Japanese Confirms Effects of Manga-Style Hypergravity Training

Science Society Technology

Nagoya, July 8 (Jiji Press)--A Japanese professor has confirmed effects of physical training under strong gravity through experiments in an environment mimicking a special training chamber that appeared in the popular comic series "Dragon Ball."

The motor-learning capacities of animals can be enhanced in a hypergravity environment, according to Yutaka Hirata of Chubu University's department of robotic science and technology.

In Dragon Ball, main character Son Goku trains in the "Seishin to Toki no Heya" (room of mind and time), where strong gravity is present, to prepare for enemy attacks.

Hirata, a Dragon Ball fan, has made presentations on the discovery at academic meetings in the Netherlands and Chiba Prefecture, east of Tokyo.

According to Hirata, gravity twice the ordinary level was applied to human subjects who sat on a chair on rotating equipment.

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