Manga Guide

Dragon Ball Chapter 139

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Yajirobē no Emono

Yajirobe’s Prey

Chapter Information

Premiered: 25 August 1987 (Weekly Shōnen Jump 1987 #39)
Corresponding: Dragon Ball Episode 105, “The Strange Guy – Enter Yajirobe!!”
Dragon Ball Episode 106, “The Demonic Beast – Tambourine Draws Near!!”

  • Digital Monochrome Edition Volume 12 (12 October 2012)

Chapter Synopsis

Goku has realized this is not the monster from before, and Cymbal notices the other guy has the Dragon Ball for this area. Cymbal tells him to hand it over, and so Goku thinks this monster must be on the same side as the other one. The guy doesn’t want to, and so Cymbal decides he’ll have to take it from his corpse. Goku insists that he gets to beat up this monster, but the guy won’t let him. Goku explains about his friend getting killed by this monster’s ally, but the guy says this monster’s going to be his spoils. So, they have to Rock-Paper-Scissors for it. And the fat guy wins.

He rushes at Cymbal, and punches at him, but Cymbal jumps over it and whacks the guy in the face with his tail. Then Cymbal punches the guy, sending him flying and knocking him down. Cymbal thinks he’s won, but the guy easily gets back up, saying this has been a weird day. The guy intends to eat this monster, and he jumps up and kicks Cymbal in the face. Angered, Cymbal holds out his hand and shoots off some electricity.

The guy is really annoyed about this strange lightning. So, he rushes at Cymbal again, pulls out his sword, and, slice! In the blink of an eye, the guy cuts Cymbal in half. Piccolo feels Cymbal’s death up in the airship. The guy is roasting Cymbal’s corpse over the fire, and then he decides to taste it. Yummy! Once he’s finished eating, Goku asks the guy his name, but he wants to know his first. “I’m Goku. Son Goku.” The guy says he’s Yajirobe, a monk.

Chapter Notes

  • 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:

    庭で愛犬がほえるので行ってみたらデカイ亀がいた。逃がしてやったから玉手箱をくれんかな <明>

    My dog was barking out in the yard, so I went to see what was up and there was this gigantic turtle. I let it go free, so maybe I’ll get a Tamate-bako? <Akira>

    This is one of the comments featured in Daizenshuu 7. The “tamate-bako” is in reference to the tale of Urashima Tarō, which is also alluded to in Chapter 3 when Umigame promises to reward Goku and Bulma for taking him back to the sea.

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.