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23rd Tenka’ichi Budōkai arc


Arc Information

Original Run: 09 November 1988 – 08 March 1989 (18 weeks; spent 2 weeks on break)
Corresponding: Dragon Ball Episodes 133 – 148 (16 episodes)
Dragon Ball Chapters 166 – 194 (29 chapters; approx. 1.8 chapters per episode)
Filler Content: 90% Canon / 10% Filler
Rating Shares: Average: 18.2%
Maximum: 19.8% (Episode 136 & Episode 147)
Minimum: 15.4% (Episode 140)

Arc Synopsis

Three years later, he once again reunites with his friends at the Tenka’ichi Budōkai. Calling himself Ma Junior, Piccolo Daimaō’s offspring appears. Goku’s first opponent was Anonymous, whose real identity was Chi-Chi, the daughter of Gyūmaō. Keeping the promise that he had made to her long ago, Goku marries Chi-Chi after the match. Yamcha fights the mystery man Shen, and unbelievably loses to the clumsy man. Goku realizes that Shen’s true identity is actually God. Safely passed through the first round, Goku and Tenshinhan clash in the semi-finals. Having trained under God, Goku had powered up far beyond Tenshinhan’s imagination. Goku easily defeats Tenshinhan and advances to the finals. And then the battle of Ma Junior versus God begins!

God tries to seal Piccolo with the Mafūba, but instead he himself was imprisoned by Piccolo’s Reverse-Mafūba. And so, the fateful final round begins. After rescuing God from Piccolo’s giant body, Goku commenced a relentless attack. Piccolo took great damage from his Super Kamehameha. Just as the countdown was ending, Piccolo’s attack pierced Goku’s right shoulder. To finish the match, Piccolo fires a ki blast at the immobile Goku!

Having dodged the attack by a hair’s breadth, Goku rams Piccolo with all his weight from high in the sky to win the tournament. Goku heals with a senzu, and gives Piccolo a senzu as well, vowing to fight him again. And thus, turning down God’s offer to succeed him, he flies off with Chi-Chi!

Episode List (133 — 148)

Dragon Ball Episode 133Air Date: 09 November 1988
嵐の前の再会
Arashi no Mae no Saikai
The Reunion Before the Storm
Scenario: Takao Koyama · Art: Shigenori Takada
Animation: Katsumi Aoshima · Director: Yoshihiro Ueda
Dragon Ball Episode 134Air Date: 16 November 1988
波乱の天下一武道会
Haran no Tenka’ichi Budōkai
Troubles at the Tenka’ichi Budōkai
Scenario: Takao Koyama · Art: Tatsuo Yamamoto
Animation: Masayuki Uchiyama · Director: Kazuhisa Takenōchi
Dragon Ball Episode 135Air Date: 23 November 1988
選ばれた8人
Erabareta Hachinin
The Eight Chosen People
Scenario: Keiji Terui · Art: Shigenori Takada & Tatsuo Yamamoto
Animation: Mitsuo Shindō · Director: Mitsuo Hashimoto
Dragon Ball Episode 136Air Date: 30 November 1988
殺し屋桃白白の逆襲
Koroshiya Tao Pai-pai no Gyakushū
The Hitman Tao Pai-pai’s Counterattack
Scenario: Keiji Terui · Art: Tatsuo Yamamoto
Animation: Tomekichi Takeuchi · Director: Kazuhisa Takenōchi
Dragon Ball Episode 137Air Date: 07 December 1988
孫悟空の結婚
Son Gokū no Kekkon
Son Goku’s Marriage
Scenario: Michiru Shimada · Art: Shigenori Takada
Animation: Masayuki Uchiyama · Director: Yoshihiro Ueda
Dragon Ball Episode 138Air Date: 14 December 1988
謎の男・シェン
Nazo no Otoko · Shen
The Puzzling Man, Shen
Scenario: Toshiki Inoue · Art: Tatsuo Yamamoto
Animation: Yukio Ebisawa · Director: Daisuke Nishio
Dragon Ball Episode 139Air Date: 21 December 1988
激闘ふたたび!悟空VS天津飯
Gekitō Futatabi! Gokū Tai Tenshinhan
Another Fierce Fight! Goku vs Tenshinhan
Scenario: Hajime Satsuki · Art: Shigenori Takada
Animation: Minoru Maeda · Director: Minoru Okazaki
Dragon Ball — No Episode AiredDate: 28 December 1988
年末特番でお休みだべ!
Nen-matsu toku-ban de oyasumi dabe!
Took a break for a year-end special airing!
Chi-Chi (source: “Dragon Ball: Tenka’ichi Densetsu”)
Dragon Ball — No Episode AiredDate: 04 January 1989
新年特番で放送はナシだ・・・
Shin-nen toku-ban de hōsō wa nashi da…
Broadcast removed for a new-year special airing…
Ma Junior (source: “Dragon Ball: Tenka’ichi Densetsu”)
Dragon Ball Episode 140Air Date: 11 January 1989
ほんとうの力
Hontō no Chikara
True Strength
Scenario: Keiji Terui · Art: Tatsuo Yamamoto
Animation: Masayuki Uchiyama · Director: Osamu Kasai
Dragon Ball Episode 141Air Date: 18 January 1989
四人の天津飯
Yonin no Tenshinhan
Four Tenshinhans
Scenario: Toshiki Inoue · Art: Shigenori Takada
Animation: Katsumi Aoshima · Director: Osamu Kasai
Dragon Ball Episode 142Air Date: 25 January 1989
どっちが強い!?神VSピッコロ大魔王
Dotchi ga Tsuyoi!? Kami Tai Pikkoro Daimaō
Which is Stronger?! God vs Piccolo Daimaō
Scenario: Hajime Satsuki · Art: Tatsuo Yamamoto
Animation: Mitsuo Shindō · Director: Kazuhisa Takenōchi
Dragon Ball Episode 143Air Date: 01 February 1989
この世の運命を賭けて!
Kono Yo no Unmei o Kakete!
The Fate of the World at Stake!
Scenario: Takao Koyama · Art: Shigenori Takada
Animation: Tomekichi Takeuchi · Director: Mitsuo Hashimoto
Dragon Ball Episode 144Air Date: 08 February 1989
でた!究極の超カメハメ波
Deta! Kyūkyoku no Chō-Kamehameha
Unleashed! The Ultimate Super Kamehameha
Scenario: Toshiki Inoue · Art: Tatsuo Yamamoto
Animation: Masayuki Uchiyama · Director: Daisuke Nishio
Dragon Ball Episode 145Air Date: 15 February 1989
ピッコロ大魔王超巨身術
Pikkoro Daimaō Chō-Kyoshinjutsu
Piccolo Daimaō’s Super Giant-Form Technique
Scenario: Keiji Terui · Art: Shigenori Takada
Animation: Yukio Ebisawa · Director: Yoshihiro Ueda
Dragon Ball Episode 146Air Date: 22 February 1989
孫悟空のワナ
Son Gokū no Wana
Son Goku’s Trap
Scenario: Keiji Terui · Art: Tatsuo Yamamoto
Animation: Minoru Maeda · Director: Minoru Okazaki
Dragon Ball Episode 147Air Date: 01 March 1989
万事休す!!
Banji Kyūsu!!
Nothing More Can Be Done!!
Scenario: Toshiki Inoue · Art: Shigenori Takada
Animation: Masayuki Uchiyama · Director: Kazuhisa Takenōchi
Dragon Ball Episode 148Air Date: 08 March 1989
やった!地球上最強の男
Yatta! Chikyūjō Saikyō no Otoko
Hooray! The World’s Strongest Man
Scenario: Takao Koyama · Art: Tatsuo Yamamoto
Animation: Katsumi Aoshima · Director: Osamu Kasai