Out from the Broken Sword (ウソだろ!?ゼットソードが折れちゃった Uso daro!? Zetto Sōdo ga Orechatta) the nineteenth episode of the Majin Buu Saga and the two hundred fiftieth episode in the original dubbed and the uncut Dragon Ball Z series. The episode first aired on November 2, 1994. Its original American air date was October 7, 2002.
The episode starts with Goten and Trunks trying to master the Fusion Technique. Piccolo says they are doing better, but are not well synchronized. The pair get in a big argument and start fighting, so Piccolo comes in and breaks it up. Outside, Krillin, Bulma, and Master Roshi are playing cards. Android 18 stands behind Master Roshi, telling Krillin which card to pick. Despite this, Master Roshi ends up winning anyway.
On Supreme Kai's planet, Gohan swings the Z Sword with ease. Goku then says it is time to see how sharp it is. He throws an ordinary rock at Gohan, which he slices perfectly in two. Supreme Kai then gives Goku some Katchin, one of the hardest known metals in the universe. Goku throws it at Gohan, and Gohan tries to slice it, but the Z Sword snaps in two. Gohan remarks that the Z Sword has now become a dagger. Supreme Kai and Kibito are both shocked at the result, and Goku says that it's called the hardest metal for a reason. The sword begins to emit waves of small energy that no one notices, until Old Kai, having emerged from the sword, speaks. He tells Supreme Kai that he is the Eastern Supreme Kai from 15 generations prior, and that he has been trapped in the sword since then.
In the Other World, the two Ogres at the front gate are begging King Yemma for a break. Another ogre comes in and says that there are 1,500,000 more arrivals. King Yemma, enraged, orders everyone back to work.
Back on Supreme Kai's planet, Goku does not think that Old Kai is as strong as he claims. He issues a tiny Ki Blast that hits Old Kai square in the face, knocking him to the ground. When he gets up, he begins to scream at Goku, but Goku and Gohan say that the blast was child's play that even Goten could have handled. Old Kai says people feared him for his smarts rather than his strength. Goku asks him what he means, but Old Kai says he will not tell. Goku then offers him some "girly" magazines from Master Roshi, in an attempt to loosen his tongue.
Gohan is shocked, and Supreme Kai tells Goku that this is inappropriate. Old Kai, however, says that there is no need for such things, as his omniscient vision allows him to see girls playing beach volleyball. Supreme Kai is aghast at his ancestor's behavior. Goku says he can get Old Kai a date with real Earth girl. Old Kai asks if she is a good kisser (in the original Japanese version, Old Kai wants to see a beautiful girl naked). Goku says of course, and Old Kai is rather pleased. Goku mentally notes that Old Kai is just like Master Roshi, while Gohan is still skeptical of the idea.
Goku, noting that Gohan can return to Earth, suggest that he get Videl to agree to this. Gohan adamantly refuses, so Goku gets the idea to use Bulma instead. Old Kai agrees to the deal, and reveals his secret: he can awaken people's sleeping powers. After attempting to convince Goku of his usefulness, he asks Gohan if he would like his sleeping powers awakened. Gohan agrees, and Old Kai tells him to stand perfectly still. He then starts dancing around Gohan, yelling for his sleeping powers to awaken. Gohan, Goku, Kibito, and Supreme Kai are all quite astonished at the ritual. Supreme Kai asks him how much longer this will take. Old Kai replies that it will take 20 more hours, and then 5 more for the rest of the ritual.
- Gohan masters the Z Sword in one day.
- The Z Sword breaks in an attempt to slice through the strongest metal in the universe, Katchin.
- The Old Kai is released from the sword.
- Old Kai begins the process of unlocking Gohan's potential.
Bruce Faulconer tracks
- "16 Rips Off Cell's Tail" - When Goku throws the block of Katchin towards Gohan's Z-Sword.
- "Kame Sad" - After the Z-Sword is broken.
Differences from the manga
- The scenes of Goten and Trunks training as the others grow bored and play cards while they wait around is exclusive to the anime.
- In the manga, Goku never throws the boulder as Shin suggests using a cube of Katchin instead. In the anime, Goku does throw the boulder and after Gohan easily cuts through it, Shin materialises the Katchin for them to try next.
- Exhausted Ogres asking King Yemma for a break after dealing with the flood of incoming dead people from Earth is exclusive to the anime.
- While Goku is sitting down on the rock watching Gohan's mastery of the Z Sword, the halo atop of Goku's head is missing and then reappears shortly after.
- Majin Buu does not appear in the episode, but he is mentioned.
- Beerus is referred to for the first time in this episode, but he's not named, nor does he actually appear.
- Goku blasting the Old Kai to test his power is similar to how Chi-Chi threw her helmet blade at Master Roshi in order to confirm his identity back in The Kamehameha Wave.
- In the Funimation dub, Gohan calls Videl his girlfriend even though they had never gone on a date or even confessed feelings for each other. The original Japanese version does not have Gohan call Videl his girlfriend.