V Jump's super-sized February edition released on Wednesday, December 21, and with it fans can finally dive into the newest arc in the Dragon Ball Super manga's story, the SUPER HERO arc! To commemorate this exciting development, let's take a look back at the events that transpired in the previous chapter, the Granolah the Survivor arc!
After reading this, be sure to enjoy all the exciting developments that will take place in the SUPER HERO arc with all your fellow Dragon Ball Super fans!
Granolah is the sole remaining member of the Cerealians, a race of aliens who lived on Planet Cereal before their entire civilization was wiped out by Saiyans invading under the orders of Frieza as part of the Frieza Force. As you can imagine, he harbors a deep hatred for both the Saiyans and Frieza himself. One day, the Heeters, an organization serving as the source of Granolah's mercenary work, informed him that Frieza had been resurrected!
Seeing his chance at revenge finally within reach, Granolah gathered the Cerealian Dragon Balls and made a wish: to be made the strongest warrior in the universe.
His wish was granted, but at the cost of greatly shortening his own life span.
Granolah's title as the strongest warrior in the universe was not a welcomed development to the Heeters, who were secretly trying to usurp control of the universe and even make the mighty Frieza Force their underlings. With his newfound strength, they now saw Granolah as an obstacle.
Thus, they came up with a plan: pit the new strongest warrior in the universe against the Saiyans Goku and Vegeta who had defeated Moro, and have them destroy each other.
Their fates became intertwined when Goku and Vegeta heard the strongest warrior in the universe was a heinous villain who needed to be apprehended, while at the same time, Granolah heard tell that two of Frieza's Saiyan assassins were headed his way.
As the strongest warrior in the universe, Granolah found himself with an arsenal of new abilities and was able to use a clone of himself to attack Goku with pinpoint accuracy and cancel out his Ultra Instinct.
Soon after, Granolah found himself clashing with Vegeta and during their struggle, the Saiyan prince revealed a new power he had attained through his training with Beerus: Ultra Ego! As their battle continued to unfold, many new truths were unveiled.
Before the final blow was struck, the Namaekian Monaito, who raised Granolah from a young age after the death of his mother, suddenly intervened and revealed the truth about what happened during the invasion of Planet Cereal 40 years ago.
It was none other than Goku's father, Bardock, who was present during the invasion, but seeing the young Granolah being protected by his mother reminded him of his own newborn son, and he turned his back on his orders and protected the young Cerealian and his mother. However, the ones originally responsible for the order to attack Planet Cereal, the Heeters themselves, stepped in personally to see the job done, killing Granolah's mother in the process.
Just as everyone was realizing how intertwined their fates truly were, the Heeters suddenly appeared and revealed they had used the Cerealian Dragon Balls and wished for the clan's youngest brother, Gas, to become the new strongest warrior in the universe! It was time for Granolah and Gas to engage in an earth-shaking battle to determine which was the universe's true strongest warrior!
Since Granolah had grown accustomed to possessing the power of the universe's strongest warrior, he managed to hold a slight edge over Gas in terms of offense and defense!
Seeing his brother struggling against Granolah's relentless assault, Elec intervened to turn the tables back in their favor by unleashing Gas's true primal instincts! With his unfettered power unleashed, Gas lost control of himself and went on a wild rampage, attacking friend and foe alike, until Elec reminded him of the promise he made forty years prior to never lose again, bringing him back to his senses with complete control of his incredible power.
Thanks to Goku's quick thinking using the Teleportation Technique to leave Gas stranded on a distant planet, the heroes made their way to Monaito's house to recuperate. Along the way, they were able to gain new information on the battle between Bardock and Gas that took place forty years ago from the fallen Saiyan's personal Scouter that had been left behind on Planet Cereal!
Gas had also unleashed his full power during his clash with Bardock all those years ago and seemingly had the upper hand. However, the low-class warrior only had one thing on his mind: to win. That indomitable spirit and sheer will kept him on his feet, and eventually Bardock was able to break through his limits and rise victorious!
Upon learning of Bardock's fierce tenacity in battle, Goku and Vegeta gained a newfound resolve and a deeper understanding of Saiyan pride and what it means to accept their own true natures and move forward with conviction.
With victory etched in their minds, Goku and Vegeta stood to face Gas, who had just returned to the battlefield. First, he faced Vegeta, who continued to rise and fight back no matter how many times Gas knocked him down, further showing the evolution of his Ultra Ego transformation. Meanwhile, Goku searched inside himself and tapped into his own unique version of Ultra Instinct.
Having been overpowered by Goku in his newfound form, Gas resolved to use whatever life he had remaining. He stood up once again, only this time taking on a new and bizarre appearance!
As the battle continued anew, Granolah, who had sustained critical injuries early, joined his former Saiyan enemy. With the help of everyone, including Monaito, Granolah charged up all the energy he possessed into a single blast that he fired at Gas, seemingly ending the struggle once and for all...
However, Gas appeared once again, looking much worse for wear but nonetheless stronger than ever, as though he had been cursed to be the universe's strongest. No matter how much damage his physical body took, Gas kept fighting. However, it was clear the wish Elec made to make his brother the strongest warrior in the universe came with the same cost of cutting his lifespan!
During the utter chaos on the battlefield, an unexpected visitor arrived: the evil galactic emperor Frieza! Not only that, he utterly obliterated Gas with a single strike! He then told Elec that he knew all about his ambitions before annihilating him as well, thus putting an end to the Heeters once and for all.
Frieza revealed he found a way to be able to train in another dimension for 10 years. Since he technically did not exist in the universe when Granolah and Elec's wishes were made, he was able to achieve a level of power far beyond what the Cerealian Dragon Balls had bestowed.
Frieza unveiled the fruits of his training: a new form he dubbed "Black Frieza"! Both Ultra Instinct Goku and Ultra Ego Vegeta were helpless against the galactic tyrant's new transformation...
Thus, this story that began with the emergence of the strongest warrior in the universe, ended with the real strongest strongest warrior in the universe, Frieza, emerging victorious.
Despite meeting Granolah and the others, learning the deceased Bardock's wish and attaining new levels of strength, Goku and Vegeta's training is nowhere near complete.
Picking up where the Granolah the Survivor arc left off, the newest chapter, the SUPER HERO arc, is ready to kick off!
This story will follow Goten and Trunks as they protect the peace in their city. It's a prequel to the events of the hit movie Dragon Ball Super: SUPER HERO, so you definitely won't watch to miss it!
*All comic images are from the Japanese version.
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