Despite many theories, the creator of Dragon Ball had already explained it!
In a franchise as large as Dragon Ball, it’s common for fans to have a lot of questions, whether it’s about the world, characters, or events that just aren’t discussed as directly as they would like. While Akira Toriyama didn’t answer everything fans want to know, he actually answered a lot of frequently asked questions in the past as the show’s author used to do sessions of questions and answers. This is the case, for example, with the aging process of saiyans, which he has already spoken about a few times.
While many fans still speculate on how this process actually occurs, and whether sayajins get older, the author’s answer can be found in a guide released in 2009, the Dragon Ball Super Exciting Guide. The series creator held a question and answer session prior to the guide’s release, where those answers were then posted.
How are Saiyans aging?
When asked if the Saiyans stay young forever, Toriyama replied (via ComicBook):
“Saiyans are a race of warriors, so their aging slows down once they reach an age suitable for fighting, and they retain great strength for a long time. However, their average lifespan is not much different from that of Earthlings, and when they reach a certain age, they quickly become weak.
The apparent youth of the Saiyans would therefore not be eternal: they simply stay longer in the phases of life that allow them to be more able to fight. Yet although Toriyama’s response indicates that as they reach a certain age the Saiyans become weaker, figures like Broly’s father, Paragus, show that this does not necessarily make them weak, as he has shown himself to be quite weak. made able to fight, although he looks older.
Despite this, there are not many older Saiyans in Toriyama’s work besides Paragus, which seems to suggest that the warrior race tends to die before reaching an older age.
So, did Toriyama’s explanation answer your doubts on the subject? Be sure to comment!