Manga Guide

Dragon Ball Chapter 053

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The Climax

Chapter Information

Premiered: 03 December 1985 (Weekly Shōnen Jump 1986 #01/02)
Corresponding: Dragon Ball Episode 028, “Clash!! Power vs Power”

  • Digital Monochrome Edition Volume 05 (12 October 2012)

Chapter Synopsis

Jackie and Goku keep darting toward each other, and they both jump into the air, kicking each other in the face. The announcer begins to count as it looks to be a double knockout. One… Two… Three… Four… Five… Six… Seven… Eight… Nine… Ten! Neither Goku nor Jackie have gotten up, so the announcer says that in this event, it will be a sudden death until someone gets up and says, “Yūshō shita mon nē” (I am the champion). Goku slowly gets up, with Jackie a step behind him. Goku grins, and slowly says, “Yu… Yūshō…shita…mo…n…” But before he can finish, he falls back over, still smiling.

Jackie finally gets up and struggles to say, “Yu…Yu…Yu…” He then stands on one knee, making a victory stance and calls out the full line. The announcer pronounces Jackie the winner of the Tenka’ichi Budōkai. Jackie thinks to himself that it must have been because he has longer legs, so his kick was more effective. Goku slowly wakes up, realizing he’s lost. He asks Jackie if they can fight again after he trains some more and gets stronger, and Jackie agrees.

Chapter Notes


  • When this chapter was first published, the emblem of the Turtle School (亀) appeared on Kuririn’s clothes from Ōrin temple in the second panel of page 13. This carried over to the Tankōbon release, but it was edited out of the Kanzenban in 2003, making it one of a handful of visual edits made to that edition.

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:

    I’m having a very busy year’s end. I just gotta hang in there a little longer to get to my New Year’s break. <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.