WARNING: The following contains spoilers for Dragon Ball Super Vol. 9, by Akira Toriyama, Toyotarou, Caleb Cook and James Gaubatz, available now in English from Viz Media.
The latest collected volume of the Dragon Ball Super manga series to be translated into English is here, closing out the events of the acclaimed anime series. However, while the climactic Tournament of Power may be over, there is still plenty of story to be had as Goku and Vegeta find themselves drawn into a new cosmic adventure against an ancient enemy with the entire universe at stake. Here is a recap of all of the major events from the ninth volume of Dragon Ball Super.
As with previous volumes, it is striking how different the manga series is from the anime, with the ninth volume picking up from the cliffhanger ending of its predecessor, where Goku has seemingly mastered Ultra Instinct. The new combat transformation allows Goku to overpower his final opponent in the multiversal martial arts tournament, Jiren from Universe 11, but he quickly expends all of his energy before he can deliver the winning blow. In a change from the anime, Vegeta is still active in the tournament and helps Goku launch a surprisingly effective joint attack against Jiren before the Saiyan Prince is ultimately eliminated.
Just like the anime, it is Frieza who provides Goku with the final push to defeat Jiren and emerge triumph while Android 17’s survival is kept a secret until the very end — while the anime had him join in the final skirmish. The Android uses the Super Dragon Balls to restore the multiverse, though the tone is far less celebratory than it was in the anime. Instead, Goku and Vegeta waste no time in getting back to training in the Capsule Corporation’s gravity room while Frieza is resurrected by Whis and Beerus to thank him for his role in helping represent Universe 7 in the tournament.
Sometime after the events of the anime and its follow-up anime film, Dragon Ball Super: Broly, Goku reveals to Vegeta that he has been unable to attain Ultra Instinct since the Tournament of Power. The two Saiyan frenemies’ sparring session is cut short by a call from Hercule, informing them that kidnappers have arrived to abduct Majin Buu from his home. With Buu already loaded into the kidnapper’s spaceship, Goku and Vegeta are both caught off-guard and abducted themselves where they learn they’ve both been drafted into the Galactic Patrol for a desperate new mission on the other side of the cosmos.
Longtime Galactic Patrol member Jaco reveals that Moro — a magical villain that was imprisoned 10 million years ago by the Kais before the rise of Majin Buu — has escaped. Drawing his power by consuming the life force of entire planets, Moro is responsible for the deaths of untold billions and has traveled to Namek to use the planet’s Dragon Balls for his own devious ends. As he attacks a Namekian village, Goku and Vegeta intervene, though Vegeta quickly finds that Moro is far more deadly than he initially appears.
With Goku and Vegeta facing an ancient villain that can turn the raw energy of the planets themselves against them, the two Saiyans go headfirst into a conflict against an unknown enemy that is sure to leave both bruised and broken from underestimating their new foe. For those that have only followed the anime, the manga collections break undiscovered country straight from franchise creator Akira Toriyama, alongside fan-favorite artist Toyotarou, to give fans a glimpse at where the anime may be going next.
The latest collected manga volume of Dragon Ball Super brings the Tournament of Power to a fiery finish before moving beyond the anime.