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– by Joseph Jammer Medina

It is that time of year where geeks worldwide head to the mecca that is San Diego Comic-Con. The pop-culture haven that we flock to like moths to a lightbulb, and at Day 0 of the con, I got to go on a trip down memory lane with a little property called Dragon Ball. 

While I am by no means an expert on Dragon Ball, I can say with absolute certainty that I USED to be an expert on Dragon Ball. Namely, Dragon Ball Z. Like many an anime fan, it was the gateway drug that led me to countless other amazing anime properties that brought me endless amounts of joy, and eventually my brief stint into the anime industry itself. In case you’ve been missing it, though, Dragon Ball has had a bit of a resurgence with the existence of the Dragon Ball Super anime, and with it a continual onslaught of figures, video games, and other ancillary properties — and I mean that in the best way possible. ‘

Now, the powers that be have taken it upon themselves to take things to the next level. To achieve the impossible.

The world’s biggest Kamehameha cry of all time. No joke. That’s exactly what they set out to do in the new installation this afternoon on Day 0 of San Diego Comic-Con.

As I stood perusing the Capsule Corp installation (which, if you’re AT San Diego Comic-Con, is at the Marriott next door)– which was packed full of figures and a couple of video games, including the new RPG Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot — they readied themselves by gathering fans and counting them one-by-one over the course of about an hour as they set up the whole thing.

They even had an official man in a shiny suit from the Guinness Book of World Records to help validate the whole thing. 

Anyway, in spite of the delays, they finally let out a mighty Kamehameha, led by voice actor Sean Schemmel, who has voiced the character in the American Dub for over 20 years at this point.

So, did it actually make the world record? Well, it is a new record, and in order for it to actually be in the books, it needed to exceed 250 Kamehameha-ers, which was apparently the previous record. And you know what? They did it!

They beat it with 786 Kamehameha-ers!

Great work, everyone!

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Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.