In a recent interview, Dragon Ball creator Akira Toriyama revealed that for Saiyans to become powerful Super Saiyans, they need to have enough S-Cells. Dragon Ball fans are already comparing this revelation to midi-chlorians.
When asked if anyone who trains enough can become a Super Saiyan, Toriyama replied (via @Herms98), “It’s not like anyone can become a Super Saiyan through training and anger. In order to become a Super Saiyan, one’s body must contain something called ‘S-Cells.’”
Toriyama explained that once these S-Cells reach a certain amount, anger can trigger a massive increase in S-Cells, causing a physical change. That, he says, is Super Saiyan.
“Most Saiyans have some S-Cells, although not a great quantity,” Toriyama continued (via @Herms98). Thus, one of the reasons why Goku and Vegeta’s kids became Super Saiyans is that they inherited these cells. They have the genetic make up to become Super Saiyan.
This means that no matter how hard you train or how angry you get, if you don’t have enough S-Cells, you cannot become a Super Saiyan.
You can read the full exchange below:
Alright, here's a full translation of the S-Cells and Super Saiyan God questions from the new Toriyama Q&A. pic.twitter.com/l9FoizTb8C
— Todd Blankenship (@Herms98) 30 November 2017
How do fans feel about this?
So, S-Cells are the reason behind the Super Saiyan transformation. Every Saiyan has one. Now we all know why Trunks, Goten and U6 Saiyans became super Saiyan. And they had it in numbers because of their respective fathers. Finally, the debate is over! pic.twitter.com/sdJmpgZeWo
— Ankit Nixon (@LogicSeasoning) 30 November 2017
People are comparing S-Cells to midiclorians, and I get it, but... the force was spiritual and magic, but SSJ always felt like just something biological. Thus, science. So S-cells feel natural.
— Luis (@SmugStick) 1 December 2017
Cell wasn't a Super Saiyan, he didn't have enough S-Cells ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)
— Aaron Woodland (@Ju_Bai_Da) 1 December 2017
Okay so S-cells explain how Goten and Kid Trunks got Super Saiyan early I like that but please don't use S-cells to justify the horrible writing of Fake Broly and horrible Written female Saiyan you just can't lol
— Neo (@AxeIandZane2010) 30 November 2017
...okay, but, wait, this still doesn't really add up
how do you get MORE S-Cells from a saiyan having a kid with a human, if, it's SOLELY a genetic trait found within saiyans
— ;;exaaaaaams (@HntroftheHntrs) 1 December 2017
This whole thing of "ki" vs "S-Cells" is sorta like real life. "Ki," in the sense of a mystical power, is an old explanation for martial feats.
Now, those same breathing and movement methods are attributed to physics and psychology.
In DB, though, they're both used.
— Nobel Kendamu (@KendamuZ) 1 December 2017
To the people comparing S-cells to midichlorians... stop. Midichlorians went completely against everything Yoda taught Luke about the force in Empire. S-cells just add onto what we already know.
— Gokou Blacc (@JJtheGamerGuy) 1 December 2017
I REALLY LIKE the S-Cells point!
It really elaborates on the scientific side of it that was sorta touched on with the evolution line in the U6 tournament. Plus, the show has always had scientific influence.
Plus, if you don't like the name, it still makes sense just in the idea.
— KJ (@rakurai_network) 30 November 2017
-=At the Dragon Room=-
"People didn't like the tingly back explanation, what should we do?"
*out of the darkness, Toriyama turns his chair around and leans forward into the light, hands folded over mouth*
— ?ＫＥＮ Kringle (@DetectiveX) 30 November 2017