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"Magic Ball of Buu" (けたふういんるぞきょうあくじんブウ Toketa Fūin! Deru Kyōaku Majin Bū!!, lit. "The Seal is Broken! Out Comes the Vicious Majin Boo!!") is the twelfth episode of the Babidi Saga and the two hundred thirty-first overall episode in the original dubbed and the uncut Dragon Ball Z series. This episode first aired in Japan on June 29, 1994. Its original American airdate was November 1, 2001.


Magic Ball of Buu - Paparapapa

Babidi uses his magic

At Stage 5, Gohan and Supreme Kai descend Babidi's Spaceship, with one goal in their mind: not to let Majin Buu be reborn. When they make it down to the final floor there is no sign of Dabura or Babidi, but the Sealed Ball lies in front of them. Then, Babidi and Dabura step out from behind the cocoon. Babidi tells Supreme Kai that he has waited to watch him die, and Babidi moves Gohan and Supreme Kai to the outside of his spaceship. The world appears to be darker, and the most powerful force in the universe is about to be unveiled. The team look up to a cliff and see the Piccolo and Krillin statues, and now, Gohan will fight Dabura, and Supreme Kai, Babidi.

Magic Ball of Buu - Goku vs Vegeta

Majin Vegeta and Goku fight

Majin Vegeta reveals to Goku that he let Babidi control him, because he wanted to be evil again as it is the key to his power. Now that he has lived on Earth for several years, he has learned to care for people, something he had never done before. He further confesses that over the years, he had lived in peace and adopted a normal life on Earth; he had a wife and a son whom he grew to love. He says he wanted Babidi to release his evil so he can be free of his "petty attachments". However, Goku refuses to believe in Majin Vegeta's words and condemns the Saiyan prince for using his selfish desires as an excuse for betraying his family. Then, Goku and Majin Vegeta continue their fight.

Back on the Earth, Supreme Kai and Gohan are ready to fight. But then, Babidi checks the Energy Meter, and sees Majin Buu's power at full. Majin Buu will be reborn.

Goku and Majin Vegeta's fight is still at a stalemate. Just when one of the two fighters seems to get an upper hand, the other one comes back and counters. Goku and Majin Vegeta do not seem to want to tire out after so much beating.

The Supreme Kai looks on in fear, and the episode ends.

Major Events[]

  • Goku and Vegeta continue their intense battle.
  • Majin Buu's Sealed Ball reaches its full power and begins to open up.


  • Goku (Super Saiyan 2) vs. Majin Vegeta (Super Saiyan 2)






Bruce Faulconer tracks[]

  • "Pre-Buu" - At the start of the episode when the sealed ball is powering up.
  • "Majin Theme" - When Babidi teleports everyone including Majin Buu's sealed ball outside of the his spaceship.
  • "Pikkon's Theme" - In the fight between Majin Vegeta and SSJ2 Goku.
  • "Babidi Casts Spell" - When Gohan tries to remember and recounts what Goku told him about the way he fought Cell, powers up and goes Super Saiyan and then Majin Buu reaches full power inside his Sealed Ball.
  • "Shin Panics" - When Shin panics after Majin Buu reaches full power inside his Sealed Ball.
  • "Boys Flying" - When Goten and Trunks are flying towards to the location of Babidi's spaceship.
  • "Pikkon's Theme" - When Majin Vegeta recounts sensing Yakon, Spopovich and Yamu's power.
  • "Long Flashback" - Flashback to Goku's fight with Yakon and Videl's fight with Spopovich.
  • "Vegeta Knows His Son" - When Vegeta explains to Goku why he let himself fall under Babidi's spell.
  • "Vegeta's Theme" - When Majin Vegeta explains to Goku why he let himself fall under Babidi's spell.
  • "Doubler's Prelude" - At the end of the episode at Majin Buu's sealed ball at full power.

Differences from the manga[]

  • Mr. Satan explaining to reporters about his win over Android 18 and the name of the special move he used to finish her off, as well as unintentionally dropping his towel in front of them and "exposing" himself when citing he "wouldn't hide anything from his fans", is exclusive to the anime.
  • The fight scene with Goku and Vegeta was extended with additional scenes such as Vegeta using his Final Flash to push Goku into the water.
  • Trunks teasing Goten that they should turn around and go home while on their way to the fighting is exclusive to the anime.
  • Goku sports a grim smirk when asking Vegeta if he really feels better under Babidi's influence in the manga. Here though, Goku frowns with resignation when asking this.


  • When the scene shifts back to the Tournament stage, there are still tons of people there, even though lots of people left (except for Chi-Chi, Bulma, Oolong, Puar, Ox-King, Yamcha, Marron, 18 and Master Roshi) when Vegeta destroyed parts of the stands.
  • In the original Japanese broadcast, the first 15 seconds of the next episode preview were devoted to next week's show, and the other 15 seconds were devoted to a movie ticket lottery drawing for Dragon Ball Z: Bio-Broly (released in theaters on July 9, 1994). This preview was not included in the Dragon Box. Instead, the preview used was the rerun version for the next normal episode, "Buu is Hatched".


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