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"Ghosts from Tomorrow" (ぜつぼうらい!!ごくいたおとこトランクス Zetsubō no Mirai!! Jigoku o Ikinuita Otoko Torankusu, lit. "A Future of Despair!! Trunks, the Man Who Lived Through Hell") is the twelfth episode of the Perfect Cell Saga and the one hundred sixty fourth overall episode in the uncut Dragon Ball Z series. This episode first aired in Japan on November 11, 1992. Its original American airdate was November 7, 2000.


Future Trunks powering up

As Future Trunks is powering up for his battle with Cell, Cell watches on anticipating an excellent fight. On The Lookout and Kame House, the others react to Future Trunks incredible power.

Android 16 watches on as the huge battle is about to begin. Future Trunks flashes back as he talks about the destruction the androids had caused in his world. He talks of how Android 17 and Android 18 killed Piccolo, Tien Yamcha, Krillin, Yajirobe and his father Vegeta with no regard.

Cell and Future Trunks struggle

Future people try to gun down the duo but they get blasted into dust. Future Gohan and Future Trunks arrive and Super Saiyan Future Gohan tries to fight the Androids. As they fight on Future Gohan and Future Trunks cannot beat the Androids' surpassing power. Then Perfect Cell tells his tale of his creation and how he cannot wait for history to repeat itself. Then, the battle begins between Future Trunks and Perfect Cell as the two probe to be an even match for each other, eventually Future Trunks gains the upper hand by knocking Cell down. Cell tells Future Trunks that he has been surpassed in terms of brute strength though states there is no way that he will lose and Future Trunks will soon find out why.

Major Events

  • Future Trunks remembers the Androids killing his friends and family.
  • It is revealed that Future Gohan was killed by the Future Androids.
  • Cell remembers his creation and what his purpose is.


  • Future Vegeta (Super Saiyan) vs. Future Android 17 (Flashback)
  • Future Piccolo vs. Future Android 18 (Flashback)
  • Future Krillin vs. Future Android 17 (Flashback)
  • Future Tien vs. Future Android 18 (Flashback)
  • Future Yamcha vs. Future Android 17 (Flashback)
  • Future Yajirobe vs. Future Android 18 (Flashback)
  • Future Trunks and Future Gohan (Super Saiyan) vs. Future Android 17 and Future 18 (Flashback)
  • Cell (Imperfect) vs. People (Flashback)
  • Future Trunks (Super Saiyan Third Grade) vs. Cell (Perfect)






Differences from the manga

  • Master Roshi and the others at Kame House holding on as the area around them appears to be caught up by an Earthquake but is actually due to Future Trunks powering up is exclusive to the anime.
  • Future Trunks' flashback with the Androids killing innocent people, his family and friends is exclusive to the anime.
  • Cell's flashback to how he was created and his purpose is exclusive to the anime.
  • In the anime, Future Trunks and Cell have a back and forth evenly fought battle due to the latter holding back his speed. In the manga, Future Trunks never once hit Cell and was mocked for being too slow.
    • Owing to this, Cell in the anime tells Future Trunks in a very smug manner that the latter's power is indeed greater than his, but he still cannot win. This differs with the manga, where Cell immediately tells Trunks that he'll lose, despite his power increase before dodging his attacks as above.


  • Interestingly, Future Gohan and Future Trunks' battle with the Androids is very different in this episode than it is in the TV special Dragon Ball Z: The History of Trunks. Also the death of Future Gohan and every other Z Fighter is shown differently.
    • In the TV special, Future Gohan had no left arm when he received his scar but in the flashback he has the scar but his left arm is completely intact.
    • In this episode Vegeta is the first to die (or simply the first whose death is shown) whereas in the History of Trunks it is Piccolo who dies first.
    • Trunks was shown with a sword during the flashback when he confronted the Androids as a young teenager, but in the TV special he did not use a sword when he fought the Androids as a young teenager with Gohan.
    • Krillin is killed by 17 alone in the episode, while in the TV special, both 18 and 17 kill Krillin by shooting thin lasers from their fingers onto his forehead.
    • The episode mentions that Yajirobe was among those who fought (and was killed by) the Androids, while in the TV special, it was never even indicated that he was among the Z Fighters who participated in the battle in the first place.
  • Future Yajirobe is shown to be seemingly killed, but he is actually still alive in the "Future" Trunks Saga. Yajirobe claims he was heavily wounded and ran off to the Korin Tower as the Androids attacked him. A dying Future Korin gave the last Senzu Bean to Future Yajirobe to heal himself.
  • The aired Funimation dub plus the Westwood/Ocean dub removed Future Tien, Yamcha, and Yajirobe's deaths as it depicted them being blasted through their torsos by the Androids.


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