Warning! Spoilers for Dragon Ball Super lie below!
It finally happened, Dragon Ball fans. After weeks of waiting, the franchise returned tonight with one hell of a bang. A one-hour special aired tonight documenting the first fight between Jiren and Goku. The battle brought about a brand-new transformation for Goku, and the show finally gave an explanation for how the Saiyan powered up out of nowhere.
If you’ve seen episodes 109-110 of Dragon Ball Super, then you know Goku got beat into the ground by Jiren. The warrior from Universe 11 had no mercy against as he wiped the floor with the Saiyan. By the end of the duo’s first battle, Goku was left lying on the ground with plenty of injuries. Jiren was ready to walk away from the Saiyan, but Goku surprised everyone when he came back to consciousness with a powerful transformation on his side.
Fans were curious as to how Goku came back from the brink of exhaustion with such power, but Whis seems to have an idea as to how it happened. The angel watched Goku’s new power after it made its debut, and Whis said he believed Goku’s Spirit Bomb had plenty to do with its triggering. After all, the Saiyan did try to use a Spirit Bomb against Jiren, but the latter just swatted it away. When Jiren pushed the attack, he sent it straight into Goku, and the technique then exploded when it made contact with the Saiyan. If anything, it seems Goku's struggle to bounce the attack back to Jiren and the explosion's fallout is what pushed the Saiyan into a new form rather than the attack's energy itself.
Whis does make it clear that it does not seem like the Spirit Bomb was absorbed by Goku, but it may have triggered something. When Goku finally displays his new form, all of the gods are seen staring in shock as they recognize the power. They cannot believe a mortal like Goku could harness the technique, but Beerus confirms it is true. Thanks to a backfired Spirit Bomb and Goku’s insanely adaptive ki, Goku is able to use the Mastery of Self-Movement form which Whis has praised since Dragon Ball Super began. And, now, it is up to the hero to somehow control the move if he hopes to take down Jiren.
Dragon Ball Super airs on Crunchyroll Saturdays at 7:15 p.m. CST. Toonami also airs the English dub on Adult Swim Saturdays at 11:30 p.m.