Manga Guide

Dragon Ball Chapter 039

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Kanzenban Title Page
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Dai-Yon Shiai

The Fourth Match

Chapter Information

Premiered: 27 August 1985 (Weekly Shōnen Jump 1985 #39)
Corresponding: Dragon Ball Episode 023, “He’s Here! The Mighty Foe Giran”

  • Digital Monochrome Edition Volume 04 (12 October 2012)

Chapter Synopsis

The announcer asks for both contestants to make their entrance, as it’s time to begin the fourth match. Giran comes out stomping and lets out a roar, but everyone wonders where Goku is. All of the contestants look for him, but no one has seen him since the second match. Giran says he must have run away out of fear. Then Ran-Fan spots him, taking a nap by a tree, and everyone falls over. The announcer grabs him and drags him to the ring half asleep. He then explains to the audience that he was napping, and they all fall over.

The match begins, and Goku stretches while Giran calls him names. Then Giran holds out a closed fist, and tells Goku to come take a look. Goku walks over, wondering what it is, and Giran whacks him with his tail into the wall. Goku seems knocked out, but he gets right back up, and Giran and the announcer can’t believe it. Goku then runs at Giran, and blocks a punch. Goku punches Giran in the gut, and jumps behind him while Giran clutches himself. Goku grabs Giran’s tail, and throws him out of the ring. Giran is way out there, but he just starts flapping his wings and flies back. Giran then spits out a sticky substance at Goku, trapping him. Giran calls it his Guru-Guru Gum.

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:

    I want to get a cat, but my assistant hates them. So unless I’m OK with him not showing up for work anymore, I guess I’m out of luck!! <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.