Trunks’ alternate future shows one of the most heartbreaking scenes of Dragon Ball Z: Gohan’s death. At the time, Goku’s son is a father figure to Bulma and Vegeta’s young son, who is just taking his first steps in martial arts.
The story of how the Z Warriors live after the unfortunate victory of the Androids, is one of the best movies that Dragon Ball Z has. Gohan being a memorable teacher and Bulma returning to the basics of being a brutal scientific ability expose the basic principles that it has the work of Akira Toriyama.
The relationship between Gohan and Trunks is amazing. And the way he powers up himself into a memorable fighter is truly awesome, as he’s pretty much left alone on a planet that needs all the heroes together and alive more than ever.
Every battle against the powerful Androids 17 and 18 is a flirtation with death and sometimes he even has to run away in order to survive and have a new fighting chance.
At one point he even loses an arm, a situation that takes away his advantage over his rivals in future fights.
The story of this movie is not very common in dragonball. Many compare it to other anime series like Evangelion or video game adventures like Final Fantasy.
A much more heartbreaking Dragon Ball fan art
The precise moment of Gohan’s death has been portrayed in a brutal fan art made by @Fenyo_n. There are no crude images showing blood or anything like that. But the way in which each element of the battle is combined is what causes the heartbreaking moment.
Androids Number 17 and Number 18 are in the photograph showing a devastated site. At the top, crushed by rubble, the warrior appears and only his arm can be seen as a sign that he was defeated.