How Strong is Super Saiyan 2 Gohan? From the moment that Goku woke up from his recovery from, the heart virus, he knew Super Saiyan 2 existed.
After he met up with Vegeta, Vegeta confirms the same thing with the Super Saiyan Beyond Super Saiyan.
So, on the way to achieve that form, they both hit a few roadblocks. Mainly with grade 2 grade 3 and of course, the grade for which would be the key to unlocking the true power.
That’s beyond Super Saiyan Super Saiyan Grade 5 otherwise known as Super Saiyan 2. However, what’s ironic is neither of those two characters would be the first to show us this power.
It was Goku’s son Gohan during his fight with Perfect Cell who Unleashed a frightening power. Then Gohan would end up being the true savior of the earth against Cell.
Dragon Ball Z Episode 184 Super Saiyan 2 Gohan
Gohan was the first one to achieve Super Saiyan 2 in Dragon Ball Z. This was during the Cell Games in Dragon Ball Manga chapter 409 and Dragon Ball Z episode 184.
Now the idea of Gohan having a dormant power is something that Toriyama had been teasing for a long while.
Since the very beginning of these portions of Dragon Ball Z’s introduction, there was this mysterious blonde character.
So with all the different villains, Gohan fought like Raditz, Vegeta, The Gynu Force, Frieza as well as tons of movie villains.
Gohan’s Potential In Dragon Ball
Gohan always had the potential to surpass his own father and that’s exactly what Goku realized while training with Gohan in the room of spirit and time.
it’s almost like Goku somewhat subconsciously knew that Gohan would end up being the protector of the planet.
After Goku would eventually retire and obviously Goku didn’t know he was going to die when he trained with Gohan.
However, nonetheless, Goku couldn’t achieve it at that point so it would be Gohan’s time to shine and that would happen when Cell
So Gohan would achieve Super Saiyan 2 when Cell was just being a prick. He created Cell Juniors and was beating up on Gohan’s friends and family.
Then Cell would step on Android 16 head which was enough to really push Gohan to achieve Super Saiyan 2 and finally break his limitations.
That scene is one of the greatest things in the history of anime in my opinion.
So Gohan transforms into Super Saiyan 2 and ends up literally making mincemeat out of the Cell and Cell Jr.
Perfect Cell Vs Gohan Dragon Ball Z
So after Cell was throwing down on Trunks, Vegeta, Goku, and Piccolo guys who are very strong. Gohan just erases them like it’s nothing.
That was the first time we saw Gohan tapping into Super Saiyan 2, that is what Goku had talked about or discuss previously.
So this transformation Super Saiyan 2 some of you might know this stuff, some of you might not.
Super Saiyan 2 was never referred to as Super Saiyan 2 until Goku confronted Majin Buu in the Buu saga.
That’s when Goku told Buu about the different transformations. If you check all of the Japanese guide books and the Trunk special pamphlet.
The term was never referred to it as Super Saiyan grade 5 or the Super Saiyan Beyond Super Saiyan.
The History Of Super Saiyan 2
Super Saiyan 2 was not even thought of until the Buu saga. This was the Pinnacle of Super Saiyan power and what makes it transform Superior in every single way.
It has no problem, it has no handicap like with Trunks transformation he was very strong but too slow. With Vegeta, he didn’t quite hit the levels of power needed to compete with Perfect Cell.
However, with Gohan, not only can he compete with Perfect Cell but he’s straight-up surpassed him by who knows how much?
In the fight between Perfect Cell vs Gohan, Gohan didn’t even bat an eye and Cell couldn’t even do any damage to Gohan until it came back Super Perfect Cell.
I will probably be doing a more in-depth discussion on this topic in the future because there’s a lot of misconceptions here.
I think a lot of folks really underestimate how strong Gohan actually is during this time. But Gohan was inspired to protect the Earth after hearing Android 16 speech before he died.
I would say that this was a defining moment of Gohan’s character. I mean most fans point to this being their favorite scene to watch.
Gohan Super Saiyan 2 Aesthetics
Now., when it comes to the Aesthetics of this transformation it’s definitely something different but similar.
what I mean by that is with grades 2 and 3 you look kind of the muscular increase in the body and with grade 4 you kind of have a whitish tone.
However, with this form, his hair is thinner Gohan had a very notable bang in front of him. The notable big defining feature is the lightning surrounding the character using Super Saiyan 2.
Now, what’s interesting about the lightning is that you have to understand that because it was used for this characteristically.
That means that in other cases there were some misconceptions from animators who work on Dragon Ball as to whether or not to incorporate lighting.
We’ve seen lightning so many other versions of power-ups so as a result of that there are times where you see a character.
for example Gohan in Dragon Ball Z movie 10 you can’t really tell if he is Super Saiyan one or two. This is because sometimes the animators would forget to do the lightning.
I mean that’s just something that would have happened when you’re producing a weekly anime show.