Manga Guide

Dragon Ball Chapter 022

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Gokū no Dai-Henshin

Goku’s Great Transformation

Chapter Information

Premiered: 27 April 1985 (Weekly Shōnen Jump 1985 #22)
Corresponding: Dragon Ball Episode 013, “Goku’s Great Transformation”

  • Digital Monochrome Edition Volume 02 (12 October 2012)

Chapter Synopsis

Goku begins walking around, continuing to smash up the castle. Yamcha then realizes that Goku has released them from their prison, and pointlessly tells Goku to turn back to normal now. Goku busts into the room where Pilaf, Shuu, and Mai are sleeping, and the three of them start running for their lives. Meanwhile, the others take the opportunity to climb out of their prison cell. The pajama-clad Pilaf group quickly runs to the castle hangar, jump into a plane, and swiftly take off. Yamcha then grabs Bulma, Oolong, and Pu’er, carrying them all under his arms, and runs. Goku notices the plane flying away, and grabs a tower off of the castle to throw at them. He lets it rip and it’s a direct hit. The plane crashes, and the castle tower lands over near Yamcha and the others.

Pilaf, Mai, and Shuu have all survived, as have Yamcha, Oolong, and Pu’er. Bulma, however, is stuck under the castle piece, and Goku comes stomping along before Yamcha can get her out from under the tower. Pu’er reminds him about Goku’s tail being his weak point, and so Yamcha thinks it must also be this monster’s weak point. Yamcha grabs onto the tail, and Goku stops, and so he tells Pu’er to turn into a pair of scissors to cut off the tail. With that, Goku regresses back to normal, and he’s left asleep and naked while Yamcha holds his severed tail.

Chapter Notes

  • The title page for this chapter is not included in the tankōbon release.
  • 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:
    Dr.スランプ最終巻が5月10日に出ます この際、ぜひぜひ、全巻お求めを!!<明>

    The final volume of Dr. Slump comes out on May 10th. By all means, take this opportunity to collect the whole series!! <Akira>

    In addition to goodbyes, the final volume of Dr. Slump has a plug for Dragon Ball, where Toriyama thinks there will “probably” be a tankōbon out for it eventually, too.

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.