The sentence is from Dragon ball, Mutenrôshi, the teacher of Gokû and Krilin, is telling someone about how good his pupils became. He then says this :


I believe てつだって means something along the lines of "in addition", therefore I believe the second part of the sentence means :

In addition to his natural strength, he is hiding an incredible power.

Am i right so far?

Regarding というか, I found that it means something like "in other words", "or rather"... the idea behind being rephrasing what has been said in another/a better/a more accurate manner. Doesn't seem to fit here though...

Thanks for your time.


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The phrase [noun]も手伝って【てつだって】 (lit. with [noun] helping too; with the help of [noun]) is used to cite the [noun] as one of the factors contributing to a particular situation. In the present sentence, "thanks (partly) to" might be a more apt translation.

As for というか, it's indeed true that it indicates the rephrasing of the preceding word/phrase, and this meaning applies fine enough here too.

(Especially in the case of Goku,) thanks (partly) to his fundamental wild - or should I say innate - strength, Goku has an incredible power hidden within.

  • Hi, great answer, thanks :) In the manga, it's definitely 野生, not 野性 though...
    – Alox
    Dec 28, 2015 at 0:10
  • So, the meaning is "his wild, primal, or should I say natural strength" right? Without the rephrasing, the would the phrase be "もともとの野生の強さも...”? With もともと modifying 強さ and not 野生.
    – Alox
    Dec 28, 2015 at 0:16
  • Looking at it again, I'm now pretty sure 野生の強さ(wild strength) works too. I'll take back what I said about it and edit out that part. I'm sorry I misled you! Without the rephrasing, I'd say もともとの would modify the entire phrase 野生の強さ (of which fact my translation failed to show).
    – goldbrick
    Jan 7, 2016 at 19:12

"Especially Gokuu's original wild...how should I say... nature's strength is helped by a method of hiding his belief in power".

Corrections? I can't comment to add suggestions to the post.

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