Dragon Ball Super – Chapter 87: The Universe’s Strongest Appears
In what appeared to be an epilogue to the Granolah the Survivor Arc, we are treated to explosive twists and teases in Dragon Ball Super Chapter 87. As the chapter opens, Granolah is completely drained from his final attack against Gas. Luckily, Monaito has gone full Dende with his healing powers, able to restore the Cerealian to full strength completely. However, Granolah reveals to Goku and Vegeta the downside to his wish for such a substantial power increase: he only has three years to live.
As Goku chastises Elec for attempting to flee the scene without his siblings, a stray energy beam pierces Monaito’s chest. A fully healed but still zombified Gas returns to the battlefield, easily handling the Saiyans. Elec commands his little brother to kill their opponents, while the Heeter sister, Macki, notices how sick Gas looks. Elec lets slip that he knows their wish to make Gas the strongest fighter in the universe has zapped his life span.
Just as Gas reacts to the revelation of the curse embedded in his wish, Frieza appears.
The last time we saw the legendary Dragon Ball villain, he wasn’t much of a threat to Goku and Vegeta. However, this assumption is put to rest when Frieza one-shots Gas and Elec. Then he astonishes everyone with the debut of a new form: Black Frieza.
Our old friend Frieza has been spending some time training in a Hyperbolic Time Chamber he found on a planet he conquered. He was able to squeeze in a decade worth of training. He shows off by effortlessly dominating Ultra Ego Vegeta and Ultra Instinct Goku. At this point, he could probably take the two Saiyans out but reveals he only came to Cereal in pursuit of the Heeters, so he lets them go and leaves. Monaito seemingly succumbs to his injuries, but Whis pops out of nowhere and heals his wounds. Finally, Granolah and the Saiyans depart as friends, with Whis whisking them off-planet while teasing that the “strongest warrior” may have appeared somewhere else in Universe 7.
Many readers have decried the pacing of this arc, but this chapter offered such a surprising reappearance of Dragon Ball’s greatest villain (and a new form, to boot!) that I have to give it a 4.5 out of 5 Stars. The manga takes a break after this chapter to prepare for the next arc. I’d say after the last two weeks, DBS has earned it!