I personally have always been on the side of Kuririn. The power up that he got from the Grand Elder on Planet Namek put him far above Tenshinhan. While that may not be fair, that is indeed the case. Yamcha's statement about Kuririn being the "strongest in the world" was the only part of the statement towards Marron that meant to make her feel good. He wanted a sweet little girl to believe that her father was the strongest in the world. The part when he says "Among humans" was clearly not directed at Marron and something that he was saying to himself. Thus, the entire statement was not to make Marron feel good, and the ending portion of it ("Among Humans") was indeed the truth.
Now, on to the point of this entry. A few days ago, on November 11'th, Kanzenshuu posted their translation of an interview conducted with Masako Nozawa (The voice of Goku), Takao Koyama (The TV Series' organizer), and the one and only Akira Toriyama (The creator of DragonBall). This interview covered a slew of interesting things and contained numerous fun tidbits. But the thing that stood out the most to me was the following statement:
Toriyama: Kuririn was originally supposed to be just a minor role, so to have him become Goku’s best friend in the blink of an eye…
Koyama: Well, he is the strongest Earthling male.Well, there you have it. A direct statement from Toriyama himself stating that Kuririn is the strongest among the earthlings. Debate over, right? WRONG!
Toriyama: You’re right, he is the strongest among the Earthlings. But in spite of that, he tends to end up in a bad way, so I thought, “once in a while, I have to let him be happy,” and had him get married. (laughs)
Upon bringing this new information up, someone actually responded to me, "That statement was suggested by Koyama" as well as "He (Toriyama) just didn’t care". ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!?! The insane amount of denial in the Tenshinhan faithful is staggering. I mean, we've got a direct quote from a character in the Manga as well the creator himself and yet people are still willing to refute all of this in favor of mere wishful (and baseless) thinking. As a matter of fact, Sean Gallagher, a mutual Twitter follower of mine posted this information himself on a random DragonBall Message Board and was met with not only blind resistance, but actual hostility towards him. I just don't understand the resistance towards Kuririn. Is it because he's short? Because he can be comical? Isn't the entire story of DragonBall filled with our heroes overcoming these types of seeming handicaps? Children saving the world and low-classes surpassing the elites. So why is Kuririn always an exception in fans eyes? It's downright annoying.
The only logical refute to this Toriyama quote that I've heard thus far was the fact that Toriyama said that Kuririn was the strongest "Earthling", while Daizenshuu #4 classifies Tenshinhan among the "Three-Eyed Clan". But this theory was quickly shot down by Herms (One of the Kanzenshuu administrators). Herms stated that while Daizenshuu 4 does classify Tenshinhan as a descendant of the Three-Eyed Clan, this mention of his heritage is brought up while he is being discussed within the "Earthling" section of the book. Thus making the Three-Eyed Clan a race within the Earthlings.
Anyway, I don't know why I'm still shocked by the actions of people on the internet these days. But none the less, I really wanted to post this rant. I hope that this entry is able to clear this topic up for everyone. Remember...Knowing is half the battle!