Is Final Gohan Canon after Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero?
Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero finally premiered in Japan and while we’re waiting for the August 2022 worldwide release, we’re compiling the information we have from Japan and, with it, answering the questions that have been bothering fans for days now. In this article, we are, once more, going to talk about Final Gohan (informally called Gohan Blanco) and reveal to you whether this form has become canon after Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero or not.
Dragon Ball movies aren’t usually canon, save for the recent Dragon Ball Super: Broly, which became the first canon Dragon Ball movie. As the creators of the movie explained and revealed during this NYCC panel, Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero will be taking place directly after the events of Dragon Ball Super: Broly, which means that Final Gohan does, indeed, become canon after the movie.
In the rest of this article, we are going to tell you a bit about the Final Gohan form as it appeared in the movie Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero, as well as the movie’s canon status within the larger Dragon Ball fictional universe. We’re going to explain everything you need to know about this issue so you can find your way around the emerging news that keep coming in.
Who is Final Gohan (Gohan Blanco)?
At this moment, not much is actually known about Final Gohan; we actually only know those things that we could deduce from the movie leaks and the movie’s synopsis, but it remains to be seen how impactful this is actually going to be. Final Gohan is an exceptionally powerful transformation used by Gohan that is in realityan evolved and limit-broken version of the Potential Unleashed form.
During the transformation, Gohan’s eyes flicker and turn red before fully manifesting the form, in which his eyes become fully red with black pupils. In this state, his hair turns light gray (hence the unofficial name, Gohan Blanco), and becomes longer to match his old Super Saiyan 2 hairstyle, with a single large bang on the forehead.
His aura, interestingly, maintains its bluish-white glow, but he also gains a reddish-magenta inner aura shrouded by magenta lightning. Final Gohan is a direct evolution from Ultimate Gohan and appears to be Gohan’s strongest transformation to date; we’ll see whether these transformations are going to keep changing.
In the Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero movie, Gohan reached this form after witnessing a heavily-injured Piccolo during the final fight with the monstrous Cell Max and transforming into his Final form out of pure rage, much like he did during his first Super Saiyan 2 transformation against the original Cell. In this form, he easily caught and brutally reacted to a punch from Cell Max and was able to completely annihilate him in the end with a Special Beam Cannon, but only afrer Orange Piccolo helped and intervened.
Now that you know who we are talking about, let us see whether Final Gohan is actually canon or not!
Is Final Gohan canon?
The question of whether Final Gohan is canon is actually related to whether the whole movie is canon. Namely, we know that most Dragon Ball movies are not canon, but the previous movie – Dragon Ball Super: Broly – broke with that tradition and became a canon work. Now, from what we know about Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero, as has been confirmed by the creators during NYCC, the movie is set right after Broly and is thus – canon.
What does this mean for Final Gohan? Well, it definitely confirms that the character is canon, which is great news for fans of the series. What remains to be seen is how much impact the events of this movie are going to have on the future events of the story. The post-credits scene does suggest that there is more of the story to tell and Toriyama doesn’t seem to be done with his beloved franchise. This means that more stories are on the way, so we’ll have to wait and see how Final Gohan influences future stories.
What is Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero about?
While on Beerus’ planet, Goku and Vegeta continue training and improving their skills under Whis, now assisted by Broly to help control his anger. Meanwhile, on Earth, the resurrected Red Ribbon Army, led by Magenta and Carmine, recruits Dr. Hedo, Dr. Gero’s grandson, to exact revenge on Piccolo and Gohan.
Under Hedo’s tutelage, the Red Ribbon Army creates two new androids, Gamma 1 and Gamma 2, to appear in public as superheroes. The Red Ribbon Army uses Gamma 2 to attack Piccolo, who loses the fight and is seemingly killed, but he tracks Gamma 2 to the Red Ribbon Army’s base. There, Piccolo discovers that Magenta and Hedo are working on a new android called Cell Max, a new model of their old enemy Cell.
To get Gohan to fight her, Magenta decides to kidnap his daughter Pan. After learning that she has been kidnapped, Gohan drops out of college and confronts the base with Piccolo, who used the Dragon Balls to achieve a new form called “Orange Piccolo.” Gohan unleashes his potentially raging form, battling and overpowering Gamma 1, while Piccolo battles Gamma 2 with his orange form.
After their second fight, Piccolo overpowers Gamma 2, who then stops the fight between Gohan and Gamma 1. After a turnaround, Gamma 1 and Gamma 2 help Gohan and Piccolo save Pan. Hedo attempts to assassinate Magenta, but before he dies, Magenta activates Cell Max and releases him as a giant Kaiju-type monster.
Gohan, Piccolo, Gamma 1 & 2 now with Goten (who managed to crack Cell Max’s skull), Trunks, Android 18, and Krillin battle Cell Max. Gamma 2 sacrifices himself to injure Cell Max and destroys his left forearm. Piccolo battles Cell Max until he is seemingly killed in his giant form, causing Gohan to transform into a new, angry form, further increasing his power.
With his new form, Gohan destroys Cell’s brain with the special beam cannon while Piccolo restrains him. After the fight, Gamma 1 and Dr. Hedo join Capsule Corp. In a post-credits scene, Vegeta wins against Goku on Beerus’ planet.