Seriousness" is the four hundred ninth chapter of the Dragon Ball manga. Contents [ show ] Cover The cover shows Gohan glaring menacingly presumably at Cell in his newly acquired Super Saiyan 2 form. In a background box, Cell is shown gritting his teeth. Future Trunks informs him that Gohan took them from Cell, and that they need to get farther away.
The Return of Goku! Goku and Gohan are heading towards a reunion with Goku's friends at Master Roshi 's island.
Elsewhere, an odd-looking spacecraft crash lands on Earth. A man in battle armor emerges from the vessel and flies off to scout out a powerful life form he locates with the help of an apparatus on his eye.
Piccolo is nearly killed by the stranger, but this is averted when the man leaves to scout out a more powerful life form. The stranger arrives and surprises everyone when they notice he has a monkey-like tail, just like Goku used to have. Goku cannot remember this, as he had suffered from brain damage caused by a fall when he was a child.
Raditz reports that he and Goku are of an alien race called the Saiyans and that he and Goku are among the last four remaining.
Raditz then asks Goku to join them in exterminating the population of Earth, taking Gohan hostage when Goku refuses. Piccolo appears and offers to help Goku defeat Raditz; Goku accepts his offer and together they follow after Raditz.
Goku and Piccolo confront the Saiyan at his space pod's crash site, but Raditz is not impressed and tells them that the other two remaining Saiyans are even stronger than he is.
Goku and Piccolo's Desperate Attack! This plan fails, as does Goku's attempt to stop Raditz by grabbing his tail ends when Goku gets tricked by his brother.
Raditz tortures Goku, causing Gohan to unleash his latent abilities in a fit of rage, and he strikes Raditz in the chest. Goku uses this opportunity to grab Raditz from behind, allowing Piccolo to use his Makankosappo technique on Raditz - killing them both. Before he succumbs to his wound, Raditz tells his enemies that the other Saiyans will arrive on Earth within a year.
Bulma, Krillin, and Master Roshi arrive to witness Goku's death. The Million Kilometer Serpent Road! Piccolo takes Gohan into his custody and flies off, intending to train the boy in preparation for the two Saiyans' arrival. In Other World, Kami arranges for Goku to be allowed to travel to King Kai via the million-mile-long Snake Way; King Kai will then train Goku in advanced fighting techniques, in hopes that by the time he is re-animated Goku will be strong enough to face the new Saiyans who are heading towards Earth.
While Goku starts his journey along the long road, Krillin unsuccessfully attempts to tell Chi-Chi of her husband's death and her son's kidnapping.
Meanwhile, Piccolo tells Gohan of his father's fate. Gohan doubts that he has any significant intrinsic power, so Piccolo uses a dramatic method to demonstrate Gohan's hidden power - he throws Gohan at a rock, which Gohan destroys reflexively.
A Moonlit Night Awakens Gohan! After a length of time spent alone on a mountaintop, Gohan looks at the full moon, which causes him to transform into a Saiyan "Great Ape.
Meanwhile, Bulma repairs the scouter, and Yajirobe delivers a summons to Krillin, telling him that the two of them, along with Yamcha, Tien, and Chiaotzu, are to report to Kami's Lookout for training.
King Kai's Bizarre Test!
Piccolo then begins training the boy personally in martial arts. Meanwhile, Goku has arrived at the end of Snake Way, meeting King Kai on his planet, which, despite its small size, has ten-times Earth's gravity.
In order for Goku to train under King Kai's teachings, he must attempt to make the master laugh. After Goku's accomplishment of making him laugh, King Kai tells Goku to catch his pet monkey, Bubbles. This proves to be a difficult task for Goku due to the planet's intense gravity, but he is persistent and refuses to give up.
Goku's Race Against the Clock! He is then issued his second challenge, to hit Gregory, the flying grasshopper, with a large mallet. After two weeks of trying, Goku succeeds and fully masters the planet's gravity in the process.
King Kai then proceeds to teach Goku his signature technique: the Kaio-ken. On Earth, Gohan's training with Piccolo comes to a close, while the rest of the Z Fighters finish their training with Kami and go their separate ways. The Saiyans Arrive Sooner than Expected!
So Goku decides to only use it as a last resort. With his training complete, Goku is ready to be resurrected. Only then is it revealed that the Saiyans will be arriving sooner than the expected; additionally, King Kai had forgotten to allow sufficient time for Goku to travel back along Snake Way to reach Earth before the Saiyans arrive there.
Goku sends an urgent telepathic message to Master Roshi via King Kai's telepathy, insisting that the Dragon Balls be used to resurrect him with all possible haste. Goku then begins the long journey back along Snake Way; with all of his training, increased strength and speed, and new techniques, the return journey will be far quicker than the original.
The Terrible Saibamen! The two Saiyans then fly off towards the island where Piccolo and Gohan have been training. Krillin arrives first, and the three face off with Vegeta and Nappa.
Piccolo learns for the first time that he is a Namekian, a member of an alien race from the planet called Namek, when told by Nappa. At Vegeta's order, Nappa plants seeds in the ground, and six Saibamen are born. Tien, Chiaotzu, and then Yamcha fly in to join in the battle.
Vegeta suggests they have a game of one-on-one and instructs the Saibamen to use all of their power during their fights. Tien faces off first against a Saibaman. Tien overpowers the Saibaman, but before he's able to finish it off, Vegeta accuses the Saibaman of having held back his full power and subsequently destroys the Saibaman as incentive to the remaining five to obey the order to use their full strength.
Next, Yamcha decides to fight in place of Krillin; the Saibaman latches onto him and self-destructs, killing Yamcha. Tien's Screaming Tri-Beam! During Nappa's attack, Tien loses his arm. In an act of desperation, Chiaotzu attaches himself to Nappa's back and sacrifices himself using a kamikaze technique, but Nappa is unharmed by it.
Grief stricken by Chiaotzu's sacrifice, Tien uses his Tri-Beam technique on Nappa, but this also fails, and Tien dies of exhaustion as a result.
With the Z Fighters now down three, the team can do nothing but hope for Goku's arrival, which is expected in three hours.