North Korea’s Dictator Is So Dragonball

North Korea’s Dictator Is So Dragonball

Kim Jong-il passed away last month, leaving his manga-reading gamer son Kim Jong-un as successor.

Not much is known about Kim Jong-un, which means the developers of Homefront had to insert his likeness later.

One thing that North Korea’s neighbour China knows is that Dear Successor totally looks like a Dragonball bad guy.

The above image is a current meme sweeping Chinese nerddom. Its origin is unclear, and it is possible the image was made outside the country.

A Kim Jong-un photo was altered to look like Dragonball‘s Android 19 of the Red Ribbon Army. While their appearances might look similar, The Great Successor cannot fire lasers from his eyes.

Well, I don’t think he can — though, the North Korean propaganda machine may beg to differ.

Obviously, China and North Korea have a close political alliance, so there might be some good-natured ribbing in this. Or it could be that this guy really looks like Android 19.

The reaction online in Japan has been amusement, pointing out how merciless the comparison is.

“If this guy entered a cosplay contest, he’d come in first place,” wrote one Japanese commenter.

Nerdy comparisons are not new to the North Korean dictatorship. Kim Jong-il was also parodied a few years back with a “Rocket Monster: Gold” illustration.

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  • I know this is a Brian Ashcraft article, but was the Japan commentary needed?

    In China, they are making fun of the leader of North Korea. Let’s see what Japanese people think of it…

    Actually, now that I think about it I would like to know “The reaction online in Japan” about MORE things. What do they think about Sam Stosur’s form going into the Australian Open?

    • Perhaps read a history book. Japan has invaded Korea several times. It was annexed by Japan until the end of world war two. So the impressions of the Japanese people in relation to a cartoon of thr N. Korean leader IS appropriate. Particularly when the picture resembles a wartime propaganda caricature.

    • Well with NK and Japan so close, plus this article being about a Japanese character. The comment’s very relavant. If you’re just an Ashcraft hater think of it as adding credability to the article.

    • Far be it for me to defend Bashcraft’s writing, but presumably he got Japanese commentary because he’s in Japan and speaks the language, but isn’t in China and doesn’t speak Chinese? Most likely this image will have come up on a Japanese image board like 2ch and that’s where he’s found it.

    • Thats the stupidest criticism of an article I’ve ever read. Obviously the reaction from Japan is because of two very MAJOR reasons.
      Firstly, the character that is being parodied comes from Dragon Ball, a series not only concieved of in Japapan but one that is also still very much a part of Japanese nerddom.
      Secondly, political tension between Japan and Korea are huge. Perhaps second to that of South Korea. Japanese people are constantly freaking out about what the North Koreans are up to, wile North Korea has a special “anti-japanese” military squad and are secretly kidnapping Japanese citizens.
      Now why an online comment you ask? Because the whole thing is an internet meme. Again, commentary fram a board such as 2chan is going to be more applicable.
      Given the nature of the artical it would be stranger to have left out commentary from Japan.

    • >”leaving his manga-reading gamer son”manga-reading gamer
      *We are on Kotaku*
      >”if KJu reads kotaku you just fucked us all by starting WW3″manga-reading gamer son

      He might do that, we could have an issue here! xD

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