Whenever Dragon Ball rolls out a new form, fans can’t help but wonder how the power-up might have worked in series before it. The debut of Ultra Instinct sent the Internet into a frenzy, and fan-artists were quick to imagine how other fighters would fit the form. Now, a new piece of art is looking to see how Goku would’ve suited the state during the earlier days of Dragon Ball Z.
Over on Reddit, Edric Snowbeard posted a piece of fan-art he did of Ultra Instinct Goku, and fans are still buzzing over the image. The picture, which can be seen below, shows how a very early rendition of Goku might have looked using Ultra Instinct.
As you can tell, Goku’s new form looks very different with this throwback imagining. The hero has a softer look to him, and Goku’s rounded physique differs greatly from his sharper style in Dragon Ball Super. The artwork uses a duller color palate as well, and there’s less detailing in Goku’s torn uniform.
When it comes to Ultra Instinct itself, the form is almost unrecognizable. Goku does have his silver eyes, but the white-blue aura associated with the state looks most ghostly here. In fact, the form seems to give Goku less of an energy aura and makes it look like steam is rising from the hero. Given how the power-up heats Goku, the misty tie-in is a nice detail.
Of course, this rendition of Goku can only be a what-if for fans to enjoy, but Dragon Ball Z fans have been surprised by how well it works. The fan-art uses Dragon Ball Z’s earliest take on Goku as it shows how the Saiyan looked when he fought Raditz. By the time Freeza appears in the anime, Goku has a more robust aesthetic, but this still is more reminiscent of the first Dragon Ball anime.
How do you think Ultra Instinct Goku stacks up in this Dragon Ball Z imagining? Hit me up on Twitter @MeganPetersCB to let me know and talk all things anime!