A small detail in the final chapter of Dragon Ball Super confirms how long the series has left before reaching the end of Dragon Ball Z. By confirming the age of Pan, Goku’s niece and Gohan’s daughter, in the current series, Dragon Ball Super also fixed the time left before the child appears at the age of 4 in the final chapter of Dragon Ball Z, and it is much less than what fans think.
In the franchise timeline, the events of Dragon Ball Super canonically take place in the ten-year span between the defeat of Kid Buu, in Dragon Ball Z chapter 517, and the conclusion of the original series, in chapters 518. -519. This naturally created a lot of confusion and inconsistencies between Dragon Ball Super and Z’s ending. Things got further complicated when the Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero movie, which is currently being adapted from the manga, showed a significant time jump. which brings the story closer to the end of the original series.
Dragon Ball Super Chapter 88 marks the manga’s return after a three-month hiatus, and the start of the Super Hero Arc, which adapts the events of the film and also adds a prequel centered on Goten and Trunks. In the story, the two Saiyans are no longer children. They go to high school and their appearance matches the one they have in the later chapters of Dragon Ball. More importantly, Bulma’s mother, Panchy, appears in Chapter 88 and says that she is buying flowers to celebrate Pan’s entry into kindergarten, which tells readers exactly how much time is left before the Dragon Ball Super story reaches the conclusion of Z.
Pan is officially three years old in Dragon Ball Super, which means there’s only one year left until Z ends.
In Japan, children have the opportunity to go to kindergarten between the ages of 3 and 5. In Dragon Ball Chapter 519, the Budokai Tournament Announcer says that Pan is 4 years old. This means that, at most, there is only one year between the current events of Dragon Ball Super and the end of the original series, which sees Goku go off to train with Uub, the reincarnation of Kid Buu. Panchy’s words also confirm what was previously said in the official character biographies of Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero, where Panchy’s age was listed as 3 years old. Finally, it clarifies series creator Akira Toriyama’s recent comment that Super Hero takes place just before the end of Z, giving it a more accurate time frame.
What all of this means for the future of the Dragon Ball Super franchise is yet to be determined. It’s clear that such a vast series, encompassing manga, TV anime, and movies, cannot be reduced to two chapters written by Toriyama almost thirty years ago. It’s possible that the big time jump seen in Dragon Ball Super is a way to catch up with Dragon Ball Z’s ending as soon as possible and move on, leaving all continuity issues behind.
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