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"Another Transformation?" (きょうしろ!!フリーザは3へんしんしょうする Kyōfu Shiro!! Furīza wa Sando no Henshin de Shōbu Suru, lit. "Fear Me!! Freeza Does Battle With a 3rd Transformation") is the 9th episode of the Frieza Saga and the eighty-third overall episode in the uncut Dragon Ball Z series. This episode first aired in Japan on March 27, 1991. Its original American airdate was September 30, 1999.

Summary

Gohan attacks Frieza

Gohan aims a kick at Frieza to save Piccolo, but Frieza dodges just in time. Undeterred, Gohan unleashes a Wild Rush Blaster at Frieza, so powerful that even Frieza cannot push it back. Gohan almost pushes Frieza to the ground, but he loses too much strength at the last minute and Frieza pushes it back towards Gohan. Piccolo uses the last of his strength to block the blast and save Gohan's life.

Piccolo wounded after being beaten by Frieza

Perplexed by Gohan's increasing strength, Frieza begins to suspect that Gohan may be a Saiyan, though he remembers destroying the entire Saiyan race except for Vegeta, Nappa and Raditz. Frieza surmises that Gohan may be Raditz's son, given his slight resemblance to him and lack of physical similarities to Vegeta and Nappa (as he has not yet met Goku, Raditz's brother). Attempting to convince himself that he is not afraid of the Super Saiyan of legend, Frieza decides to transform into his final form.

Frieza begins his final transformation

Meanwhile, Vegeta explains to Krillin his plan of having him injure him near-fatally so that Dende will heal him and increase his strength, and along with it, their chances of beating Frieza or stalling him until Goku arrives. After much reluctance, Krillin fires an Energy Wave straight through Vegeta's stomach, crippling him, to even Gohan and Piccolo's shock.

As Frieza begins transforming, Vegeta limps to Dende and demands that he heal him, but Dende refuses, since Vegeta previously slaughtered one of the Namekian villages, and leaves Vegeta to die while heading off to join the others. Dende heals Piccolo, and they manage to convince him to heal Vegeta, since with Goku still recovering, it's their best chance to at least hold Frieza off until Goku arrives. With Dende still reluctant, Piccolo promises to defeat Vegeta and avenge their race after they are done with Frieza. Unfortunately, Frieza notices Dende heal Piccolo, and realises that this is how Krillin and Gohan also recovered previously.

Dende reluctantly heals Vegeta, who kicks Dende aside for stalling. Frieza finally finishes his transformation, and as the dust clears, the Dragon Team prepare for yet another round with the tyrant, while Goku senses Frieza's power increase from afar.

Major Events

  • Krillin blasts a hole through Vegeta in a ploy to power him up.
  • Frieza transforms into his Final Form.

Battles

  • Piccolo vs. Frieza (Third Form)
  • Gohan vs. Frieza (Third Form)

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Bruce Faulconer tracks

Differences from the manga

  • Bulma freaking out as the area around her becomes deformed due to Frieza's power up into his Final Form is exclusive to the anime.
  • Frieza's final transformation is more graphic in the anime where his third form psychically cracks until is shatters (when he discovers how Dende can heal others), revealing his true form "underneath" it. This isn't depicted in the manga.

Trivia

  • When Dende flees from Vegeta after refusing to heal him, the back of Vegeta's armor is shown intact instead of having the hole made by Krillin's energy beam.
  • In the original English dub, Frieza's voice in his third form had a duel filter applied to it, making it sound like a combination of his first and second forms' voices. The remastered dub removed the effect making Frieza's third form sound entirely identical to his second form.
  • In the original Japanese version, Frieza remembers how Vegeta, Nappa and Raditz were the only Saiyans he spared after Planet Vegeta's destruction, but openly speculates that Gohan may be Raditz's son while wondering who his father is, given that Raditz is Gohan's uncle and would logically resemble him while Nappa and Vegeta could not, while in the FUNimation dub, he is left clueless as to who Gohan's father is (as he has not yet met Goku). The FUNimation dub of Kai corrects this error.
  • Also, in the FUNimation dub, Piccolo convinces Dende with Nail's voice to heal Vegeta, reasoning that they need Vegeta's help until Goku arrives, while in the original Japanese version and Kai, Piccolo himself convinces Dende to heal Vegeta with the promise that he will kill Vegeta personally once they have defeated Frieza as vengeance for the Namekian village that Vegeta slaughtered.
  • In the original Japanese version, Frieza decides to change into his true form despite already being powerful enough in his third. His rationale being that he doesn't want to be to careless due to Gohan and Vegeta's rapid increase in strength, citing the Super Saiyan legend. None of this was carried over to the English dub, where it framed as Frieza just arbitrarily deciding to change again to torment the heroes and becoming bored with the battle in general.

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