Manga Guide

Dragon Ball Chapter 154

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Tenshinhan no Gosan

Tenshinhan’s Miscalculation

Chapter Information

Premiered: 08 December 1987 (Weekly Shōnen Jump 1988 #03/04)
Corresponding: Dragon Ball Episode 119, “Will It Work?! The Legendary Mafūba”

  • Digital Monochrome Edition Volume 13 (12 October 2012)

Chapter Synopsis

Drum prepares to fight Tenshinhan, as Goku nears King Castle. Tenshinhan rushes at Drum, and swipes at him, but Drum ducks it, and then punches at Tenshinhan. Tenshinhan catches his fist, though, and starts kicking at Drum, but Drum dodges, and then punches Tenshinhan in the face, knocking him back. Drum follows up with two kicks, and then elbows Tenshinhan, knocking him backwards. But Tenshinhan catches himself, and flies back toward Drum with a headbutt to the, uh, head.

Drum laughs about this interesting guy, as Tenshinhan thinks about his unbelievable strength and speed even though he’s just an ordinary henchman and not Piccolo. Drum appears next to Tenshinhan before he can react, and then gets behind Tenshinhan and punches him in the back. Tenshinhan falls down face first, really hurting, so Piccolo tells Drum to completely crush this persistent guy’s heart.

Drum stands over Tenshinhan, and prepares to put his hand through Tenshinhan’s back, when, suddenly… In a flash, Drum is knocked off Tenshinhan. Goku is here, and Tenshinhan’s happy to see he’s still alive. But Piccolo doesn’t share the sentiment. Goku notices Piccolo’s face is different, and Piccolo explains that he got his youth restored, and overwhelming power came along with.

Tenshinhan yells at Son to run away, but Goku’s not worried. Piccolo wonders why these sorts of idiots just won’t die, as Drum instantly appears next to Goku. But Goku just jumps up and kicks Drum in the head, smashing it open and popping an eye out. Tenshinhan and Piccolo are shocked!

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:


    When I went out to dinner with my son Sasuke, he made a big fuss. So much so that I don’t know what I ate or how. Even meals are tough. <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.