Kame-Sen’nin no Kamehameha!!
|Premiered:||05 March 1985 (Weekly Shōnen Jump 1985 #14)|
|Corresponding:||Dragon Ball Episode 008, “Kame-Sen’nin’s Kamehameha”|
Kame-Sen’nin surveys the situation, and then calls Gyūmaō over. He lectures Gyūmaō about killing people to protect his treasure, and Gyūmaō cries and says he was overcome by greed; his treasure doesn’t matter, so long as the fire is extinguished. Oolong is amazed that Gyūmaō’s apologizing. Kame-Sen’nin nudges Goku about their agreement, and so Goku, Kame-Sen’nin, and Bulma all go aside. Kame-Sen’nin explains to her about their deal, so that he’ll put out the fire. If he doesn’t put out the flames, she can’t get the “whatever” ball. Bulma is angry at Goku for saying too much. Goku says it’s just poking her chest, and she yells at him to shut up. But she still agrees, if Muten Rōshi actually can extinguish the fire. He then makes her pinky swear she’ll do it. Now, Kame-Sen’nin will put out the fire.
Kame-Sen’nin takes off his shirt and shell, revealing his scrawny body. He asks Bulma if he’s sexy, but only gets a dirty look. He needs a boost from Goku to get up on the ledge, and then he begins. After two panels of bulking up, he goes from a bony old coot into a huge mass of muscle. Gyūmaō realizes Muten Rōshi-sama is using his Kamehameha. Yamcha has also heard of the Kamehameha, and he explains its mechanics to Pu’er.
Kame-Sen’nin positions his hands together, and aims them at the flame engulfed Mount Frypan. “Ka…me…ha…me…ha!” A huge beam comes out of his hands, and he fires it at the mountain. Goku, Bulma, Oolong, Gyūmaō, Pu’er, Yamcha, and Chi-Chi are all amazed, and then it’s done. With his work done, Kame-Sen’nin sits down to rest. Gyūmaō points out that while the fire’s been extinguished, so has the mountain and the castle. Kame-Sen’nin nervously says he overdid it, and everyone falls over.
- This chapter contains only 12 pages (plus a title page), rather than the usual 14-plus-title at this point in the series.
- From the beginning of this chapter onwards, the head wound Kame-Sen’nin sustained when Chi-Chi embedded her helmet blade in his skull (as well as the hilariously oversize adhesive bandage covering it) is suddenly gone, with no explanation. As this (ordinarily life-threatening) wound was merely played for laughs in the first place, it should probably not be a surprise that it would be quickly passed over and forgotten, but it seems odd considering the author bothered to keep it all the way through the end of the previous chapter.
- On page 10, Yamcha once again has a full set of teeth, despite losing a tooth in the fight against Goku back in Chapter 10.
- 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:
I’ll be 30 in just a month. I wanna say I’m still young, but it’s probably time I start watching my hairline. <Akira>
Toriyama’s birthday is April 5th, which is exactly one month out from the official release date of this issue. He made his manga debut at the age of 23, and started Dr. Slump while he was still 24. He was 40 by the time Dragon Ball ended in 1995.
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.