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Dragon Ball Chapter 063


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人造人間8号

Jinzōningen Hachi-Gō

Artificial Human No. 8

Chapter Information

Premiered: 25 February 1986 (Weekly Shōnen Jump 1986 #13)
Corresponding: Dragon Ball Episode 039, “The Mysterious Artificial Human No. 8”

Availability:
  • Digital Monochrome Edition Volume 06 (12 October 2012)

Chapter Synopsis

Murasaki opens the cage, and No. 8 comes out while Murasaki laughs about how strong he is. He tells No. 8 to kick the brat down and beat him to death, but No. 8 refuses. Murasaki yells at him, but No. 8 still refuses. Murasaki exclaims that the Red Ribbon Army created him, and can’t believe he would refuse to listen to the word of his parents. No. 8 insists he can’t, so Murasaki prepares to make him listen. He pulls a remote controller out of his shirt, and says there’s a bomb in his body, just for an instance like this. All he has to do is press the switch to make No. 8 blow up. Nevertheless, No. 8 insists he can’t do bad things. White thinks he’s a traitor and a failed creation, and yells at Murasaki to blow him up. So, Murasaki distances himself, and prepares to push the switch. But then Goku charges over, whacks the controller out of his hand, and smashes it. Goku then hits Murasaki with a Jan-Ken Gū, and Murasaki flies into the wall, knocked out.

Goku balances along the railing over towards No. 8, who thanks Goku. Goku tells him you have to fight bad guys, though it’s not good to kill them. No. 8 admits that he’s scared of fighting. No. 8 then asks him his name. “I’m Son Goku. You?” “I’m called Artificial Human No. 8.” Goku thinks that whatever-No. 8 is a weird name. No. 8 asks if he’s here to help the village mayor. Goku says yeah, and there’s no time to waste. No. 8 offers to lead the way to the highest floor, as thanks.

They head upstairs to a maze of a room, and Goku asks “Hatchan” if this is the fifth floor. No. 8 says this is between the fourth and fifth floors, and asks about “Hatchan”. Goku says whatever-No. 8 is too hard to say, and No. 8 likes that name. (Hachi is Japanese for “eight”, so Hatchan = “hachi” plus “-chan”.) They come to a flight of stairs, and as they ascend, Hatchan explains that through this wall is the fifth floor. It’s a secret room with no entrance, and even he doesn’t know what’s inside. And now at the top of the stairs is the highest floor, the sixth floor control room. Goku busts through the door, and demands that the mayor be returned. White congratulates him on making it this far and Hatchan insists that he give in. White says they’re the ones who should give in, and presses a button. Goku and Hatchan suddenly fall through the floor, into the secret room on the fifth floor…

Chapter Notes

Errata

  • When this chapter originally ran in Weekly Shōnen Jump, the opening narration referred to Ninja Murasaki as being on the “third floor” (where Sergeant Metallic was) instead of the fourth, and the “terrible monster” (No. 8) is referred to as being between the third and fourth floor instead of the fourth floor and the top floor. These were corrected for the tankōbon release.
  • When this chapter originally ran in Weekly Shōnen Jump, Toriyama’s penciled-in dialogue was still partially visible in the third panel of the fourth page. This was also corrected for the tankōbon.
  • When this chapter originally ran in Weekly Shōnen Jump, General White was mistakenly referred to twice as “General Silver”: once by Murasaki in the sixth panel of the fifth page, and again by No. 8 in the first panel of the last page. Akira Toriyama apologized for this on the title page of chapter 65, and the error was corrected for the tankōbon release.

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:
    26日から、DRAGON BALLのアニメが開始! ボクもワクワクしてます <明>

    The Dragon Ball anime begins on the 26th! Even I’m excited. <Akira>

    The 26th was a Wednesday, and the day after this issue’s official release.

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.