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Dragon Ball Chapter 070


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ブルマの大失敗!!

Buruma no Dai-Shippai!!

Bulma’s Big Blunder!!

Chapter Information

Premiered: 15 April 1986 (Weekly Shōnen Jump 1986 #20)
Corresponding: Dragon Ball Episode 046, “Bulma’s Big Blunder”

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

Chapter Synopsis

Goku and Bulma continue along on Kinto-Un, hoping that the Four-Star Ball is the next ball. Meanwhile, at Red Ribbon Army Headquarters, Black informs Red that the boy is headed towards the Dragon Ball under General Blue’s charge. Red’s pissed, and he yells at the bear guy to contact General Blue about this. At Blue Company’s Temporary Camp, General Blue is yelling at his troops to shape up, when a tiger guy says that the Dragon Ball is at the bottom of the ocean, and thus hard to get. Blue doesn’t want to hear any excuses. (Note that Blue speaks with rather feminine language.) Then Blue looks over at a guy who was picking his nose, and wants him punished for being so filthy. As the guy is getting shot, a fox guy reports that the kid is headed their way. Blue thinks this will be fun, as he looks at the picture of Goku, even though an alligator guy reminds him that this kid wiped out Silver Company and White Company.

Bulma yells at Goku to stop, since the Dragon Ball is right below them. They’re over the ocean, and Bulma says they should go over to the island so she can get a boat or something. Goku’s going to go try searching under the water and Bulma pulls out the capsule case. There’s only one capsule in there, and Bulma realizes she took her dad’s case. She decides to have a little faith in her dad, and throws the capsule… but out pops a ton of porn. Goku thinks its weird how all these people have their clothes off even though they’re not taking baths, and she yells that kids aren’t supposed to look at that. She then tears up all the magazines. Goku realizes he has to go down and search after all, and takes off his clothes, then hops on Kinto-Un and flies over to a spot above the ocean. He dives down and starts swimming towards the Dragon Ball. He swims until he can’t hold his breath any longer, and he swims back up to the surface. He hops back on Kinto-Un and flies back to the island to tell Bulma it was too deep, but she’s gone when he gets back.

Bulma is wandering around, wondering if there’s anyone here so she can buy capsules. Two jet-flyers then come by. She tries to flag them down, but they start firing at her. She starts running away, but one of the guys notices it’s not the brat, but a woman. So, the two of them land and apologize, and she asks if there’s any place to buy capsules here. Nope. But they tell her she’s cute, and ask if she wants to have fun with them. She realizes they don’t mean stuff like Famicom (Nintendo), but etchi stuff. She runs away as they fire at her again, and Goku hears her screaming. Goku flies Kinto-Un past the two jet-flyers and asks Bulma if these are bad guys. They start firing at him, so he decides to fight them. First he jumps sideways through the windshield of one jet-flyer, and it crashes. He jumps over to the next one and cuts the jet-flyer in half with the Nyoi-Bō. Bulma can’t believe those guys, and Goku says he thought up something. Kame-Sen’nin’s house isn’t that far from here, and he probably has a capsule that can go underwater. Bulma’s not too thrilled about seeing Kame-Sen’nin, and Goku says he’s smart, too.

Chapter Notes

Inside Jokes / Easter-Eggs

  • In the seventh panel of page 6 of the chapter, there is a secret message hidden in one of the girlie magazines that pops out of Bulma’s father’s capsule. Written in Latin letters, it says, “HONTOWA KŌIU SUKEBENANOWA KAKITAKUNAINODAKEDONA”. Translated into English, this reads, “The truth is, I really don’t want to draw this kind of perverted stuff.” Whether this is actually the truth is another matter entirely.

Alterations

  • In both Weekly Shōnen Jump and the tankōbon release, Bulma mentions “Famicom games” in the first panel of page 12. Whether due to legal issues or the simple passage of time, however, this line is changed to “video games” for both the kanzenban (first published in 2003) and the digitally colorized edition based on it. This change is really a bit of a shame, since the author almost certainly had the Nintendo Famicom in mind specifically, judging by the references to Super Mario Bros. in the chapters immediately before and after this one.

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:

    京都、太秦撮影所に行って、殿様の格好をしました。気もちよかったよ~!<明>

    I went to Uzumasa Studios in Kyoto, and dressed up as a feudal lord. It felt great~! <Akira>

    Toriyama is referring to Toei Kyoto Studio Park (Tōei Uzumasa Eiga-mura), which has feudal-type sets you can walk around on, as well as stage shows. In this particular case, Toriyama is talking about getting dressed up in period costume and being photographed.

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.