Manga Guide

Dragon Ball Chapter 031

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Kame-senryū no Kibishii Shugyō

The Kame-sen School’s Tough Training

Chapter Information

Premiered: 02 July 1985 (Weekly Shōnen Jump 1985 #31)
Corresponding: Dragon Ball Episode 018, “Kame-sen’s Method of Inte~nse Training”

  • Digital Monochrome Edition Volume 03 (12 October 2012)

Chapter Synopsis

After finishing their early morning training (delivering milk), Kame-Sen’nin say it’s time for the morning training, plowing fields. Kame-Sen’nin tells them to they’ll have to do this quickly, otherwise they can’t eat breakfast. Kuririn thinks about never having to do any of this stuff at Ōrin Temple. Kame-Sen’nin interrupts his thought and tells them that they can’t use hoes. They must use their bare hands instead, as it is good training for the hands, arms, and legs. After a while, they finally finish, and Kame-Sen’nin tells them that tomorrow they’ll plow an even bigger field.

After eating breakfast, Kame-Sen’nin says that they’ll study until lunch. Good martial artists train their minds as well as their bodies. Goku hates this, but Kuririn thinks he’ll surely win at this one. They start with language, and Kame-Sen’nin tells Goku to read from page twelve. It’s now 12:30, and the three of them are lying in hammocks, taking a nap until 1:30. We’re told that “Moving well, learning well, having fun, eating well, resting well; this is the Kame-sen Style’s training.”

After taking a nap, they go to a construction site, and Kame-Sen’nin says they’ll have this part-time construction job. It’s good training for the muscles. When they’re finished working, they head to a lake. Since they just did a lot of sweating, the next part of their training is swimming. But first, Goku wants to know when Kame-Sen’nin is going to teach them kenpō. Kame-Sen’nin says there’s no point in teaching martial arts if the body doesn’t have the power to use it. Kame-Sen’nin tells them that he’ll teach them martial arts once they’re strong enough to move this boulder. Kame-Sen’nin moves the bolder, but then Goku moves it a lot more than Kame-Sen’nin. Kame-Sen’nin laughs nervously and says that was just a little one, and points to a much bigger boulder, which he says is the real one. Goku can’t move this one, but Kame-Sen’nin says he can (though he doesn’t demonstrate…).

Goku and Kuririn take off their clothes, and Kame-Sen’nin tells them to swim back and forth ten times. He warns them that there’s a shark in the lake, but not until after they’re already being chased. They finally get out, and Kame-Sen’nin says they’ll move on to the next part. He ties the boys to a tree, and tells them they’ll have to dodge their foe’s attack. Kame-Sen’nin creeps over and whacks a beehive with his staff, and Kuririn and Goku try running away, but they can’t because they’re tied to the tree. Kame-Sen’nin says that today’s training is finished, but starting tomorrow, they’ll have to wear these 20 kilogram turtle shells on their backs.

Chapter Notes

Title Page

  • The title page features Kuririn and Kame-Sen’nin in a Volkswagen Beetle, while Goku lies on top, eating an apple. A bumper sticker on the trunk reads “JOHN BOOK”, alluding to the movie Witness, which Toriyama mentions seeing in his author comment for the the very next chapter. The film apparently made a deep impression on him, as he refers to it as his “number-one favorite movie” in the 1987 Adventure Special guidebook, released over two years later.

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:
    天気がいいとついつい外に出てしまう 梅雨時は仕事が、はかどります。<明>

    I ought to know better, but whenever the weather’s nice I’ll go outside. I get more work done in the rainy season. <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.