Vegeta protects Earth from giant vegetables in new 'Dragon Ball' ramen ad

By Casey Baseel, RocketNews24

Even though spikey-haired Goku is undeniably the protagonist of classic (and soon to be new) anime "Dragon Ball," we’re not sure it’s entirely accurate to call fellow Saiyajin Vegeta a “supporting character.” That’s because the widow’s peak-sporting martial artist would tell you that he’s actually the strongest fighter in the "Dragon Ball" universe, and his prideful insistence on doing things his way means that “supporting” others isn’t something he’s particularly amicable to doing.

Maybe that’s the reason that while Goku and the villainous Frieza are hawking cola, Vegeta is instead endorsing Cup Noodle’s new vegetable-packed variety of instant ramen, and starring in an action-packed, cabbage-crushing commercial while he’s at it.

Each planet in the "Dragon Ball" franchise has a naming convention for the characters hailing from that particular celestial body, and in the case of the Saiyajin, their thing is being named after food, particularly vegetables. Because it’s such a short jump from “vegetable” to “Vegeta,” Cup Noodle maker Nissin decided that Vegeta would be the perfect spokesperson for its new instant ramen with red and yellow bell peppers, onion, potato, cabbage, and bok choy all in a pot-au-feu-style broth.

Simply called Cup Noodle Vegeta (because how else could you get someone as vain as Vegeta to endorse your product without straight-up naming it after him?), Nissin boasts that it contains 120 grams of vegetables, roughly one third of the amount Japanese dieticians recommend eating each day. However, Vegeta doesn’t have time to explain that, because giant vegetables are falling from the sky.

“Hmph! You vegetables sure are acting cocky in front of a Saiyajin!” seethes Vegeta, before launching a series of punches and kicks and challenging his inanimate adversaries with “Bring it on!”

As angry he seems about the situation, for some reason his wife and kid still decide to airlift a giant head of cabbage to the battlefield.

Apparently, Vegeta has reached his limit for tolerating these insolate foodstuffs, so it’s time to go Super Saiyajin and show them who’s boss.

The ad closes with the invitation, “Let’s become Super Yasaiyajin,” ("yasai" being the Japanese word for “vegetable). It’s a tempting offer for anyone who loves ramen but is looking for something just a little healthier than run-of-the-mill varieties with just noodles and broth.

Sources: Jin, Nissin

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That is awesome.

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Hah SuperYasaijin! Vegeta rocks, probably one of my favorite db characters.

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It's appropriate to name this highly processed product containing food-like substances that appear to be vegetables after this character. It's a vain move by the company to even suggest this item might offer nutrition.

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How childish?!

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Vegeta always did have a huge ego! If it will encourage boys to eat their vegetables, and not just cup ramen, then great. Anyone remember the names of the other characters? Perhaps they should start marketing vegetable flavored ramen with kakarot, radditz and nappa. The yasai collection if you will.

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So, this ramen offers more 'vegetables' than normal ramen, and is therefore 'healthier', but the guy is battling vegetables? Shouldn't he be battling meat or something NOT in the ramen. But I guess, ironically, that's the point of it -- there is actually NO nutrition in the product, and by eating it instead of something healthy, like REAL vegetables, you're actually fighting against health. So, the company may be morons with no logical means of advertising a crappy product, but I guess they're not lying by suggesting it's real vegetable in the product and not something freeze-dried and sapped of any and all healthy contents.

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Eat your Vegeta-bles!

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How childish

Well, I guess it's supposed to be childish. Dragon Ball is a shonen series.

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...but the guy is battling vegetables?

By the looks of it, he's chopping them up, probably so that they can then be put into the noodles. I suppose that's one way of doing it!

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