Throughout its seasons, with talking dragons, aliens with a sense of style, and chocolate-loving demons, #DragonBall has proven to be a very intricate ride. Newcomers jumping in at any point in the show or manga can be easily left with a giant question mark over their heads and unable to follow what's going on.
But if you are in that group of people, don't feel bad. Turns out, the mythology was so intricate, that even the mind from which this fantastic world stems forgot about one very important detail.
During an interview with magazine, Dragon Ball creator, Akira Toriyama, was asked about his work process, specifically, if he kept notes for the vast Dragon Ball world. He replied:
“I don’t, that’s why I forget a lot. If I don’t forget those ideas, then I won’t need to come up with new ideas.
Now, if you're a diehard DB fan, look away, because Toriyama's next revelation about him forgetting about an iconic part of the show might be an Ozaru-size punch to the gut:
"Do you remember Super Saiyan 3? I forgot about it and I thought that was Super Saiyan 2, even though I created those characters.”
Overall, there are six stages (with Super Saiyan 4's validity being questionable) of the Super Saiyan form. But at the time #3 was introduced, there were only three:
- Super Saiyan
- Super Saiyan 2
- Super Saiyan 3
So the small number of phases available at that time makes Toriyama forgetting about one of them quite remarkable. It's even more surprising when we consider that for quite a while, the Super Saiyan 3 form was the highest level a Saiyan could aspire to.
It was even a pretty important plot point in the Majin Buu saga, when it was stated that due to the form's power level, Goku's time on Earth as a ghost (I warned you, Dragon Ball is weird) would diminish.
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Toriyama is definitely no stranger to forgetting things. We've known for quite a while about him forgetting about everyone's lovable warrior, Launch, which resulted in her unexpected disappearance.
Fortunately, that forgetfulness didn't stop him from giving us an incredible mythology that is still fascinating us to this day.
What did you think about Toriyama forgetting Super Saiyan 3? What is your favorite Super Saiyan transformation? Let me know in the comments!