Yamucha to Pūaru
Yamcha and Pu’er
|12 January 1985 (Weekly Shōnen Jump 1985 #07)
|Dragon Ball Episode 005, “The Strong Villain of the Desert, Yamcha”
Still riding down the river, Bulma announces that their next destination will be Mount Frypan, and Oolong says he’s not going there. It’s the home of Gyūmaō, a really scary guy. Oolong turns into a fish and dives into the water to escape, and as Goku takes off his clothes and prepares to swim after him, Bulma says she’ll catch him. She takes off her panties and puts them on a fishing rod, and sure enough, she catches him. Goku says next time, he’ll eat Oolong. Bulma then gives Oolong a candy ball. Goku can’t have one, though, and Oolong says it’s because he’s the type women like. The boat runs out of gas, and then Bulma asks if Oolong can change into gasoline. He says no, so instead he turns into an oar.
Goku paddles them along until they take shore, and Bulma notices her Hoi-Poi Capsules missing. She probably dropped them in the river, and so she asks Oolong to become a fish and go find them (with a promised prize of panties for it), but Oolong says it’s impossible in such a deep river. Bulma complains about how the boat won’t move, and she has no house, no car, no bike, but Goku says she can walk. Bulma says it’s no problem with him on Kinto-Un. Goku then suggests Oolong turn into a bike for her, and then she notices he’s missing.
Goku goes after him, and then Bulma shouts out “Pee-Pee, Pee-Pee!” Oolong suddenly has to take a crap, and ducks in some bushes. Bulma says it was the candy ball she gave him, called PP Candy. Shouting out “Pee-Pee!” will make anyone that ate it have diarrhea. Bulma has Oolong under her control now, and Goku likes calling out “Pee-Pee!” Bulma tells Oolong to turn into a bike now, and he turns into a little scooter that can’t support her weight. Then Oolong turns into a pair of panties, which he has more confidence will work for her, and it only pisses Bulma off more.
The three of them have wandered into a desert now, with lots of weird rock formations. Bulma and Oolong are exhausted, and Goku can’t believe them. Bulma and Oolong have to stop, as Bulma takes a rest under a rock formation. Oolong says she’s selfish and has a bad personality, and decides they should also take a nap. Goku just sits down and says he’s hungry. Elsewhere, a tiny floating cat spots Goku and Oolong from a hideout, and runs inside and tells his friend, Yamcha-sama, that there’s ducks out there. Yamcha thinks that’s great, it’s been a while since they’ve had any game. Yamcha tells the cat, Pu’er, that a boy and a pig will be no problem, and the two of them hop onto the Jet Momonga, and ride towards Goku and Oolong. Oolong is hungry now too, and Goku says he’s going to go find some food. “Do you like pork?” As Oolong’s yelling at him, they notice the Jet Momonga headed their way.
- The sign on Yamcha’s hideout is a Chinese idiom, 千錘百煉 (qiān chuí bǎi liàn; Japanese: sensui hyakuren). Its literal meaning is to temper metal through repeated hammering, though it is actually used to refer to something that has been improved through many refinements, such as a martial artist whose skills are honed through constant training (likely its intended meaning here), or to a piece of writing refined through a multitude of edits.
- Although he himself is not a “vehicle”, the motor scooter Oolong transforms into in this chapter appears closely modeled on the Powell Streamliner or Fuji Rabbit S-1 (the latter being based on the former), though not exactly the same as either. (As with Oolong’s “interpretation” of Bulma in Chapter 9, perhaps he figured it was “close enough”.)
- Yamcha’s Jet Momonga, though it is used only in this chapter and the next, is the first antigravity vehicle seen in the series. Its design, though lacking a real-world counterpart, is similar to a large number of vehicles that appeared in Toriyama’s previous series, Dr. Slump, as well as the one-shots Dragon Boy and The Adventure of Tongpoo, both of which prefigure Dragon Ball in significant ways. As for its naming, momonga means “flying squirrel”, which seems apt for a small, flying vehicle. This rodent naming theme is continued with Yamcha’s “Mighty Mouse”, which first appears in Chapter 10.
- The shot of Yamcha approaching on his Jet Momonga at the end of this chapter (as well as at the beginning of the next) is closely modeled on a similar panel from Toriyama’s 1982 one-shot Pink. Both the desert setting and the design of the vehicle itself are extremely similar, with the characters depicted being the primary difference.
- Each issue of Weekly Shōnen Jump featured short comments from the various series’ authors, giving fans a brief insight into their current thoughts, ranging from series-related announcements to trivial happenings in their personal lives. Akira Toriyama’s comments from this issue were:
It’s a big mistake to think the author is a pervert just like the perverted stories he writes! Though everyone around me says it’s true!! <Akira>
The majority of the Dragon Ball series was drawn in black and white, but chapters were occasionally published with color pages. This breakdown notes how many full-color, limited-color, and black-and-white pages appeared in this chapter. As the tankōbon volumes were not released with these colors intact, any color pages shown are taken from the kanzenban release.