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Gohan vs. Cell (くうえたせん Gokū o Koeta Senshi, lit. "The Warrior Who Surpassed Goku") is the thirty-fourth volume of the original Dragon Ball manga series. It is released in North America as Dragon Ball Z volume eighteen, with the chapter count restarting back to one. It shows the Cell Games Saga.


Gohan vs. Cell

The day of the Cell Game has come—the day when Earth's champions must compete to save the entire human race from destruction. All along, Cell has longed for a match with Goku, to crush the world's mightiest hero and establish its supremacy over all creation. Both of them have enough power flowing through their bodies to destroy the earth. But Goku knows something that Cell doesn't…he isn't the world's mightiest hero. That hero is Gohan, Goku's son…[1]


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Son Goku was Earth's greatest hero, and the Dragon Balls—which can grant any wish—were Earth's greatest treasure. Three years ago, Earth was visited by Trunks, a time traveler from the future. Trunks warned Earth's martial artists that the world would soon be attacked by super-powerful androids. But even the androids didn't know they were only the advance guard for an even more terrifying enemy: Cell, a bioweapon who absorbed the hapless androids and mutated into the ultimate fighter! Cell challenged the world to the "Cell Game" fighting tournament, promising to kill every human being if Earth could not bring forth a fighter who could defeat it. Unaware of the existence of the super warriors, the rest of humanity sent a champion, Hercule, who insisted on fighting Cell first. Now, while Hercule licks his injured pride, the real fight begins…[1]

Volume introduction by Akira Toriyama[]


The cover flap image, featuring Tori-Bot.

"One nice thing about being a manga artist is that you can pick your own days off. For example, when you go to an "onsen" (hot springs) or Disneyland, you can avoid the weekend when it's really crowded. You just have to go when the weather's good. You can even just drop everything and decide to go on a trip tomorrow! And on weekends, the hotels have lots of vacancies. But now all of a sudden, my son is in elementary school, so I can't do that stuff anymore. There's traffic on the streets, the trains are crowded…agggh!"[1]



Info below is retrieved from Viz Media.[1]

  • Son Goku - The greatest martial artist on Earth, he is one of the last Saiyans, an almost extinct alien race. Like Trunks and Vegeta, he can power-up by transforming into a "Super Saiyan." He has the power to teleport.
  • Bulma - Goku's oldest friend. Bulma is a scientific genius.
  • Kuririn - Goku's former martial arts schoolmate.
  • Son Gohan - Goku's young son, a half-human, half-Saiyan. Currently training with his father in the Room of Spirit and Time, where a year has passed every day outside.
  • Androids #16 - Although he was originally created to destroy Son Goku, Android #16 seems to be a good guy.
  • Trunks - The future son of Vegeta and Bulma, he is a half-human, half Saiyan.
  • Vegeta - The prince of the Saiyans. He has trained long and hard for the battle with Cell.
  • Cell - An artificial life form created by the late Dr. Gero. It absorbed Androids #17 and #18.



Chapter # Title
(DBZ 203)
"Cell vs. Son Goku"
DB Chapter 397 KZB
(DBZ 204)
"Full Power"
DB Chapter 398 KZB
(DBZ 205)
"The Highest Level"
DB Chapter 399 KZB
(DBZ 206)
"Ring Out"
DB Chapter 400 KZB
(DBZ 207)
"Kamehameha Full Power"
DB Chapter 401 KZB
(DBZ 208)
"Last Resort"
DB Chapter 402 KZB
(DBZ 209)
"The Successor"
DB Chapter KZB 403
(DBZ 210)
"Let's Go, Gohan!"
DB Chapter 404 KZB
(DBZ 211)
"The Rage of Son Gohan?"
DB Chapter 405 KZB
(DBZ 212)
"16's Secret Weapon"
DB Chapter 406 KZB
(DBZ 213)
"The Little Cells"
DB Chapter 407 KZB
(DBZ 214)
"Gohan Unleashed"
DB Chapter 408 KZB


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Viz Media (January 4, 2005).

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