Manga Guide

Dragon Ball Super Chapter 4

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Kami to Kami

Battle of Gods

Chapter Information

Premiered: 19 September 2015 (V-Jump, November 2015 Issue)
29 July 2016 (Viz Website) (English)
Author: Toyotarō

Availability: Tankōbon Volume 01, “Warriors of Universe 6” (04 April 2016)
Digital Color Edition: Volume 01 (03 April 2020)

Chapter Synopsis

Since Beerus is looking for Super Saiyan God but none of the Earthlings have a clue, Goku has an idea: ask Shenlong! The dragon explains that “Super Saiyan God” is something created when six Saiyans with pure hearts work together. Unfortunately, there are only five Saiyans on Earth (Goku, Gohan, Goten, Vegeta, and Trunks). Surprisingly, Videl is pregnant with her and Gohan’s child; with her cooperation, the group is able to bring Goku forth as a Super Saiyan God!

Beerus seems moderately impressed, even as Goku’s friends and family seem a bit confused. Gohan is unable to sense his father’s ki, proving that he has indeed become a god. Goku makes Beerus promise not to destroy the Earth if he wins the fight; Beerus agrees, but anticipates winning handily.

As the two fight, Beerus asks Goku how it feels to have the power of a god. Goku is shocked at the power, but still cannot manage to lay a hand on Beerus, who reiterates that the battle’s conclusion is already decided. The two connect with a punch, sending shockwaves that can be felt all the way in the Kaiōshin realm. The younger Kaiōshin has collected the Namekian Dragon Balls, though it seems these were not the ones Champa was after anyway; he is already off to some other distant location.

Above the Earth, Goku and Beerus continue their battle. Beerus is losing patience, and though the fight has been enjoyable, it is time to put an end to things. The God of Destruction tosses a massive attack toward Goku and the Earth behind him; Goku smirks and remarks that the power of Super Saiyan God is telling him that he has only scratched the surface of what is possible! Goku launches a Kamehameha to negate the attack. Whis teleports up to the battle space, remarking that they should perhaps consider the match done for now. Beerus will leave — including leaving Earth intact! — so long as Goku pushes himself even more. Furthermore, he should know that Beerus is the God of Destruction of this universe, the seventh of twelve in total. There are surely stronger folks out there… including Whis, who is Beerus’ master! Beerus and Whis depart, leaving a smiling Goku behind.

The elder Kaiōshin is as impressed with Goku as ever. In the meantime, the younger Kaiōshin has defused back into the eastern Kaiōshin and Kibito. The elder Kaiōshin wishes for peace for at least a little while longer.

Elsewhere in space, a group of aliens working under the leadership of “Guarana” have come across a gigantic Dragon Ball. They attempt to contact headquarters, but notice Champa and his attendant outside their ship. With a smile, Champa fires a blast, destroying all trace of the aliens.

Another alien relates to “Sorbet” that their scout ship has been destroyed. With so many of their force being taken out, at this rate they will have no choice but to revive Lord Freeza himself! Sorbet exclaims that they absolutely must find a planet with Dragon Balls!

Champa’s attendant warns him that creating such displays will only lead to Beerus finally noticing them. Champa agrees to head home… but next time they meet, Champa will have a surprise for him…!

Chapter Notes

  • This chapter shares its title (神と神; Kami to Kami or literally “God and God”) with the Japanese title for the 2013 theatrical film, Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods.
  • This chapter picks up where chapter three left off, and proceeds to cover the entirety of Dragon Ball Super TV episode nine in a single page. The rest of the chapter covers the base story material up through TV episode fourteen, including material beyond that with the introduction of story elements from the 2015 theatrical film, Dragon Ball Z: Revival of “F”, which — at the time of this chapter’s original publication — had not been hit yet in the TV series.
  • Beerus and Goku’s fight concludes more or less as seen in the 2013 theatrical film Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods (including Beerus’ multi-universe explanation), as opposed to the retelling/adaptation in the Dragon Ball Super TV series (with an extended fight, Beerus pretending to fall asleep, etc.).
  • Champa and Vados continue to be integrated into the manga’s story despite not appearing in the corresponding Dragon Ball Super TV series material.
  • The younger Kaiōshin’s de-fusion is likewise exclusive to the manga at this point.

  • Guarana’s name is likely taken directly from the Brazilian “guaraná” fruit, or more specifically the natural energy drinks infused with the caffeine producing guaraná seeds that have become quite popular in Japan. This fits with Akira Toriyama’s explanation that all of Freeza’s henchmen are items that go inside a refrigerator. The name is spelled identically in Japanese between the character and the plant’s seed.
    ガラナ (ga·ra·na)

Page Breakdown

The majority of the Dragon Ball series was drawn in black and white, but every once in a while fans were graced with some color pages. This breakdown notes how many full-color, limited-color, and black-and-white pages appeared in this chapter.