How to Defeat Buyon
|Premiered:||11 March 1986 (Weekly Shōnen Jump 1986 #15)|
|Corresponding:||Dragon Ball Episode 040, “Now What, Goku!! The Hair-Raising Buyon”|
Goku’s really worried, and then White calls out that he’ll give him another chance to give up the Dragon Ball and radar, but Goku still refuses. White tells Buyon to kill them, and he rolls his tongue out again, this time grabbing Hatchan. But Goku runs over and kicks Hatchan free just in the nick of time. This time, Goku flies straight at Buyon with a headbutt, but he just gets bounced back face first into the wall again. Goku’s at a loss, and tries to think of what to do again. He suddenly remembers the red-haired girl from the village explaining what it means to be frozen, and Goku declares his victory.
Goku confidently walks over to the wall and punches a hole in it, letting the cold in. Goku quickly runs away shivering, and hops into Hatchan’s jacket. Goku hides in there for a while as the cold blows in, until Buyon is frozen solid. Goku hops out of Hatchan’s jacket and runs over, kicks the frozen Buyon, and runs back into Hatchan’s jacket as Buyon shatters. Goku hops out of his jacket again, and jumps straight up through the ceiling, into the sixth floor. White can’t believe this. Goku pulls out his Nyoi-Bō and makes it extend down the hole so Hatchan can grab onto it, then makes it retract to pull Hatchan up. White fires at Goku with a revolver as it retracts, and they’re direct hits. But the shots just make Goku mad, and he tells the worried White how much they hurt. Goku tells him to give back the village mayor or he’ll knock him out!
- On the title page of this chapter, Akira Toriyama appears, apologizing for having mistakenly referred to General White as “General Silver” in the previous two chapters. This fault was corrected for the tankōbon release, although Toriyama’s apology remains. The Kanzenban release (as well as the color edition based on it), however, removes the apology entirely.
- Akira Toriyama actually “cheats” with the flashback here, as Goku’s conversation with the red-haired girl (Sno) did not actually take place during the actual scene back in Chapter 57. There are several points where the content of this flashback could feasibly take place (as when the scene cuts from Goku returning from running outside to being dressed in full winter gear), but its true purpose is as a narrative device to give Goku the knowledge he needs to defeat Buyon.
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 so busy lately I don’t have time for my Famicom or motorbike! Ugh… I can’t stand it!! <Akira>
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.