Giant Pokemon and Dragon Ball Z balloons float through New York at Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade
The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade has been an American tradition for nearly a century
The annual November tradition sees the streets of New York filled with ominous inflatable likeness of beloved kids characters, as well as perky pop performers playing popular hits.
This year, however, the parade was infiltrated by an oversees menace: anime.
Alongside mainstays like Charlie Brown and Bugs Bunny, Goku, the star of the Dragon Ball franchise, made his debut as a big New York balloon.
— Funimation (@Funimation) November 22, 2018
— Macy's (@Macys) November 22, 2018
— Toei Animation (@ToeiAnimation) November 22, 2018
Obviously, this went down a storm online, as anime nerds on Twitter lol'd at fuddy-duddy news presenters getting befuddled by Dragon Ball lore.
Al Roker said “Goku”, “Super Saiyan”, and “Broly” pic.twitter.com/dKWdtIbwoD
— kyle amato (@kyle_amato) November 22, 2018
— Elisa ³⁹ (@Eli_bebe_dbz1) November 22, 2018
In that video, they say that Goku is about to "become a movie star" - Wikipedia lists 20 animated Dragon Ball movies so far, along with the live-action American adaptation Evolution from 2009.
Goku wasn't the only anime character in attendance - Pikachu also had a giant balloon.
— VIZ (@VIZMedia) November 22, 2018
— dbz is the goat (@dbztruths_) November 22, 2018
Pikachu actually first appeared in the parade all the way back in 2001, during the first wave of Poke-Mania.