VIDEO: How Dragon Ball Z’s ‘Frieza Saga’ Changed the Franchise Forever

Having started with Akira Toriyama's manga of the same name in 1984, the Dragon Ball franchise has become one of the biggest in the world, with there being several anime, video games and other tie-in materials for the series. However, Dragon Ball Z, which received its anime adaptation in 1989, was a huge game changer for the franchise, revealing protagonist Goku was actually a member of the Saiyan race. This led to one of Dragon Ball Z's most important arcs: the "Frieza Saga." In this video, we're going to break down just why the "Frieza Saga" was such a gamechanger for the franchise.

Any mention of the "Frieza Saga" wouldn't be complete without mentioning Super Saiyan. At the climax of the arc, Frieza killed Krillin, one of Goku's oldest friends. This, combined with Frieza's various other atrocities, caused Goku to transform into a Super Saiyan, his normally black hair turning gold. At the time, Super Saiyan was Goku's biggest power-up, but it was far from the last. Since then, there have been several new forms of Super Saiyan, each more powerful than the last.

Check out the video below for more of how the "Frieza Saga" forever changed the Dragon Ball franchise.

Dragon Ball Super was the most recent installment in the franchise, not counting the original net animation Super Dragon Ball Heroes. Although it's unclear just when -- or if -- the series will return, the Dragon Ball franchise is popular, so it's unlikely to stay gone for long. The manga currently expands on the ending of Dragon Ball Super, taking Goku and Vegeta into space to fight against the energy-absorbing Moro. However, it's unclear if when the anime returns it will actually pull from that plotline.

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