A Grand Robbery Scheme
|Premiered:||05 February 1985 (Weekly Shōnen Jump 1985 #10)|
|Corresponding:||Dragon Ball Episode 006, “The Midnight Visitors”|
The next morning, Oolong is in the driver’s seat holding a shotgun, and Goku wakes up with a bit of a hangover. Oolong says he was up all night, because Yamcha and Pu’er tried to attack last night. Goku is surprised to have not noticed it, and Oolong regrets having given him the sleeping medicine after all. Bulma then wakes up and yells at him about not washing her clothes, but Goku explains how Oolong was up all night watching out for the bad guys, which prompts her to start daydreaming about Yamcha. Oolong says he does have one outfit she can wear, and it’s upstairs.
Goku says he’s hungry and Oolong says that that’s all he ever says. Then Goku starts eating a month’s worth of food. Bulma doesn’t like the bunny outfit at all, and she yells at Oolong, but that was all he had. Then she tells Oolong to drive them to Mount Frypan now, since she has to do her make-up. At their hideout, Yamcha notices they’ve started moving, and so he tells Pu’er to prepare the Mighty Mouse, and to get the Panzerfaust and automatic rifle.
Oolong drives the camper along, as Yamcha follows in the Mighty Mouse. Pu’er drives, and Yamcha fires off the Panzerfaust at the camper, just as Bulma gets excited at seeing him again. The camper crashes and loses a tire, and Bulma gets knocked out. Yamcha says for them to quietly hand over the Dragon Balls, but Goku just sticks out his tongue. Yamcha hands Pu’er the automatic rifle, and decides to fight with his fists; he’s going use his Rōga Fū-Fū Ken again. Goku yells out he was hungry yesterday, but not today, and the two exchange a few punches. Then Goku gets in a good kick to the face, knocking out one of Yamcha’s teeth. Pu’er turns into a mirror and shows him, and the two of them flee after Yamcha sees this. Oolong is very impressed, but still, those guys did destroy their ride, so they’ll have to walk from here on out.
Yamcha decides it would be easier to let those three find all the Dragon Balls first, and then they’ll steal all seven from them at once. Meanwhile, Goku carries the unconscious Bulma on his shoulders, and Oolong volunteers to take her off his hands. Then Yamcha and Pu’er pull up in the Mighty Mouse, smile, apologize, and give them a capsule containing a replacement car. They say “take care” and “goodbye” as they leave. Oolong is a bit suspicious, but Goku thinks nothing of it, and they head off to Mount Frypan. Little do they know, Yamcha and Pu’er have installed a homing device in the car, and use it to follow them towards the Dragon Balls.
- The title page shows Bulma and Oolong in a fairly unremarkable hot air balloon; a closer look, however, reveals that the burner is actually a giant cigarette lighter.
- Yamcha’s “Mighty Mouse” continues the rodent-naming theme of his vehicles from the Jet Momonga (momonga being “flying squirrel” in Japanese). In terms of design, it is based on the Type 95 scout car, produced from 1936 to 1944 and used by the Imperial Japanese Army during World War II (although Toriyama notes in Daizenshuu 4: World Guide that the design of the real-world model is a bit different from the way the Mighty Mouse appears in the manga). Nicknamed the “Kurogane 4×4” (くろがね四起 kurogane yon-ki), it is a rugged, four-wheel-drive convertible, equipped with a spare tire (and in the manga, also a shovel and extra fuel tank) in case of emergencies. Daizenshuu 4 calls the original car a “Kurobane IV” (黒羽四機 kurobane yon-ki), but this is a clear misremembering (or typographical error) of the actual nickname.
The car that Yamcha gives to Bulma & co. after destroying Oolong’s House Wagon is a FIAT Abarth 695 (a souped-up variant of the FIAT 500 intended for racing), as noted in Daizenshuu 4: World Guide. Toriyama comments that the car (discontinued in the 1970s) was already quite old, but had a strong base of fans in Italy and Japan alike. He confesses that there are a lot of FIAT styles he likes (made clear by the number of FIAT models on display in Dr. Slump), but wonders why Yamcha would have such an old car, supposing that it’s either a hobby of his, or because he just has so little money. (Of course, such a classic car in good condition would not be cheap by any means nowadays….)
Outside Dragon Ball, the FIAT 500 body style is most closely associated with the capers of the fictional thief Arsène Lupin III, who favors a yellow-painted 1957 model. Perhaps in homage to this, the digitally-colorized edition of the manga gives Yamcha’s Abarth 695 an identical yellow paint-job. (The car is colored red in the Dragon Ball anime.)
- Yamcha’s Panzerfaust is a single-use anti-tank weapon which was used by the German Wehrmacht during World War II. It consists of a firing tube pre-loaded with a warhead and propellant. The German writing visible on the side is to warn the user to avoid the backblast coming from the rear of the tube when firing.
- Bulma’s tights are missing in the first and third panels of the 13th page.
- 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:
Lately I’ve gotten to be able to drink alcohol! But it makes my face red as a tomato!! <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.