The lengthy title of the blue-haired SSJ form gets a shortened title, and for good reason.
The blue-haired God form made its debut in the 2015 film Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’, a direct sequel to 2013’s Battle of Gods, wherein Goku obtains the red-haired Super Saiyan God form through the help of the Saiyans of earth in order to go toe-to-toe against Lord Beerus. The single use of “Super Saiyan” in the red-haired form made sense, however the blue form… not so much.
SSGSS received so much flack from fans that it only makes sense that the name be changed. In fact, while the Japanese release of Resurrection ‘F’ refers to the form as a SSGSS, the English FUNimation dub does not. Instead, when referenced, Goku refers to the form as what it looks like when he taps into the God form on his own (the red form required multiple Saiyans to give energy to another).
Well, all the aforementioned exposition is moot, as the official manga adaptation of Dragon Ball (Super) has stepped in and recognized the pain in our tongues and dropped the length in the form name and given it a much needed shortening.
EDITOR’S NOTE: While many fans question what is considered canon, as many of the films do not coincide with the events of the anime (and even various dubs of the anime do not stick with the same story as the original Japanese version), most consider the manga to be the purest, truest, and most canon continuity of the series. Thus finally putting the debate to rest as to what we call this new transformation.
During the latest volume of the manga, Vegeta and Goku are bickering over who is superior in their new form, still calling it the lengthy ‘Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan’ when Goku bites his tongue over the absurd word jumble. Goku asks “Hey Vegeta, can’t we do something about that long name?” From this point, Beerus’s assistant Whis steps into the picture offering up a lesser, more reasonable name choice.
The Dragon Ball fan-site SaiyanIsland.com does great work covering content such as this, and their team was able to translate the latest manga adaptation that covers and confirms the name change.
Whis: “How about…Super Saiyan Blue?”
And there you have it, folks. The new God transformation will henceforth be known as “Super Saiyan Blue”, which does have a catchy ring to it if you ask me. Hey, hate it or love it, it sure beats the heck out of saying “Super Sayain God Su-“, you get the picture.
Also, what is interesting about the title is that it removes “God” from the name all together. Before, many fans were curious as to whether the Super Saiyan God red form was more powerful than the Super Saiyan God blue form, as the red form was something Goku struggled with for a time and was unable to achieve by himself.
The blue form was suggested to be something that he achieved on his own, though the validity of it being more powerful than the previous red was never acknowledged. While I still believe its possible the red is stronger, it is unusual that the blue form removes “God” from the name entirely. Hmm, very interesting…
Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’ is still lingering in theaters across the world, while the Dragon Ball Super series is continuing to debut Sunday mornings at 9:00am in Japan. However, you can pick up your copy of the Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’ collectors edition from the official FUNimation website here.
Recently FUNimation sent us a press kit and a thank you that included the Collector’s Edition, where I made a brief unboxing video. Take a look and see what comes inside the $44.99 USD CE!