Why the f*&^# is Gohan so weak now? He was one of the strongest characters ever since he was a kid.
I agree that Gohan(Mystic) has definitely become weaker after Buu saga. This is a consequence of Gohan neglecting his training and pursuing on becoming a professor.
But I’m hopeful, SSJ Gohan was still stronger than Picollo in Resurrection of Frieza saga. Frieza humiliated Gohan and, as usual, Goku had to save the day. So, why did Super make him so weak?
Compared to other Z-fighters, he had the greatest potential to be the strongest character; he had that uncanny natural strength right from his childhood(He had a power level of 1400+ when he was just a year old, while fighting Raditz. 1400 was more than Goku and Piccolo combined). But this time, perhaps the directors thought that the most powerful characters in Dragon Ball should only be the last pure-blooded saiyans, i.e, Goku and Vegeta. They also made the character of Vegeta such that no matter how hard he worked, he would always be one step behind Goku, and Vegeta himself seems to be cool about that. That’s kinda ridiculous if you ask me, because this series now misses all that arrogance and pride of Prince Vegeta we all love so much from previous Dragon Ball episodes. Same goes with Gohan. He has been deliberately made weak to make the two remaining saiyans look infinitely stronger. But still, going to school and not being able to become super saiyan at will is a bit too much. Due to such stupid plotting and character development, this show has been completely ruined.
I believe it was to develop him again. Remember, after Frieza was defeated, Gohan asked Picollo to help him train again, in order to gain the power to protect his family. Therefore, Gohan is currently training with Picollo in secret while Goku is busy with Black/Zamasu.
When Goku was recruiting for the tournament (Beerus vs Champa), Gohan wanted to participate at first to test his “newfound power”, but he rejected after he learned it collided with his important meeting in four days. But he did say “newfound power”, meaning it was probably something better than SSj2 and Mystic because those forms are not new, they just need to be relearned with proper power control.
There might be some doubts of this training when Future Trunks visited Gohan, but this is because this is Future Trunks saga. Alot of character are being completely ignored in this story, including Goten and Picollo.
Goten’s spotlight might be becoming Zeno’s friend, while Gohan and Picollo will get a chance to shine in the multiverse tournament. So don’t give up on Gohan yet, his chance will come. Because if it didn’t, there was no point in emphazing the fact that Gohan is training, they should’ve never mention it.
Whether Gohan will start fighting again, that I cannot say, but that’s the character development Toriyama has chosen for Gohan.