The Cell Games Saga, also known as Season 6, is the sixth season of the Dragon Ball Z anime. It spans from episodes 166 through 194 in the original Japanese anime and FUNimation dub, and episodes 151 through 179 in the original dub. It adapts chapters 388 to 420 from the Dragon Ball manga. It is preceded by the Cell Saga and succeeded by the World Tournament Saga.
While Trunks tells the others of Cell's plans to hold a tournament, the diabolical android begins his preparations for the competition by constructing a fighting arena. Do the Z Fighters have a chance, or is this a one-sided contest that only Cell can win?
Cell breaks into showbiz, literally! The sinister android hijacks a television station in order to announce his "Cell Games" to the world! But are there any challengers left with the strength and courage to get into the ring?
All across the globe, the good citizens of Earth are in a panic as they flee their towns to escape Cell's looming vengeance. But hope is not lost! High above in the Lookout, Goku and Gohan emerge from the Hyperbolic Time Chamber. And after a quick trip to size up the competition, Goku feels that he's ready to take on Cell!
With nine days until Cell's tournament begins, Vegeta, Piccolo, and Trunks plan to return to the Hyperbolic Time Chamber. But Goku decides that he and Gohan have had enough training! What does Goku know that the others don't?
While out shopping for his Mother, Gohan stumbles upon a village that has retreated to a nearby shelter. But when a little girl named Lime shows Gohan that the owner of the shelter is merely capitalizing on the villagers' fear of Cell, Gohan comes up with a Super Saiyan solution to the problem!
As the countdown to the Cell Games continues, Goku enjoys his remaining time with family and friends! Going fishing with Goku and Krillin? Strolling down memory lane with Chi-chi ? And then it's time for a very special boy to blow out the candles!
With the day of the tournament drawing near, Goku seems oddly relaxed. That is, until the Royal Military foolishly tries to stop Cell with ordinary weapons! The attack quickly becomes a suicide mission, and now Goku is determined to bring them back to life! But that would require...new Dragon Balls?!
After a little help from King Kai, Goku travels to New Namek to recruit a guardian for the Earth! Most of the Nameks quickly refuse the offer, but there's one little guy who can?t wait to go! Dende is back, and he's going to create a new Dragon!
Goku comes face to face with an old adversary, General Tao! Goku's search for the Dragon Balls has led him to the aging general, but unless the Super Saiyan can solve the crafty villain's puzzle, that search just might come to an end!
The wait is over; the Cell Games must now begin! The Z Fighters arrive ringside, only to discover another challenger already on the scene. It's none other than World Martial Arts Champion, Hercule!
Hercule steps into the ring to take Cell down, but not so fast, Champ! Caroni and Pirozhki, Hercule's top students, make a spectacular entrance, ready for a piece of the action! Don't miss the fun, because this is one ship of fools that's sinking fast!
The main event begins! Now free of distraction, Goku steps into the ring to face Cell. The earth shakes and the heavens tremble as these two mighty super-powers collide! And that's just the warm up!
Cell attacks Goku with a dazzling array of moves: the Destructo Disk, the Special Beam Cannon, even the Kamehameha Wave! So far, Goku has been able to match Cell blow for blow, but how will the Super Saiyan fare against such a lethal arsenal?
As the battle intensifies, Cell quickly becomes tired of the rules he has imposed on the tournament. With a flick of his finger, he destroys the fighting ring. Now there's only one way to win the Cell Games...it's a fight to the finish!
Victory! Goku blasts Cell with a Kamehameha Wave that reduces the android to a pile of cinders. But Goku's triumph is short-lived. Cell proves his resiliency by fully regenerating himself! The fight continues!?or does it?
After surrendering to the evil Cell, Goku names the next challenger to enter the Cell Games ? it?s Gohan! Goku has supreme faith in his son's abilities, but the young Super Saiyan will need a lot more than his father's confidence if he?s going to win this fight!
The fight between Gohan and Cell picks up steam, and it looks like Cell has a distinct advantage over the young Super Saiyan. But wait!, Cell's attacks seem to have no effect on Gohan! Could it be that the young hero really has the power to defeat the evil android once and for all?
After hearing of Gohan?s amazing power, Cell is determined to unleash the Saiyan boy's full potential. But even at the threat of his own life Gohan refuses to fight, prompting Cell to torture Gohan's friends instead! Then Cell does an unbelievable thing; he spawns seven miniature Cells to attack the Z Fighters in a terrifying all-out melee!
Gohan simmers with rage as the impish Cell Juniors wreak havoc on the other Z Fighters. Still, the young Super Saiyan refuses to bend to Cell's will and fight. Be careful Cell, Gohan is a powder-keg waiting to explode, and Android 16 just may have the spark that lights the fuse!
Gohan attacks! Spurred on by Android 16's dying words, Gohan's hidden power is unleashed! With his amazing new strength and speed, Gohan easily destroys the wicked Cell Juniors. Now the young Super Saiyan has his sights set on a bigger target, Cell himself!
Cell's deepest desire becomes his worst nightmare, as Gohan turns his full power on the evil android. Even in his Ultimate Form, Cell is helpless against the Super Saiyan's blazing attacks. Cell powers up to his maximum level, but will it be enough to save him from Gohan's mighty wrath?
Gohan's Super Saiyan powers seem to have no limit, as the young hero delivers Cell a punch so severe it causes the monster to cough up Android 18! As the once unstoppable Cell powers down, Gohan prepares to deal him the final blow.
Clearly outmatched by the powered-up Gohan, Cell initiates his last line of defense: a self-destruct program that will blow up the entire planet! With only seconds to act, Goku uses his Instant Transmission technique to transport Cell away from the Earth. The planet is saved, but at what cost?
The nightmare continues! Cell explodes, but he is not completely destroyed! A particle of Cell's nucleus survives the blast, which is all the sinister android needs to regenerate himself! Cell is restored to his Ultimate Form, and returns to the Earth more powerful than ever!
Is Cell invincible? After easily dispensing of both Trunks and Vegeta, he certainly seems to be! At last realizing his full potential, Cell announces a new plan. He will first destroy the Earth, then the Universe! Can this ultimate living weapon be stopped?
The final showdown begins! Cell has returned more powerful than ever, and it's all up to Gohan to put him down! While Goku coaches him telepathically from the Other World, the Z Fighters jump in for a five-sided attack! Gohan may have the potential inside him, but can Goku show him how to bring it out?
Cell is at long last defeated, but the Z Fighters still have much to resolve! Can they make it to the Lookout in time to heal the battle-scarred Gohan? Is Android 18 still a threat? And with the new Eternal Dragon summoned for the first time, can our heroes find a way to bring Goku back?
After Goku's decision to stay in the after-world, Krillin uses the final wish to help out Android 18! But who is going to help Krillin reveal his true feelings for the beautiful Android? And who is going to break the news of Goku's passing to Chi-chi?! It is a time of departures, and a time of new beginnings, as peace has once again returned to the land.
Even though peace and order have been re-established on Earth in the present, Trunks' future world is still a place of darkness and despair! Androids 17 and 18 are on a rampage, wreaking havoc on the defenseless citizens. But when Trunks arrives, the future is forever changed!