensionCavalrySouthernCross'', and ''Anime/GenesisClimberMospeada''; ''Anime/GenesisClimberMospeada''); in the originals, all the mecha and ships were powered by your run-of-the-mill nuclear fusion, with the Protoculture themselves being actual sentient {{Precursors}} in the original ''SDF Macross'' instead of just an energy source.
3rd Jul '16 5:35:38 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* Protoculture from ''Anime/{{Robotech}}''. It's the mysterious energy source that drives Robotechnology. But in terms of storytelling, it exists mostly to tie together the three component anime series Macross, Southern Cross, and Mospeada. in the original series, all the mecha and ships were powered by your run of the mill nuclear fusion.

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* Protoculture from ''Anime/{{Robotech}}''. It's the mysterious energy source that drives Robotechnology. But in terms of storytelling, it exists mostly to [[CutAndPasteTranslation tie together the its three component anime series Macross, Southern Cross, series]] ''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross'', ''Anime/SuperDimensionCavalrySouthernCross'', and Mospeada. ''Anime/GenesisClimberMospeada''; in the original series, originals, all the mecha and ships were powered by your run of the mill run-of-the-mill nuclear fusion.fusion, with the Protoculture themselves being actual sentient {{Precursors}} instead of just an energy source.
12th May '16 7:20:27 PM yuugame
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** Tthe entire Orange League episodes are caused by Ash trying to get the mysterious GS Ball to a Pokeball expert named Kurt. No one knows what's in it. By the end of the Johto League episodes, [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse it's just forgotten]]. In the games, the GS Ball contained Celebi. However, Celebi has appeared in the anime/[[TheMovie movies]] since then, with no known connection to the GS Ball. They tried throwing it, using a crowbar, electric saws, and a ''laser''. Nothing worked, and it was completely forgotten about later. Chances are, not even the producers really knew what was in it.
*** The GS Ball in the {{anime}} was supposed to be exactly like how it was in the games, but the producers decided to use Celebi for the movies, so when they had Ash give the ball to Kurt, the producers left that subplot unsolved in hopes that the audience would forget about it. They didn't.

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** Tthe entire Orange League episodes are caused by Ash trying to get the mysterious GS Ball to a Pokeball expert named Kurt. No one knows what's in it. By the end of the Johto League episodes, [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse it's just forgotten]]. In the games, the GS Ball contained Celebi.was used to make Celebi appear in the Illex Forest. However, Celebi has appeared in the anime/[[TheMovie movies]] since then, with no known connection to the GS Ball. They tried throwing it, using a crowbar, electric saws, and a ''laser''. Nothing worked, and it was completely forgotten about later. Chances are, not even the producers really knew what was in it.
*** The GS Ball in the {{anime}} was supposed to be exactly like how it was similar to its role in the games, it was supposed to ''contain'' Celebim but the producers decided to use Celebi for the movies, so when they had Ash give the ball to Kurt, the producers left that subplot unsolved in hopes that the audience would forget about it. They didn't.
2nd Jan '16 12:57:50 AM NeoTerraKnight
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** In the Battle Of Gods Saha in 'Anime/DragonBallSuper'' as well as the movie were originally the grand prize for the bingo tournament on Bulma's birthday as she personally collected them for the occasion but following Beerus's arrival and wanting to search for the Super Saiyan God, they use them to ask Shenron about the Super Saiyan God which he helped with the info about how to become one. In the Resurrection of F Saga, the Earth Dragon Balls were used to revive Frieza which kicked off the plot and his revenge for the saga.

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** In the Battle Of Gods Saha Saga in 'Anime/DragonBallSuper'' ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'' as well as the movie movie, they were originally the grand prize for the bingo tournament on Bulma's birthday as she personally collected them for the occasion but following Beerus's arrival and wanting to search for the Super Saiyan God, they use them to ask Shenron about the Super Saiyan God which he helped with the info about how to become one. In the Resurrection of F Saga, the Earth Dragon Balls were used to revive Frieza which kicked off the plot and his revenge for the saga.
2nd Jan '16 12:56:41 AM NeoTerraKnight
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** The Super Dragon Balls are this UpToEleven as they are ''planet-sized'', bigger than the Namekian Dragon Balls! They have the power to grant ANY wish and they span out to not just the universe, but both the 6th and 7th Universes! They end up becoming part of the conflict between Beerus and Champa, the Gods of Destruction of the 7th and 6th Universes; over the ownership of 7th Universe's Earth as while it is filled with humanity capable of serving Beerus the tastiest food, the 6th Universe's Earth is devastated with war and humanity's extinction much to Champa's dismay. Champa and Vados already collected six of them and they will be used for the 5-on-5 tournament between the best warriors of both universes against each other. Although because Champa has already been collecting them even in the Resurrection of F saga, his actual motives are still unknown.

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** The Super Dragon Balls are this UpToEleven as they are ''planet-sized'', bigger than the Namekian Dragon Balls! They have the power to grant ANY wish and they span out to not just the universe, but both the 6th and 7th Universes! They end up becoming part of In a DoubleSubversion in the Champa Saga, the conflict is more about between Beerus and Champa, the Gods of Destruction of the 7th and 6th Universes; over the ownership ''ownership of 7th Universe's Earth Earth'' being the [=MacGuffin=] as while it is filled with humanity capable of serving Beerus the tastiest food, the 6th Universe's Earth is devastated with war and humanity's extinction much to Champa's dismay. Which is why the Super Dragon Balls are needed to be able to switch Earths and Champa and Vados already collected six of them and so they will be used on display for the 5-on-5 tournament between the best warriors of both universes chosen by the gods against each other. other while the winner gets to keep six of them and look for the final one which Bulma and Jaco begins searching for it. Although because Champa has already been collecting them before even in the Resurrection of F saga, his actual motives are purpose with them is still unknown.
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