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Episode Guide

Dragon Ball: 22nd Tenka’ichi Budōkai arc


Arc Information

Original Run: 21 October 1987 – 17 February 1988 (18 weeks)
Corresponding: Dragon Ball Episodes 084 – 101 (18 episodes)
Dragon Ball Chapters 113 – 134 (22 chapters; approx. 1.2 chapters per episode)
Filler Content: 85% Canon / 15% Filler
Rating Shares: Average: 19.4%
Maximum: 23.1% (Episode 087)
Minimum: 16.3% (Episode 100)

Arc Synopsis

Three years later at the 22nd Tenka’ichi Budōkai, some unforeseen strong opponents appear. They are Tsuru-Sen’nin’s pupils, Tenshinhan and Chiaotzu. In Match #1 Tenshinhan has an easy victory against Yamcha, breaking his leg in the process. Kuririn vs Chiaotzu followed, with Chiaotzu unleashing a Dodonpa of all things. Realizing he can’t beat Kuririn with force alone, Chiaotzu uses his psychic powers to prevent Kuririn from moving, and attacks him! However, Kuririn learns Chiaotzu’s secret weakness… he’s bad at math!

Having defeated Chiaotzu with his math skills, Kuririn’s next opponent was Goku of all people. This was an unexpected showdown between fellow pupils, but Goku got an overwhelming victory through his dramatic difference in power. He ended up going to the finals to face Tenshinhan, who had beaten Jackie Chun. An even battle of offense and defense unfolded between Goku and Tenshinhan, with neither giving an inch. Then Tenshinhan announced that in order to put an end to the battle, he would fire the Kikōhō, which would shorten his own lifespan.

The ring is annihilated by Tenshinhan’s Kikōhō, so the match became an aerial battle. Goku put up a valiant fight in the sky, but Tenshinhan became the champion as he landed out of bounds just after Goku. However, after the tournament ends, Kuririn is killed by somebody!!

Episode List (084 — 101)

Dragon Ball Episode 084Air Date: 21 October 1987
めざせ武道天下一!!
Mezase Budō Tenka’ichi!!
Aim to Be the World’s Greatest Martial Artist!!
Script: Keiji Terui · Art: Shigenori Takada
Animation: Masayuki Uchiyama · Director: Minoru Okazaki
Dragon Ball Episode 085Air Date: 28 October 1987
勝ちのこるぞっ!!予選サバイバル
Kachinokoru zo!! Yosen Sabaibaru
Obsessed with Winning!! Preliminary Survival
Script: Toshiki Inoue · Art: Tatsuo Yamamoto · Animation: Masayuki Uchiyama
Storyboard: Satoru Kusuda · Director: Daisuke Nishio
Dragon Ball Episode 086Air Date: 04 November 1987
決定!!8人の勇者たち
Kettei!! Hachinin no Yūsha-tachi
It’s Decided!! The Eight Brave Men
Script: Keiji Terui · Art: Shigenori Takada
Animation: Yukio Ebisawa · Director: Kazuhisa Takenōchi
Dragon Ball Episode 087Air Date: 11 November 1987
対決!!ヤムチャVS天津飯
Taiketsu!! Yamucha Tai Tenshinhan
Showdown!! Yamcha vs Tenshinhan
Script: Shun’ichi Yukimuro · Art: Tatsuo Yamamoto
Animation: Masayuki Uchiyama · Director: Yoshihiro Ueda
Dragon Ball Episode 088Air Date: 18 November 1987
ゆけヤムチャ!恐るべし天津飯
Yuke Yamucha! Osoru Beshi Tenshinhan
Go, Yamcha! The Dreadful Tenshinhan
Script: Toshiki Inoue · Art: Shigenori Takada
Animation: Mitsuo Shindō · Director: Daisuke Nishio
Dragon Ball Episode 089Air Date: 25 November 1987
恐怖!!満月の恨み
Kyōfu!! Mangetsu no Urami
Be Afraid!! A Full Moon Grudge
Script: Michiru Shimada · Art: Shigenori Takada
Animation: Minoru Maeda · Director: Minoru Okazaki
Dragon Ball Episode 090Air Date: 02 December 1987
なななっ!!なんと どどん波
Nanana!! Nanto Dodonpa
Nanana!! What, a Dodonpa?
Script: Shun’ichi Yukimuro · Art: Tatsuo Yamamoto
Animation: Tomekichi Takeuchi · Director: Yoshihiro Ueda
Dragon Ball Episode 091Air Date: 09 December 1987
逆転!!クリリンの8でんネ大作戦
Gyakuten!! Kuririn no Pāden ne Dai-Sakusen
A Sudden Turn-Around!! Kuririn’s Great Strategy
Script: Toshiki Inoue · Art: Tatsuo Yamamoto
Animation: Masayuki Uchiyama · Director: Daisuke Nishio
Dragon Ball Episode 092Air Date: 16 December 1987
おまたせーっ!孫悟空参上!!
Omatase! Son Gokū Sanjō!!
Wai~t! Here’s Son Goku!!
Script: Keiji Terui · Art: Shigenori Takada
Animation: Yukio Ebisawa · Director: Kazuhisa Takenōchi
Dragon Ball Episode 093Air Date: 23 December 1987
実力伯仲!!天津飯VSジャッキー
Jitsuryoku Hakuchū!! Tenshinhan Tai Jakkī
Evenly Matched!! Tenshinhan vs Jackie
Script: Takao Koyama & Naruhisa Arakawa · Art: Tatsuo Yamamoto
Animation: Masayuki Uchiyama · Director: Daisuke Nishio
Dragon Ball Episode 094Air Date: 30 December 1987
ゲゲゲッ!!新鶴仙流・太陽拳
Gegege!! Shin Tsuru-senryū · Taiyō-Ken
Ge-ge-ge!! The New Tsuru-sen Technique: Taiyō-Ken
Script: Keiji Terui · Art: Shigenori Takada
Animation: Tomekichi Takeuchi · Director: Yoshihiro Ueda
Dragon Ball Episode 095Air Date: 06 January 1988
ファイト!!悟空VSクリリン
Faito!! Gokū Tai Kuririn
Fight!! Goku vs Kuririn
Script: Michiru Shimada · Art: Tatsuo Yamamoto
Animation: Mitsuo Shindō · Director: Kazuhisa Takenōchi
Dragon Ball Episode 096Air Date: 13 January 1988
まさか悟空!?クリリンの大作戦
Masa ka Gokū!? Kuririn no Dai-Sakusen
Can it be, Goku?! Kuririn’s Great Strategy
Script: Shun’ichi Yukimuro · Art: Shigenori Takada
Animation: Masayuki Uchiyama · Director: Daisuke Nishio
Dragon Ball Episode 097Air Date: 20 January 1988
決勝!!はたして武道天下一は!?
Kesshō!! Hatashite Budō Tenka’ichi wa!?
The Finals!! Who is the World’s Greatest Martial Artist?!
Script: Keiji Terui · Art: Tatsuo Yamamoto
Animation: Minoru Maeda · Director: Minoru Okazaki
Dragon Ball Episode 098Air Date: 27 January 1988
秘技・排球拳VS戦闘パワー
Higi · Haikyū-Ken Tai Sentō Pawā
A Secret Ability – The Haikyū-Ken vs Fighting Power
Script: Yoshifumi Yūki · Art: Shigenori Takada
Animation: Tai’ichirō Ohara · Director: Yoshihiro Ueda
Dragon Ball Episode 099Air Date: 03 February 1988
天津飯の苦悩!!
Tenshinhan no Kunō!!
Tenshinhan’s Anguish!!
Script: Toshiki Inoue · Art: Tatsuo Yamamoto · Animation: Yukio Ebisawa
Storyboard: Satoru Kusuda · Director: Kazuhisa Takenōchi
Dragon Ball Episode 100Air Date: 10 February 1988
生か死か!?最後の手段
Sei ka Shi ka!? Saigo no Shudan
Life or Death?! A Last Resort
Script: Keiji Terui · Art: Shigenori Takada
Animation/Storyboard: Katsumi Aoshima · Director: Mitsuo Hashimoto
Dragon Ball Episode 101Air Date: 17 February 1988
武道大会終了!そして…!!
Budō Taikai Shūryō! Soshite…!!
The Martial Arts Tournament Concludes! And Then…!!
Script: Michiru Shimada · Art: Tatsuo Yamamoto
Animation: Masayuki Uchiyama · Director: Daisuke Nishio