Manga Guide

Dragon Ball Chapter 032

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Tenka’ichi Budōkai Hajimaru!!

The Tenka’ichi Budōkai Begins!!

Chapter Information

Premiered: 09 July 1985 (Weekly Shōnen Jump 1985 #32)
Corresponding: Dragon Ball Episode 019, “The Tenka’ichi Budōkai Begins!”

  • Digital Monochrome Edition Volume 03 (12 October 2012)

Chapter Synopsis

As the days until the Tenka’ichi Budōkai wind down, Goku and Kuririn continue their training by zig-zagging through trees, climbing up the stairs to the top of mountain, hiking through the desert, and running away from dinosaurs while delivering milk. With one month left until the tournament, Goku tells Kame-Sen’nin to come take a look at what he can do. Goku demonstrates that he can push the huge boulder now, and so can Kuririn. Kame-Sen’nin thinks that this was just a joke, and heads back at the house. He tells them he still won’t be teaching them kenpō, but instead he’ll give them heavier 40 kilogram turtle shells.

The final month has passed, and it’s finally time for the Tenka’ichi Budōkai in South City. Kame-Sen’nin is all dressed up, and there’s a car waiting for them outside of the house. He tells Goku and Kuririn that they can go ahead and take their turtle shells off now. After doing so, they how light they feel and Kame-Sen’nin tells them to try jumping. They both jump off of the ground and end up way up the air. When they come back down, they’re amazed at how high they had jumped. They both quickly change into suits (which match Kame-Sen’nin’s), and he tells them to hurry into the car so they can catch their plane. They all say goodbye to Lunch and drive off.

After catching their flight, they’re finally off to the tournament. Goku is impressed by the size of this “thing”, but notes that it is much slower than Kinto-Un. Meanwhile, Kame-Sen’nin is busy grabbing a stewardess’s butt. When they get to the city, a taxi takes them to the Tenka’ichi Budōkai registration area. At the information desk, Kame-Sen’nin tells the attendant that the boys aren’t spectators, but participants.

Chapter Notes


  • Kame-Sen’nin’s car that appears in this chapter is identified as a Cadillac in Daizenshuu volume 7 and elsewhere, but the specific model is never mentioned. From the front and side, it closely (though not exactly) resembles a Sedan de Ville from circa 1961–’64, but the tail fins are more exaggerated, reminiscent of designs from the mid-to-late 1950s. It is possible that the lack of an exact model name in guidebooks is because it is not based on any single design.
  • The airliner that Goku & co. take to reach the island where the tournament is held is a Junkers Ju 52, a passenger/cargo transport aircraft manufactured in Germany from 1931 to 1952.

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:

    The movie Witness, my trip to Bali, the lifestyle of simple people — for some reason, all this moves me to tears. <Akira>

    Witness is a 1985 movie starring Harrison Ford as John Book, a cop assigned to protect an Amish child who witnessed a murder. He also mentions it as his “number one favorite movie” in the Dragon Ball Adventure Special guidebook, released in November 1987.

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.