Ningen Zero Keikaku
0 Mortals Plan
|Premiered:||21 January 2017 (V-Jump, March 2017 Issue)
10 March 2017 (Viz Website) (English)
Tankōbon Volume 03, “0 Mortals Plan” (02 June 2017)
Digital Color Edition: Volume 03 (03 April 2020)
Goku, Vegeta, and Trunks are perplexed to see Zamasu standing alongside Black, who was supposed to be Zamasu inside Goku’s body.
Back in the present, Bulma informs Beerus that Goku and the others have already left for the future, and questions why there are two Zamasu. Kaiōshin explains that if the Zamasu that is inside Goku’s body is from their world, then there would logically also have to be a separate Zamasu there in Trunks’ world.
Vegeta pieces everything together as the two Zamasu wonder why these people have appeared in this timeline. Zamasu explains that there are no major obstacles in the five parallel worlds, but is perplexed to see a sixth time ring inside his box. Vegeta remarks that his past self was probably killed by Beerus, meaning there is now another world without Zamasu; Black finally concludes that these guys must have come from the past. After a bit of posturing back and forth, Vegeta blasts in on the offensive, but is ultimately cornered by Black, who has gotten stronger yet again. Black initially thought that simply stealing Goku’s body would be enough, but he could not satisfactorily transform into Super Saiyan, let alone Blue. Realizing this is what led him to discovering the Saiyans’ trademark. Trunks wonders if he means how Saiyans power-up after recovering from near-death experiences…
Kaiōshin explains that Black has likely been using this trait in conjunction with Zamasu’s healing ability to continuously power-up.
Vegeta continues to get pummeled, prompting Goku to offer him a senzu. Vegeta and Black trade blows, but Black clearly has the upper-hand. Trunks figures that his father and Goku are no longer able to exploit the Saiyan trait of powering-up due to their constant training. Zamasu heals Black to full strength, powering him up even more, to a level these lower beings could never dream of. Black transforms yet again, this time with pink hair (as Goku observes). Zamasu notes that unlike the others, when gods power up to this level, their hair must become pink instead of blue. To go along with the existing naming conventions, Black suggests the name “Super Saiyan Rosé” for his new form.
Goku and Vegeta, rather than teaming up, decide to split the fights: Vegeta will continue against Black, while Goku takes on Zamasu. As Goku’s battle seems to be going a little too well, Trunks thinks that something is wrong. When Goku knocks back Zamasu’s own levitating debris, the god is impaled… but, laughing all the while, Zamasu simply removes the broken pole while his body heals back to normal. Zamasu has not only destroyed the Dragon Balls, but used them one last time to wish for immortality. Zamasu telekinetically rips the senzu away from Goku and obliterates them in his hand. Zamasu exploits these powers against Goku while Black whales away on Vegeta, who collapses to the ground unconscious.
Trunks screams for them to retreat, while Black mocks him for helping him power-up all this time. Desperate for a way out, Trunks yells for Goku and Mai to close their eyes as he unleashes a Taiyō-ken on Zamasu and Black. Trunks and the others escape underground, trying to work out a strategy. Goku thinks back to how the turtle sage and his master were able to seal up an awful villain in a rice cooker: the Mafūba! Maybe they can seal these bad guys away, too! Trunks says they should hurry back to the past to learn this technique.
Black is unable to sense the Saiyans since they are able to reduce their energy. Smirking, though, Black is able to hone in on Mai’s ki signature, and teleports away with Zamasu. The gods see hooded figures sneaking off, but it is a decoy: Mai jumps out with her shotgun and a bunch of mannequins, while Trunks jumps in from behind with a surprise sword attack, impaling Zamasu yet again.
Off in the distance, Goku apologizes to Trunks for leaving him behind to fight alone again, departing in the time machine with Vegeta.
- Black’s Super Saiyan Rosé (超サイヤ人ローズ) form in the manga is given more shading, a la Goku and Vegeta’s Super Saiyan Blue forms, to differentiate it from standard Super Saiyan.
- The Taiyō-ken (太陽拳, literally “Fist of the Sun”), first shown off by Tenshinhan during the 22nd Tenka’ichi Budōkai, temporarily blinds anyone who does not shield their eyes. In this chapter Goku is surprised to learn that Trunks knows the technique; Trunks responds that Gohan taught it to him, though we as readers/viewers have never actually seen Gohan use the technique, either (in any timeline).
- The Mafūba (魔封波, literally “Demon Sealing Wave”) was first shown during the battle against Demon King Piccolo. The turtle sage explains that his master, Mutaito, had used the technique to seal the demon away in a rice cooker. The turtle sage dies in his battle against Demon King Piccolo, and Tenshinhan is also unsuccessful in sealing the demon away. Earth’s God attempts to use the technique on Piccolo Jr. during the 23rd Tenka’ichi Budōkai, but Piccolo uses the “Reverse Mafūba” to capture God.
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.