Category: movies

Dragon Ball Z

The dragon from Dragon Ball Z!

When I was a kid, I was really into manga for a while. I learned to read comics backwards (as you do with manga) and I binge-watched a ton of anime series on television. I remember that my very favourite one was called ‘Dragon Balls’, which makes it quite obvious that my interest in dragons has been around for a very long time….

I guess that this is a bit of a stretch, because the show doesn’t really revolve around dragons. But i really enjoyed both reading and watching Dragon Ball Z as a kid, so I thought I might just write something about it anyway. The series picks up five years after the original Dragon Ball anime, and is about Goku. Along with his different companions, he defends the earth against danger – which could be anything from intergalactic space fighters to magical creatures.

In the Dragon Ball series, there are seven Dragon Balls. They look like crystal spheres, and all have a number of stars in them – number one to seven. They can’t be used for anything seperatly, but if they’re all united they will bring out the Eternal Dragon Shenron, who can grant wishes. I can still remember the first time Shenron appeared on the show, and I was blown away. He was a Eastern dragon, even though I wasn’t aware of that at the time, the kind that is sacred in Oriental mythologies. He was portrayed as kind hearted, altough he did have quite an aggressive temper. I thought he looked really cool, and that’s probably where my big interest of dragons began. A fun fact is also that ‘Shenron’ means ‘divine dragon’ – which relates to him being an Eastern dragon!

Another fun fact about Dragon Ball Z from my point of wiew is that when I first heard of it I actually thought it was a sport.. I did believe that dragons exsisted whan I was younger, so I figured it was some kind of ball game where the players were riding dragons. I do realize that it sounds very funny no, but I was convinced it was a real sport. Imagine finding online odds at the betting sites for Dragon Ball? That would be absolutely amazing!

 


The dragons of Westeros!

The mighty dragons of Westeros!

I don’ think that I have mentioned this on here before, but Game of Thrones is without a doubt my all-time favourite show. To me it’s just a series that has everything. Drama, excitement, a great plot – and of course dragons. I really like the way dragons are portrayed in the show, because it goes very well with how I imagine dragons were like if they ever existed. (A fair warning – spoilers ahead!)

In Game of Thrones, dragons are massive creatures that can breathe fire. They posess great power, and have the ability to burn entire cities to ashes single-handedly. They used to be ridden by dragon riders into war, where they were used to take over empires across both Essos and Westeros. The last surviving dragon known at the beginning of the show were the ones possesed by the Targaryen’s. They used dragons three hundred years before the War of the Five Kings, when they conquered and unified the Seven Kingdoms. When the last Targaryen dragon died, they were considered extinct.

But that would turn out not to be true, when Daenerys three dragons are born at the end of the first season. The dragons grow throughout the seasons, and are used in battle for the first time in the 7th season. When Danearys later tries to rescue Jon Snow frome the White Walkers, the dragon Viserion is killed in the battle. The Night King does however manage to bring the dragon back to life – but in form of a White Walker.

I think the White Walker-dragon is an interesting twist in the story. It does even out the odds for the upcoming war, but also the idea in itself is facsinating to me. Dragons has always been connected with fire, and now they’ve come up with something completely opposite of that. An interesting twist for sure, and I can’t wait to see what the 8th season will bring..

Unfortunately, I will have to wait at least another year for the next season to come. And the suspense is killing me. I have found something to entertain myself with until then though, and that thing is online casino. I’ve never been much of a gambler, but I do enjoy the excitement every now and then. I found a site called casinonodeposit.co.uk that is really good for someone like me, who doesn’t know the first thing about online casino. But I’ve found some great offers and reviews ther that has helped me – and I would really recommend it in order to make time pass until the new season of Game of Thrones!


Dragons in movies

Welcome to Little Dragon, a blog about dragons! The subject for today is dragons in movies, and who knows, perhaps you’ll find inspiration for a Christmas Gift for someone special?

You have heard of them and maybe seen images of them in your childhood. From the childhood, you might remember the cute little dragon named Mushu from the movie Mulan. A friendly dragon with the size as a full-grown cat and not able to fly. But you also might remember the terrifying large black and purple colored dragon in the end of Maleficent. Probably the first sign of dragons for most of the population. Both dragons were made as cartoons but for the audience they brought up two completely different moods. Mushi taught us that dragons can be friendly and helpful when humans are in need. The dragon in Maleficent is the opposite of Mushu since the dragon is large and would probably be over 65 feet. Compare to Mushu the dragon in Maleficent can also fly if she wants to. Her flame is almost killing the prince while he tries to rescue the sleeping beauty. Already in the childhood we got to learn to know two different types of dragons. It might be a bit confusing how two creatures of the same element could be so different. There is no coincidence that Disney introduced the world to two different types of dragons. The history of dragons go back over 300 years and bones from a T-rex discovered by the Chinese historian Chang Qu started it all. Since the discovery of the bones, the dragons can be spotted in almost all religions. From China and Japan to America and Scandinavia. Wherever you go, you will find a difference between the dragons in both temperament and appearance. For some it means luck and fortune while other see the dragon as a fire breathing beast representing Satan. It is described in fairytales and stories as protective and valuable but also a dangerous and unpredictable animal. It might be one of the most popular mythologic creature but the legendary animal has brought some mixed feelings to the population of the world.

Therefore, in movies you can and will come across both good and aggressive dragons. The size and the imagination of dragons have always been different all over the world. If you ask a person to imagine a dragon, some may see a reptile look alike creature with wings. Others may refer the dragon like a relative to the snake with no wings. However, the dragons seem to never go out of style or be boring. One excellent example of showing this is the series: Game of Thrones. You can spot three baby dragons in the beginning and you get to follow them while they grow up. In the series, you will have difficulties to decide whether the dragons are good hearted or bad. But you will see one thing and that’s loyalty. They are very protective of the people they know but can easily get angry if they are threatened by an enemy or anyone else. Another interesting detail is that the smaller dragons get locked in under one mountain to protect the population. The Queens hand later release the dragon since they shouldn’t be locked up because it can hurt them. One dragon who doesn’t mind living under a mountain is the 65 feet long Smaug who you will find in the movie: The Hobbit. He is guarding a large amount of gold and specially the stone called The Arkenstone. Smaug would probably be the modern dragon of Disneys old Maleficent. Just as terrifying and careless who takes what he wants. His hobbies is to kill everything attempting to take his gold and to burn down cities.

Another movie that got great ratings and where the main character is a dragon is in the movie “How to train your dragon”. A modern cartoons movie where the storyline takes place during the time of Vikings. The movie became very popular, so popular the first movie got two sequels. The dragon in the movie can fly but is friendly and gentle to its rider. But if you look at the storyline of the movie you will find out that the dragons in the beginning is believed to be evil and dislike people. The movie demonstrates the imagination and the different images of the dragons. You will see dragons of all sizes, color and characteristics. Some are as small as a human paw while other are large as a mountain.

When it comes to dragons in movies it isn’t the easiest to make them look real. However, there are no look which is consider to be right or wrong when it comes dragons. This gives the movie directors and writers a lot to work with and you can make them how terrifying you want or how charming you want. It’s all up to your own imagination and fantasy. That is a luxury to not be able to get judged since every single person have their own opinions and thoughts of how a dragon look like.