Manga Guide

Dragon Ball Chapter 017

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Oyabun no Tokui Waza

The Boss’s Special Skill

Chapter Information

Premiered: 26 March 1985 (Weekly Shōnen Jump 1985 #17)
Corresponding: Dragon Ball Episode 009, “The Boss Rabbit’s Special Skill”

  • Digital Monochrome Edition Volume 02 (12 October 2012)

Chapter Synopsis

The townspeople continue running away, and Bulma, Goku, and Oolong wonder why. Bulma has a bad feeling about this, and notices the two guys are getting back up, so Bulma asks about this boss of theirs. One of the guys explains that he’ll turns them into carrots and eat them. Oolong wants to run away, but Goku says everything is okay.

A funny little rabbit car pulls into town, and the two guys flag it down. A rabbit wearing sunglasses gets out of the car and asks them where the guy who dares defy the Rabbit Gang is. They point to the three at the car, but Bulma and Oolong think the boss doesn’t look like much. Yamcha thinks the boss looks familiar. The boss thinks it’s shameful they were beaten by these kids and leaps over to ask Bulma to shake hands. Yamcha suddenly recognizes him as the Carrotizor, but it’s too late. After they shake hands, Bulma turns into a carrot.

Yamcha says that if he touches you, you’ll turn into a carrot. Goku prepares to challenge him, but Carrotizor reminds him that if he touches him, he’ll turn into a carrot. Oolong reminds him to use Nyoi-Bō, and so Goku attempts to whack him with it. Carrotizor says he’ll eat this carrot if he does that again. Goku tries to think of what to do next, but Oolong has had enough and drives off. Carrotizor laughs about his untrustworthy friend and tells the two guys to attack Goku, and tells Goku not to fight back or he’ll eat the carrot.

Yamcha decides they have to help, and tells Pu’er to change into a bird and grab the carrot. As Pu’er flies off with the carrot, Yamcha jumps down off of the roof of the gas station, elbows one of the guys in the back of the neck, and then kicks the other guy in the face. He tells Son he has the carrot, so attack the boss with Nyoi-Bō. Goku asks what he’s doing here, and after Yamcha yells at him to forget about it, Goku prepares to attack the boss. But Carrotizor says that if he kills him, the girl stays a carrot. Goku whacks him over the head anyway. Pu’er then gives Goku the carrot, and Goku orders the rabbit to change her back. So Carrotizor claps his hands and Bulma returns to normal.

As he ties up the Rabbit Gang, Goku explains to Bulma that Yamcha and Pu’er helped save her. While Bulma excitedly looks around for Yamcha, Goku thinks he knows what to do with them. He tells Nyoi-Bō to grow and takes the gang up with him. When he gets back, he explains to Bulma that the rabbits are now on the moon, where they’re shown pounding mochi.

Chapter Notes

Title Page

  • The title page for this chapter is not included in the tankōbon release.
  • The title page illustration features Oolong driving a Honda LIFE StepVan, charging into an unseen fray as Bulma and Yamcha lean out from the passenger door and sunroof, guns blazing. In the backseat, Pu’er holds on for dear life. Goku flies in on Kinto-Un, Nyoi-Bō at the ready.

Cultural Notes

  • Goku dumping the Rabbit Gang on the moon is in reference to the Japanese folklore of the Moon rabbit making mochi on the moon, the Japanese equivalent of the man on the moon. The Rabbit Gang can be seen pounding rice paste to make mochi in the last panel of the chapter.


  • The fifth panel on page 5, the third panel on page 9, the third, fourth and fifth panels on page 10, and the first panel on page 11 are even more instances of Yamcha having a full set of teeth after having a tooth knocked out by Goku back in Chapter 10. Considering how often Toriyama forgets about it, we would just stop cataloguing it completely, except that his tooth is clearly still missing when he shows up for the Tenka’ichi Budōkai in Chapter 34. Maybe after that….

Author’s Comment

  • 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:


    Spring is finally here! I love spring! I’m jumping for joy… but still stuck at my desk. I wanna go ride my motorbike. <Akira>

Page Breakdown

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.