Manga Guide

Dragon Ball Chapter 122

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Son Gokū Sanjō!!!

Here’s Son Goku!!!

Chapter Information

Premiered: 28 April 1987 (Weekly Shōnen Jump 1987 #22)
Corresponding: Dragon Ball Episode 092, “Wai~t! Here’s Son Goku!!”

  • Digital Monochrome Edition Volume 11 (12 October 2012)

Chapter Synopsis

The announcer declares the fourth match is about to begin, and with this, all eight competitors will have appeared. First Panput is called out, and apparently he’s a pretty famous competitor. And, of course, Son Goku was the runner up at the previous tournament. The announcer thinks this’ll be an amazing match. Panput punches at Goku, stopping just in front of his face, but Goku doesn’t even flinch. Panput asks him about that, and Goku says the punch didn’t look that powerful. Panput thinks Goku doesn’t realize how great he is, and asks the announcer for a moment to show him.

Panput starts punching and kicking the air, then does some back flips over to the back wall. Panput elbows the wall, breaking off part of it. He asks Goku if he understands what he’s up against, and Goku says yep. The announcer starts to make his way out of the ring, and Panput tells Goku it’ll only take him thirty seconds to win. The match is called to begin, and so Panput charges at Goku. But Goku just elbows him in the stomach, and Panput falls over. The announcer says that Panput has fainted, so it’s Goku’s win.

The announcer goes on about it being only one hit, but Tenshinhan insists it wasn’t. Tenshinhan explains that while holding off his opponent’s agile punch with his right hand, Goku gave an elbow with his left, which was really three shots in all. Tenshinhan thinks this isn’t an ordinary brat, and that this tournament has gotten a little more interesting. Backstage, Kuririn congratulates Goku on beating that dude who was supposed to be really great. Jackie tells them that that dude was really great, they’ve just become ridiculously strong, and their eyes can see fast movements easily, etc. Kuririn brings up how Yamcha lost, and he himself had a rough time against that chibi. Jackie just says that Tsuru-Sen’nin’s group is also ridiculously strong.

“Well then, from this we’ll carry out the semifinal fifth match!! The first match’s winner, Tenshinhan, versus the second match’s winner, Jackie Chun!!” Jackie heads out to the ring where Tenshinhan is waiting. Tenshinhan thinks to himself that this old man isn’t ordinary. Meanwhile, Kuririn wonders just how strong they (he and Goku) have really become.

Chapter Notes

Explanatory Notes

  • The first panel on the first page of the chapter is reused, slightly altered, from page 12 of Chapter 116, and was also previously used, with minor modifications to the characters in the ring, in Chapters 117 and 119. In Chapter 119 in particular, this reuse caused a continuity error due to the presence of Bulma, Pu’er, and Lunch in the crowd, despite their having already left to attend to an injured Yamcha. Perhaps having been made aware of this mistake, Toriyama took care in this chapter to alter the crowd so that Pu’er was no longer present, and the figures that were previously meant to be Bulma and Lunch were altered so that “not-Bulma”‘s hair is darkened, and “not-Lunch”‘s headband is removed.

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:


    I had alcohol for the first time in who knows how many months, and after just one drink my head was reeling. I didn’t think my tolerance was this low! <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.