The following article contains spoilers for Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero currently in theaters in North America and Europe, and Akira Toriyama, Toyotaru, Caleb Cook and Brandon Bovia’s Dragon Ball Super Chapter 87 now available on English via Viz Media. .
Closer to the start Dragon Ball SuperIn Granola Survivor Saga, Oracle Fish made an ominous prophecy that the balance of Universe 7 would soon shift – and the strongest warrior in the universe would rise.
At the time, this seemed like an omen for Granola himself. Of course, Granola would make a wish on his planet’s dragon balls for strength in exchange for his lifespan, achieving strength that surpassed even Goku and Vegeta.
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However, the manga arc defied when Gus, the enforcer of the Heather clan, made the same wish for him, surpassing both the Saiyan and Granola. The trio were forced to fight together against Gus, who seemed to be the last opponent of the story arc – that is, until the release of chapter 87.
Gus returns after being seemingly defeated by Granola and Goku. However, Frieza unexpectedly appears, summoned by clan leader Heather Elec to be killed by Gus. Elec’s plan fails when Freeza reveals that he has been training in a hyperbolic time chamber and unleashes a new form, Black Freeze, which kills Gus and Elek. Frieza then disables Vegeta’s Ultra Ego and Goku’s Ultra Instinct with a single punch before leaving.
Although it seemed that Frieza’s appearance finally fulfilled the Oracle Fish’s prophecy, chapter 87 – and the whole arc – ends with Whis wondering aloud if this is really the case, or if the really strongest warrior has appeared somewhere else.
It’s hard to know if this is a deliberate omen or not. After all, Whis is a character defined by flippant remarks and Dragon Ball this is a series in which stronger opponents constantly appear. It may just be a fleeting line or an indication of something more important.
One of the main possibilities is that Wies’ remark is related to the events Dragon Ball Super: Superhero, the newest film in the franchise, which was released worldwide along with chapter 87 of the manga. In the film, both Gohan and Piccolo gain new forms – Gohan the Beast and Orange Piccolo – that are much stronger than Dr. Hedo’s Gamma androids, whom Piccolo notes as as strong as Goku and Vegeta.
Considering how much the film demonstrates Gohan’s potential to become the strongest fighter in the universe, it’s possible that Whis’s comment is about him. While the timeline Super manga in relation to the film is not entirely clear, it is likely that super hero takes place after the battle with Gus. The Granola Saga takes place immediately after the Prisoner of the Galactic Patrol Saga, where Goten and Trunks are briefly shown as children, but in super hero.
Thus, Wies’ remarks can serve to bridge the gap between the current arc, super heroand the next manga arc, the first chapter of which will debut in October after a month-long hiatus for manga author Toyotarou.
Assuming the prophecy isn’t about Gohan, Freeze, or an as yet unseen villain, who else could it refer to? Broly could be another contender… super hero depicts a kind-hearted but brutal Saiyan who trains alongside Goku and Vegeta on the planet Berusa, learning to control his anger in combat. Considering how incredibly strong Broly was by the end of his title movie – able to trade blows with Super Saiyan Blue Gogeta – it’s not hard to imagine that a trained Broly would be able to surpass the current crop of fighters as the strongest in Universe 7.
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Uub is another possible candidate. Reincarnation of Kid Buu, Uub stars in Dragon Ball ZAn epilogue when Goku takes a young fighter under his wing to train. Although mostly not mentioned everywhere Super, The Prisoner of the Galactic Patrol Saga further emphasized Uub’s importance, making him an important tool in the arc’s climax.
During the final battle with Moro, Goku struggles to gather his strength to deliver the final blow until an unknown source grants him a massive amount of divine ki. The said source is revealed to be Uub, the unsuspecting heir to the divine ki of the Great Supreme Kai. Wies’ comment may allude to Super finally caught up to the end Dragon Ball Z and introduces a storyline taking place afterwards where Goku trains Uub to master his divine powers.
Dragon Ball has always stood out for its willingness to develop its story anywhere, which makes it difficult to predict future arcs. Wherever Super Next up is the end of the Granola Saga, which promises teasing events – and wherever new challenges arise, Goku is sure to rise to the occasion.