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Manga Guide

Dragon Ball Chapter 045


Tankōbon Title Page
Tankōbon Title Page
Kanzenban Title Page
Kanzenban Title Page
Full Color Title Page
Full Color Title Page

大空中戦!

Dai-Kūchūsen!

A Great Mid-Air Battle!

Chapter Information

Premiered: 08 October 1985 (Weekly Shōnen Jump 1985 #45)
Corresponding: Dragon Ball Episode 025, “Get Up, Goku! The Fearsome Tenkū Pekeji-Ken”

Availability:
  • Digital Monochrome Edition Volume 04 (12 October 2012)

Chapter Synopsis

Namu continues praying, and his X-formed hands come down right on Goku’s neck. Namu quickly asks for the count, and says he’s not a killing man; this technique will just put you to sleep for ten days. The count is about to reach ten, Goku gets up and coughs from being hit in the neck, shocking everyone, especially Namu. Namu can’t believe this, and thinks this time won’t fail, and he jumps up into the air again.

Goku thinks he’ll do it too, so he jumps up into the air. Namu thinks he’ll use his Super Tenkū Pekeji-Ken this time, and dives down at Goku, but Goku soon comes flying by him. Realizing he has jumped too high, he dives down to Namu’s level, and Namu swims over towards him, then swipes at Goku. But Goku dives down some more to dodge it, then Namu dives after him. They both dart down towards the ring, with Goku ahead, and then Namu crosses his arms again. Goku hits the ring first, and jumps at Namu with a kick, hitting him just as he lands. Namu flies out of the ring and Goku is announced the winner by ring out. Yamcha and Kuririn are excited for Goku, but Jackie’s a little worried.

Chapter Notes

Title Page

  • In the tankōbon release, the title page for this chapter was re-titled and moved to go with Chapter 44 (as its own title page was used as the cover of Volume 4), leaving this chapter without a title page of its own. This was rectified in the Kanzenban, although at the same time, Chapter 44 was given a different, completely fabricated title page instead of the one it had in Jump.

General

  • This chapter is the only one out of the entire series to be drawn entirely in a limited color palette. Other such chapters either start in full-color and transition to limited color partway through, or start in limited color and transition to black-and-white.

Author’s Comment

  • Each issue of Weekly Shōnen Jump features 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:
    久しぶりの休み 家庭サービスで信州の温泉へドライブ旅行。露天風呂は“気持ちんよか”でした!<明>

    For my first break in a while, I took my family on a road-trip to a hot spring in Shinano. The open-air bath felt really good! <Akira>

    This comment is one of those reprinted in Daizenshuu 7. “Shinano” (or Shinshū in the Japanese text here) is the old provincial name for Nagano Prefecture.

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.