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Goku... Super Saiyan?

Goku... Super Saiyan
English titleGoku... Super Saiyan?
Z Ball
SagaNamek Saga
Edited episode number (position in saga)53 (27)
English airdateMay 23, 1998
Previous episodeEnter Goku

Goku... Super Saiyan? is the twenty-seventh episode of the Namek Saga, as well as the fifty-third and final episode of the original Saban dub of the Dragon Ball Z series. If The Tree of Might three-parter is counted, then this episode is fifty-sixth overall in the Saban dub.



Goku defeats Recoome with a single blow

Goku has reached Namek and starts to get ready for the fight against Recoome. Gohan, Krillin and Vegeta have been healed by the Senzu Beans which Goku gave. Recoome asks Goku's power level and when he comes to know its only 1000, he thinks he can take Goku out, although Recoome does not know that Goku is hiding his true power level. At the start of the fight, Goku dodges each and every attack. Recoome gets angry and starts to power up. He was about to attack when he was struck by a blow from Goku right on the stomach and the fight ends and Recoome is out of the way. Jeice and Burter are impressed, but not scared.


Vegeta tells the legend of the Super Saiyan

Vegeta then figures out that Goku is the Legendary Super Saiyan but then there are clips in which Vegeta talks about the last Super Saiyan. He could not control his power until he was in his transformed state but then due to a loss of control over his power, he died. Goku seemed in total control over his powers. Jeice and Burter started a fight and attacked, but Goku did not move. Vegeta spots footprints at different locations and is surprised that even a Saiyan's eyes did not see the movement.

Major events

  • Recoome is defeated (but not killed) by Goku.
  • Vegeta realizes that Goku is a Super Saiyan, and that Goku is stronger than him.



Character Name Voice actor
Goku Peter Kelamis
Recoome David Kaye
Jeice Scott McNeil
Burter Don Brown
Gohan Saffron Henderson
Krillin Terry Klassen
Vegeta Brian Drummond
Captain Ginyu Richard Newman
Bulma Lalainia Lindbjerg
Chi-Chi Laara Sadiq
Dr. Brief Paul Dobson
Narrator Doc Harris


Background music and theme song by: Shuki Levy, Kussa Mahehi and Ron Wasserman.


  • This is the final episode dubbed by Ocean Studios for FUNimation, though shortly later they would dub the first three Dragon Ball Z movies for the company and also 108-276 (123-291 if counted uncut) in association with AB Group from 2000 to 2002. It is also the last episode of Dragon Ball Z made in association with Saban Entertainment, as Saban parted ways with FUNimation not long after this episode aired due to the show's poor ratings in syndication and disagreements over censorship.
  • This is the final episode to feature Shuki Levy's score. For the rest of FUNimation's original Dragon Ball Z dub he was replaced by Bruce Faulconer, and when Ocean returned to dub the Android and Buu Sagas he was replaced by Tom Keenlyside.


Namek Saga (Uncut Episodes)
Picking Up the Pieces · Plans for Departure · Nursing Wounds · Friends or Foes? · Held Captive · Look Out Below · The Search Continues · A Friendly Surprise · Brood of Evil · Frieza Strikes! · Defying Orders · Namek's Defense · The Hunted · The Prince Fights Back · Unexpected Problem · Vegeta Has a Ball · The Past and Future · Zarbon's Surprise · Guru's Gift · Piccolo vs. Everyone · Zarbon's Mission · Gohan, the Hunted · Unknown Enemies · Destination: Guru · Bulma's Big Day · Hidden Power · New Ally, New Problem · Guldo's Mind Binds · Recoome Unleashed · Let the Battle Begin · Goku's New Power · A Legend Revealed
Namek Saga (Edited Episodes)
A New Goal... Namek · Journey to Namek · Friends or Foes? · Hunt for a Dragon Ball · Who's Who?! · Touchdown on Namek · Face-off on Namek · The Ruthless Frieza · The Nameks Versus Frieza · Escape from Dodoria · Secrets Revealed · A Collision Course · Stay Away from Frieza · Zarbon Transformed · The Eldest Namek · Get Vegeta! · Vegeta Revived · A Heavy Burden · Immortality Denied · Big Trouble for Bulma · Scramble for the Dragon Balls! · Arrival of the Ginyu Force · Elite Fighters of the Universe... The Ginyu Force · Time Tricks and Body Binds · No Refuge from Recoome · Enter Goku · Goku... Super Saiyan?

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