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This article is about the seventeenth original Dragon Ball Z anime volume. For the manga chapter level, see Super Saiyan?. For the transformation, see Super Saiyan.

Dragon Ball Z: Super Saiyan?! is the seventeenth volume of the original Pioneer Dragon Ball Z DVD and VHS releases. It includes the final four installments from the Namek Saga, episodes 50, 51, 52, and 53. It was also included with the Namek Saga box set, which collected volumes 9-17.

Cover art

The cover features Goku throughout his life: firstly, as a child holding the Power Pole; next as a teenager forming the Kamehameha; third as an adult with ripped clothing gathering energy to form the Spirit Bomb; and finally as a Super Saiyan in the background. This cover embodies Goku's essence as a warrior and is a great depiction of his evolution as a character, from his child age to his adulthood and beyond.


  • Time Tricks and Body Binds - Guldo is the first to challenge Gohan and Krillin. Guldo uses his powers to avoid attacks, but the two earthling fighters move much faster than Guldo expects. Next, Guldo uses his "body binds" technique to make them immobile – can Gohan and Krillin escape from Guldo's trick?
  • No Refuge from Recoome - Vegeta and Recoome square off next, but Recoome demonstrates power that Vegeta cannot match! Gohan and Krillin save Vegeta and enrages Recoome, who then crushes Krillin. Gohan must now challenge Recoome by himself!
  • Enter Goku - During the great battle, Frieza manages to obtain all seven of the Dragon Balls! But he doesn't know the magic words to make his wish! Meanwhile, Gohan continues his hopeless fight against the much more powerful Recoome. Suddenly Goku arrives!
  • Goku...Super Saiyan? - Goku instantly defeats Recoome with his new power! The other two fighters, Burter and Jeice, start attacking Goku, but he doesn't even seem concerned. Vegeta senses something has changed in Goku – "Did he become a legendary super Saiyan!?"


This volume marks the end of original cover art, as well as the end of Ocean Studios' dub of the series. Starting with "Assault" (the beginning of the Funimation dub), volume covers are a single scene from one of the episodes on the tape/disk.