Who Is Universe 7’s Strongest Fighter After Super Hero?


The following article comprises spoilers for Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero, out now in theaters throughout North America and Europe, in addition to Dragon Ball Super Chapter 87 by Akira Toriyama, Toyotarou, Caleb Cook and Brandon Bovia, obtainable now in English by way of Viz Media.

Near the start of Dragon Ball Super‘s ”Granolah the Survivor Saga”, the Oracle Fish made an ominous prophecy that the steadiness of Universe 7 would quickly be shifting — and the strongest warrior within the universe would stand up.

At the time, it simply appeared like foreshadowing for Granolah himself. Sure sufficient, Granolah would make a want on his planet’s Dragon Balls for energy in alternate for his lifespan, attaining a power that surpassed even Goku and Vegeta.

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However, the manga arc threw a curveball when Gas, enforcer of the Heeter Clan, had the identical want made for him, surpassing each of the Saiyans in addition to Granolah. The trio had been pressured to combat collectively towards Gas, who gave the impression to be the story arc’s last opponent — that’s, till Chapter 87 launched.

Gas will get again up after seemingly being defeated by Granolah and Goku. However, in a surprising twist, Frieza all of the sudden seems, summoned by Heeter Clan chief Elec to be assassinated by Gas. Elec’s plan fails when Frieza reveals he is been coaching in a Hyperbolic Time Chamber and unleashes a brand new type, Black Frieza, which kills Gas and Elec. Frieza then incapacitates each Ultra Ego Vegeta and Ultra Instinct Goku in a single blow earlier than departing.

While it appeared Frieza’s look lastly fulfilled the Oracle Fish’s prophecy, Chapter 87 — and the general arc — ends with Whis questioning aloud whether or not that is the case, or if the precise strongest warrior has emerged elsewhere.

It’s laborious to know whether or not that is deliberate foreshadowing or not. After all, Whis is a personality outlined by flippant remarks and Dragon Ball is a sequence outlined by stronger opponents consistently showing. It might simply be a throwaway line — or it is perhaps a sign of one thing extra essential.

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One main risk is that Whis’s comment ties into the occasions of Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero, the franchise’s latest movie which noticed its worldwide launch alongside Chapter 87 of the manga. In the movie, each Gohan and Piccolo get new types — Gohan Beast and Orange Piccolo — that are far stronger than Dr. Hedo’s Gamma Androids, who Piccolo notes as being as sturdy as Goku and Vegeta.

Given how a lot the movie posits Gohan’s potential to turn into the universe’s strongest fighter, it is potential Whis’s remark is about him. While the timeline of the Super manga relative to the movie is not solely clear, it is possible that Super Hero takes place after the battle with Gas. The ”Granolah Saga” takes place instantly after the ”Galactic Patrol Prisoner Saga”, the place Goten and Trunks are briefly seen as youngsters, however who’re depicted as youngsters in Super Hero.

As such, Whis’s remarks may very well be in service of bridging the hole between the present arc, Super Hero, and the manga’s subsequent arc — set to debut its first chapter in October after a month-long break for manga creator Toyotarou.

Assuming the prophecy is not about Gohan, Frieza or an as-yet-unseen villain, who else might it check with? Broly may very well be one other contender — Super Hero depicts the kindhearted-yet-beastly Saiyan coaching alongside Goku and Vegeta on Beerus’s planet, studying to maintain his anger below management in battle. Given how immensely sturdy Broly was by the top of his titular movie — in a position to commerce blows with Super Saiyan Blue Gogeta — it is not a stretch to imagine a educated Broly would be capable to surpass the present crop of fighters as Universe 7’s strongest.

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Uub is one other potential candidate. The reincarnation of Kid Buu, Uub performs a serious position in Dragon Ball Z‘s epilogue as Goku takes the younger fighter below his wing to coach. While largely unmentioned all through Super, the ”Galactic Patrol Prisoner Saga” re-emphasized Uub’s significance by making him instrumental within the arc’s climax.

During the ultimate battle with Moro, Goku struggles to muster up the power to deal the final blow — till being gifted a large quantity of godly ki by an unknown supply. Said supply is revealed to be Uub, the unknowing heir of the Grand Supreme Kai’s divine ki. Whis’s remark may very well be alluding to Super lastly catching as much as the top of Dragon Ball Z and presenting a storyline happening afterward, the place Goku trains Uub to grasp his godly powers.

Dragon Ball has at all times been outlined by a willingness to take its story wherever, which makes it troublesome to foretell future arcs. Wherever Super goes subsequent, the top of the ”Granolah Saga” guarantees tantalizing developments — and wherever new challenges emerge, Goku is bound to rise to the event.

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