The Grand Finale, And Then…
|Premiered:||09 May 1995 (Weekly Shōnen Jump 1995 #23)|
Dragon Ball Z (Original Broadcast)
Dragon Ball Kai (“Refreshed” Broadcast)
“At last, Majin Boo has vanished from existence… That is, he has literally vanished from existence completely, with not a single cell remaining…” The Namekians and Kaiōshin all celebrate. On Earth, Piccolo informs Gohan and the boys that Boo’s ki is completely gone. Back in the Kaiōshin Realm, Goku is sitting down taking a breather, and Satan confirms that it’s really all over. Satan informs everyone on Earth that the dreaded Majin Boo has just died, and there is nothing left to worry about. Everyone chants “Satan”, and the people at God’s Temple all dance for joy, except for Videl, who is displeased with her father.
Dende, the puppy, and the Kaiōshin return to their world, and Dende rushes over to heal Goku, but he says Vegeta needs healing first. Satan’s reunion with his puppy is shortened when the puppy runs off toward something. He’s found the original Boo in some rubble. Satan begs Dende to heal him, but Vegeta doesn’t like that idea at all, preparing to finish him off. Satan begs him not to, saying he’s really not a bad guy. Vegeta doesn’t think he’s worth the risk, and it’s best to just kill him now. Satan begs Vegeta to let him take responsibility for Boo, and he’ll take Boo in himself. Vegeta thinks Satan’s powerless to do anything. Goku asks Dende to go ahead and heal Boo, and tells Vegeta that this Boo and Satan both helped in the battle. On the off chance that something does go wrong, Goku will be training to be stronger anyway.
Kaiōshin thinks it might not be good for Boo to live on Earth, because of all the terror he’d caused the Earthlings. Goku says they’ll just keep Boo from going outside for six months, and when the Dragon Balls revive, they’ll ask Shenlong to erase Boo from everyone’s memory. Vegeta gets angry and says he doesn’t care what they do anyway, and Satan is very happy.
Once Boo is healed, Goku thinks they should all go back to Earth, mostly because he wants to eat and sleep a lot. And so, Kaiōshin drops them all off at God’s Temple. Goku, Vegeta, and Dende show themselves first, and the everyone all rushes over to happily greet them. Videl spots Satan and the puppy, but then everyone notices Boo beside him and freaks out. Goku tries to reassure everyone it’s okay. As Earth resumes its peaceful existence with the evil Boo destroyed, our heroes rejoice.
The world has regarded Mister Satan as an “ultra super hero”. Six months later, memories of Boo were erased from everyone’s mind, except for those who were involved. But, the people still knew Satan had saved them from something horrendous. And then another ten years has passed…
Trunks, now a teenager, is flying along in a capsule plane. He think flying like this is no fun, and climbs out of the cockpit, putting the plane in a capsule, and then flies on his own. He arrives at a house, knocks on the door, and Gohan answers. Trunks asks where Goten is, and Gohan says he’s in the backyard training with their dad and the others. Vegeta and Bulma are there too, and Trunks is surprised his parents have also come.
This chapter features a 10-year timeskip, jumping ahead from May of AGE 774 to the same month in AGE 784. The events of the decade in-between were originally left unmentioned save for Bulma’s comment in the following chapter that she hadn’t seen Goku in “five years”; however, it has since been used as the setting for a number of animated works, including the 2008 Jump Super Anime Tour special Heya! Son Goku & Friends Return!! (circa AGE 776), the 2013 movie Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods (late summer – autumn, AGE 778), and the 2015 movie Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’ (circa late AGE 779). All three of these works had some degree of involvement from Akira Toriyama himself (“story concept”, the story proper, and the entire scenario, respectively), who had previously indicated in the 2003 guidebook Son Gokū Densetsu that he would like to do just that:
With the Dragon Ball Kanzenban, the series will be garnering new fans. And being fans, I think they will probably want to see some new Dragon Ball Z. How about it, Sensei? Why not make a new animated work once a year or so?
Ah, I’d like to see that.
But in the final chapter, Goku’s getting pretty old. And what happens to him after is already covered in the anime-original Dragon Ball GT. Still, Goku is the main character, after all. If you’re going to make a new story without any difficulty, you’ll have to rewind time a bit, and tell a story from somewhere in the past, or something…
I agree. Rather than continuing on strangely into the future, or digging deeper, I’d rather develop it with something like a separate episode, going back in time to say, “there was such-and-such a story, involving such-and-such an opponent”. As in, it wasn’t in the comic, but this kind of thing also happened. I think that’d probably be better.
(“Akira Toriyama × Katsuyoshi Nakatsuru”, TV Anime Complete Guide: Dragon Ball Z — Son Gokū Densetsu )
- In the Kanzenban version of this chapter, Gohan’s second word balloon in the final chapter has the part pointing towards him on the right side partially drawn over with the background pattern, and a new outline pointing towards Trunks drawn in over the existing outline on the left. It is not clear what the reason is, or what Trunks was meant to say, but it suggests one of several likely scenarios. In the first, a textual change to the kanzenban would have been decided upon and actually drawn in, but undone in a late phase in production and incompletely erased. In the second, a textual change would actually have been intended to be implemented, but was botched due to a combination of mishandled Photoshop layers and miscommunication in setting the text. In the third and last, an incomplete revision would have been present in the original manuscript (digitally scanned to produce the kanzenban), perhaps for tankōbon Volume 42, but unnoticed by Toriyama or the publishers. Whatever the reason, however, it was fixed in the “Full Color” release, despite its being based on the kanzenban for the most part.
- 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:
I’m drawing without an assistant right now, so I’m really feeling the deadline crunch. Yeeeargh! <Akira>
By this point Takashi Matsuyama’s contract had already lapsed, and presumably Toriyama drew at least the last three chapters of the series alone. The only time Toriyama would use an assistant after this was for the special comic published in the pamphlet “Biosphere”, where Matsuyama was again tapped to assist him.
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.