In the Dragon Ball universe, there are a lot of transformations - like, a lot. Everyone from villains to heroes are able to level up their power by undergoing complex transformations. For Saiyans, the most popular transformation lies with the various Super Saiyan states. Goku first introduced the transformation back in Dragon Ball Z, and others like Vegeta and Gohan have since managed to acquire the power to go Super Saiyan.
These days, there are more than five total Super Saiyan states, and fans do have some trouble keeping them straight. Super Saiyan was easy when it was just Goku beating down Freeza, but things get more complicated when there is Super Saiyan God and Super Saiyan Rage.
But, hey - Don’t get too down if you wind up a bit lost. Even the creator of Dragon Ball has forgotten one of the Super Saiyan states before!
In the past, Akira Toriyama had admitted one of Goku’s powerful transformations totally slipped his mind. In a previous issue of V-Jump, the artist was interviewed about his work habits, and Toriyama was asked if he kept notes about his stories as reminders. Toriyama said he did not, and he has had a few blunders as such.
“I don’t, that’s why I forget a lot,” he said. “If I don’t forget those ideas, then I won’t need to come up with new ideas. Do you remember Super Saiyan 3? I forgot about it and I thought that was Super Saiyan 2, even though I created those characters.”
Looking at the first three Super Saiyan states, it is easy to get a bit lost. The first two forms look very similar despite the second transformation having a greater ki increase. However, the third state does look notably different; The last transformation gives its user some real wild hair and noticeably larger muscles. But, when you have so many different transformations to choose from, it’s not all too surprising to hear Toriyama gets tripped up from time to time.
Dragon Ball Super recently kicked off the ‘Universal Survival’ saga. You can check out the brief synopsis for it below:
“At Goku’s request, the Omni-Kings’ “Tournament of Power” martial arts tournament between universes now begins! …But this also proves to be the beginning of universal destruction. What awaits the victors of this tournament, and the vanquished…?! How will these intense team battles between the elites of each universe turn out…?!”
Dragon Ball Super's “Universal Survival” saga is part of the recent simulcast agreement that sites like Crunchyroll and Funimation have scored. Dragon Ball Super airs on Crunchyroll Saturdays at 7:15 p.m. CST. Toonami will begin airing the English dub on Adult Swim Saturdays at 11:30 p.m.
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