Dragon Ball returns to Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade with Super Saiyan Blunder

Dragon Ball is back on the air today and we owe it to the team behind Toei Animation. After all, the studio came together to help Son Goku take to the air ahead of Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. As the event kicked off in New York City, all eyes were on Manhattan as dozens of floats made their way downtown, and it looks like Goku may have caused some pronunciation problems for nationwide news anchors.

As you can see below, Robin Roberts introduced Goku’s balloon to viewers back home in America, and things went very smoothly to begin with. The hero was introduced as a powerful fighter with a strong jaw, but things soon fell apart. After all, the broadcast pronounced Super Saiyan Blue as Super ‘Cyan’ Blue. And frankly, we love the unintentional pun there.

Of course, this isn’t the first time Goku has caused pronunciation problems. In his first year with the parade, the hero caused several news anchors to trip, and Al Roker went viral for referring to Saiyans by their Japanese names. So thankfully 2022 kept things interesting for the Dragon Ball float.

Goku’s soaring return

For those who didn’t know yet: Dragon Ball made its entry into the Thanksgiving Day Parade in 2018. Its debut coincided with the release of Dragon Ball Super: Broly, and its first year out was a hit. The float then appeared in the 2019 parade before taking a hiatus in 2020 due to pandemic restrictions. But since then, Goku has gone to NYC in 2021 and 2022.

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As for the float itself, Son Goku is huge. In fact, he’s one of the biggest balloons to ever star in Macy’s Thanksgiving Day event. At 70 feet tall and nearly 800 pounds, it takes 90 handlers to guide Goku through the city. This float eclipses others in size, like poor Pikachu. So if you get a chance to see Goku in person like this, we suggest you give it a go!

Are you happy to see Goku back as part of Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade? Should any other anime series participate in the annual event? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below or give me a call on Twitter @Megan Peters CB.

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