Gang Leader (formerly)
Monster Carrot (兎人参化,Toninjinka, lit. "Rabbit who turns people into carrots") is a minor antagonist in the Dragon Ball manga and the Dragon Ball anime. He is an anthropomorphic rabbit, and the leader of the Rabbit Mob. Each of his cronies is subject to wearing a pair of false rabbit ears (as well as Bulma, who was first treated as a gangster). Before their downfall at the hands of Goku, the Rabbit Mob was in control of a remote village somewhere in the Diablo Desert.
Monster Carrot is an anthropomorphic rabbit who wears large black sunglasses. Monster Carrot wears a kanji as a large patch on the front of his uniform that means "rabbit".
Monster Carrot is an excellent con man and mobster when it comes to deceiving and stealing people's riches and treasures, as well as showing no compassion or fear when it comes to eliminating witnesses from their actions because he turns them into carrots and then eating them. However, Monster Carrot proved that he would rather escape or flee than really fight.
Emperor Pilaf Saga
Main article: Emperor Pilaf Saga
When Monster Carrot's two Rabbit gangsters are beaten up by Goku, they contact Monster Carrot who soon makes a personal appearance at the scene. Despite having plenty of time to make an escape before Monster Carrot arrives, the group opts to stay at the back of Goku and Bulma, who "want to stay and see what every one around here is so scared of", and will not be scared by "grown men wearing rabbit ears." Finally Monster Carrot arrives in his car and greets the group, particularly Bulma, with a handshake. Bulma refuses and slaps his hand away, at which he begins to laugh, proclaiming, "You touched me." Suddenly with a burst of smoke, Bulma transforms into a carrot.
Goku attempts to attack Monster Carrot using his Power Pole, but has trouble doing so in fear of something happening to the carrot Bulma. Yamcha and Puar, who had been observing the group's conflict from a distance, step into the scene, managing to retrieve the carrot Bulma from Monster Carrot. After losing his trump card, the crime leader is easily defeated and is forced to transform Bulma back into a human. He and his subordinates are then bound and taken to the Moon by Goku, where they have to make treats for children (an allusion to "The Rabbit in the Moon", a Japanese folk tale where rabbits live on the moon making mochi). Goku explains that if the gang makes treats for all the children of the world for a whole year, he will come up and bring them down.
Main article: Tournament Saga Unfortunately for Monster Carrot and his two followers, the moon goes on to be destroyed by Master Roshi during the 21st World Martial Arts Tournament as a permanent solution to stop Goku from transforming into a Great Ape (since his tail grew back). In an interview in the Dragon Ball: Adventure Special, Akira Toriyama states that Monster Carrot and his henchmen were drifting through space after Jackie Chun destroyed the moon.
Dragon Ball Super
Galactic Patrol Prisoner Saga
Main article: Galactic Patrol Prisoner Saga
On an extra page, Monster Carrot and his mob watch from the moon as Merus flies past. This indicates that eventually managed to return to the Earth's Moon which had since been restored.
Other Dragon Ball stories
Attack of the Saiyans
Main article: Dragon Ball Z: Attack of the Saiyans
Monster Carrot explains that he escaped just in time by making a spaceship and returning to Earth. Sometime after King Piccolo's defeat, he took over Yamcha's home in Diablo Desert. Yamcha was told about this by Puar and returned to stop him. Monster Carrot had become more powerful than before, but he was still no match for Yamcha who defeated him and forced him to do chores, like cleaning the house.
- Video games
His power level is 938 in Dragon Ball Z: Attack of the Saiyans. As his appearance in this game happens after his one in the anime (as he claims to being able to come back from the moon much stronger than before), this shows that his original power level was lower than 938.
Techniques and Special Abilities
- Magic Touch – Monster Carrot's special ability to transform any living thing into a carrot by simply touching it with his hands.
- Magic Materialization – In Dragon Ball: Origins, Monster Carrot can create explosive carrots to throw them at his opponent. He also uses Magic Materialization to re-create his car in this video game.
- Explosive Carrots – Monster Carrot throws Explosive Carrots at his opponent. Used in Dragon Ball: Origins and Dragon Ball Z: Attack of the Saiyans.
- Superhuman Jump – He has superhuman jumping abilities. He uses this only in the anime, to dodge Goku's Power Pole and later to try to touch Puar after Puar, transformed into a bird, grabbed carrot-Bulma and took flight, just barely missing her. This ability is likely a reference to him being a rabbit.
- Vacuum Survival - Monster Carrot and his two minions can somehow breath in space (mainly because of the fact that at this time Dragon Ball was actually a Gag manga). According to Akira Toriyama Monster Carrot and his henchmen also floated around in space after the moon was destroyed indicating they can survive in the vacuum of space (as it is unclear if the Earth's Moon in Universe 7 has a oxygenated atmosphere).
- Self-Sustenance - Monster Carrot and his minions must be able to survive without food or water for extended periods of time, as it was stated that they were still alive floating through space long after the moon was destroyed, despite the lack of food or water. Like their vacuum survival, this can likely be attributed to the fact that Dragon Ball was a Gag manga at the time of their appearance.
- Hikou - In Dokkan Battle, Monster Carrot uses a Jetpack to fly.
Video Game Appearances
Monster Carrot makes an appearance in Dragon Ball: Dragon Daihikyou. He appears as a boss twice in Dragon Ball: Shenron no Nazo: first in the remote village and later on the moon after Goku trained under Master Roshi. In this video game, Monster Carrot has a four-armed alien named Kurilien working for him on the moon. Monster Carrot is also a boss in Dragon Ball: Daimaō Fukkatsu, Dragon Ball Z: Super Gokuden: Totsugeki-Hen, Dragon Ball: Origins, Dragon Ball Z: Attack of the Saiyans, Dragon Ball Online, and Dragon Ball RPG: Shōnen-hen. He and his gang appear in West City in Dragon Ball 3: Gokuden, attacking Capsule Corporation and kidnapping Dr. Brief.
In Dragon Ball: Origins, once Monster Carrot turns Bulma into a carrot, he runs off back to his hideout in the Mushroom Forest. To defeat Monster Carrot there, Goku has to first destroy his car (the car can launch explosive carrots, jump, and fire energy beams) and then attack Monster Carrot without touching him directly.
In Attack of the Saiyans, Monster Carrot takes over Yamcha's hideout on Mount Paozu while Yamcha was training out and serves as a boss character that must be defeated. A capsule-item called Carrot Glove is obtained after defeating him; this item has the ability to turn all enemies into carrots after they are defeated. The carrots can then be exchanged with a man in West City for other items. His appearance in the game implied that he escaped from the moon with his henchmen (who also appear as enemies) before the Moon was destroyed by Jackie Chun's MAX Power Kamehameha to stop Goku's Great Ape transformation.
In Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2, Frieza Race Time Patroller Percel mentions he was surprised to learn of the number of villains in Earth's history and mentions Monster Carrot's frightening ability to turn people into carrots as an example of why the Warrior should be cautious while patrolling Earth in different timelines as they may come across enemies with dangerous abilities like those of Monster Carrot.
In Dragon Ball Z: Dokkan Battle, he is a playable character and even has his own Dokkan Event where he takes little damage and is very powerful though Goku (Youth) can inflict high damage upon him. Defeating him in his Dokkan Event unlocks his character card. Additionally his Awakening Medals obtained in said event can be used to Dokkan Awaken Bulma (Youth) and Bulma (Bunny).
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- Monster Carrot has the ability to turn people into carrots. This is similar to a much later villain Majin Buu, who is able to turn people into any food (or clay) with his Transfiguration Beam.
- It is rather coincidental and ironic that Monster Carrot threatened to turn Goku into a carrot given that his Saiyan name "Kakarot" is a pun on the word carrot.
- It is unknown if there is any kind of a ceiling on Carrot's powers, or if they may cease to work on an enemy whose power exceeded his own by too vast an amount, similar to how Chiaotzu's telekinetic powers did not work on the much more powerful Nappa. Likewise, some people may be so powerful that they exceed the boundaries of being transfigured; e.g. Vegito was able to retain all of his powers when turned into a candy by Buu.
- Monster Carrot dislikes mochi.
Monster Carrot in the manga
Monster Carrot in Daimaō Fukkatsu
Monster Carrot in Dragon Ball: Origins
"Sure, kid. If you wanna end up like your friend, why don't you come and get me? But you gotta like vegetables, 'cause if you touch me you're gonna be one!"
Boss Rabbit's Magic Touch
Usagi Oyabun no Tokui Waza
The Boss Rabbit's Special Skill
April 23, 1986
November 4, 1995
"Boss Rabbit's Magic Touch" (うさぎオヤブンの,Usagi Oyabun no Tokui Waza, lit. "The Boss Rabbit's Special Skill") is the ninth episode of Dragon Ball and the ninth episode of the Emperor Pilaf Saga. This episode first aired in Japan on April 23, 1986. Its original American airdate was November 4, 1995.
This episode starts off with Oolong and Bulma arguing as Yamcha and Puar follow close behind them. Goku, Bulma, and Oolong stop in a town to refuel the hovercar while Bulma takes off to go shopping. Meanwhile, the people of the town seem to be scared of Bulma. The gas station owner gives them the gas for free, as he seems to be afraid of Bulma as well.
Bulma finds a shop that sells Dyno Capsules, and she manages to get $100 worth of them for free because the shopkeeper is afraid of Bulma. Then, she enters a clothes shop and buys some new clothes while still wearing the bunny ears, she does not even realize that she is wearing them until she looks at herself in a mirror; she takes them off, much to the surprise of the shopkeeper. The shopkeeper asks if she is with the Rabbit Mob, and she replies that she is not and she does not even know who they are. Angrily, the shopkeeper throws her out of the store for tricking him. All of a sudden, no one seems to be afraid of Bulma anymore or even notices her presence.
Meanwhile, two armed men wearing Rabbit ears come into town and start causing trouble, leaving people to fear for their safety. The two men refer to themselves as "The Rabbits". They quickly notice Bulma and proceed to hit on her because she is a new girl in town, but she refuses their advances. Goku fights with the men and easily defeats them. Then, they call for their boss to come into town, which sends the townspeople into a panic. The boss turns out to be a giant rabbit named Monster Carrot. Meanwhile, from a distance, Yamcha tries to remember something about the monster rabbit. Monster Carrot appears to call for a truce and offers to shake Bulma's hand. Then, Yamcha remembers that the rabbit's touch is his weapon. Bulma slaps his hand and gets turned into a carrot. Goku prepares to go on the offensive, but Monster Carrot threatens to eat Bulma if he tries to attack. Goku admits defeat, and Oolong takes off in the hovercar. Then, the Rabbits proceed to beat up Goku.
Yamcha intervenes and takes out the thugs while Puar, who is now transformed, takes the carrot from Monster Carrot's hands. Yamcha then instructs Goku to use his Power Pole to take out Monster Carrot so he would not have to touch him.Meanwhile, Monster Carrot goes after Puar. Puar smacks into a pole and falls to the ground, dropping the carrot. Goku, Yamcha, and Monster Carrot all jump for the carrot, but Goku uses his Power Pole to knock the carrot away. Goku and Yamcha avoid touching Monster Carrot, with Bulma intact. Monster Carrot notices Puar and threatens to turn him into a carrot, but Puar transforms into Monster Carrot himself and threatens to touch him. Goku then uses his Power Pole to smack Monster Carrot and threatens to do it again if he did not change Bulma back to normal. Monster Carrot does as he is told, and Bulma returns to normal. Meanwhile, Yamcha and Puar have fled the scene with Yamcha commenting that Bulma was easier to be around when she was a carrot.
Later on, Oolong returns to town and gets verbally bashed by Bulma for taking off. Oolong also comments that Bulma was nicer as a carrot which makes her angrier. With the Rabbits tied up, Goku uses his Power Pole to take them to the moon. When he comes back to Earth, he explains that if the gang makes treats for all the children of the world for a whole year, he will come up and bring them down.
- Goku, Bulma, and Oolong confront the Rabbit Mob.
- Yamcha and Puar help Goku for the first time.
- Goku vs. Rabbit Mob
- Goku vs. Monster Carrot
- Yamcha vs. Rabbit Mob
- Goku, Yamcha, and Puar vs. Monster Carrot
- Carrot - Used by Bulma via Magic Touch.
- Bird - Used by Puar via Shapeshifting.
- Monster Carrot - Used by Puar via Shapeshifting.
Differences from the Manga
- The fight between Goku, Yamcha, and Monster Carrot was extended compared to the manga.
- Monster Carrot chasing Puar after he got the carrot and then crashing into a mushroom tree.
- Goku's trip to the moon is one of several instances where Saiyans have survived in the vacuum of space without any adverse effects, despite Frieza's claim that such an environment would kill Goku (see Trivia about Saiyans). This is really more of a gag and not meant to be taken seriously, however, it is possible that Goku simply held his breath for the duration of the trip, which did not appear to be that long.
- There was a color error of Monster Carrot's outfit, in one scene, it was black, afterwards, it returned to its normal color, green.
- Monster Carrot is also called Boss Rabbit, but no one calls him that in the series.
- A store named "Toriya Motors" can be seen in the background referencing the last name of the series creator Akira Toriyama.
- When Monster Carrot threatened to turn Bulma into a carrot, Goku says he hates carrots which is ironic since his real Saiyan name is Kakarot, a pun for carrot.
- Toriyama explains in the Dragon Ball: Adventure Special that Goku's trip to the moon did not turn him into a Great Ape because at the time it was only a half-moon, and Goku will not transform unless it is a full moon. The Earth's shadow on the moon prevents the moon from producing enough Blutz Waves for the transformation.
- Monster Carrot's fate may be based on the legend of the moon rabbit. When the moon is viewed in the Southern Hemisphere, you can see a rabbit with a pot like shape nearby.
Oolong driving in a reckless fashion
Yamcha gets nervous talking about Bulma
Yamcha drinks water to calm his nerves
The Gas attendant is scared of Bulma
The other villagers have the same reaction
The horrified shopkeeper makes everything free for Bulma
Bulma takes off the rabbit ears
The shopkeeper realizes Bulma is not a Rabbit
The Rabbit Mob threatening people
The Rabbit Gang ruthlessly bullies villagers
Two Guys wearing rabbit ears bother Bulma
Goku takes the gangsters out when they resort to violence
Bulma slaps Monster Carrot's hand
Bulma turns into a carrot
Monster Carrot turns Bulma into a Carrot
Monster Carrot threatening to eat the carrot
The Rabbits Pummel Goku
Bird Puar grabs the carrot out of Boss Rabbit's hands
Yamcha comes to Goku's aid
Yamcha takes out a Rabbit Mob goon
There is no time to talk
Boss Rabbit chases Puar
Puar drops Carrot Bulma
Goku and Yamcha rush to grab Bulma
Puar psychs out Boss Rabbit by turning into his image
Goku makes Boss Rabbit surrender
Bulma is turned back
Goku takes the Rabbits to the Moon
The town celebrates
Yamcha remarks he handled better around her as a carrot
Happy Easter, Dragon Ball Fans. To celebrate this day I’ve decided to dedicate a blog post to our favorite talking bunny, Boss Rabbit.
Who is Boss Rabbit? Don’t remember him? Well that’s not surprising considering he’s only in a single issue and episode. But even if you do, I doubt you know his full story.
In this article you’ll learn about Boss Rabbit’s origins in Dragon Ball as well as his roots in Japanese, Chinese and Indian legends as the white rabbit of the moon. Yes, it goes that far back!
Boss Rabbit’s depiction in Dragon Ball is simple and comical, but Akira Toriyama manages to connect him to an ancient source at the very end.
You may have been confused by this reference since it was intended for a Japanese audience. Today you’ll finally learn what it’s all about.
Follow me as we dive into the rabbit hole and see how far down it goes.
Carrot Changing Rabbit Magic!
We’ll begin this topic by talking about Boss Rabbit’s one and only appearance in Dragon Ball.
Boss Rabbit premiered in Chapter 17 of the Dragon Ball manga, titled “Boss Rabbit’s Special Technique,” and episode 9 of the Dragon Ball anime, titled “Usagi Oyabun no Tokui Waza, うさぎオヤブンの得意技; English: Boss Rabbit’s Magic Touch,” on April 23, 1986.
His original name in Japanese is “usagi ninjin-ka” (兎人参化). This literally translates to “Rabbit Man Carrot Change,” or more accurately translated as “Rabbit who turns people into carrots.”
Since this is a hard term to translate, his name has appeared in different ways. In the Viz published manga he’s called “To, The Carrotter,” while in the FUNimation anime dub he’s called “Monster Carrot.” Fan translations have called him “The Carrotizer,” “The Carrotizer Bunny,” or simply “Boss Rabbit,” which I find the easiest to understand, even though it is not the most telling of his magic ability.
He’s called Boss Rabbit because he is the leader of the Rabbit Gang (Japanese: usagi dan, ウサギ団), a group of mobster-like criminals who have controlled a village near the Diablo Desert with fear. But it’s primarily because he’s a giant white rabbit that talks!
Why are the villagers so afraid of him? Because Boss Rabbit has the ability to turn people into carrots with his touch! He’s like the Greek legend of King Midas who turned objects into gold, but in this case, it’s into vegetables.
Only in this case it’s much worse, because after they’ve become a carrot he proceeds to EAT them. He does this because he’s evil, and he’s a rabbit, and evil rabbits eat carrot-people. That’s just what they do.
He has two gang members who walk around the town like they own the place. Bulma, Goku and Oolong happen to be in town. The two thugs see Bulma dressed in a rabbit costume (for altogether different reasons) and proceed to give Goku and the others a hard time, so Goku defends himself the only way he knows how.
The gang members retreat in pain and summon their boss to the scene.
Boss Rabbit drives up in a rabbit car, and gets out of the car wearing sun glasses.
The talking rabbit is walking on two feet and is wearing sun glasses, traditional Chinese clothing with the kanji of 兎 on it. This character in Japanese is pronounced “usagi” (うさぎ) (or “to”) and means “rabbit.”
Toriyama often applies symbols to the characters’ clothing in Dragon Ball, and in many cases they have deeper meanings, but in this case it just means rabbit.
Boss Rabbit offers his hand to Bulma as a feigned act of kindness. She slaps it away in refusal. He starts laughing, and a moment later Bulma is magically turned into a carrot.
Goku is shocked. He fights against Boss Rabbit and uses the Nyoi-bo to make sure he doesn’t get touched.
Boss Rabbit is losing the fight so he holds the Bulma carrot hostage and says that if Goku fights back, he’ll eat her.
Goku has no choice but to endure the painful blows of Boss Carrot’s gang.
Seeing that Goku needs help, Yamcha and Puar (who were following our hero’s) steal the carrot away from Boss Rabbit, who is then defeated by Goku.
Goku forces Boss Rabbit to transform Bulma back into a person.
What happens next is straight out of a Japanese legend.
Boss Rabbit goes to the Moon
Goku ties up Boss Carrot and his defeated gang members. He then decides to take the gang as far away from the village as possible.
By taking Nyoi-bo out, sticking it in the ground, and telling it to grow!
The magical staff that Goku carries (the Nyoi-bo) is based on the As You Wish Staff of Sun Wukong from Journey to the West (Chinese: Ruyi Jingu Bang, 如意金箍棒), and it has the power to change shape according to the users mind intent. The staff can become as small as a needle, or “As tall as Heaven.”
Sun Wukong (Son Goku) and the white Moon Rabbit (Jade Rabbit)
In this case, Goku grabs onto the tied up villains and rises into the air along with the staff. Higher, higher, and ever higher, until he reaches the moon!
There, Boss Rabbit and his two gang members endure punishment for their crimes, as they are seen pounding mochi cakes using a hammer.
Huh? What’s going on?
Okay, a couple things.
First, oddly enough, they can all breath in space, including Goku who brought them up there. This is because Akira Toriyama was more of a gag manga author at this time of his career, coming on the heels of Dr. Slump. He preferred to write more humorous story lines, interspersed with both traditional and pop culture, so even though they can breathe in space and it doesn’t make any sense, it’s funny and tells a better story.
But why are they pounding mochi cakes?
Quickly, in case you don’t know, mochi (餅) is a sweet rice cake in Japan eaten for dessert. In Korean it’s called Tteok (떡), and they’re made from glutinous rice flour. It can be cooked in different ways, including by being pounded with mallets inside a big pot.
The reason Goku took them to the moon is because Toriyama wrote his comic for a Japanese audience, and he was referencing an ancient Japanese legend, called The Rabbit on the Moon.
In western countries the craters on the moon are described as “The Man in the Moon,” as they look like a face. But in Japan, the craters are described as a rabbit standing above a mortar or pot, pounding into the pot with a hammer or pestle to make sweet rice cakes known as mochi.
As depicted here:
But how did a rabbit get on the moon?
Now that is a far more interesting tale.
The Rabbit on the Moon Legend
Like many aspects of Japanese culture, the Rabbit on the Moon legend comes from China. But as you’ll see, the Chinese legend goes even further back to ancient India and Buddhism.
All of the following legends show that our ancestors, no matter where they lived on earth, all looked up to the stars and moon in an attempt to find meaning.
Meaning for our lives and our place in the universe.
Let’s begin the telling of this legend in India, thousands of years ago, and then chronologically and geographically work our way toward modern Japan.
The Jataka White Rabbit
India is the most likely source of origin for the rabbit on the moon legend.
The Jataka, otherwise known as the “Previous Life Stories,” tell the tales of Buddha Shakyamuni’s 34 previous lives before being reborn as a human as Siddhartha Gautama and attaining enlightenment.
In story number 6, he is reborn as a white rabbit. Even though he’s an animal, this rabbit is so virtuous, beautiful, and good that the other animals treat him as a king and admire his wisdom. The three animals that became his closest students were an otter, jackal, and monkey.
One night, the rabbit instructed them that on the following evening there would be a full moon, and was a holy day (the Uposatha day of fasting), and that any beggars who needed aid should immediately be given food.
The rabbit realized later on that while his companions had a variety of ways to feed a human being, he had none. Only the bitter grass clippings that he ate each day. He immediately decided that if the opportunity arose, he would offer his own body as meat.
Hearing this thought, the god Shakra (aka Sakka, or Indra), the Lord of All Gods, decided to descend to earth and test the rabbit’s conviction. He appeared as a hungry beggar.
The otter brought fish. The jackal brought a lizard and a stolen pot of milk. The monkey brought mangoes.
But the rabbit had nothing to offer. So with the help of the other animals and the man he built a fire. As soon as the fire was blazing he jumped on top of it.
Shakra was greatly moved. He quickly reached into the fire, pulled out the unscathed rabbit and held it above his head, displaying him before all the gods in his mighty glory.
To honor the rabbits selfless sacrifice, Shakra placed the image of the rabbit on the top of his palace, and most importantly to this story, carved the rabbits image onto the moon.
This is where the “rabbit on the moon” idea comes from. The rabbit was engraved on the moon so that people across the world would forever have a symbol of piety, righteousness and sacrifice to look up to.
The rabbit had nothing to offer but himself, and this was the greatest gift of all.
Chang’e and the White Rabbit
The Buddhism of India was exported into China where it took root and assimilated with the existing culture. Many of the Buddhist legends became interwoven with existing Chinese beliefs and folk tales, such as those from Daoism.
One such Daoist story is about a young woman named Chang’e (嫦娥). She is the Moon Goddess and the Chinese equivalent of “The Man in the Moon.”
The quick version of the story is that Chang’e and her husband were both immortals. Through an altercation with the Jade Emperor, Lord of Heaven, they were banished down to the earth to live as mortals.
In an attempt to seek their immortality once again, her husband Houyi sought the way back and was fortunate to meet the Queen Mother of the West, a Daoist deity. Seeing his pious nature, The Queen Mother gave Houyi a magic pill of immortality, but warned him that they each only need to eat one half of the pill.
Unfortunately Chang’e was too curious and swallowed the entire pill herself. She rose upward into the sky as her husband looked onward, unable to do anything but cry. She kept rising up, and up, until she landed back on the moon.
Luckily she wasn’t alone! A “Jade Rabbit” lived there as well, and he had the job of constantly making immortality elixirs in his pot.
Throughout Chinese history the “moon rabbit,” as inherited from the Indian legend of Buddha Shakyamuni’s sacrifice, had been called many names, such as Jade Rabbit (玉兎) or Gold Rabbit (金兎). The Jade Rabbit refers to Daoism and immortality, while I believe the Gold Rabbit most likely refers to Buddhism and enlightenment. Here you can see the interwoven cultures.
The white rabbit (aka Jade Rabbit) is connected to the Dao because he was making an immortality elixir. Long life and eventual immortality was one of the goals of Daoist practitioners, who regarded Jade as the highest material substance (as personified by the Jade Emperor). They were known for collecting herbs or special ingredients and mixing them together in a pot in an attempt to create immortality pills.
This image is of an 18th century Qing Emperor’s robe. The white rabbit is on the Emperor’s Robe because it was considered a Daoist symbol of long life. The Dragon represents the Emperor and “The Will of Heaven.”
The Chang’e legend was part of traditional folklore that became very popular in the Tang Dynasty (609 – 907 AD). On each Mid-Autumn day, the full moon of the 8th lunar month, people throughout China set up altars and put their pastries and cakes on the altar to be blessed by Chang’e. When they eat the pastries and cakes, they become beautiful.
This is called the Moon Festival, Mooncake Festival or Mid-Autumn Festival, and there is an accompanying parade at night where people carry lanterns with rabbits on them.
In literary culture Chang’e is also found in Journey to the West, the inspiration for Dragon Ball. Here, she is banished from Heaven by the Jade Emperor just like Sun Wukong and Zhu Bajie, but through the process of redemption is allowed to make her way back up to Heaven and eventually to the moon.
Likewise, the famous Tang Dynasty poet, Li Bai, wrote of this rabbit in his poem, “The Old Dust,” saying, “The rabbit in the moon pounds the medicine in vain.”
These Indian and Chinese legends became intermingled and were then passed on to Japan.
The Japanese White Rabbit
Japanese culture is a mix of imported Chinese, Korean and native beliefs with its own unique flavors and disciplines.
A version of the Jataka stories from India can be found in the Japanese anthology, Konjaku Monogatarishu (今昔物語集), a classic source of many Japanese legends and both Buddhist and Shinto culture, written between 794 and 1185, a time of great trade with China.
It is retold here as a children’s story.
Many of the legends in the Konjaku Monogatarishu feature animals that can think and talk like humans. They sometimes appear bipedal and anthromorphic, with morality and feelings, just like the animal characters in Dragon Ball, such as Boss Rabbit, Oolong and Puar.
In the Japanese version of the Chang’e story, when she makes it to the moon and sees the white rabbit, the rabbit is pounding rice in a mortar, not an elixir in a pot. The rabbit’s name is Tsukiyomi (月読), the same name as the moon god in Shinto and Japanese mythology.
This is because Tsukiyomi is said to have killed Ukemochi, the rice goddess. Tsukiyomi pounds rice in a pestle and mortar because he harvested the grains of rice from the moon and is turning them into cakes. The “mochi” desserts come from Ukemochi.
The same idea of a rabbit making mochi (instead of elixir) is found in the Korean version of the story, but I don’t know which one came first.
Today, just like in China and Korea, people in Japan celebrate the first day of autumn by eating mochi. The first day of Autumn is an equinox, and therefore a perfect “moon viewing day” in Japan. People look up at the moon and see the rabbit. The rabbit on the moon makes the mochi. Then they eat the mochi. Makes sense, right?
This was common folklore and culture that Japanese citizens grew up with, just like Easter in America. It’s a national holiday that is celebrated throughout the country.
For example, the Rabbit Song, or “Usagi,” as it’s known, is a children’s song that mentions the rabbit on the moon and the festival. This song is as common in Japan as “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” is in the United States.
Here are the lyrics:
The fifteenth night moon is not nearly enough.
Jump into the night and dance with the moon.
No time to sleep, the party is just starting!
Usagi usagi nani o mitehaneru?
juugoya no tsuki dake ja monotarinai
yoru ni tobidashite tsuki to odorou
nemurenai utage wa mada mada kore kara!”
The song is sung by young children throughout Japan, including Dragon Ball’s target audience, and they’re all familiar with the legend.
Toriyama References Traditional Culture
Toriyama wrote his comic for young Japanese boys, so he purposefully appealed to what they would be interested in during their youth. He took the legend of the rabbit on the moon and incorporated it into Dragon Ball.
This slice of Japanese culture is in the comic for seemingly no other reason than to be funny. And I’m not even sure why it takes up an entire episode and issue, as it isn’t integral to the story. It’s just something that happens along the way.
Japan only has a 2% Christian population, so there aren’t many people who celebrate Easter. The legend as depicted in Dragon Ball obviously has nothing to do with Easter, as I’ve thoroughly explained, but I thought it a fitting day to tell such a story to a primarily Western audience.
Toriyama fills in the blank of the Japanese version of the rabbit on the moon legend using Goku, Boss Rabbit and his Rabbit Gang. The rabbit made it up there because Goku took him up there!
He and his gang presumably would have stayed up there forever, but Master Roshi destroyed the moon with a Kamehameha while fighting against Goku during the 21st Tenkaichi Budokai later in the series.
Did they die, as would be logical?
No, because in the book “Dragon Ball: Adventure Special,” (published December 1, 1987), Akira Toriyama explained that “They’re drifting through space.”
Toriyama was probably trying to be nice by not killing them off. But to me, drifting through space for the rest of your life is even worse than death and going to the afterlife.
In conclusion, the point I’m trying to make is that the entire reference to all of this ancient culture is depicted in 1 panel, of 1 page, in 1 issue of a comic. Yet it speaks volumes if you know the full history of what is depicted.
And now you do.
So the next time you see Boss Rabbit you’ll remember all of the ancient culture and the thousands of years of history that made his creation possible.
White Rabbit on Emperor’s Robe
Japanese Wooden Rabbit Toy
Bunny Rabbit on the Moon
Moon Rabbit on Wikipedia
Chang’e on Wikipedia
Carrotizer Bunny on Dragon Ball Wikia
Japanese Children’s Story on YouTube
Jataka Stories 2
A French Article on Dragon Ball’s Moon
Li Bai’s Poetry
Prints of Japan – In Depth Article on Japanese Mythology
Chang-e Moon Goddess and White Rabbit
No, she doesn't interest me. After Olga's death, it would have been just a betrayal. " - The doctor tried to convince himself. Olga was his first and only love.
Dragon boss ball rabbit
The foam began to diverge from his penis and I could. See him. His cock was very hard, it was clear that he would come quickly. I removed my hand, crawled over to him and sat on his feet.GOKU BEAT BOSS RABBIT
My protest was cut short by a strong pinch on my ass. Did no one tell you that you shouldnt come here in jeans. You, over there, walked here with Leska, she could have warned you.
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He turned over and began to snore. In the morning it was the First of May. We walked fifteen kilometers and set up camp again. We inflated balloons, decorated the meadow with them. For a festive dinner we had barbecue, some other delicacies and two bottles of dry wine.