JULIAN LOUW: If I’m to describe how being Trunks makes me feel in one word… JULIAN LOUW: Powerful. MAN: This is really Trunks, y’all! This is nice. Dragon Ball Z all the way through. COMM: Three years ago, South Africa born Julian Louw started on a mission to transform himself
in his favourite anime character. JULIAN LOUW: Dragon Ball Z itself is one of the most intense, indepth anime cartoons I
have ever watched. When people see me dressed as Trunks, I only ever get wow faces, I absolutely
love it. I like Trunks a lot because I feel I am very much like him in terms of his character. JULIAN LOUW: I overall I just love his, his attitude, his charisma, his dress sense, his
hairstyle and the way that he talks. So I have got a lot of Dragon Ball Z and Trunks
memorabilia. Let me show you some of the things that I’ve got. JULIAN LOUW: I was very much daydreamer at school. I got made fun of a lot, I guess you
could say I was somewhat of a weakling. I kept very much to myself. I mean, Dragon Ball
Z itself, it was my escape. JULIAN LOUW: This little figurine over here, I’ve had for 12 years. Basically, he has
got the same dress sense that I like. The same hairstyle that I have always wanted and
he has just got that attitude and that swag that basically any teenage rebel would kill for. COMM: To complete his look, Julian follows a strict eating and exercise regime. JULIAN LOUW: To become like the Trunks, I start my day of with the most nutritionally
balanced, energetic breakfast possible. Over here is my supplements stash for basically
my training regime. JULIAN LOUW: This smoothie consists of oat meal, egg whites, blueberries, a little bit
of chocolate flavoured whey protein, chia seed powder, pure cinnamon and vanilla extract. JULIAN LOUW: All done. And so breakfast begins. JULIAN LOUW: I kept hearing people say that the look of the Dragon Ball Z character was
almost impossible to create and I thought I was going to make something impossible become
possible. JULIAN LOUW: Time to go train. JULIAN LOUW: Oh dude, what an awesome day!
MAN: Hell yeah! JULIAN LOUW: Trunks has got a very dominant upper chest and that’s an area that I pay
specific attention to three-four days a week. I added a lot of gymnastic training in, I
added a lot of ballet training for my alignment, for the flexibility. I went to parkour training
and I cut back a little bit on the weight training and focused more on full body calisthenic
training. It was a difficult process. JULIAN LOUW: I’m going to become this character and I’m going to adopt his facial expressions,
the euphemisms that he uses, the language he speaks, the way he talks. COMM: And it’s not just diet and exercise that Julian will be using to transform into
his idol. Today he is getting his hair dyed to complete the look. MIGUEL MATA: What’s up, Julian?
Good to see you, man! JULIAN LOUW: Good to see you, too.
MIGUEL MATA: Alright. JULIAN LOUW: I would say I spend a minimum of 5,000 a year to look like Trunks. MIGUEL MATA: I have never had anyone with this request before. You know, I like something
that’s a little bit more different than like the average day’s work. I mean, here in
Beverly Hills we do lots of typical blondes and perfect cookie cutter type of looks, and
mixing it up with like purple hair on a guy is pretty cool. JULIAN LOUW: Right now while I’m getting my hair done, I feel like I’m transforming already. JULIAN LOUW: I would say it was costly in terms of the time and the effort but I wouldn’t
have had it in any other way. JULIAN LOUW: I’m transformed. I’m exactly what I need to be. Thanks to everyone here,
thanks to Miguel. This is the real life Trunks from Dragon Ball Z. JULIAN LOUW: When I’m dressed like Trunks, I feel really powerful, I feel very charismatic.
I feel really cool and chilled and I feel like I’m really just to go and make people
overwhelmed and smile. I’m coming down here to Hollywood Boulevard to show off my Trunks
outfit and my hair. I wanna see what the fans’ and the tourists’ reactions are. MAN: You know who he is? LADY: Yes. MAN: Dope f*cking outfit! Can I get a f*cking picture? This is really Trunks, y’all. This
is nice. Dragon Ball Z, all the way through. MAN: No, no, no. Look at the sword! Holy sh*t… JULIAN LOUW: I don’t think you can look really any cooler, so the fact that I’ve
surpassed that in a human form, it really makes me feel like happy that I’ve stuck
towards a goal and I feel completely fulfilled.