Manga Guide

Dragon Ball Chapter 296

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Furīza Chō-Henshin!!

Freeza’s Super Transformation!!

Chapter Information

Premiered: 16 October 1990 (Weekly Shōnen Jump 1990 #46)
Dragon Ball Z (Original Broadcast)
Dragon Ball Kai (“Refreshed” Broadcast)

  • Digital Monochrome Edition Volume 25 (12 October 2012)

Chapter Synopsis

“Well alright…!! If you want to die that much, I’ll show you!!!” Gohan and Kuririn wonder about this transforming business, so Vegeta explains that some aliens hold back their true form to conserve energy. Freeza says he’s different, though, and can’t control himself when transformed. Vegeta says he’s bluffing, but Freeza insists he isn’t. To give them an idea of just how powerful he is, Freeza tells them that when he attacked Planet Vegeta where the Saiyans lived, he defeated the king, Vegeta’s father, without even needing to transform. But Vegeta doesn’t care, since he was stronger than the king when he was just a brat. Freeza powers up a bit, just to bust off his battle jacket. Vegeta laughs and says taking off his clothes isn’t much of a transformation. But then Freeza starts to really power up, and his body begins to grow much larger, and his horns become longer. Freeza says to be careful, as he won’t be kind like before. And now that he’s transformed, his battle power should be over a million now.

Freeza lifts his hand up, and causes the whole island to explode. Vegeta and Gohan make it away safely, and so does Kuririn, who is holding Dende. Kuririn’s head is bleeding, but just from a rock fragment hitting him. Freeza compliments them on dodging that, and then wonders which one of them he should send to Hell first. He’s made his decision, and flies straight into the air, impaling Kuririn through the stomach with his horn.

Chapter Notes


  • In the second panel of the first page, Kuririn’s armor is not shaded in, making it appear white.

Author’s Comment

  • Each issue of Weekly Shōnen Jump features short comments from the various series’ authors, giving fans a brief insight into their current thoughts, ranging from series-related announcements to trivial happenings in their personal lives. Akira Toriyama’s comments from this issue were:


    At last, the Japan Grand Prix is nigh!! Since the champion should be decided at Suzuka, I’m looking forward to this something fierce!! <Akira>

Page Breakdown

The majority of the Dragon Ball series was drawn in black and white, but chapters were occasionally published with color pages. This breakdown notes how many full-color, limited-color, and black-and-white pages appeared in this chapter. As the tankōbon volumes were not released with these colors intact, any color pages shown are taken from the kanzenban release.