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Low-Cost Cosplay Highlights Master Roshi’s Cheeky Energy by Dragon Ball Admirer

The Dragon Ball fan’s clever thrift shop-inspired costume brings the legendary lecherous character of the series to life, a bushy brow and all.

A Dragon Ball fan gave a fitting tribute to the sage of the show’s lecherous character.

Candid_Clown’s Reddit post shows off his unique Master Roshi cosplay. It captures the naughtier aspect of the wise old teacher. The costume was constructed from thrift store components According to the post on Reddit. This helped to create Roshi’s ever-outdated fashion sense. The wavy white eyebrows and flowing beard pull the look together, achieving the signature look of a 430-year-old man who thinks he’s the ultimate stud.

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Master Roshi’s Anime Appearance

The Dragon Ball franchise launched in 1984 with the first manga written by creator Akira Toriyama, which ran for more than a decade during Shonen Jump. In 1986, the manga was adapted into an anime that ran for 153 episodes and introduced characters such as Goku as well as Master Roshi. Roshi first appeared in the anime’s “Emperor Pilaf Saga” before going on to become the master of characters like Goku, Krillin, and Gohan as he revealed his sinister behavior in the initial arc of the show when he offered one of the extremely rare and powerful “Dragon Balls” to Goku’s friend Bulma to look at her underwear.

Master Roshi was one of the earliest and most prominent of a long list of perverted male characters to appear in popular animated series. The infamous trope is prevalent in the medium. From Naruto’s Jiraiya and on to Chainsaw Man’s Denji anime has made fun of sexual machismo. This is a tradition that dates back to characters such as Master Roshi who are shown snooping or making sexual advances to women for comic effect. The trope of male lechery, along with the problematic depiction of female characters in anime remains a problem for the medium nearly 20 years after Master Roshi made his debut. However, there have been certain positive developments that indicate that anime is turning a corner.

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Despite its problematic elements, Dragon Ball has remained among the most influential and well-loved manga and anime series of all time. Fans are still clamoring for more even after the 2018 end of the latest sequel Dragon Ball Super. While there has been no announcement about the anime’s continuation, the Dragon Ball Super manga is still available on V Jump, with North American distribution by Viz Media. In 2022, the franchise released a movie titled Dragon Ball Super: Super Her. It can be streamed on Crunchyroll.

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