Manga Guide

Dragon Ball Chapter 143

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Son Gokū Tai Pikkoro Daimaō

Son Goku vs Demon King Piccolo

Chapter Information

Premiered: 22 September 1987 (Weekly Shōnen Jump 1987 #43)
Corresponding: Dragon Ball Episode 109, “Son Goku vs Demon King Piccolo”

  • Digital Monochrome Edition Volume 12 (12 October 2012)

Chapter Synopsis

Goku jumps up and punches Piccolo in the face, surprising Piccolo with his speed, and knocking Piccolo back a bit. Goku kicks off the ground and comes at Piccolo again, but Piccolo holds his hand out to block him. So, Goku stops and grabs onto Piccolo’s arm with his tail, then swings up to punch Piccolo in the face. But Piccolo catches Goku with the other arm, and knocks him into the ground. Goku just touches the ground with his hands, and pushes himself back toward Piccolo, kicking Piccolo in the chest and sending him flying.

Pilaf looks down from the airship, and tells Mai and Shuu they should run away. The pterodactyl-looking guy tells them to not freak out and have a little more faith in Daimaō. Piccolo is going to get serious now, and he throws off his fancy cape thing, leaving just a regular dōgi outfit. Piccolo says he’s going to show him just how fierce he really is, but Goku’s not worried. Piccolo then quickly charges at Goku, and he kicks Goku high up into the air. Piccolo follows Goku up there, and punches Goku straight down into the ground, or rather, through the ground.

Piccolo comes down and pulls Goku up out of the hole, and holds him up with one hand, then punches him in the face with the other. Goku’s really busted up, but he still manages to bite down on Piccolo’s finger, so Piccolo tosses him to the ground. But Goku staggers back up, amazed at this guy’s strength. Piccolo tells Goku there’s nothing left for him but death, while he still has half of his power left.

Piccolo laughs, asking what he’ll do now, and so Goku puts his hands together in Kamehameha formation. Piccolo freaks out, but once Goku starts calling out the attack, Piccolo is relieved it’s not the Mafūba. Goku fires it off, and it’s a direct hit. But… When the smoke clears, Piccolo is completely unharmed. Goku is worried, while Piccolo laughs and asks if he’d like to die slowly.

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:


    I’ve been desperately working round the clock, all so that I can take my summer vacation, which is still way later than most people’s… <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.