Massuru Tawā no Saigo!!
Muscle Tower’s End!!
|Premiered:||18 March 1986 (Weekly Shōnen Jump 1986 #16)|
|Corresponding:||Dragon Ball Episode 041, “The End of Muscle Tower”|
Goku keeps demanding White return the mayor, but White takes off his sweater and prepares to fight. White swings at Goku, but Goku ducks and lightly kicks White in the shin. It hurts, and White’s mad now. White does the old “look over there” trick, and punches Goku in the gut while his head is turned. It doesn’t bother Goku, though, and Goku decides to show him a real punch. White bounces off the ceiling and lands behind his control desk. While back there, White spots his Powered Gun, and smirks.
White stands up and admits defeat, then goes into the next room and lets the mayor free. Goku tells the mayor that he and Hatchan are there to save him, and he beat up all of this bad guy’s friends. Then White pulls the Powered Gun out of his back pocket and puts it to the mayor’s head, and Hatchan begs him to stop. Goku says that’s dirty and White laughs at his misfortune. Then, the mayor suddenly shouts out that he doesn’t mind dying; just beat this guy up and bring peace to the village. Goku decides to do just that, but the mayor says, “B-but… If you could, I’d be happy if you could rescue me as well…”
White tells Goku to turn around, and so Goku does just that. White then fires off the Powered Gun, hitting Goku in the back of the head, and knocking him out. Hatchan screams “Songoku!!!!” as White laughs with glee. White prepares to fire off a finishing shot at Goku, but Hatchan runs in the way and takes the shot himself, unaffected. Hatching is, however, thoroughly enraged, and he puts his anti-violence policies aside to punch White straight through the tower wall, way out into the snow. Hatchan picks up Goku, who’s sore, but not dead, and explains how he wasn’t really hurt by the shot since he’s an Artificial Human. Goku, Hatchan, and the village mayor all head down to the base of the tower back toward the village, with Goku complimenting Hatchan’s strength on the way down. As they come outside, Goku says he’s hungry, and they all laugh as they tread though the snow.
- General White’s “Powered Gun” is based on the Remington Double-Derringer, a compact double-barreled pistol holding two rounds at a time. It should come as no surprise, then, that White had no more bullets after firing it twice. It’s too bad he didn’t realize that.
Weekly Shōnen Jump Notes (1986 #16)
- The issue of Weekly Shōnen Jump that this chapter ran in featured a “Dragon Ball Quiz Special” with a crossword puzzle, maze, spot-the-difference panel, and more. The answers are present on the title page, which (for obvious reasons) was not included in the tankōbon release. It was, however, included in the Kanzenban for the sake of completeness, with a note explaining that the title page is as it was in Jump.
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:
Since I’m so busy, I usually can only watch movies on video, but nothing really compares to seeing them in an actual theater. <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.