Manga Guide

Dragon Ball Chapter 157

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Fujimi no Kessen!!

An Immortal Showdown!!

Chapter Information

Premiered: 12 January 1988 (Weekly Shōnen Jump 1988 #07)
Corresponding: Dragon Ball Episode 120, “Goku: Anger at Full Power!!”
Dragon Ball Episode 121, “Son Goku’s Greatest Crisis!!”

  • Digital Monochrome Edition Volume 14 (12 October 2012)

Chapter Synopsis

Piccolo is going to show Goku the ferocity of his full power, and Goku says he’ll go all out as well. Piccolo charges up a bit more, and then rushes at Goku, swinging at him. However, Goku jumps over it and lands behind Piccolo. Piccolo then turns around, and delivers a hard punch to Goku’s back. The punch sends Goku flying into the ground, with the impact creating a large crater. Piccolo laughs about his victory, and Tenshinhan thinks it’s all over.

But then there’s a “Ka…” from the crater, and Tenshinhan and Piccolo take notice. “Me… Ha… Me…” Goku shoots up from the crater, and “Haaaaa!!!!”, fires a Kamehameha down at Piccolo. Piccolo holds his hands out to catch it, but Goku then swerves it at the last second. The Kamehameha is directed to the side of Piccolo, then comes around and hits him in the back of the head.

Tenshinhan can’t believe Goku bent a Kamehameha, as Goku yells at Piccolo to get back up. Piccolo says Goku’s a freak, and Goku responds with a “we’re equal in that respect”. Goku jumps up at Piccolo with a kick, but Piccolo blocks it, and hits Goku with a knee. Goku kicks at Piccolo again, and Piccolo blocks again, and then punches Goku off. Piccolo rushes after Goku, but Goku kicks off the ground and makes a 90 degree turn. Piccolo does the same to keep the chase, and so Goku touches the ground with his hands, and kicks back at Piccolo. Tenshinhan feels completely outclassed.

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:


    Thank you so much to MGC, Tamiya, and Epoch for always giving me such wonderful products. <Akira>

    MGC (Model Guns Corporation) and Tamiya are companies close to Toriyama’s heart because of his hobbies. Epoch made a number of Dragon Ball toys during the time of the first anime, but for Dragon Ball Z, the rights were consolidated under Bandai and Epoch stopped making them.

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.