Surviving the Preliminaries
|Premiered:||03 March 1987 (Weekly Shōnen Jump 1987 #14)|
|Corresponding:||Dragon Ball Episode 085, “Obsessed with Winning!! Survive the Preliminaries”|
The drawings begin, and Kuririn gets #71, in the second half of Block Two. Goku gets in the end of Block One, and Yamcha draws in the first half of Block One. Goku asks Jackie what he got, and he says #178, in Block Four. Then the PA system says they’re going to decide the eight finalists, and so everyone needs to get to their proper blocks. The rules are then explained: “The fights are one-on-one atop the contest platforms. If you fall off, faint, or say you give up, it’s a loss.” They all go to their blocks, and the official at Block One calls for #1 and #2, and Yamcha steps up. The opponent comes at Yamcha, but one elbow to the face knocks him out, and the official says #2 wins.
Yamcha and Goku look over at Kuririn, and this huge guy is calling him a baldy baby. The guy tries to smash Kuririn with his huge hand, but Kuririn just slings him overhead by one of his huge fingers, tossing the guy into the wall. Goku compliments Kuririn, when the three-eyed guy from Tsuru-Sen’nin’s party comes over and starts talking trash. Goku doesn’t know who he is, and Kuririn tells him it’s one of Tsuru-Sen’nin’s students, who is Muten Rōshi’s rival. The three-eyed guy tells them they’re lucky they won’t end up fighting him in the preliminaries, and then talks some more trash. Yamcha gives him the finger, and then #99 and #100 are called in Block Three, and the guy says it’s his turn.
The three-eyed guy takes off his coat, and Kuririn says he’ll laugh if he loses, but Goku thinks he looks like an awesome guy. The three-eyed guy has to fight a sumo wrestler, but he defeats him in the blink of an eye. The official says #99 wins, and most of the onlookers didn’t notice anything. But Kuririn and Yamcha note it was four hand strikes and two kicks, and the three-eyed guy thinks that was nothing. Then it’s Goku’s turn, and he’s faced up against the famous King Chapa.
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:
It’s getting close to when my wife will give birth. I try to look calm, but inside I’m a ball of nerves. Pathetic!! <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.