Dragon Ball Super: Granolah Gets a Power Boost – at a Terrible Cost

WARNING: The following contains spoilers for Dragon Ball Super Chapter 70, by Akira Toriyama, Toyotarou, Caleb Cook and Brandon Bovia, available now in English from Viz Media.

In the previous chapter of Dragon Ball Super, Granolah hunted down Planet Cereal's two Dragon Balls. After summoning the world's dragon, the last remaining Cerealian then asked to become the strongest fighter in the universe so that he could take down Freeza, who was responsible for the annihilation of his people. While Chapter 69 left just whether the Cerealian would get his wish unrevealed, Dragon Ball Super Chapter 70 has confirmed Granolah got his desired power-up -- though there's a steep price.

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At the start of Dragon Ball Super Chapter 70, Cereal's dragon -- Toronbo -- explains there are limits to just how much its able to increase Granolah's power. These limits are set depending on just how much "latent potential" Granolah has. However, the dragon soon offers Granolah a deal that will allow him to get what he seeks, though the manga doesn't immediately reveal just what that entails.

Dragon Ball Super then reveals a brand new look at Granolah post-power-up, his hair having grown long to symbolize his transformation, as is the series' way. Testing out his new power, Granolah easily destroys a powerful boulder. However, this attracts the attention of Monaito, the Namekian who created Cereal's Dragon Balls. Monaito chastises Granolah for his choice, though the Cerealian remains defiant and determined to defeat Freeza. As Granolah flies away, Monaito falls to the ground and laments his failures, saying, "I've upended his life once again."

Unsure of just where Freeza might be, Granolah takes off to talk to the Heeters -- a gang of powerful individuals for whom the Cerealian has been working. On his journey to the Heeters, Granolah cuts his hair, which gets intercut with a scene of Whis seemingly learning about this powerful new fighter. Soon, Granolah arrives at the Heeters base. The group is initially reluctant to share information with him, which leads to a fight. While previously Granolah had been unable to overcome the powerful group's members in combat, the Cerealian easily bests his enemies this time around.

After the battle ends, Elec -- the Heeters' leader -- tells Granolah that they'll find out Freeza's location for him, but insists he learn just how the Cerealian became so powerful in such a short amount of time. Granolah reveals he used the Dragon Balls to become more powerful, but in exchange, he sacrificed his remaining 150 years of life, meaning he only has three years left until he dies. From there, Dragon Ball Super cuts back to the deal with Toronbo, who explains, "I am able to multiply your current strength by condensing any and all power you could have accumulated in your life time [...] By shortening your lifespan, you can become the greatest [fighter] in the universe."

While the true extent of Granolah's power isn't clear at this time, it's clear that the Cerealian is now a force to be reckoned with, especially if he's attracted the attention of Whis. However, in order to get his revenge, Granolah has sealed his fate, and the young fighter may just die. This makes him something like a Captain Ahab from Herman Melville's Moby Dick, as Granolah is opting to pursue his revenge at any cost -- even that of his own life.

As Dragon Ball Super makes clear, the Heeters intend to sic Granolah on Earth's Saiyans before pitting him against Freeza, which means a major battle is brewing. Toronbo, though, notes that Granolah's abilities will still be less than that of a God's, so the two Saiyans do definitely stand a chance against the Cerealian. So in the end, Granolah might just find he's given up his life for no reason.

Dragon Ball Super Chapter 71 releases April 20.

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