|| Dragon Ball volume 25 summary and personae list.
Second-stage Freeza: Freeza is a changling, having several forms that
mask the power of the suceeding form. This form is sort of a
big horned demon.
"Takkarato Popporunga Pupirittoparo." Phrase used to summon the
Ginyuu is getting trashed, and ridiculed, by Gohan and Kuririn. He
just can't understand why he can't use this body's full power.
Meanwhile, Jiisu is trying to figure out how Vejita can fight without a
scouter. They banter a bit, then the Saiya-jin suggests a quick check
of his power level. It's so far out of line that Jiisu thinks his
scouter is malfunctioning. Vejita claims to be very close to becoming a
Super Saiya-jin. Then he kills Jiisu, which bothers Gokuu. But, this
is just the Saiya-jin way, and Vejita now turns his attention to Ginyuu.
(He's been waiting a LONG time to do this to Gokuu's body.) Gokuu yells
out that enough's enough, but Vejita is going to wrap things up just as
Ginyuu shouts out "Change!!!!!"
Gokuu sees this as his one chance, and he intercepts the blast.
Ginyuu is very pissed, the hero is happier to have his body back.
Vejita is confused as to what happened, and Gohan figures out that his
father is really his father again. Vejita still isn't sure if Ginyuu is
really Ginyuu, while Ginyuu and Gokuu both know that Gokuu can't
interfere anymore. So, the team leader tries to take over Vejita's body
yet again. However, a Namekian frog (this used to be a place with some
lakes,) chooses that moment to hop by.
Afterwards, the group hopes that Gokuu is ok, but Vejita really had
done a number on him. The Saiya-jin asks where Ginyuu is, and is told
to leave the frog alone. (Vejita likes this arrangement, anyway. NOTE:
Presumably, Ginyuu can only change bodies by shouting out the key word,
which he can't do any more.) Gokuu doesn't have any other senzu seeds,
and Vejita threatens to take advantage of the situation to finish them
off. But, Gokuu knows that it's ok, and Vejita replies that he needs
them for the Dragon Balls, and to help handle Freeza. He takes them to
Freeza's ship, planning to kill them after he becomes a Super Saiya-jin.
Gokuu is put in the medical machine to heal, and Gokuu likes the
feeling it gives him. Then, Vejita tells the other two that they need
new combat uniforms. Kuririn and Gohan don't like the idea of looking
like the bad guys, since it gives them a bad image. They're given the
full outfits, which are a one-size fits all, for kids set. The clothes
are very strong, but do stretch to fit the wearer. They like the suits,
and Vejita tells them that Gokuu will heal completely in 40 to 50
minutes. Kuririn decides to go check up on Saichourou, and tells Gohan
to stay behind.
Freeza has almost killed Nail, without using his right arm. He asks
Nail to tell him the secret of the Dragon Balls, but Nail just futilely
attacks him again. Freeza gets in the last punch, and threatens to make
the next a killing blow. Then, Nail tells the alien that he's wasting
his time, since Dende is the one that knows how to summon Shenlon.
Realizing that he's been tricked, Freeza rushes off, hoping that he'll
get to the Balls in time. It's HIS wish that needs to be made.
Meanwhile, Dende just has a little farther to go. Saichourou telepaths
for the little Namek to hurry, since Nail is out of the race. Kuririn
senses Dende, and they meet up. Kuririn tells him that the Dragon Balls
don't work, and Dende replies that he knows -- the summoning has to been
spoken in Namek. Makes sense to Kuririn. But, he wishes that he'd been
told that sooner, however, Vejita was still a threat to them at that
time. They hurry, since Freeza's presence is cutting Saichourou's life
Gohan is wondering what's taking Kuririn so long to return (its been
two hours.) Then, he flies to meet the approaching power sources. One
disappears, leaving the other, which he identifies as Dende. They
exchange greetings, then sneak into the camp to take the Balls while
Vejita continues to sleep. However, as they find a safe place to summon
Shenlon, they sense an incredible power coming in fast. It has to be
Freeza, so Dende is told to call Shenlon NOW. ("Takkarato Popporunga
Pupirittoparo.") There's a light, then the sky turns black, just as it
does for Earth's Dragon Balls. Freeza is confused, Kaiou is happy, and
Kuririn and Gohan are impressed by Shenlon's size. Dende says that this
creature was formed from Saichourou's dream, and it's the first time
he's seen it, too.
Shenlon asks for the three wishes. Kuririn hadn't known about that
part before. They're happy, but Dende tells them to hurry up. The
first request is to bring everyone back killed by the Saiya-jin.
Shenlon says he can't do that -- he can only revive one person at a
time, not whole groups. No one had expected this, and Kaiou-sama relays
the message to the others. Piccolo begs to talk to Gohan, and is
instructed to grab Kaiou's shoulder. At the same time, Shenlon wants to
know what the first wish is going to be, Kuririn and Gohan are panicking,
and Dende is telling them that Freeza is getting closer. Piccolo calls
out, and the two humans look around to find him. The demon explains
what's happening (Kaiou is annoyed that Piccolo left off the "-sama"
part of his name,) and tells them that the first wish should be to
resurrect Piccolo. That way, Kami-sama would be brought back, and the
Earth Dragon Balls would function again. The second wish is to bring
Piccolo to Namek -- he's almost a match for Freeza, and he wants to
avenge his people. The third wish is left for later, but it should be
fun. Kuririn and Gohan discuss this, and Dende is told what to do.
Still sleeping, Vejita senses Freeza's approach and wakes up.
However, it's night already, and he sees this big monster. Knowing that
he's been tricked, Vejita rushes to the dragon, with Freeza close
behind. On Kaiou's planet, Piccolo is now alive again. So is Kami-sama
(the god and Mr. Popo are both very happy.) Dende is told to make the
second wish very fast. He does, but no one had told him to name a
SPECIFIC place on Namek. Then, Vejita shows up, about to tear everyone
apart. So, Gohan states that there's one wish left. This mollifies the
Saiya-jin, and he demands to be made immortal. Freeza is now close
enough to see Shenlon, and he's pissed at being cheated, too. There's
an argument between the Earthlings as to whether they should bow to
At this point, Piccolo appears on Namek, and he spends a little time
getting used to this idea. He then locates Freeza and Gohan, and rushes
to save his friends (well, Piccolo doesn't have friends, per se.) Back
at the dragon, Shenlon is asking for the third wish, Vejita is still
making the same demand, and Freeza's power is so close that Kuririn
tells Dende to go ahead and do it (the runt curses a lot, too.) Vejita
is overwhelmed by the possibilities that lay ahead of him. However, as
Dende starts out, Saichourou dies and Shenlon disappears.
Vejita is so enraged, that he's about to kill them all. And then
Freeza arrives. The alien talks about the loss of his dream to become
immortal, and the defeat of his Ginyuu team. He'll eradicate them all,
but he wants to start with Vejita, so the others get out of the way.
Freeza powers up, stunning them with his strength. Piccolo gets
sidetracked when he senses a weak power. Nail is the first Namek he's
ever seen. Nail is happy at seeing an Earthling, because this means
that the other two succeeded in making their wishes. Piccolo states
that he's here to save those two, and needs to be briefed quickly. Nail
gives Piccolo a little present for Freeza (seems that Namek fighters can
be absorbed into the bodies of other Namek fighters.) This gives him a
MAJOR power rush, and he claims that he can defeat anyone now. He flies
off, laughing madly.
Freeza's new power level frightens Kuririn and Gohan, and the alien
claims that he can easily defeat three little flies like them. But,
Vejita wants to face Freeza by himself, explaining that this way he'll
become a Super Saiya-jin. That old story amuses Freeza, who then
attacks. Vejita's power climbs until Freeza's scouter explodes. Gohan
and Kuririn are stunned at both fighters' power, but Vejita is the one
breathing hard. Then, the Saiya-jin demands that Freeza take on his
true form and fight at full power. (This is what Zarbon had talked
about.) They're going to die anyway, so why not? The other two wonder
what Vejita is talking about. Vejita states that it's a form of
camoflage, masking the alien's true power. As small talk, Freeza
reveals that he did indeed destroy Vejita's planet, and killed his
father. Fine by Vejita, means that he's the new king of his race.
Freeza flexes, destroying the combat jacket, to Kuririn's amazement.
But, Vejita isn't impressed, until the actual change-over starts. This
new monster impresses everyone. The second-stage Freeza decides to
reveal a bit of his force, claiming to have a level well over 1,000,000.
They escape the blast with some scratches, and the loss of one mountain.
Then, it's Kuririn's time to die, and the others can't believe Freeza's
speed. However, Dende was the real target, and Freeza apologizes for
missing. Kuririn is flung off, and the alien taunts Gohan's attempts to
save his friend.
After Gohan thrashes Freeza a bit, Vejita frets over the chance that
the boy is also close to becoming a Super Saiya-jin. But it's ok --
Dende has saved Kuririn (the Namek can heal people,) and not ok --
Freeza isn't dead. The alien hasn't even started warming up. And,
Piccolo rushes along, sensing Freeza's energy and telling Gohan that
he's coming. Freeza demonstrates that he's mastered power control, too.
Vejita yells for the stupid kid to escape, but it's too late. So,
Vejita attacks, believing that he can win. But, Freeza isn't going to
play with him until he's done with the kid. This time, the fight goes
the other way. Gohan can't follow the other's moves, and has to be told
where to look. Finally, Freeza is going to kill Gohan by squashing his
The alien asks if Vejita is coming to save the boy, and the Saiya-jin
can't bring himself to do it. Then, Gohan dies and Gokuu feels this and
curses his inability to save his son. But, they all sense a new power
level -- Kuririn has been restored, and he lops off Freeza's tail.
Freeza wonders how this is possible, and the runt fires off a few more
Kiensan's (cutting energy balls.) Gokuu asks where his friend got this
extra power (it's from Saichourou, having been awoken by Dende.) Then,
Freeza catches up, and is going to exact revenge for the loss of his
tail. Kuririn still isn't strong enough, and has to resort to
Taiyou-ken to blind Freeza and get enough time to escape. Kuririn yells
for the Saiya-jin to attack now, but Vejita is too busy watching Dende
fixing Gohan's broken neck. Vejita would rather ask about the Namek's
abilities, and Kuririn is happy to see the boy reenter the fight. Being
a Saiya-jin, Gohan is stronger and faster, now that he's come back from
near-death (he thanks Dende.) This proves to Vejita that Gohan is one
of his race. This is when Piccolo appears, and he's the strongest of
They tell each other what has happened, and Vejita and Piccolo
promise to continue their battle after this one is over. Freeza is
annoyed that he missed killing one of the Namek. Gokuu is tring to
figure out who has the new, greater power, and thinks that it's not
Piccolo, but rather, it's Gohan. Piccolo announces that he's going to
fight Freeza on his own, and Dende recognizes Nail's presence in the
strange Namek. Piccolo tells Dende to get to safety, and the little
Namek wonders how the other knows his name. They talk to themselves
about Piccolo, Freeza calls the Namek an insect, and Piccolo attacks.
The battle is starting to get serious, and Freeza has his first taste of
End of book 25.
-- Curtis H. Hoffmann
Sept. 18, 1993