“Greatest moment in anime history”: 31 Years Ago, Gohan Achieved What Even Goku, Vegeta and Trunks Couldn’t

Today marks the 31st anniversary for Gohan's biggest achievement in Dragon Ball history.

Gohan, Goku, Vegeta in Dragon Ball


  • The one character in the Dragon Ball universe that is disputed as being more powerful than Goku, the main character, is Gohan, his first kid.
  • He was the first Saiyan to reach Super Saiyan 2, and he did so while fighting Cell, one of the Dragon Ball universe's most wicked villains.
  • Today is the 31st anniversary of Gohan obtaining Super Saiyan 2 for the first time.
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In the Dragon Ball universe, the only character that is debated to be stronger than the protagonist, Goku, is his first son, Gohan. Many fans believe that Gohan’s achievements as a kid in Dragon Ball Z were far more commendable than Goku’s. He was the youngest Saiyan to attain the power of Super Saiyan in the world.

Gohan's Super Saiyan 2
Gohan’s Super Saiyan 2

Not only that, but he was also the first Saiyan to reach Super Saiyan 2, and he did so while fighting Cell, who is considered to be one of the most evil villains in the Dragon Ball world. Even the likes of Goku, Vegeta, and Future Trunks couldn’t reach that level. Today marks the 31st anniversary of Gohan doing the unthinkable.

As soon as the news about Gohan’s accomplishment reached the internet, Dragon Ball fans came together to celebrate it because many still believe that Gohan reaching Super Saiyan 2 was the greatest moment in the history of Dragon Ball.


Gohan’s Super Saiyan 2 Made Him Stronger Than Goku

When Gohan was first introduced in Akira Toriyama’s Dragon Ball universe, he was just a shy kid who would hide behind his father. However, circumstances forced him to fight and get stronger. He then took training from Piccolo and became a decent fighter. But his true potential was still hidden and was only known to Goku.

During the Cell games, when every fighter lost against Cell, the fate of the universe was left on Gohan’s shoulders. Although initially, he was afraid when Goku asked him to fight Cell, as the fight progressed, Gohan was able to do something that shocked every character present during the fight, even Goku.

Gohan vs Cell
Gohan vs Cell

When Cell juniors target Gohan’s friends and family, he gets so angry that he unlocks Super Saiyan 2 and destroys all the Cell juniors. Not only that, Gohan even defeats Cell without much pressure. This was the biggest moment for Gohan, and it proved that Gohan was way stronger than Goku, even though he was just a small child.


Dragon Ball Fans Celebrate Gohan’s Super Saiyan 2

There were a lot of things that contributed to Gohan achieving Super Saiyan 2, but the biggest aspect was Goku’s trust in his son. Goku was well versed in Gohan’s hidden potential, and he believed in him so much that he even gave a Senzu bean to Cell before their fight. This made Gohan’s victory over Cell even cooler.

Gohan vs Cell
Gohan vs Cell

Dragon Ball fans still find this moment that took place 31 years ago to be one of the greatest Dragon Ball moments of all time. They took to X(Formerly Twitter) to celebrate this moment and express its impact on Toriyama’s magnum opus.

Some fans even called Gohan achieving Super Saiyan 2 the greatest moment in the history of anime.




Although Gohan’s epic moment was a long time ago, the character still proves his strength as one of the greatest fighters in Dragon Ball history. His most recent achievement was unlocking the Beast Form which is an evolved form of Gohan’s ultimate state and once again helped him in defeating Cell.

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Written by Tarun Kohli

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