Manga Guide

Dragon Ball Chapter 021

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The Full Moon

Chapter Information

Premiered: 23 April 1985 (Weekly Shōnen Jump 1985 #21)
Corresponding: Dragon Ball Episode 012, “The Wish to Shenlong”

  • Digital Monochrome Edition Volume 02 (12 October 2012)

Chapter Synopsis

Now Yamcha has started punching the wall, and Goku fires off a Kamehameha as well, but nothing happens. Yamcha thinks it’s impossible, and Pilaf laughs gleefully about their fate. He says the walls have steel with a thickness of 300 mm, and the ceiling is super reinforced glass. Later, Pilaf, Mai, and Shuu all play some cards, and Pilaf gets tired. With a toothbrush and some toothpaste in hand, Pilaf says he looks forward to tomorrow afternoon.

Goku is starving, and thus powerless, while Bulma yells at Oolong for saying they’ll die. Pu’er watches the full moon, saying how it’s nice to see a pretty thing before they die. Goku suddenly says a monster comes out when there’s a full moon. Bulma hopes he isn’t thinking of the wolf man, instead of coming up with a way to escape. Goku says his grandpa was killed by this monster. Yamcha thinks it must’ve been an incredible monster, then, to have killed the martial arts master Son Gohan. Goku says it can smash up houses and trees. Oolong asks what it looks like, but Goku says he was sleeping at the time, so he didn’t see. He says that Grandpa told him to never look at the full moon, but he doubts it’s related. The others are all shocked, and Bulma nervously asks Goku if he looked at the full moon the night his grandfather died. He says yes, because he had to go out and take a piss.

Yamcha says he never seemed like a normal little boy, and Bulma agrees, but thinks it must be a coincidence. Goku wonders what’s wrong with all of them. Oolong thinks they should test it, but Bulma says on the off-chance that it’s true, they’re all in danger. So, Bulma points at the moon and tells Goku not to look at it, which prompts him to look at it anyway. At first, it seems like nothing’s happened, and everyone is relieved. But Goku then gets a strange look on his face, and begins transforming into a giant monkey. He smashes through the castle around him, waking up Pilaf, Mai, and Shuu.

Chapter Notes

  • The title page for this chapter is not included in the tankōbon release.
  • Goku reveals the circumstances surrounding his Grandpa Gohan’s death in this chapter. While everyone else clearly realizes the truth, Goku wouldn’t realize it was actually him that killed his Grandpa Gohan until Vegeta explains the Saiyan’s transformation abilities in Chapter 233.
  • The narration for this chapter uses the phrase “Monster Monkey” (怪物猿; kaibutsu-zaru) to refer to Goku’s transformation. The official term, “Great Monkey” (大猿; ōzaru), would not appear until Chapter 52.
  • 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:

    Right now I’m having fun taking my motorbike apart and repainting it. I’m in love with this craftsmanship! <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.