Why are there 7 dragon balls in Dragon Ball? Akira Toriyama gives us an answer



Over the years, dragonball It has become one of the most important anime licenses. The world of Akira Toriyama has become unforgettable in all respects and this is due to the large number of adventures that the protagonists had to experience together. All for look for the 7 dragon ballsone of the central points of the story.

However, it should be noted the fact that there are 7 dragon balls. Why not 8? This is due to a peculiarity that Akira Toriyama wanted to avoid and that is that, because in the Hakken-Den there are the eight balls, he wanted them to be different. After all, during his interview, he said he would hate if the amounts were exactly the same. But what is Hakken-Den?

What is the Hakken-Den that caused the creation of the 7 dragon balls?

Nanso Satomi Hakkenden is a Japanese epic novel consisting of 106 volumes and written by Kyokutei Bakin. Throughout these volumes we are told a story set in the Sengoku period where the story of the eight samurai half-brothers and all the descendants of a dog is told, so this word in Japanese is part of their last names.

The story is at all times tied to family loyalty and honor, as well as aspects of Buddhist philosophy. Her story has managed to inspire all sorts of manga works including, served as part inspiration for Dragon Balleven though their relationship meant that, due to his seniority, Akira Toriyama didn’t want a similar number and, design-wise, number 7 seemed perfect to him.

Source: Kanzenshuu