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"Release it, Gohan; release everything! Remember all the pain he's caused, the people he's hurt. Now make that your power!"

"Save the World" (たたかいはおわった⋯ありがとうそんくう Tatakai wa Owatta… Arigatō Son Gokū, lit. "The Fight is Over… Thank You, Son Goku") is the twenty-sixth episode of the Cell Games Saga and the one hundred ninety-first overall episode in the uncut Dragon Ball Z series. This episode first aired in Japan on June 30, 1993. Its original American airdate was December 26, 2000.


Gohan and Cell launch their Kamehamehas at each other as the rest of the Dragon Team pull back. Cell quickly gains the upper hand as the two massive beams collide. Goku tells Gohan to not worry about the Earth as any damage that they cause can be fixed with the Dragon Balls but even then Gohan is unable to gain the advantage.

Goku Encouraging his Son

Goku encouraging his son

Realizing that Gohan is unable to push Cell back by himself, Piccolo returns to the battle site and launches a Masenko at Cell, but nothing happens, and instead has Cell spread his wings to direct his aura at Piccolo and knock him out of the air, with Goku sensing this via telepathy and Gohan deducing it from Goku's exclamation. The rest of the Z Fighters soon join him, except Vegeta, who stays back believing that their efforts will not make a difference. However, Vegeta notices that the other Z-fighters seem to actually causing Cell enough of a distraction for Gohan to push back and realizes it might actually work. As each of the Z-fighters are pushing back against Cell, they each state their own personal motivations for helping Gohan (Piccolo due to Gohan teaching him what it meant to have a friend, Krillin to "pay back" Goku and Gohan for having him not keel over, and Tien mostly to redeem himself for simply letting Goku sacrifice himself, especially when beating Goku was pretty much the reason he dedicated himself fully to his Crane School training.). Vegeta still expresses some hesitation though he ultimately lets go of it enough to become Super Saiyan again.


Cell is defeated by Gohan's Kamehameha

From the Other World, Goku tells Gohan to throw all his remaining ki into the wave, and Gohan gains the advantage for an instant. As they struggle to assist Gohan against Cell, the Z Fighters soon find themselves at the mercy of Cell's power, and they are all forced to fall back.

Just as it looks like Cell will win, Vegeta launches his last Galick Blazer at Cell. The blast distracts Cell long enough for Gohan to release all of his power into his Kamehameha wave. With Goku encouraging his son once more, Gohan releases all of his energy at Cell. Cell dies as the Father-Son Kamehameha consumes him. The Energy Wave is strong enough to vaporize every cell in his body, preventing any possibility for regeneration, with Cell's last words in life were his declaring in disbelief and in a garbled voice that he was perfection itself. Cell is finally destroyed once and for all, and the Earth is safe again.

Major Events[]

  • Vegeta fires his last Galick Blazer in the show.
  • Cell is destroyed by Gohan.


  • Gohan (Super Saiyan 2) vs. Cell (Super Perfect)
  • Gohan (Super Saiyan 2), Piccolo, Tien Shinhan, Yamcha and Krillin vs. Cell (Super Perfect)
  • Gohan (Super Saiyan 2) and Vegeta (Super Saiyan) vs. Cell (Super Perfect)







  • Father-Son Kamehameha - Gohan's strongest Kamehameha wave that is assisted by Goku's spirit. Used against Super Perfect Cell's Solar Kamehameha.
  • Solar Kamehameha - Super Perfect Cell's strongest Kamehameha wave. Used against Gohan's Father-Son Kamehameha.
  • Special Beam Cannon - Used by Piccolo against Super Perfect Cell, dealing no damage to the Bio-Android.
  • Combined Energy Wave - Used by Piccolo, Tien, Yamcha and Krillin to attack Super Perfect Cell, to no effect.
  • Galick Blazer - Used by Vegeta against Super Perfect Cell, providing enough of a distraction for Gohan to completely overpower the Biological Android.

Bruce Faulconer tracks[]

Differences from the manga[]

  • Due to Caroni, Pirozhki and Miss Piiza being created for the anime, all scenes involving them are exclusive to the anime.
  • In the anime, Piccolo and then soon afterward, Tien Shinhan, Yamcha and Krillin attack Cell in an attempt to help out Gohan which gives Vegeta the idea to try also. In the manga, only Vegeta intervenes in the fight.
    • On a related note, Vegeta immediately attempts to interfere when initially looking as if he fled in the manga. In the anime, he hesitates due to thinking it won't matter if they even try to stop Cell as his power made it no difference, only to change his tune after witnessing them distract Cell as noted above.
  • The reactions of Dende on The Lookout as well as Chi-Chi and her father at her home as the planet shakes around them is exclusive to the anime.
  • When Goku is shown behind Gohan during the Kamehameha struggle, Goku is in Super Saiyan in the anime, but in his base form in the manga.
  • When Vegeta shoots the Galick Blazer at Cell in the manga, he was in his base form, instead of Super Saiyan.
  • Cell's death scene is interpreted differently in the manga. In the former, we see a forward shot of Cell being overwhelmed by Gohan's Kamehameha, his wings broken, and his hands still cupped. Then we see Cell's face being contorted with his eyes bulging out, his hand raised above his head and his tongue swayed sideways as he is being shredded piece by piece. In the anime, Cell is shattered to pieces instantaneously after screaming in pain.
  • The scene of Gohan walking towards Cell as he overwhelms his Kamehameha, and a shot of Cell screaming as he is being slowly annihilated, is exclusive to the anime.
  • The destruction of Cell's nucleus, and the Kamehameha hurtling in space, is exclusive to the anime.



Cell is still charging his Solar Kamehameha, despite already firing it

  • When Tien and Yamcha quickly charge their energy before taking off to help Gohan, Future Trunks' wound disappears.
  • When a back view of Cell is shown before both his and Gohan's Kamehameha waves clash, Cell's hands are still behind him.
  • After having spent 23 episodes as a Super Saiyan, Gohan finally reverts back to his normal form at the end of the episode.
  • 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: Bojack Unbound (released in theaters on July 10, 1993). This preview was not included in the Dragon Box. Instead, the preview used was the rerun version for the next normal episode, "Goku's Decision".


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