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The Kid Buu Saga is the sixteenth saga in the Dragon Ball Z series. The manga volume that it is made up of is "Goodbye, Dragon World". The saga deals with the final battle against Kid Buu, the original form of Majin Buu as Kibito Kai reveals. This version of Buu resembles a small Super Buu. This saga aired in Japan in late 1995 and aired in the United States in early 2003.

The 30th Anniversary timeline splits the final four episodes, set after the ten-year gap containing Dragon Ball Super, into a separate Peaceful World Saga.[1]

Plot

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The Destruction of Earth

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Kid Buu destroys the earth using Planet Burst.

After Super Buu transformed into his true and original form, Kid Buu's first target is the Earth, which, in a psychotic episode, he completely annihilates in a single energy blast as soon as his transformation is complete. Gohan, Piccolo, Goten, and Trunks all die in the blast. It is assumed that Tien Shinhan and Chiaotzu died as well. This creates the first death for Gohan, Goten, and Trunks. Goku, Vegeta, Mr. Satan, Dende, and the puppy Bee are the only survivors. Kibito Kai saves them by using his Kai Kai technique and they make it to the Sacred World of the Kai.

Vegeta angrily berates Goku for the needless deaths of their sons and that they can not be revived because the Dragon Balls had been destroyed with Earth. They then remember that they can use the Namekian Dragon Balls and Kibito Kai can teleport them there. Old Kai is against it because it goes against the rules of nature. Goku reminds him of their deal of giving him an Earth woman to kiss and the Old Kai seems to give in. Vegeta quickly deduces that it must be Bulma, which angers him that Goku would do that to his wife while he was dead. However, Kid Buu reforms from the remains of Earth and travels to the Other World in search of Goku and Vegeta. They decide to lead him towards them and power up, and he finds them. They then send Dende, Kibito Kai, and Old Kai away from the battle. Winning a Rock-Paper-Scissors bet against Vegeta, Goku starts off in the Super Saiyan form, but was shocked seeing Kid Buu sleeping, enraged, Goku exclaims that, because because of a "despicable guy" like Buu, the Earth and his friends have all disappeared, and that he will never forgive him, Goku then unleashes his fury and transforms into Super Saiyan 2. He tries to conserve energy and actually holds up pretty well. Realizing a few minutes into the battle that Kid Buu is tougher than he looks, Goku transforms into Super Saiyan 3.

Goku vs. Kid Buu

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Goku attacking Kid Buu

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Vegeta attacks Kid Buu

He then fights Kid Buu but can not defeat him due to Kid Buu's regeneration and perpetual strength. Goku launches a Kamehameha wave at Kid Buu, exhausting himself and not even finishing Kid Buu. Vegeta steps in, but is no match for the likes of Kid Buu. Just before he is killed, Goku resumes fighting at Super Saiyan 3. As they battle, Vegeta comes to accept that Goku is stronger than him. Goku curses, having wasted too much energy in the fight. Vegeta decides to step in, allowing the worn out Goku to rest and gather his energy for a final attack. Kid Buu engages in battle with Vegeta as a Super Saiyan 2. Kid Buu rejuvenates himself too many times for Vegeta's energy. Vegeta does his best to give Goku the time he needs, but for some reason it is taking longer than expected.

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Good Buu fights Kid Buu

Eventually Vegeta falls, so Mr. Satan steps in and challenges Kid Buu, but Kid Buu finds himself unable to attack. He spits out something that turns out to be Good Buu. Mr. Satan overcomes his cowardice to fight for his unconscious friend. When Good Buu wakes up, he saves Mr. Satan and begins fighting Kid Buu. Meanwhile, Vegeta tells Dende, Kibito Kai, and Old Kai to travel to New Namek where they summon Porunga, the Namekian Dragon. Vegeta has them wish for the restoration of Earth and the resurrection of everyone killed since the morning of the 25th World Martial Arts Tournament, except for the most evil. Earth and it's inhabitants, including Old Kai, Vegeta, Gohan, Goten, Trunks, Piccolo, Chi-Chi, Bulma, Videl, Android 18, Krillin, Marron, Yamcha, Master Roshi, Ox-King and Mr. Popo are revived by the Dragon Balls. The dragon complies and Vegeta then explains his plan to defeat Kid Buu: a Super Spirit Bomb made from the freely given energy of the people of Earth, transferred through Goku.

Spirit Bomb Triumphant

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Everyone gives their energy to the Spirit Bomb

He communicates to the entire planet via King Kai, asking the people of Earth to give their energy to power the attack, but only their friends and family believe him, and give their energy. Meanwhile, Good Buu is defeated by Kid Buu. Vegeta, who just regained his life from Porunga, attempts to hold off Kid Buu again so that the Spirit Bomb can be completed. Goku asks the people of Earth to help but only a few people Goku helped in the past actually give up their energy. Things look hopeless until Mr. Satan proceeds to tell the people to give up their energy so that he can defeat Kid Buu.

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Kid Buu is destroyed

The Spirit Bomb is finished, but Kid Buu has defeated Vegeta who is now too weak to move. Kid Buu knows Goku will not fire the Spirit Bomb because it would destroy his friend, so he stands on top of Vegeta while continuing to blast Goku. Meanwhile, on Earth, Piccolo, Gohan, Goten and Trunks head to the lookout to reunite with their friends and families respectively as Gohan reunites with Videl and Videl tells Gohan that she has been worried sick about him and Goten and Trunks reunite with Chi-Chi and Bulma. Good Buu uses the last of his power to knock Kid Buu over. He tells Mr. Satan to grab Vegeta. Kid Buu recovers and blasts Good Buu. Goku throws the Spirit Bomb, but is tired. Kid Buu is able to stop the Spirit Bomb and push it back towards Goku. Vegeta asks Dende to make one last wish: to restore Goku's strength. The Dragon grants the wish and Goku feels renewed. Goku transforms into a Super Saiyan and pushes the Spirit Bomb back towards Kid Buu, overwhelming him. Kid Buu's body disintegrates into nothing and is destroyed.

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Goku, Vegeta, Majin Buu, Bee, and Mr. Satan return to Kami's lookout after Kid Buu's defeat

As Kid Buu disintegrates, Goku hopes that maybe someday he will come back as a good person and they can have a rematch then. King Yemma hears Goku and decides to grant his request (unbeknownst to Goku, though he later realizes this has happened when he sees Uub). Vegeta finally feels unthreatened by Goku's ability to surpass him, and he also feels welcomed by his family and friends. He tells everybody that Old Kai transferred his life to him so he can stay on Earth for good as Chi-Chi becomes happy that Goku is finally back for good. Later, Goku uses the Dragon Balls to wish for the people of Earth to forget about Majin Buu, so that Good Buu can exist without being feared.

Anime and Manga differences

  • The flashback sequence of Kid Buu fighting against the Supreme Kai was only shown in the anime. In the manga, there were just a few images showing the appearance of the South and Grand Supreme Kais and Majin Buu straight after becoming Innocent.
  • In the manga, after Kid Buu regenerates he immediately teleports to Goku and Vegeta on the Sacred World of the Kai. In the anime however he teleports to many different planets, destroying them one at a time. He eventually makes it to the Grand Kai's Planet where he confronts Krillin, Yamcha, Pikkon and Olibu. It's only after Goku and Vegeta power up to signal him, does Kid Buu teleport to the Sacred World of the Kai.
  • In the manga, upon seeing Kid Buu asleep, Goku turns into a Super Saiyan 3 which wakes him up immediately. In the anime, he turns into a Super Saiyan 2 instead. As such the entire battle between Super Saiyan 2 Goku and Kid Buu is exclusive to the anime with Goku only turning into a Super Saiyan 3 at the end.
  • The occupants of Grand Kai's Planet and Hell watching the battle between Goku and Kid Buu unfold is exclusive to the anime.
  • In the anime, after Goku fires a Kamehameha at Kid Buu, he collapses and regresses to his normal state. Vegeta steps in and buys him some time to recover until Goku returns and continues the fight as a Super Saiyan 3 once more. None of this happened in the manga.
  • Kibito Kai and Dende almost joining the battlefield on the Sacred World of the Kai before Old Kai urges them not to leave is exclusive to the anime.
  • In the manga, Kibito Kai takes Bee with him when they leave to watch the battle from another planet. In the anime, Bee stays on the Sacred World of the Kai with Mr. Satan.
  • The reaction of those who have just been brought to life was extended for the anime with extra scenes such as Chi-Chi and Bulma teasing Yamcha and Krillin that they thought they were in Hell, Krillin reuniting with his daughter and Dabura expressing his happiness that the others made it back safely.
  • The anime shows a few extra characters giving their energy to the Spirit Bomb after Goku speaks to them such as Korin, Yajirobe, Tien Shinhan, Chiaotzu and Launch.
  • The anime shows extra characters giving their energy to the Spirit Bomb after Mr. Satan speaks to them such as Spike the Devil Man, Bandages the Mummy, Giran, Nam and King Furry.
  • In the anime, Good Buu knocks Kid Buu down, giving Mr. Satan time to grab Vegeta and carry him to safety. In the manga this did not happen either and Mr. Satan simply grabbed Vegeta and ran away while Kid Buu wasn't looking.
  • In the anime, Vegeta urges Mr. Satan to get the Earthlings to give up more energy for the Spirit Bomb. However King Kai says such a thing would be dangerous to their life as they haven't yet recovered and so Mr. Satan refuses to comply with Vegeta's demands. This did not happen in the manga.
  • In the manga, the series moves forward ten years after the scene on The Lookout. In the anime, there are additional scenes with Goku making the wish to have Shenron make everyone forget about Buu and most notably Buu getting used to normal life on Earth.

Characters

Major characters

Supporting characters

Battles featured

  • Goku (Super Saiyan) vs. Super Buu (anime only)
  • West Supreme Kai vs. Kid Buu (flashback; anime only)
  • North Supreme Kai vs. Kid Buu (flashback; anime only)
  • South Surpreme Kai vs. Kid Buu (flashback)
  • Shin vs. Kid Buu (South Supreme Kai absorbed) (flashback; anime only)
  • Grand Supreme Kai vs. Kid Buu (South Supreme Kai absorbed) (flashback)
  • Krillin vs. Yamcha (training; anime only)
  • Pikkon and Olibu vs. Kid Buu (anime only)
  • Krillin vs. Kid Buu (anime only)
  • Krillin and Yamcha vs. Kid Buu (anime only)
  • Goku (Super Saiyan 2/Super Saiyan 3) vs. Kid Buu
  • Vegeta vs. Kid Buu (anime only)
  • Goku (Base/Super Saiyan 3) vs. Kid Buu
  • Vegeta (Super Saiyan 2) vs. Kid Buu
  • Mr. Satan vs. Kid Buu
  • Good Buu vs. Kid Buu
  • Good Buu and Mr. Satan vs. Kid Buu
  • Good Buu vs. Kid Buu
  • Vegeta vs. Kid Buu
  • Good Buu vs. Kid Buu (anime only)
  • Goku (Base/Super Saiyan) vs. Kid Buu
  • Good Buu vs. Pit Bull Pete (anime only)

Releases

Funimation VHS/DVD Volumes

  • Kid Buu Saga - Regression (261-263)
  • Kid Buu Saga - Saiyan Pride (264-266)
  • Kid Buu Saga - Vegeta's Plea (267-269)
  • Kid Buu Saga - Price Of Victory (270-272)

Note: Funimation released both edited and uncut VHS volumes, while the DVDs are uncut only.

Funimation Remastered DVD Sets

Funimation Dragon Box Sets

Funimation Season Blu-ray Sets

Funimation DBZ Kai: The Final Chapters DVD/Blu-ray Volumes

  • Dragon Ball Z Kai: The Final Chapters Part Three (145-167) (only episodes 155-165 are part of the Kid Buu Saga)

Manga chapters

Chapter # Title
508 "The Boo of Pure Evil"
509 "Battle for the Universe"
510 "Vegeta and Kakarrot"
511 "Vegeta Puts His Life on the Line!"
512 "The End of Super Saiyan 3"
513 "Vegeta's Plan"
514 "A Message to Earth"
515 "Just Not Enough"
516 "Battle's End"

Episode list

Dragon Ball Z (12 episodes)

Episode  Title
276 "Evil Kid Buu!"
277 "End of Earth"
278 "True Saiyans Fight Alone"
279 "Battle for the Universe Begins"
280 "Vegeta's Respect"
281 "Minute of Desperation"
282 "Old Buu Emerges"
283 "Earth Reborn"
284 "Call to Action"
285 "People of Earth Unite"
286 "Spirit Bomb Triumphant"
287 "Celebrations with Majin Buu"

Dragon Ball Z Kai (10 episodes)

Episode  Title
156 "Emergency Escape from the Body! Buu's Retrogression Into Evil!"
157 "Earth Destroyed! The Initial Buu's Nefarious Strike"
158 "A Final Showdown at the Summit! Face-Off in the World of the Kais!"
159 "Hang In There, Kakarot! You Are No. 1!"
160 "A One-Minute Match-Up! Vegeta's Life-Threatening Stall for Time!"
161 "An Inspired Strategy Make Two Wishes Come True!"
162 "Share Your Spirit Energy with Me! I'm Making a Huge Spirit Bomb!"
163 "You Are the Savior of the World! Everybody's Spirit Bomb Completed!"
164 "You Really Are the Greatest, Goku!! The Demise of Majin Buu"
165 "Peace Returns! A Time of Rest for the Warriors!"

Video Games

The events of this saga are covered in Dragon Ball Z: Buu's Fury, Dragon Ball Z: Budokai series, Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi series, Dragon Ball Z: Infinite World, Dragon Ball: Raging Blast series, and Dragon Ball Xenoverse series.

Trivia

  • In the Mandarin and FUNimation dub, both Super Buu and Kid Buu are voiced by two different people whereas in almost every other dub the voice actor remains the same.
  • Although the Grand Supreme Kai is known by that title in the English Funimation dub, he is still called Daikaioh in some versions/releases of the dub.
  • Goku's bribe to the Old Kai differs depending on which language version: in the original Japanese, he promises the Old Kai dirty/naughty images of Bulma. In another version, Goku promises the Old Kai an autographed picture of a model; to this, the Old Kai says "I like Claudia" (a reference to Claudia Schiffer). Vegeta then realizes that there is no way Goku knows a model, and then makes his accusation that Goku was just going to use Bulma instead.

Gallery

References

  1. 30th Anniversary timeline (Japanese). db30th.

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