In the "Android and Cell Saga," the fourth major story arc in the latter half of Akira Toriyama's original manga, Dragon Ball, two crucial characters are introduced: Androids 17 and 18. These two teenage siblings were actually kidnapped by Dr. Gero and transformed into androids.
To ensure their obedience, both were equipped with an "off switch" that could be activated at any moment.
Krillin's Role in the Saga
Towards the end of the saga, Krillin uses one of Shen Long's wishes to turn Androids 17 and 18 back into humans. However, this wish proves impossible to fulfill, so he instead wishes for the bombs threatening their lives to be removed.
This selfless act, among others, eventually leads Android 18 to marry Krillin, and they later have a daughter named Marron.
Age Difference Sparks Debate
Interestingly, the age difference between Krillin and Android 18 became a topic of discussion on Japanese comment forums, particularly when viewed through the lens of today's society. During the "Android and Cell Saga," Krillin was 31 years old, while Android 18, based on her assigned number, was only 18.
This inspired a viral post on Twitter by user "@shoot_drive" that stated: "Normally, an old short guy with a much younger beautiful wife would be told to 'drop dead,' but Krillin already did that several times, so no one can complain."
Reactions and Opinions on Krillin's Situation
The comment quickly caught attention in the forums, with various responses:
- "And Android 18 was the one who died in another timeline."
- "I don't think Krillin has any trouble dealing with these jealous otakus. Isn't he the strongest human on Earth?"
- "I'm not one to accuse Krillin and wish for his death. After all, he has a good personality and loves his family."
- "Certainly, the guy is lucky."
- "It's easy to understand. After all, there was no stronger human to marry Android 18."
- "Well, I think they're right."
- "It's a story from over three decades ago. Obviously, things were treated differently."