Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot follows in the footsteps of a lot of modern Dragon Ball media. That is to say, it basically feels like official fan fiction, vaguely signed off on by an extremely tired Akira Toriyama. And I’m very, very into that. The latest addition to this trend is Bonyu: an original character debuting in Kakarot. She’s the former sixth and only female Ginyu Force member we know about so far.
Bonyu looks a good deal like Jeice (another Ginyu Force member), with her orange-ish skin and white hair. She also still appears to have a Ginyu Force logo on her Frieza Force outfit. Perhaps that indicates she still hasn’t quite given up on her old status? Her Bandai Namco press release asks whether or not Bonyu is a “friend or foe.” But those duds give me the distinct impression that she is not an ally.
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If you’re not familiar with the Ginyu Force, they’re a bunch of doofs who worked for perennial Dragon Ball bad guy, Frieza. That lasted until they were horribly, horribly killed by various heroes in the series’ Namek Saga. Their leader, Captain Ginyu, was equally goofy, but comparatively a lot tougher. He got up to some classic body-swapping shenanigans and even reappeared during the recent Dragon Ball Super series (albeit not in his original skin).
The other most obvious trait about the Ginyu Force is its glorious poses. The entire team prepares for battle by standing together… like this. It’s a parody of Super Sentai shows popular with children in Japan. It’s also rumored to be the reason that Bonyu was removed from the Ginyu Force before the events of Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot. Her pose might just not have been up to snuff for Captain Ginyu and the gang. Although it remains to be seen if that reflects her overall power. Bandai Namco only specified that Bonyu will feature in a major side quest in Kakarot, without any details beyond that.
New Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot Character – Bonyu
This seems to be par for the course for Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot, though. The game is full of new designs and minor characters that previously only appeared in the original (and tonally very different) Dragon Ball series. While Kakarot mostly retells the tale of Dragon Ball Z, the more popular sequel, the game will incorporate this new material on the boundaries — basically acting as side quests in this pseudo-open-world game.
That’s why I don’t expect Bonyu to be a major character. The Ginyu Force were always bit players, after all, when you ignore their much meme’d legacy. And that would be a shame in this case! Dragon Ball doesn’t work in nearly enough important or tough women characters. Even Videl, an incredibly clear-headed badass in Dragon Ball Z, was severely softened for Dragon Ball Super. Although that series did give us Caulifla and Kale: a lady Saiyan yakuza boss and her partner, the first canonical Legendary Super Saiyan in the show. I give it some credit for that.
We’ll know for sure ourselves in “early 2020,” which is the current release date for Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot in the Americas.