In spite of seven dragon pearls anime is known for having poor manga adaptation, one particular retcon happened in goku And reliefsThe famous battle actually addresses an obvious plot hole in the original story that diminishes the ferocity of Goku’s Super Saiyan state. This happens regardless of the fact that the anime also changed Goku’s Super Saiyan transformation for the worse.
In both the anime and manga, King Kai tries to stop Goku from allowing Frieza to reach his full potential. Of course, he failed because Goku was determined to defeat Frieza with all his might. What King Kai does with this information in both versions is important. In chapter #321 of Akira Toriyama’s original manga, King Kai explains to Yamcha, Tien, and Chiatzu that Goku is gone and he’s just a Super Saiyan. In episode #98 of the anime, King Kai just wonders why the current generation doesn’t listen to their teachers.
Goku didn’t let Frieza reach his full power because he’s a Super Saiyan
Although there is a scene in the anime where King Kai asks Goku if being a Super Saiyan affects his judgment, it’s worth noting that he doesn’t say these words with authority. His reaction after his conversation with Goku classifies Goku from the rest of his generation, so it’s not to blame the Super Saiyan state for affecting Goku’s judgment but rather a generational issue. The same cannot be said about the original manga. King Kai blames Goku’s Super Saiyan state entirely and says so with authority, essentially serving as the official reason to explain Goku’s actions. However, this is an obvious flaw in the plot as Goku has acted this way since the original Dragon Ball series.
The first time Goku acts this way is during his final battle with Piccolo Jr., who later becomes Piccolo. Even though they’re fighting for the fate of the planet, Goku treats it like a more conventional match. In chapter #188 of the Dragon Balls, Goku refused to win by violating the rules of the tournament even though winning would save the world. He’s more interested in winning and being eliminated than losing and dying. And since this is long before Goku knows what a Saiyan is, there’s no way his reasoning can be affected in any way by him being a Super Saiyan.
Goku is suffering from something, but not Super Saiyan Euphoria
Goku actually went through Saiyan Pride, which can be demonstrated by Vegeta acting in a battle before he or even Goku first transforms into a Super Saiyan. When fighting Frieza’s basic form in chapter #295 of Dragon Ball, Vegeta held his ground despite always being weaker. And yet, even though the Saiyans are lucky enough to get strong so quickly, Vegeta still wants his luck and defeats Frieza with all his might. Of course, some Super Saiyan transformations affect the user’s judgment. The best example is when Gohan, who doesn’t even want to fight, toyed with Cell instead of finishing him off after he turned into Super Saiyan 2. So while the Saiyans may no longer be the main one. himself and became “Super Saiyan”, King Kai was wrong when he said that goku when you fight reliefs IN seven dragon pearls.
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