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"Back to the Nightmare" (悪夢ふたたび Akumu Futatabi, lit. "The Nightmare Returns") is the two hundred seventy fourth chapter of Dragon Ball Z and the four hundred sixty-eighth overall chapter of the Dragon Ball manga.


In the capsule plane, Bulma is wondering why Vegeta did what he did. Yamcha tells her not to think like that, for now they’ll just use the Dragon Balls to revive all of the dead spectators. Master Roshi thinks Vegeta seemed odd, with lots of evil flowing within him. The plane suddenly hits a lot of turbulence. Master Roshi says there was a great explosion far away, and Bulma feels like it could be related to Vegeta. Back at the battlefield, an in-tact ash figure of Vegeta is all that remains floating above a very large crater. The ash remains of Vegeta then fall to the earth and break apart. Meanwhile, Piccolo tells Krillin to take the boys home while he checks on things. He tells him they'll inform their families later, as he doesn't know about Goku, but Vegeta said Gohan was killed by Majin Buu. Krillin can't believe even Gohan is gone.

Piccolo flies over and lands in the crater, walking around for a bit. He realizes what Vegeta's plan was, to keep Buu from regenerating. Then Piccolo notices Babidi's head, still just barely alive. It looks like Babidi had a barrier up during the explosion, so Piccolo decides to finish him off for good. But then, tiny pieces of Buu begin moving, each turning into a miniature Buu, and they all fly together to form one big mass. Realizing what's going on, Piccolo takes this opportunity to fly away. Majin Buu is now whole again, and he starts giggling, until Babidi calls him over. Babidi tells him to heal him, but Buu is hesitant. Babidi asks if he wants to be sealed up, and so Boo heals him. Babidi is glad, until he gets angry at the ones who did this to him. The green guy and the two little runts. Instead of destroying this planet, he wants to make those three suffer.

Krillin can’t believe Majin Buu isn't dead, and that Vegeta died for nothing. Piccolo says it's dangerous on the Earth, and takes the boys from Krillin so he can bring them to The Lookout. These two are their only star of hope, albeit a faint hope. Buu is now flying through the air, and Babidi is riding on his back, saying they'll turn this planet into a living Hell. Babidi's plan is kill lots of people until those three show themselves. Elsewhere, Supreme Kai is alive, weakly walking around, and begging Gohan to still be alive…


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Volume 39: Boo Unleashed
The Djinn Awakens?! · Can This Be Boo?! · The Menace of Boo · Terrifying Power · Vegeta vs. Boo · Boo Gets Mad · The Mastermind's Demise · Farewell, Proud Warrior · Back to the Nightmare · A Slim Hope · Bobbidi's Revenge · A Time of Trial · The Zeta Sword
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