What is Unguarded? Unguarded is a fan-created webcomic focusing on the character of Freeza from Dragon Ball Z. For more details, check this out. My goal is that the comic can be enjoyed by anyone—not just those who are familiar with the actual series (though some familiarity with it will certainly help).

When do you update? Mondays and Thursdays.

Which timeline is this? While this won’t become apparent until later in the story, this universe is that of the original, i.e., Goku is the one to confront Freeza and his father on earth, not Trunks.

Are you a Dragon Ball Z fan? YES! I was reluctantly introduced to anime through Dragon Ball Z as the show was first airing in the US. I have been a fan ever since. The release of Kai and Movies 14/15 really rekindled that love, not just for the show as a whole, but for the character of Freeza. I have one of the largest collections devoted to the character around (I’m hesitant to say the largest though I’m not aware of any other major contenders :P).

Are you watching Dragon Ball Super? Yes, I watch episodes raw and again, once they are subbed roughly 12 hours after their premiere in Japan. I will happily throw money at Funimation once they produce a dubbed version, as I have always done.

Dubbed or Subbed? Both. I also enjoy Team Four Star’s parody work. The Big Green Dub and the Malaysian dub hold a special place in my heart as well.

Who is your favorite Freeza VA? I don’t have a VA that I dislike. Of course, I like the original, Ryūsei Nakao—his Freeza is iconic. I liked both Pauline Newstone and Linda Young as they were the first voices I’d heard for the character.

It was a unique voice, and I associated this, along with some his other attributes, to being more alien (though I can certainly understand why some Western viewers may have been confused on his gender).

I love Chris Ayres as Freeza. His work on Kai definitely got me excited about falling in love with the series and its characters again.

I also like hearing LittleKuriboh as Freeza in DBZ Abridged.

When does the story take place? This comic begins in Age 708, when Freeza is born. Currently the plan is to end the story in Age 785, rather than my initial plan to end it in Age 737 (when Planet Vegeta is destroyed). While I try to follow the years depicted in the canon regarding major events as closely as possible, I changed some of them intentionally to be more conducive to the story I’m writing.

Why did you change x from the canon you %^&$*ing &@$#!? Whoa now! I should preface this by saying that I am the type of person who is generally aware of the canon, to the best of my knowledge, but there are instances where I choose to ignore it. Toriyama himself forgets his own material and at the end of the day, he wrote a fun, action story for entertainment. It is the fans who get involved with trying to plug in more involved theories to connect the dots and explain plot holes. Regardless, to directly answer the question, “Because I #$@%ing wanted to!”

Why don’t you spell the character’s name as __________? I thought about it but in the end, I went with what felt right to me. My reasoning isn't necessarily consistent.

Why did you give Frieza a Saiyan friend? He hates Saiyans. You're right. He does. (shit-eating grin)

Why isn’t Tsukiryuu’s name a pun? Great question!

What do you call Freeza’s race? Obviously, I had to choose something to avoid being catachrestic. Now, when I first joined the fandom, there were two common choices for denoting Freeza’s race: icejins and changelings. Changleling connotes something else so I was never on board with that one. I typically used “Icejin” though I didn’t find that it sounded natural.

Frost Demon is the latest one I’ve heard and that’s from Xenoverse. It just sounds false to me, so pass. I’ve never seriously considered Glaeris, given the source alone. Sowwy.

That leaves one and I know what you’re thinking dub haters, because I was thinking it too. Arcosian is exclusive to the Ocean dub and I don’t believe there’s enough evidence to definitively infer that the race shown giving the Saiyans the technology belongs to the same race as Freeza. That said, I find Arcosian and subsequently Arcos, are easy on the ears, so that's why I chose this nomenclature.

What are your thoughts regarding Toriyama’s statement that Freeza was “born from his father alone”? As has been noted by the translator of this interview, the phrasing is ambiguous. While it is clear that Freeza, his father, and by relation, his brother, are mutants of their own race, procreation of the species is less apparent. The aforementioned phrase is modifying Freeza’s traits as a mutant rather than his parentage. I’m rolling with that; if Toriyama were to later say that he meant otherwise, then I’m wrong and I am choosing to ignore it.

Speaking of clarification regarding characters, I have also incorporated Toriyama's follow-up remark regarding power levels and written the rest of "Freeza's race" as being generally weak fighters.

Didn’t Freeza mention his “parents”? This is something that is exclusive to the Funimation dub. Some English translations change it to “father.” There are at least three ways to interpret his use of 親 but I took it to mean that it was his father who damaged his true form. His mother wasn’t involved, regardless of whether she exists in canon. Ignore the folks parroting misinformation that there is no plural form for "parent." He could have said 両親. He didn't. Cold beats his offspring solo.

So wait—how can he . . . he doesn't have--?
Without turning this into an impromptu infodump, most male species typically do not go about their business with exposed [prolapsed] genitals unless there is some sort of health problem. There are other ways to explain this absence but this is the "reality" that I’ve chosen for Unguarded canon.

You mentioned the story is going to get "quite dark." Can you elaborate?
I know that "dark" is subjective to everyone but let me put it this way: I grew up loving authors who pulled no punches. When I was a little kid, I had watched films like Plague Dogs and Watership Down . (Click those at YOUR OWN RISK!) If you can stomach those, you'll be just fine with Unguarded. As of right now, we're about a third of the way into Chapter 5. If anything in the previous chapters made you squeamish, you might want to get off the ride now!

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Dragonball Z© Akira Toriyama, Toei Animation, and Bird Studio.
Characters created for Unguarded © 2018 by Lady Tygry Comics.