Manga Guide

Dragon Ball Chapter 081

Tankōbon Title Page
Tankōbon Title Page
Kanzenban Title Page
Kanzenban Title Page
Full Color Title Page
Full Color Title Page


Otte Pengin Mura!

Chased to Penguin Village!

Chapter Information

Premiered: 01 July 1986 (Weekly Shōnen Jump 1986 #31)
Corresponding: Dragon Ball Episode 055, “N’cha! Chased to Penguin Village”
Dragon Ball Episode 056, “Uhohōi! Arale Boards the Cloud”

  • Digital Monochrome Edition Volume 07 (12 October 2012)

Chapter Synopsis

On a mysterious island, a bunch of Dr. Slump characters are walking home from school. Norimaki Senbe appears behind them and starts giving the “V” sign. Akane wants to know what he’s doing, and he explains that he hasn’t been in “Jump” for a long time, so he’s showing everyone how happy he is to see them. A couple other characters make a cameo appearance, and then Arale, accompanied by Gatchan, shows up and says hello. Then Arale and Gatchan run home, when they notice Kinto-Un and Blue’s jet whooshing through the air.

Goku’s just behind Blue, and Blue decides he needs to get rid of him. Goku tells Kinto-Un to speed up, and he gets ahead of Blue. Goku sticks his tongue out, and Blue can’t believe it. Goku pulls out the Nyoi-Bō, and prepares to whack Blue’s ship, but Blue makes a u-turn. Goku easily catches up, since Blue’s cut off his engines, and they’re over Arale’s house. Blue laughs about Goku being right behind him now, and fires off the Rocket Engines, blasting Goku in the face and knocking him off Kinto-Un. Blue laughs about this, but then crashes into a mountain as Goku falls to the ground.

Goku laughs about Blue being stupid, and he lands feet first in front of Arale. She greets him, “N’cha!”, and Goku responds with “Ossu!” Goku calls for Kinto-Un, and zooms off, and Arale and Gatchan run after him. Elsewhere, we find that Blue’s still alive…

Chapter Notes

  • This chapter is one of only two in the entire series (the other being chapter 205) to be drawn entirely in full-color.
  • When this chapter was first published in Weekly Shōnen Jump, the first page contained no indication that it was a chapter of Dragon Ball, and it was not until the title page, five pages in, that Goku and General Blue made their appearance and the catch-copy announced, “This isn’t Dr. Slump!” It must have been quite a surprise to fans at the time.
  • 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:

    世界民族博物館にいってきました。ドライブがてらいろんな生活ぶりを観察してきたので漫画の参考にしたいです <明>

    While out on a drive I dropped by the world folk museum, and checked out various different lifestyles. It’ll make good reference material for my manga. <Akira>

    Toriyama is most likely referring to the Little World Museum of Man, which is in the northern part of Aichi Prefecture. Of note, it features a teepee that looks quite similar to the one used by Upa and Bora just a few chapters from now.

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.