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Dragon Ball: Freeza arc


Arc Information

Original Run: 11 September 1990 — 18 June 1991 (41 weeks)
Corresponding: Dragon Ball Chapters 291 – 329 (39 chapters)
Page Count: 582 pages (7 full color / 24 limited color / 551 black and white)

Arc Synopsis

Kuririn leaves to talk to the Eldest, but instead comes into contact with the surviving Namekian Dende, who knows the password for the Dragon Balls. Calling forth Porunga, they revive the dead Piccolo on Kaiō’s planet and bring him to Planet Namek. However, in the middle of their wishing, the Eldest dies. And then, learning that his wish would not be granted, Freeza explodes in anger.

Thinking that he couldn’t lose against Freeza, the reborn Piccolo displays his power. However, Freeza finally transformed into his third-form and then his final-form. Even Vegeta, who had become even stronger after once again coming back from the brink of death, was no match. In the midst of the hopeless situation, Goku was finally completely revived. Taking the pride of the fallen Saiyan Vegeta, Goku challenges Freeza. However, even fighting at full power his attacks were of no effect. And even then Freeza was only putting out 50% of his power. A fading Goku raised the bar to Kaiō-Ken x10, but even that still didn’t faze Freeza. Even a Kaiō-Ken x20 powered Kamehameha fired with all of his strength couldn’t defeat Freeza.

Goku decided to use his final trump card, the Genki-Dama. In order to bring down the powerful enemy Freeza, Goku had to make it especially large. Suffering through Freeza’s fierce attacks, he at last succeeds with the Genki-Dama attack. However, it wasn’t enough to defeat Freeza. On top of that, Freeza killed Kuririn with his psychic powers. Goku quivered with rage, and finally became the legendary warrior, the Super Saiyan. Through Kaiō’s tactics, the Namekians are revived and sent to Earth. The final battle to determine the strongest in the universe had now begun between Goku and Freeza.

Freeza is quickly beaten by the Super Saiyan Son Goku, who has overwhelming speed and power. Still, Goku is caught up in the explosion of Planet Namek, and is thought to be dead. But the others learn that he somehow managed to survive when they try to revive him with the Namekian Dragon Balls. Porunga announces Goku wants to return to Earth on his own, and so they use the wishes to revive everyone else.

Chapter List

怒りのフリーザ!!!
Ikari no Furīza!!!
An Angry Freeza!!!
11 September 1990
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1990 #41
いでよ本場の神龍!!
Ide yo Honba no Shenron!!
Come Forth, Genuine Shenlong!!
18 September 1990
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1990 #42
みっつの願い
Mittsu no Negai
Three Wishes
22 September 1990
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1990 #43
最後の願い
Saigo no Negai
The Last Wish
02 October 1990
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1990 #44
おもいがけぬスーパーパワーアップ
Omoigakenu Sūpā Pawā Appu
An Unexpected Super Power-Up
09 October 1990
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1990 #45
フリーザ超変身!!
Furīza Chō-Henshin!!
Freeza’s Super Transformation!!
16 October 1990
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1990 #46
悟飯逆上!!
Gohan Gyakujō!!
Gohan in a Frenzy!!
23 October 1990
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1990 #47
悟飯ボロボロ
Gohan Boroboro
A Worn-Out Gohan
30 October 1990
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1990 #48
戦士の復活
Senshi no Fukkatsu
A Warrior’s Revival
06 November 1990
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1990 #49
ピッコロの自信
Pikkoro no Jishin
Piccolo’s Self-Confidence
10 November 1990
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1990 #50
はてしないエスカレート!!
Hate Shinai Esukareito!!
An Endless Escalation!!
20 November 1990
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1990 #51
フリーザ第2の変身
Furīza Dai-Ni no Henshin
Freeza’s Second Transformation
27 November 1990
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1990 #52
フリーザのダメ押し!!
Furīza no Dameoshi!!
Freeza Makes Doubly Sure!!
04 December 1990
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1990 #53
超サイヤ人そして超フリーザ誕生!?
Sūpā Saiya-jin Soshite Sūpā Furīza Tanjō!?
Birth of a Super Saiyan and a Super Freeza?!
11 December 1990
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1991 #01/02
フリーザか!ベジータか!
Furīza ka! Bejīta ka!
Freeza?! Or Vegeta?!
19 December 1990
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1991 #03/04
孫悟空…復活!!
Son Gokū…Fukkatsu!!
Son Goku… Revived!!
19 December 1990
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1991 #03/04
超決戦の火ブタ切る!!
Chō-Kessen no Hibuta Kiru!!
Kick-Starting the Super Decisive Battle!!
05 January 1991
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1991 #05
ベジータ死す!!
Bejīta Shisu!!
Vegeta Dies!!
14 January 1991
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1991 #06
両者ゆずらず!
Ryōsha Yuzurazu!
Neither Gives an Inch!
22 January 1991
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1991 #07
さぐり合い
Saguri Ai
Searching Each Other Out
29 January 1991
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1991 #08
肉弾戦
Nikudansen
A Physical Battle
05 February 1991
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1991 #09
怪物フリーザ
Kaibutsu Furīza
The Monster Freeza
09 February 1991
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1991 #10
20倍界王拳の賭け
Nijū-Bai Kaiō-Ken no Kake
The Twenty-Fold Kaiō-Ken Gamble
19 February 1991
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1991 #11
孫悟空最後の決断
Son Gokū Saigo no Ketsudan
Son Goku’s Final Decision
26 February 1991
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1991 #12
ラストチャンス!特大元気玉
Rasuto Chansu! Tokudai Genki-Dama
The Last Chance! An Extra-Large Genki-Dama
05 March 1991
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1991 #13
宇宙の恨み、フリーザを貫く!!
Uchū no Urami, Furīza o Tsuranuku!!
The Hatred of the Universe, Pierces Freeza!!
12 March 1991
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1991 #14
生か死か
Sei ka Shi ka
Life or Death
19 March 1991
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1991 #15
伝説の超サイヤ人
Densetsu no Sūpā Saiya-jin
The Legendary Super Saiyan
26 March 1991
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1991 #16
フリーザ初めての屈辱と絶望
Furīza Hajimete no Kutsujoku to Zetsubō
Freeza’s First Taste of Humiliation and Despair
02 April 1991
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1991 #17
消え去るナメック星と希望
Kiesaru Namekku-sei to Kibō
Planet Namek and Hope Disappear
09 April 1991
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1991 #18
フリーザ決死のフルパワー
Furīza Kesshi no Furu Pawā
Freeza’s Do-or-Die Full Power
16 April 1991
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1991 #19
両者最後の大決戦!
Ryōsha Saigo no Dai-Kessen!
A Final, Grand Decisive Battle for Both Sides!
23 April 1991
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1991 #20
ふたつの願い
Futatsu no Negai
Two Wishes
27 April 1991
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1991 #21/22
静かなる激闘
Shizuka Naru Gekitō
A Quiet, Fierce Battle
14 May 1991
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1991 #23
見切りをつけた孫悟空
Mikiri o Tsuketa Son Gokū
Son Goku Calls it Quits
21 May 1991
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1991 #24
空しい決着
Munashī Ketchaku
An Empty Conclusion
28 May 1991
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1991 #25
すべての終わり
Subete no Owari
The End of It All
04 June 1991
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1991 #26
ナメック星 消ゆ
Namekku-sei Kiyu
Planet Namek Fades Out
11 June 1991
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1991 #27
帰らない悟空
Kaeranai Gokū
Goku Won’t Be Coming Home
18 June 1991
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1991 #28