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"Trunks, Bulma...I do this for you. And yes...even for you, Kakarot."
— Vegeta, prior to sacrificing himself.

"Final Atonement" (愛する者のために...ベジータ散る!! Ai Suru Mono no Tame ni… Bejīta Chiru!!, lit. "For Those Whom He Loves… Vegeta Perishes!!") is the sixth episode of the Majin Buu Saga and the two hundred thirty-seventh overall episode in the original dubbed and the uncut Dragon Ball Z series. This episode first aired in Japan on August 24, 1994. Its original American airdate was November 13, 2001.

Summary

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Piccolo cuts Babidi in half

Angered to see his father tortured by Majin Buu, Trunks rushes to his father's aid, with the help of Goten, despite Piccolo's attempts to stop them. Trunks kicks Majin Buu away, and he and Goten free Vegeta from Buu's binds. Trunks is scared and angry to see his father badly beaten. Goten wonders if he will die, but Trunks yells at him and says his father would never die. Trunks then tells Goten that his father is the Saiyan prince. Vegeta wakes up and is angry that he was beaten by Majin Buu. Babidi mocks Vegeta for being defeated and that it will not be long before he dies. Piccolo appears behind him and says that it will be Babidi who will die and slices him in half, despite Babidi's best attempt to protect himself.

For the sake of his family and other loved ones, Vegeta chooses to sacrifice himself, using the Final Explosion in order to kill Majin Buu. He tells Trunks to take care of his mother, and orders him and Goten to leave right now. Trunks and Goten try to convince him to let them help him, but Vegeta tells them that Majin Buu is too strong for them. The boys persist to let them help him fight the creature. In a moment of silence, Vegeta tells Trunks that he has never held him since he was a baby, and for the first time, hugs Trunks. Trunks is surprised and embarrassed, and Goten watches the moment. Vegeta tells Trunks that he has made him proud, before knocking both him and Goten unconscious.

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Vegeta prepares an ultimate attack, an attempt to destroy Majin Buu

When Piccolo arrives and Vegeta asks him to take the boys to safety and Piccolo warns Vegeta that he is going to die, Vegeta asks him if he will meet Goku in Other World. Piccolo tells him that it is impossible. Goku spent his life helping those in need and protecting the lives others. Because of his selflessness, when he died, he was allowed to keep his body when crossing to the afterlife. Vegeta, on the other hand, has spent his life caring for no one but himself, killing countless innocent people throughout his life. and has caused too much pain. When he dies, he will not receive the same reward. Regardless of this, Vegeta decides to accept his fate. Before his death, Majin Vegeta declares that he does this not only for his family, but for Goku as well.

Majin Vegeta unleashes his full power, killing himself, and vanishing in an aura of light. Buu is blown to bits.

Major Events

  • Piccolo chops Babidi in half.
  • Vegeta sacrifices himself in an attempt to kill Majin Buu.

Battles

  • Trunks (Super Saiyan) vs. Innocent Buu
  • Piccolo vs. Babidi
  • Majin Vegeta (Super Saiyan 2) vs. Innocent Buu

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Bruce Faulconer tracks

Differences from the manga

  • Trunks telling Goten how his mother had told him how Vegeta was a Prince is exclusive to the anime.
  • In the anime, when Goten takes off to assist Trunks, Piccolo grabs him and tells him to stay but let's him go when Goten says that he'd let him go if he were Gohan. In the manga this does not happen.
  • In the anime, Babidi uses a barrier to protect himself from Piccolo's attack then attacks with a spell of his own however Piccolo shrugs off the attack and destroys Babidi's barrier before chopping him in half. In the manga, Piccolo chops Babidi in half on the first attack with no barriers or spells getting in his way.

Trivia

  • When Babidi is defeated by Piccolo, he is chopped horizontally in half with his arm cut off. This is the second time this happens to a villain, the first being Frieza by his own energy disk.
  • Piccolo predicts that Vegeta will not be able to keep his body after death because he spent his life on selfish pursuits. However, many villains who also pursued selfish goals, such as Frieza, Cell, and Dr. Gero were all allowed to keep their bodies after their deaths in the anime. It should be noted, however, that Vegeta should know what death is like as he remembered the Check-In Station earlier in the series.
  • This episode happens to be 202 episodes after Krillin reluctantly spared Vegeta's life. In this episode, Krillin is the first to react to Vegeta's death.
  • Piccolo states that Vegeta's sacrifice is the first time the Saiyan prince has fought for someone other than himself and truly shown his love for his family. However, when Cell killed Future Trunks, Vegeta became extremely angry and attacked him in a previous episode, "Cell Returns!", thus making Piccolo's statement false.
  • This episode is incorrectly labeled as episode 236 in the 2009 FUNimation release of season 8.
  • Vegeta knocking Goten and Trunks unconscious to sacrifice himself to destroy Buu is similar to what he did to Goku in "The Losses Begin".
  • When Vegeta is about to sacrifice himself, the last scene where Vegeta is grinning is done in a pastel chalk filter.

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