Manga Guide

Dragon Ball Chapter 023

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Doragon Chīmu Kaisan

The Dragon Team Parts Ways

Chapter Information

Premiered: 04 May 1985 (Weekly Shōnen Jump 1985 #23)
Corresponding: Dragon Ball Episode 013, “Goku’s Great Transformation”

  • Digital Monochrome Edition Volume 02 (12 October 2012)

Chapter Synopsis

The next morning everyone is reflecting on what had happened the previous night. Goku is still sleeping, and Bulma’s vest has been placed over him to cover up his “man” area. Oolong thinks it was terrible that Goku put them in such a dilemma, but Yamcha thinks it was good, since it gave them the chance to escape. Bulma thinks it is best they don’t tell him about what happened. Goku finally wakes up as Oolong wonders if Goku’s an alien.

It doesn’t take long for Goku to wonder where his clothes went. So Bulma tells Oolong to give him the underwear, but he refuses and instead gives him his pants. As Goku puts on the pants, he makes fun of Oolong for having such short legs. Goku suddenly falls over and Yamcha says it’s probably because he isn’t used to balancing without his tail. Goku then looks at his back, and can’t believe his tail is gone, but then doesn’t care, and everyone falls over. He wonders about his Nyoi-Bō now, and Yamcha says it’s probably still at the castle. Goku falls down every few seconds as he runs over there to get it.

Oolong wonders what they should do now, since it’ll be a year before they can use the Dragon Balls again. Bulma and Yamcha are both disappointed that it’ll be another year before they get their wishes for a dreamy boyfriend and a woman to marry. They suddenly both get a realization and face each other. Goku then returns with Nyoi-Bō, falling down along the way, and asks Oolong why he’s so annoyed. Oolong points over at Yamcha and Bulma, who are blissfully holding hands and dancing, along with Pu’er. Oolong doesn’t like this it all, and Goku thinks they’re acting strange.

Bulma tells Goku that she and Yamcha are going to the city, and asks Goku if he wants to come along. Goku says he really wants to go train with Kame-Sen’nin to get stronger. Bulma asks Oolong what he’ll do, and he decides he’ll go to the city too, since there’ll be lots of girls. Goku wants to gather the Dragon Balls again in a year, but Bulma and Yamcha say they don’t need them anymore. Goku still wants to find his Grandpa’s memento, but doesn’t know how to find them, so Bulma gives him the Dragon Radar as a present. Yamcha pulls out a capsule, and out comes an airplane. He tells Goku to do his best with Muten Rōshi. Goku then calls for Kinto-Un, and they all say “bye bye” and go their separate ways.

Chapter Notes

  • The title page for this chapter is not included in the tankōbon release.
  • At the beginning of the chapter, Oolong wonders if Goku is some sort of alien. While this seems like obvious foreshadowing by Akira Toriyama as to what would later be revealed about Son Goku’s past in Chapter 197, it is actually a mere coincidence. Toriyama explains in his Daizenshuu 4 interview that he had no preconceived plans of Goku being an alien saying that, “When I thought up Goku’s tail and the Ōzaru, I didn’t think Goku was an alien or anything”. He would go on to further elaborate on the subject in his Dragon Ball Tenka’ichi Densetsu interview:

    I’d hardly thought out anything. I hadn’t come up with the concept of him being an alien until Vegeta came, and I think I originally meant his giant ape form to be “just a transformation”, like a werewolf. For it to turn out over the course of the writing that “Goku’s really an alien!” was something that took even me by surprise. (laughs) At any rate, I had really only thought, “I’ll make a motif of Journey to the West, with a little bit of Kung-Fu thrown in.” I was prepared for it to end after 10 weeks if it wasn’t a hit.

  • Each issue of Weekly Shōnen Jump featured short comments from the various series authors, giving fans a brief insight into their current thoughts, from anything series-related to their recent daily activities. Akira Toriyama’s comments from this issue were:


    Whenever I have spare time, I go down to the motorbike mod shop. It’s so fascinating watching them work! <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.