Manga Guide

Dragon Ball Chapter 155

Weekly Shōnen Jump Title Page
Weekly Shōnen Jump Title Page
Tankōbon Title Page
Tankōbon Title Page
Kanzenban Title Page
Kanzenban Title Page
Full Color Title Page
Full Color Title Page


Son Gokū no Gyakushū

Son Goku’s Counterattack

Chapter Information

Premiered: 18 December 1987 (Weekly Shōnen Jump 1988 #05)
Corresponding: Dragon Ball Episode 119, “Will It Work?! The Legendary Mafūba”
Dragon Ball Episode 120, “Goku – Anger at Full Power!!”

  • Digital Monochrome Edition Volume 13 (12 October 2012)

Chapter Synopsis

Drum falls to the ground, and Tenshinhan wonders what’s happened to Goku. Piccolo cannot believe he dares defy him again, and Goku insists he’ll defeat him this time. Meanwhile, two little planes depart from Kame House. One has Oolong, Pu’er, and Umigame, and they’re off to collect Kame-Sen’nin and Chiaotzu’s dead bodies. The other has Yamcha, Bulma, and Lunch, and they’re going to go help Tenshinhan. Lunch is all fired up to go help out Tenshinhan, and Yamcha thinks this Lunch (bad) is pretty reliable. But then she sneezes and changes back into her good self, and wonders if they’re going on a picnic.

Piccolo tells Goku he’s powered up since before, and Goku says he has as well. Piccolo wants to end this quickly so he can visit West City, and holds up five fingers, telling Goku he’ll be finished in five seconds. Piccolo comes at Goku, and chops at him, but Goku easily blocks it, much to everyone’s surprise. Piccolo punches at Goku, but Goku easily catches that with his much smaller hand. Then Goku throws Piccolo by his fist into a building, shattering it.

Piccolo gets up from the rubble, and Goku tells him his five seconds are already up. Piccolo is really pissed, and he jumps into the air, then dives down toward Goku, and fires a ki blast at him. But Goku jumps up over it, so Piccolo fires another blast up at Goku. Goku crosses his arms to shield himself, and is merely thrown back a bit by the blast. Goku catches onto a rod protruding from one of the castle’s buildings, and swings off of it back down to the ground. Goku faces Piccolo, who wonders what’s with this brat.

Chapter Notes

  • When this chapter was first published in Weekly Shōnen Jump, it ran alongside SONCHOH, a one-shot also drawn by Akira Toriyama. The title page for this chapter is also of an identical design to that of SONCHOH, with both protagonists atop a Suzuki Jimny. As explained by Toriyama in the convenience-store exclusive Akira Toriyama’s _____piece Theatre: REMIX, Volume 3 (released 21 June 2004), he drew SONCHOH for the sake of being able to draw the Jimny, and that he considered the car itself, rather than the old man, the protagonist. As such, it is probably no surprise that he took the opportunity to draw it on the title page for Dragon Ball, as well.

  • The title page artwork for this chapter was later reused as the cover artwork for Tankōbon Volume 13 (published 10 June 1988), which contained this chapter.
  • 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:


    After about one more week of work, it’ll be my long-awaited break. Being able to rest for two weeks is like a dream. <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.