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"Goku's Alive!!" (きていたそんくうぜっとせんぜんいんふっかつだ!! Ikite Ita Son Gokū Zetto Senshi ga Zen'in Fukkatsu da!!, lit. "Son Goku Survived — The Z Warriors Are All Resurrected!!") is the thirty-second, and last, episode of the Frieza Saga and the one hundred seventh overall episode in the uncut Dragon Ball Z series. This episode first aired in Japan on September 11, 1991. Its original American airdate was November 3, 1999.



Gohan and his mother

As the Dragon Team contemplate the apparently permanent loss of Goku and Krillin, Vegeta comes up with a solution: wish Goku and Krillin to the Earth's Check-In Station in the Other World and then wish them back to life, in which case they would be brought to Earth. Gohan and Bulma are ecstatic, and Bulma shows her gratitude to Vegeta by offering to let him stay with her family at Capsule Corporation along with the other Namekians, the latter namely because that's pretty much the only place they wouldn't be out of place due to their extraterrestrial origins on Earth. Vegeta, however, claims it is only because he wants Goku to show him how to become a Super Saiyan. Meanwhile, Chi-Chi and the others arrive. Gohan is finally reunited with his mother.


Porunga is summoned

Over the next 130 days, the Nameks adjust well to their life on Earth (Moori learns to play golf, the young Nameks learn poker and Captain Ginyu lords over the pond creatures in Bulma's gardens). The Namekian Dragon Balls finally regenerate thanks to Grand Elder Guru passing his power to Moori before dying, and Porunga is summoned once again. The first wish is used to bring Goku and Krillin to the Check-in station, but Porunga only does it for Krillin, stating that since Goku is actually still alive (much to everyone's shock), he cannot send Goku there as doing so would kill him. The next wish is used to restore Krillin to life, and the third wish is to bring Goku back to Earth. However, Goku contacts Porunga and requests not to be sent back, as he plans to return by himself sometime. Irritated (and at the same time desperate to learn how to become a Super Saiyan), Vegeta steals a Capsule Corporation Spaceship and leaves to search for Goku alone. Also greatly disappointed is Master Roshi, who insinuates that Goku is only scared of coming home to face Chi-Chi, though he immediately recants when Chi-Chi threatens him with a sword. Piccolo tells everyone that if Porunga says that Goku will come back on his own sometime, then they will just have to leave him alone for a while. The Earthlings then use their last wish to restore Yamcha.


Krillin is revived

Another 130 days later, Porunga is summoned again. The first wish is to revive Chiaotzu, the second wish to bring back Tien Shinhan, and the third to wish the Namekians to a distant, vacant planet discovered by King Kai to have a similar atmosphere to Namek. After bidding a tearful farewell to Gohan, Dende vanishes from the Earth along with the other Nameks. Porunga and the Namekian Dragon Balls follow.

With the Z Fighters' long mission to revive their fallen comrades now complete, life for everyone returns to normal on Earth for now.

Major Events[]

  • Vegeta and the Namekians are relocated to Capsule Corporation.
  • Porunga wishes Krillin, Yamcha, Chiaotzu and Tien Shinhan back to life.
  • Goku is revealed to still be alive and chooses to come back when he is ready.
  • Vegeta leaves Earth to search for Goku alone.
  • The Namekians leave Earth to head to their new home.





Differences from the manga[]

  • Chi-Chi and the others attempting for a second time to use the Spaceship to head to Namek only for it to be cancelled when Dr. Brief tells them that Bulma and Gohan are already on Earth is exclusive to the anime.
  • The anime features additional scenes of Vegeta and the Namekians at the Capsule Corporation before the scene where Porunga is summoned such as Dr. Brief showing Vegeta the spaceship and Captain Ginyu as a frog leading other animals.
  • The anime shows the startled reactions of people in West City after seeing Porunga. The manga only references this in the narration.
  • The anime shows Yamcha, Chiaotzu and Tien being brought back to life as well as the Namekians saying their farewells to the Earthlings before heading to their new home. This too was all only referenced and not shown in the manga.
  • In the anime, Vegeta uses the Capsule Corporation Spaceship to leave Earth. In the manga, Vegeta doesn't go anywhere.
  • The manga has a timeskip to Frieza's return a year later. The anime ends the episode with Gohan and Piccolo on the lookout for Goku, with a full saga and part of an episode covering the year in-between.


  • In the Funimation dub of this episode, the narrator refers to Chiaotzu as "the young Emperor Chiaotzu" when he is resurrected. This is a reference to the movie Dragon Ball: Mystical Adventure. While Chiaotzu is an emperor in the movie, he never held this position in the manga. There is a similar reference with Mercenary Tao in the episodes "Double Trouble for Goku" and "The Puzzle of General Tao."
    • Similarly, Tien Shinhan was referred to as being his bodyguard, which was also his position in Mystical Adventure, while in the manga, he was simply a friend of Chiaotzu as well as a fellow student at the Crane School.
  • In the edited version, a Police Officer shouts, "What?! It's Godzilla!", when he sees Porunga.
  • The sword Chi-Chi holds looks much like the sword Gohan trains with while in Break Wasteland.
  • At the end of the previous episode, Vegeta is seen fleeing the scene after his brief battle with Gohan, but is still present in this one.
  • Similar to "It's Over 9000!", the original Funimation preview of this episode features another Internet meme, when the announcer says "Krillin's indahouse!"
  • Even though Yamcha, Tien, and Chiaotzu had their bodies on King Kai's Planet, when wished back in this episode, they instantly appear before Porunga, while Goku had to traverse Snake Way back to the Check-In Station in order to return to Earth and Piccolo had to be wished to Namek.
  • Vegeta is seen 130 days after the defeat of Frieza still in his tattered clothes. However, during the following saga, the Garlic Jr. Saga, he is seen with his outfit in pristine condition.
  • This episode is the first instance of Bulma showing signals of interest in Vegeta, despite her still being in a relationship with Yamcha at the time.
  • In the future alternate timeline, this would be the last time Gohan and Dende saw each other since the events changed during the Trunks Saga.
  • Gohan and the others learn that Goku is alive, but he chooses not to come back to Earth just yet as he would not return to Earth until "Welcome Back Goku". Goku's reasons for choosing not to return to Earth are left unexplained, and are not touched upon until several episodes later.
  • This is the last episode in the Funimation dub to use the original "Rock the Dragon" intro, marking the end of the "Rock the Dragon" era, which started in 1996 with the first episode of the Ocean dub, "The Arrival of Raditz".
  • This is also the last episode until "Frieza's Counterattack" that is compromised of material from the original Dragon Ball manga, as the Garlic Jr. Saga is not part of the original manga.
  • This is the very first episode in the anime in which Goku does not make an appearance (with the exception of the openings, endings and eyecatches). He appeared in every episode of the original Dragon Ball series and appeared in every Dragon Ball Z episode until the episode before this.
  • This episode used the insert song Kuchibue no Kimochi from Dragon Ball Z: Lord Slug.
  • It was originally stated by Akira Toriyama that he wanted Dragon Ball Z to end after the Frieza Saga, but he was forced by his editors to do the Androids Cell and Majin Buu sagas.
  • Several of the West City onlookers to Porunga's summoning are changed in the reversioned dub. The woman who first sees the dragon was originally Cynthia Cranz severely pitched-up, but the remastered dub replaces her with Carrie Savage. The policeman with the moped who restores order to the city is redubbed by David Trosko in place of Sonny Strait with his first line going from, "Whoa! It's Godzilla!" to "Whoa! Look at the size of that thing!" and his telling of his partner, still voiced by Mike McFarland, "No way. You're nuts!" to "I have...no clue!" The redub does not flow very well due to the other cop's dialogue not being altered. Finally, the Sky Car 6 reporter went from a distorted Stephanie Nadolny originally to Anthony Bowling with no voice alterations at all.
  • This is the final episode in Funimation's original dub where Mark Britten provides the voice for Oolong. Brad Jackson was originally cast in the part for Dragon Ball: Sleeping Princess in Devil's Castle, yet was apparently unavailable to record for the Frieza Saga. Jackson would return as Oolong in the next arc and continue with him to the end of the series.
    • Conversely, this is the last episode of the remastered dub where Brad Jackson redubs any material for Oolong. The same holds true for Sonny Strait as Krillin and John Burgmeier as Tien Shinhan.
  • This episode takes place over a period of 260 days or 2 Namekian "years".


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