Dragon Ball Super Reveals Cell's New Transformation

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Cell, one of the most iconic Dragon Ball villains, is back but not how we expect him to return (at least not yet, maybe). Now, the villain introduced during Dragon Ball Z's Cell Saga is back with a new form, and he looks more powerful than ever.

Dragon Ball Super Cell
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Credit: Toei Animation
Dragon Ball Super Cell

Cell's new form was revealed in a new art featured in the Dragon Ball Super card game, which promised fans that it would release a new set of Awakened heroes and villains ahead of the anime's big-screen comeback. Now, the set's first batch of cards has arrived, and one of them gives us our first look at Aawakened Cell.

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The villain's new form focuses on Perfect Cell, and as you can see above, it's labeled as a Super Combo. The art features Cell leaning forward as he reaches one arm forward to unleash an energy beam. And just like his usual form, his wings are tucked close to his shoulders.

It's been a long time since we've seen Cell in the shonen franchise created by Akira Toriyama, and there are no clear signs that he will return, but many fans are speculating that the popular villain might return in the upcoming film, Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero, which teased a mysterious top secret villain hidden in the headquarters of the Red Ribbon Army. The movie's focus on the conflict against the Red Ribbon Army and androids is enough to fuel speculations about Cell, and this card just raises more suspicions about the villain's potential retrun.

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You can read more details about the theory here, but note that Toei Animation hasn't confirmed if Cell will return to the movie or an upcoming season of the anime series. Some fans are hoping that Cell would return if Toei Animation renews the Dragon Ball Super anime series for a potential new season.

Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero's April 2022 Japanese theatrical release date was pushed back due to the Toei Animation hack, but the studio hasn't announced a new theatrical release date yet. The shonen movie is slated to release in North American theaters this summer, but there's still no word on whether or not the hack affected its release schedule.

You can read more details about Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero here.