The official TV adaptation of the Dragon Ball manga continuity, the main Dragon Ball Z anime follows a relatively similar plot to the manga, with Son Goku and his friends and children protecting the Earth from villains threatening to destroy it. Several new original storylines are added to its continuity in the form of thirteen theatrical films, some of which are integrated into the main anime, and others following alternate timelines and scenarios. The anime continuity also received a completely original and TV-exclusive sequel in the form of Dragon Ball GT, which continues the adventures of Son Goku, who is turned back into a child by Emperor Pilaf accidentally wishing this using a new pair of Dragon Balls in the beginning of the series and is forced to travel across the universe to retrieve them. The series follows the Z Fighters against far more powerful foes than what had been seen up until then.
Power of this Verse
The Dragon Ball Z Toei continuity is vastly more powerful than the manga it is based on, with characters at the very beginning of the Saiyan Saga already scaling to Large Planet level due to Piccolo's feat of destroying the Moon instantaneously, and Goku and Vegeta on the same saga receiving an upgrade to Dwarf Star level via scaling to King Vegeta's feat of destroying three planets with one blast and Vegeta destroying Arlia. The ability to destroy large stars is reached at the very beginning of the Freeza Saga, with a relatively suppressed First Form Freeza destroying Planet Vegeta. Solar System level is quickly reached due to Kaio-ken multipliers, with 50% Freeza having an Outlier Multi-Solar System level feat by creating a blast spanning thousands of light years when Namek exploded.
In the Cell Saga, proper Multi-Solar System level characters are introduced, with restrained Super Saiyan Broly quickly laying waste to an entire galaxy and destroying sizeable sections of it, and Hatchiyack warping an entire galaxy with the mere after-effects of his formation. A suppressed and held back version of Majin Buu who was beaten back by Super Saiyan 2 Goku also has a feat on this level by destroying an unknown amount of galaxies over a few years. Finally, with the end of the Buu Saga, Galaxy level Attack Potency is reached, with feats such as Goku making the entirety of a universe-sized plane shake by powering up, and Janemba warping the Other World.
It should be noted that Super Buu (with Gohan absorbed) could perform a Universe level+ feat via chain reaction with his Vice Shout. The technique warps space and breaks dimensional walls which would eventually cause the universe to collapse. However, this feat does not scale to other characters as they have never replicated it.
Speed-wise, the series starts with Relativistic feats due to Piccolo's ki blast reaching the Moon in four seconds, and quickly progresses to Massively FTL+ with feats such as Goku reacting to his spaceship, which traveled to another galaxy within 6 days, 100% Frieza reacting to the Namekian Dragon Balls dispersing towards another galaxy, and the level of the feats quickly progresses with the introduction of Instant Transmission and characters who can outspeed it, such as Cell, Goku and Pikkon quickly traveling throughout the universe-sized Other World, Bojack traveling from the edge of the universe to the other edge within an unspecified timeframe, and etcetera.
Dragon Ball GT, the sequel to the anime, quickly progresses with its feats of speed and Attack Potency, such as Black Smoke Shenron reaching Multi-Galaxy level by destroying multiple galaxies instantaneously, and Omega Shenron reaching Universe level with his Minus Energy Power Ball, which possessed condensed universe-destroying power and was purified and dispersed by Super Saiyan 4 Gogeta relatively easily.
Supporters and Opponents of the Series
- Super Saiyan God Julian
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