Manga Guide

Dragon Ball Chapter 097

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Saigo no Doragon Bōru

The Final Dragon Ball

Chapter Information

Premiered: 21 October 1986 (Weekly Shōnen Jump 1986 #47)
Corresponding: Dragon Ball Episode 068, “The Last Dragon Ball”
Dragon Ball Episode 069, “Cute, Huh?! Uranai Baba”

  • Digital Monochrome Edition Volume 09 (12 October 2012)

Chapter Synopsis

Still at Red Ribbon Headquarters, Goku checks the Dragon Radar to find the last Dragon Ball, but it doesn’t appear. Just then the plane lands outside and Yamcha leads the way to rescue Goku. Before they get too far, Kame-Sen’nin says they need a plan, and Yamcha agrees. Oolong wishes everyone good luck, and Bulma yells that he’s going too. Oolong says his stomach hurts, and Bulma yells at him some more, and eventually he gives in and picks up his shotgun. Lunch (bad) can’t wait to raid the place and kill everyone. They start discussing the plan (Kame-Sen’nin suggests that Bulma get naked to distract the soldiers), and Kuririn yells for everyone to hide. Nothing’s coming, until they spot Goku headed their way.

Goku thinks the Dragon Radar’s all broken again, and everyone starts calling him, and he wonders what they’re all doing here. Kuririn says they came to help him, and Goku explains that he beat them up and got six of the Dragon Balls. Yamcha asks Pu’er to go look, and he comes back and says it’s true. Everyone’s jaws drop, and Goku says he’s gotten stronger since before. Goku tells Kame-Sen’nin that he climbed Karin Tower and drank the strange water, and the old man remembers how it took him three years to get the Super Holy Water.

Goku tells Bulma about the Dragon Radar, and she asks if one of the six balls he found was his grandfather’s memento. Goku says he did get the Four-Star Ball, but he promised to return Upa’s Dad, who was killed by the Red Ribbon Army, back to life. Bulma tells him they need to go back to Kame-Sen’nin’s house so she can fix the radar, so everyone gets back in the plane and Goku hops on Kinto-Un. On the way back, Kame-Sen’nin notes that Goku has become stronger than him, and Yamcha tells Kame-Sen’nin that he wants to train with him after they find the last Dragon Ball.

Back at Kame House, Bulma can’t fix the radar, and thinks maybe someone swallowed the Dragon Ball. Apparently, the radar can’t catch the unique waves of the Dragon Balls from within a living being. Oolong thinks someone would be stupid to swallow them, and Bulma tells him it could’ve been a crocodile or a hippo. Goku’s worried, and Yamcha wonders if it wouldn’t come out as crap. Kame-Sen’nin suggests they go visit Uranai Baba’s palace, since she’s a great fortune teller who can find anything. Kame-Sen’nin gets out a map, and shows them where it is, then Yamcha, Pu’er, Goku, and Kuririn get in the plane and fly off to find Baba’s palace.

Chapter Notes

Title Page

  • The title page features Yamcha pointing the way to Goku on Kinto-Un, while driving a Reliant Scimitar SS1 with Pu’er and Kuririn as passengers.

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:


    Once I get out to Kohama Island in Okinawa and relax out in the sea, I’ll probably lose all desire to ever come back… <Akira>

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.