Believe it or not, it has its own justification.
Despite all the years that have passed, Goku has hardly aged since Dragon Ball Z began. Why does the character never seem to age? We know that as in all anime, aging is something unremarkable, unless it has argumentative reasons, as is the case with One Piece and its time jumps. Similarly, the joviality of this saiyan also has a justification.
It’s been 20 years since Goku fought Raditz. at the beginning of the Dragon Ball Z saiyan saga, but the character’s design has remained largely unchanged. It’s like the Saiyan just doesn’t age. In fact, the series as a whole is approaching its fourth decade and it seems that this aspect is not going to change.
Goku’s unchanging appearance in the franchise can be explained primarily by the rate at which members of the Saiyan race age, according to official information from the franchise. The Saiyans have a very different aging process that humans go through.
Vegeta himself stated in Dragon Ball Super that Saiyans remain in their prime until they turn 80. Because of that rule about Saiyan biology, the anime can easily maintain Goku’s youthful look for years to come without worrying about these kinds of minor (but fandom-exciting) details. Obviously, the same applies to Vegeta as well.
Interestingly, Vegeta will likely reach that point long before Goku does. In addition to having a slower aging rate than humans, Goku is likely to stay fit for a few more years thanks to the circumstances of his second death in Dragon Ball Z. When Cell killed Goku, he refused to be brought back. to life to continue his training. The power of the Dragon Balls could not against his stubbornness to continue training.
As a result, he remained dead for seven years. He was not resurrected until the end of the Buu Saga. Since Goku was technically not alive during this period, he did not age during his time in the Otherworld. In other words, Goku’s physical body is seven years younger than his actual age and that of his peers.
Goku does not follow the same passage of time in Dragon Ball
Over the course of 40 years, Goku’s age only went through two major changes, occurring towards the end of the original Dragon Ball show and the beginning of Dragon Ball Z. After being depicted as a young child for most of his youth and adolescence, Goku was finally given a look that reflected his age in the Piccolo Saga. He matured again when he returned in Dragon Ball Z as a 23-year-old married father. Since then, the show has produced multiple time jumps, but none of them has shown the age of our protagonist.
When Dragon Ball Super ended, Goku was approximately 43 years old. He will be around 46 or 47 when Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero arrives. But despite all this, he doesn’t look all that different from his design in the early days of Dragon Ball Z. However, as the latest images from the upcoming film showed, we may be getting new designs in the years to come.
Even if he wasn’t a Saiyan, Goku would have the appearance of a man in his 30s, so it’s understandable that Goku’s age Goku does not have such radical changes for now. And given the aging age of his race, his appearance is unlikely to change for years to come. However, the situation with the other Z Fighters is quite different.
As more time passes, it is worth asking if the difference between the aging of Goku and that of the show’s human characters will begin to denote each other. While there are a few exceptions, most of Goku’s older allies, such as Yamcha, Tien, and Krillin, have not visibly aged to any significant degree. Dragon Ball has a way of keeping its two main characters from aging, but it remains to be seen how long it can keep the others looking young and fresh.
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