Manga Guide

Dragon Ball Chapter 051

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Tenka’ichi Budōkai Dai-Sōzen

Chaos Reigns at the Tenka’ichi Budōkai

Chapter Information

Premiered: 19 November 1985 (Weekly Shōnen Jump 1985 #51)
Corresponding: Dragon Ball Episode 027, “Goku – The Greatest Pinch”

  • Digital Monochrome Edition Volume 05 (12 October 2012)

Chapter Synopsis

The announcer can’t believe what is going on and informs everyone that Goku has turned into a giant monkey! Jackie freaks out, since Goku has broken free of his Bankoku-Bikkuri-Shō. Goku starts smashing up the backstage hall, and grabs a chunk of the roof, tossing it aside as people run away screaming. The announcer says he can’t run away because of his position, and Jackie says it’s worse for him, since running away would be a ring out. Goku continues to smash up the building and Kuririn yells at him to stop this dangerous technique and return to normal. But Kuririn just gets a chunk of wall thrown at him. Yamcha explains that it’s not a technique; Goku turns into a monster when he sees the full moon. Jackie overhears that, and realizes there’s only one way to settle this.

Jackie just barely avoids getting squashed by Goku’s giant foot, and then he tosses his jacket aside. Yamcha yells at Pu’er to turn into a katana and cut off Goku’s tail. Oolong points Yamcha over toward the old man, and Jackie’s all buffed up like he was at Mount Frypan. He looks up towards Goku and announces his Kamehameha Max Power. Yamcha yells to hold it, but it’s too late, and Jackie fires a huge Kamehameha at Goku. There’s an explosion, and when the smoke clears Kuririn can’t believe it… “Goku’s dead!!!”

Chapter Notes

  • The title page of this chapter in both the original serialization and the tankōbon release contained an announcement that Dragon Ball was being animated, to premiere three months later on 26 February 1986 at 7:00 p.m. on Fuji TV. Despite the historical importance of this announcement, it was removed from the title page for the kanzenban and colorized releases.
  • 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:

    I got to be one of the judges for the Akatsuka Award. Seeing these young people’s work has really inspired me. <Akira>

    The Akatsuka Award is Shueisha’s new-artist award for shōnen gag manga. It was named for Fujio Akatsuka, who helped codify several of the manga genres that Osamu Tezuka pioneered, but was particularly known for Osomatsu-kun and Tensai Bakabon, both seminal gag manga. Originally the head of the judging committee, Akatsuka was eventually incapacitated by illness, leading others to take over his role until his death. He was also chair of the Tezuka Award committee, where Akira Toriyama himself took over Akatsuka’s duties in his absence.

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.