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Dragon Ball Chapter 153

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Tenshinhan no Ketsui!!

Tenshinhan’s Determination!!

Chapter Information

Premiered: 01 December 1987 (Weekly Shōnen Jump 1988 #01/02)
Corresponding: Dragon Ball Episode 118, “Tenshinhan’s Determination!!”

  • Digital Monochrome Edition Volume 13 (12 October 2012)

Chapter Synopsis

Piccolo says there’s forty-three districts in the world, and Piano brings him a little box. Today is May 9th, so, this is the day they’ll celebrate his taking the throne. Every year on Piccolo Day, he’ll celebrate by holding a lottery, and draw a number from this box. He’ll then fire a Bakuretsu-Makoho on the corresponding district, just because he likes seeing the look of terror on humans’ faces. Though, if you think Piccolo is stingy and you don’t want to wait forty-three years to die, you’re free to come to King Castle and get shot with a missile anytime!

Tenshinhan is still watching, as Piccolo decides to draw today’s number, and Tenshinhan is real anxious to use the Mafūba now. Piccolo reaches down into the box, as even Sno and her parents watch from Jingle Village. And, the number he gets is District 29, which is West City. Bulma freaks out, since her Mom and Dad are there. So, she radios to Tenshinhan to use the Mafūba, and they’ll gather the Dragon Balls to return him to life if he dies.

Tenshinhan tells her he’s also been watching the TV, and he does plan to use the Mafūba, but the Dragon Balls have all turned to stone. Bulma says that doesn’t matter, they reactivate in a year, and so Tenshinhan tells her that Piccolo killed Shenlong. And, just in time, Tenshinhan is approaching King Castle. Yamcha says broken leg or not, he’s also going to do something. Tenshinhan flies past a tower, where Piccolo and Piano are boarding a little plane, and so Tenshinhan turns around and calls Piccolo out.

Piccolo realizes there’s still another idiot left alive, as Goku continues heading toward the scene on his new Kinto-Un. Piccolo and Piano hop down to the ground, and Tenshinhan prepares to hop down from his plane as well. He thinks a better castle for Piccolo would be this Denshi Jar, but then he spots a crack in it. He can’t contain Piccolo within a cracked Denshi Jar, so he leaves the Denshi Jar in the plane and hops down to attempt beating Piccolo the hard way.

Tenshinhan flies down, and Piccolo notes that he can also use Bukūjutsu. Tenshinhan says he’s going to win, and Piccolo thinks that’s no way to talk to the King. Then Piccolo decides to make a new henchman, so that he, the King, won’t have to dirty his hands. Piccolo coughs up another egg, freaking Tenshinhan out. A big, fat, ogre-looking demon pops out, and Piccolo tells him his name is Drum. Tenshinhan thinks he can take out the both of them.

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:


    Between marriage and kids, my friends are all really busy. So, we can’t quite find any opportunities to get together. I’m a bit lonely. <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.