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What Happens To Goku And Vegeta After Dragon Ball Super: Broly

Goku and Vegeta in Dragon Ball Super Broly

After the cataclysmic events of Dragon Ball Super: Broly, Goku and Vegeta's story has continued and unearthed a terrifying new enemy. Since the release of Battle of Gods in 2013, the Dragon Ball movie series has been on an extremely fruitful run of form that culminated in 2018/2019 with Dragon Ball Super: Broly. Bringing the popular titular Saiyan into canon for the first time, Dragon Ball Super: Broly was a huge hit, particularly outside of Japan, and highlighted the everlasting popularity of the franchise in no uncertain terms. Unsurprisingly, another Dragon Ball movie has since been confirmed and is currently in active development.

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The recent Broly movie followed directly on from the events depicted in the Dragon Ball Super anime series. However, to the disappointment of many, the show was put on hiatus to make way for the film's production. And, with another big screen adventure now in the pipeline, the anime series looks set to continue its extended break, despite constant rumors of a revival. Fortunately, the Dragon Ball Super manga series has continued uninterrupted. Although there have been some notable deviations, the Dragon Ball Super anime and manga variations have followed broadly the same structure and featured the same stories and villains.

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While the Dragon Ball Super anime concluded with the dramatic Tournament of Power arc, the manga went on to make a brief mention of the events seen in Dragon Ball Super: Broly before delving into entirely new, never before seen material. More significantly, the new events are no mere side-story designed to fill time until the anime returns, but a bona fide arc in the true Dragon Ball tradition that has huge ramifications for the franchise.

Goku and Vegeta, along with Buu, are kidnapped by Jaco and his Galactic Patrol colleagues. They learn that an ancient and formidable villain has escaped the Patrol's prison facility and only the Grand Supreme Kai locked within Buu can stop him. Ever the impatient Saiyans, Goku and Vegeta head out to find this villain themselves and confront him on the new planet Namek. This new enemy, known as Moro, uses magic akin to Babidi but is physically far superior and intends to use Namek's Dragon Balls to restore his previous strength to its fullest. Initially, Goku and Vegeta easily overpower their opponent, but Moro's true power lies in absorbing the energy of everything in his vicinity, including the planet itself, in a manner similar to Goku's Spirit Bomb technique. As a result, Goku and Vegeta are unable to turn Super Saiyan or use ki attacks and suddenly find themselves at a huge disadvantage.

The Galactic Patrol Prisoner Saga is significant, not only for serving up a major new villain that forces Goku and Vegeta to rely on something other than their various stages of power-ups, but also because it contains major world building for Universe 7 and contributes greatly to the history of the Dragon Ball universe. Moreover, Vegeta's return to Namek sparks a major leap in character development for the Saiyan prince and demonstrates a side to the character that has only ever been seen in small doses previously. Although the television future of the franchise may be in doubt after the success of Dragon Ball Super: Broly, it's certainly reassuring that the manga is continuing strongly and is generating quality material to be adapted if and when the anime series returns.

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