Manga Guide

Dragon Ball Chapter 061

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忍法! 四畳半タタミ返し!!

Ninpō! Yonjōhan Tatami Gaeshi!!

Ninja Arts! The 4½ Tatami Flip!!

Chapter Information

Premiered: 11 February 1986 (Weekly Shōnen Jump 1986 #11)
Corresponding: Dragon Ball Episode 037, “Enter Ninja Murasaki”
Dragon Ball Episode 038, “Be Afraid!! The Art of Division”

  • Digital Monochrome Edition Volume 06 (12 October 2012)

Chapter Synopsis

White yells at Murasaki over the PA system, so Murasaki decides to get serious. He pulls out his katana (sword), and tells Goku he’s going to die. Murasaki jumps up into the air to attack Goku, but Goku plants the Nyoi-Bō in the ground so it’s sticking up and backs away. Murasaki lands on Nyoi-Bō, which goes up his ass as he comes down. Murasaki runs around screaming, and Goku laughs, saying that he has a tail now too. Goku finally pulls it out and Murasaki clutches his ass while Goku laughs some more.

Infuriated, Murasaki grabs his katana and swings at Goku, but he blocks it with Nyoi-Bō. Goku starts coming at Murasaki, who just barely holds off the Nyoi-Bō with his katana. Until Goku takes one hard swipe down and breaks the blade off the katana. Goku says it’s no match for his Nyoi-Bō. Murasaki throws his broken katana down and suggests they fight with bare hands. Goku puts Nyoi-Bō away, and Murasaki throws a curved blade at him, but Goku jumps over it. Goku says he’s dirty for lying, but Murasaki insists this is a game of life-or-death. Then the blade comes back and hits Goku in the back of the head, knocking him out, and Murasaki calls it his Boomerang Shuriken.

Murasaki celebrates his victory while White compliments him over the PA system, until Goku starts to get back up. Goku says his head really hurts now, and Murasaki can’t believe it. Goku, now very angry, starts chasing him, and so Murasaki throws some shuriken back at him. But they hit the tree Goku ducked behind, and he pulls them all out so he can return them, as Murasaki runs into the house. Goku comes in after him, and prepares to throw the shuriken as Murasaki kneels confidently over the tatami floor mats. Goku throws one, and Murasaki catches it with one of the tatami mats. This is his Ninpō Tatami Gaeshi (Ninja Arts Tatami Counter). Two, three, four, and a fifth shuriken caught with a half-size tatami, then Murasaki laughs. But there are no more tatami, and so Goku throws his sixth shuriken right into Murasaki’s forehead. Murasaki says it would’ve been better if he’d had six whole ones instead of four and a half.

Chapter Notes

  • 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:

    Thanks for all the New Year’s cards!! Let’s all do our best to get through the Year of the Tiger!! <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.