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Episode Guide

Dragon Ball: 21st Tenka’ichi Budōkai arc


Arc Information

Original Run: 28 May 1986 – 03 September 1986 (15 weeks)
Corresponding: Dragon Ball Episodes 014 – 028 (15 episodes)
Dragon Ball Chapters 024 – 054 (31 chapters; approx. 2.0 chapters per episode)
Filler Content: 90% Canon / 10% Filler
Rating Shares: Average: 22.0%
Maximum: 25.4% (Episode 020)
Minimum: 18.1% (Episode 025)

Arc Synopsis

In order to receive training from Kame-Sen’nin, Goku must bring back a pichi-pichi girl. Along with Kuririn, another aspiring pupil, Goku sets out on a girl search. The two of them bring back Lunch, whose personality suddenly changes each time she sneezes, and become pupils. Having endured harsh training, Goku and Kuririn succeed in entering the Tenka’ichi Budōkai, which determines the strongest martial arts masters in the world. Match #1 arrives. Kuririn easily knocks down his opponent Bacterian.

Strong opponents appeared before Goku. The mystery man Jackie Chun defeats Yamcha and Kuririn. His mystery deepens as he continues to win through astounding strength, and unleashes a Kamehameha during his match with Kuririn. It then turned out that Jackie Chun’s identity, which he had tried to conceal, was Goku and Kuririn’s master Kame-Sen’nin. Meanwhile, Goku easily advances, knocking down Giran in his first match and Namu in his second. And then the finals begin, with Goku vs Jackie Chun. The fierce battle reaches its conclusion, and Goku loses by a hair’s breadth.

Episode List (014 — 028)

Dragon Ball Episode 014Air Date: 28 May 1986
悟空のライバル?参上!!
Gokū no Raibaru? Sanjō!!
Goku’s Rival? Arrival!!
Scenario: Keiji Terui · Art: Iwamitsu Itō
Animation: Katsumi Aoshima · Director: Kazuhisa Takenōchi
Dragon Ball Episode 015Air Date: 04 June 1986
?な女の子ランチ
Fushigi na On’na no Ko Ranchi
The Peculiar Girl, Lunch
Scenario: Toshiki Inoue · Art: Yūji Ikeda & Tatsuo Yamamoto
Animation: Minoru Maeda · Director: Minoru Okazaki
Dragon Ball Episode 016Air Date: 11 June 1986
修業・石さがし
Shugyō · Ishi Sagashi
Training: The Stone Hunt
Scenario: Yasushi Hirano · Art: Iwamitsu Itō
Animation: Masayuki Uchiyama · Director: Daisuke Nishio
Dragon Ball Episode 017Air Date: 18 June 1986
命がけ!牛乳はいたつ
Inochigake! Gyūnyū Haitatsu
With Life at Stake! Milk Delivery
Scenario: Takao Koyama · Art: Yūji Ikeda
Animation: Mitsuo Shindō · Director: Yutaka Satō
Dragon Ball Episode 018Air Date: 25 June 1986
亀仙流きつーい修業
Kame-senryū Kitsūi Shugyō
Kame-sen’s Method of Inte~nse Training
Scenario: Keiji Terui · Art: Yūji Ikeda & Tatsuo Yamamoto
Animation/Storyboard: Yukio Ebisawa · Director: Yoshihiro Ueda
Dragon Ball Episode 019Air Date: 02 July 1986
天下一武道会はじまる!
Tenka’ichi Budōkai Hajimaru!
The Tenka’ichi Budōkai Begins!
Scenario: Toshiki Inoue · Art: Iwamitsu Itō
Animation: Tomekichi Takeuchi · Director: Kazuhisa Takenōchi
Dragon Ball Episode 020Air Date: 09 July 1986
でるか!?修行の威力
Deru ka!? Shugyō no Iryoku
Will it Appear?! The Power of Training
Scenario: Yasushi Hirano · Art: Yūji Ikeda
Animation: Masayuki Uchiyama · Director: Daisuke Nishio
Dragon Ball Episode 021Air Date: 16 July 1986
危うし!クリリン
Ayaushi! Kuririn
Watch Out, Kuririn!
Scenario: Keiji Terui · Art: Iwamitsu Itō
Animation: Katsumi Aoshima · Storyboard: Haruki Iwanami · Director: Yoshihiro Ueda
Dragon Ball Episode 022Air Date: 23 July 1986
ヤムチャVSジャッキーチュン
Yamucha Tai Jakkī Chun
Yamcha vs Jackie Chun
Scenario: Takao Koyama · Art: Yūji Ikeda
Animation: Minoru Maeda · Director: Minoru Okazaki
Dragon Ball Episode 023Air Date: 30 July 1986
出たーっ!強敵ギラン
Detā! Kyōteki Giran
He’s Here! The Mighty Foe Giran
Scenario: Toshiki Inoue · Art: Iwamitsu Itō
Animation: Masayuki Uchiyama · Director: Daisuke Nishio
Dragon Ball Episode 024Air Date: 06 August 1986
クリリン必死の大攻防戦
Kuririn Hisshi no Dai-Kōbōsen
Kuririn’s Desperate Offensive-Defensive Battle
Scenario: Yasushi Hirano · Art: Yūji Ikeda & Tatsuo Yamamoto
Animation: Mitsuo Shindō · Director: Kazuhisa Takenōchi
Dragon Ball Episode 025Air Date: 13 August 1986
たて悟空!恐るべき天空X字拳
Tate Gokū! Osoru Beki Tenkū Pekeji-Ken
Get Up, Goku! The Fearsome Tenkū Pekeji-Ken
Scenario: Keiji Terui · Art: Iwamitsu Itō
Animation: Yukio Ebisawa · Storyboard: Haruki Iwanami · Director: Yoshihiro Ueda
Dragon Ball Episode 026Air Date: 20 August 1986
決勝戦だ!!カメハメ波
Kesshōsen da!! Kamehameha
The Final Round!! Kamehameha
Scenario: Keiji Terui · Art: Yūji Ikeda & Tatsuo Yamamoto
Animation: Tomekichi Takeuchi · Director: Yoshihiro Ueda
Dragon Ball Episode 027Air Date: 27 August 1986
悟空・最大のピンチ
Gokū · Saidai no Pinch
Goku’s Greatest Pinch
Scenario: Yasushi Hirano · Art: Iwamitsu Itō
Animation: Masayuki Uchiyama · Director: Kazuhisa Takenōchi
Dragon Ball Episode 028Air Date: 03 September 1986
激突!!パワー対パワー
Gekitotsu!! Pawā Tai Pawā
Clash!! Power vs Power
Scenario: Michiru Shimada · Art: Tatsuo Yamamoto
Animation: Katsumi Aoshima · Director: Daisuke Nishio