The Weekly ☆ Character Showcase is an article series where we introduce one character from the Dragon Ball universe each week. This week we're dropping in with an ancient being from the Dragon Ball anime who's managed to maintain her youthful looks—as well as her fiery temper—over countless millennia, Annin!
Annin, also known as Taijorokun, is an elite individual who has served as the guardian of a magical furnace for tens of thousands of years at the peak of Mount Five Element, which can be found in the mysterious realm between this world and Another World.
Despite holding such a respectable position, Annin's endearing nature finds ways to shine through, such as when she boils pasta using hot water from the furnace she's been entrusted to protect!
Annin appears in the anime-only episodes that feature Goku and Chichi's wedding.
The soon-to-be-wed couple seek out Annin in search of a way to save Chichi's father, Gyumao, who's stranded on Fry-pan Mountain as its flames rage on.
They had realized that the cause of the fiery vortex engulfing the mountain was a hole that had opened up at the bottom of the magical furnace.
With Annin miraculously lifting the great pot that sits atop the furnace, Goku rushes in and plugs the hole, quenching the fires of Fry-pan Mountain!
TV Anime "Dragon Ball" Episode 152
Having lived for tens of thousands of years, Annin can be a little sensitive about her age and becomes furious with Goku when he calls her not just "old" but "ancient" and turns into a giant!
Annin freely elongates and controls the movements of the feather-like antennae on her headdress to strike and bind her opponents.
Annin is good friends with Grandpa Gohan!
While living in the Another World, Grandpa Gohan works for Annin as a part-time security guard. It seems as though the two are quite close judging from how Annin refers to the elderly warrior as "Gohan-chan"!
→Preview: Next week's character is another highly respectable individual just like Annin!
*All comic images are from the Japanese version.
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