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In Dragon Ball Super episode 88, around 20:15 mark, Gohan said something to Piccolo about the idea to become more powerful.

In one subtitle, I've read Gohan asked Piccolo to do some attack or technique together. But in other translation, Gohan asked Piccolo to do a combined technique or a fusion together.

It's also raising speculation among fans too (YouTube video about Gohan's fusion with Piccolo)

Which one is true?

  • Was the translation official? That is, was it done by a licensed distributor and not a fansub? – Makoto Apr 30 '17 at 17:45
  • fansub, meaning it could be inaccurate, but it could be accurate too. Since I've seen another one which doesnt say exactly the same, I would bet it's inaccurate, but it comes from a very popular anime webpage. – Pablo Apr 30 '17 at 17:46
  • I would never place any faith in any translation that a fansub has. Nothing's official until the anime actually has an official translation. – Makoto Apr 30 '17 at 17:47
  • Anyway, any japanese can give a real answer to this. No need to wait for an official translation – Pablo Apr 30 '17 at 17:47
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    In another subtitled version says "why dont we create a double team maneuver or a combination together". My bet is the first subtitles extrapolated "combination" to "fusion" , when Gohan originally meant combination attack and not fusion, but not sure – Pablo Apr 30 '17 at 17:56
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Gohan said

あっ、だったら、合体技とか、コンビネーションとか、作りませんか?

which can be translated to

Oh, then why don't we create a double-team maneuvers or a combination?

(From unknown English fansub)

In general, 合体技 (gattai waza) means "combination technique by two or more people". Fusion is one of them, and is probably the source of confusion since in Japanese, ○○と合体する (○○ to gattai suru) means "to fuse with someone" (example: Gotenks). However, it doesn't mean specifically "fusion". Other examples are Purple Comet Crush and Purple Comet Hurricane by Burter and Jeice.

Combination attack, according to Wikia, means "techniques which combine the different basic-types to continuously attack an opponent to leave no room for counterattacks". Example is Kibito Kai's Crazy Combination.

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