Manga Guide

Dragon Ball Chapter 078

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The Great Escape!!

Chapter Information

Premiered: 10 June 1986 (Weekly Shōnen Jump 1986 #28)
Corresponding: Dragon Ball Episode 053, “Fear the Shining Eyes”

  • Digital Monochrome Edition Volume 07 (12 October 2012)

Chapter Synopsis

Bulma and Kuririn are worried, and Blue asks Goku how he likes his Chōnōryoku (psychic ability). Blue kicks him, and Goku bounces off the ceiling and hits the ground. Then the cave starts caving in some more, and Blue thinks he’ll have to hurry and get the treasure and Dragon Balls. Blue pulls a capsule from his pocket, and out pops a shotgun. He points the gun at Goku, and threatens to shoot the kid if the girl doesn’t tell him where the Dragon Ball is. Bulma tells him it’s probably in the bottom of the pool over there. Blue thanks her, and says he still has to kill anyone who messes with the Red Ribbon Army.

Bulma starts crying about her being next after Goku dies, and Kuririn thinks she talks too much. The shotgun is in Goku’s face, and just after Blue yells “Farewell!!!”, a mouse runs along. Blue shrieks about the filthy mouse, and drops the gun and loses his concentration. Goku can move again, and Kuririn and Bulma cheer him on. Blue is displeased at Goku’s escape, and Goku says he’ll be punished with his Jan-Ken Gū. Goku rushes at him, pokes him in the eyes with a Choki, and quickly uses his Jan-Ken Gū. Goku sends Blue flying into the wall, and he’s knocked out.

There’s no time for celebration, though, since the cave is crumbling apart even more. Goku asks Bulma about the Dragon Ball, and she points to the pool. Goku tells them to run away while he searches for the Dragon Ball, and they run off as he dives down. Goku swims his way to the bottom of the pool, while Bulma and Kuririn are on the way back towards the harbor. Goku moves a rock aside, and he finds the Three-Star Ball. He puts it in his shirt and heads back towards the surface, and Bulma and Kuririn are running like hell through the harbor as the ceiling continues to crumble.

Goku makes it to the surface, and then he looks for the mouse before he escapes. He finds him, and wants to return the favor, so he puts the mouse in his mouth and runs away. Bulma and Kuririn come to the exit of the harbor, but it’s blocked off by fallen rocks, and so they decide to try the little submarine in the water there. Elsewhere, Blue wakes up, and tries to take the treasure chest with him, but the ceiling in the treasure room falls in on him. Bulma and Kuririn have gotten the engine started, but they can’t leave without Goku, who’s still running back towards the harbor with the Three-Star Ball in his shirt and the mouse in his mouth.

Chapter Notes


  • At the end of the previous chapter, General Blue had picked up the same rock he was about to use to kill Kuririn before Goku stopped him, apparently now intending to kill Goku with it instead. But at the start of this chapter, Blue is no longer holding the rock, and instead kicks Goku before bringing out a shotgun in order to finish him off. Goku repeats the exact same line at the beginning of this chapter that he closes the previous chapter with, so this chapter is apparently meant to pick up at the exact moment where the previous one left off. With that in mind, there seems to be a disjunction in continuity at work. Perhaps the author realized that a repeat of the same close-call two chapters in a row would be anticlimactic and decided to sidestep the issue by rewriting it in place, or perhaps he simply forgot; either scenario is equally plausible.

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:

    只今、31号のオールカラーで死んでます。終わった後のドライブが心の支え <明>

    I practically killed myself doing the full-color chapter for issue 31. I took a drive after finishing up to boost my morale. <Akira>

    Toriyama is talking about Chapter 81, where Goku finds himself in Penguin Village. Perhaps because of the extreme effort it took to do, Toriyama only ever did this once more in Dragon Ball, with Chapter 205. Incidentally, Dr. Slump ended in issue 1984 #39, which makes said chapter about two months shy of exactly two years since then.

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.