Manga Guide

Dragon Ball Chapter 158

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Son Gokū Saidai no Kiki!!

Son Goku’s Greatest Crisis!!

Chapter Information

Premiered: 19 January 1988 (Weekly Shōnen Jump 1988 #08)
Corresponding: Dragon Ball Episode 121, “Son Goku’s Greatest Crisis!!”

  • Digital Monochrome Edition Volume 14 (12 October 2012)

Chapter Synopsis

Piccolo kicks Goku, and Goku jumps up and punches Piccolo in the gut, and then Piccolo lands an elbow to Goku’s head. Goku does a mid-air roundhouse kick, elbows Piccolo in the face, punches him in the gut, and finally kicks Piccolo off. Up inside one of the castle’s buildings, the King and his two guards hear some noises outside. One guard says Piccolo’s not at West City, and so the King looks outside, and wonders who those other two are.

Piccolo shoots some eye beams at Goku, with one hard direct hit to Goku’s right knee. Piccolo laughs and says he can’t possibly win with only one leg, but Goku insists one leg is plenty. Piccolo comes at Goku, and so Goku pulls out his Nyoi-Bō, and makes it extend, shooting Goku up into the air so that he can elbow Piccolo in the face. One guard thinks they should let the world’s future be decided by these kids, and the King reluctantly agrees, as they decide to escape.

Piccolo is pissed about this strange Nyoi-Bō, as the little plane continues heading toward King Castle. Yamcha says they’ll be there in ten minutes, and hopes Tenshinhan doesn’t die. Bulma says West City still hasn’t been destroyed, and cheers Tenshinhan on. A news reporter comes in on the little plane’s TV, and says Piccolo’s still at King Castle, with two people opposing him. They show an image from the long distance camera, since it’s too dangerous to get close, and says it seems like one of them is a young man. It seems like the one fighting is a little boy, although it’s really hard to tell.

Bulma wonders if the little boy isn’t Goku, but Yamcha insists Goku’s dead. Bulma says nobody saw him dead, and then reminds him of what Uranai Baba had said: “He’s really such an amazing kid. Before long, he’ll rescue the whole world.” Yamcha realizes it must be Goku, and they all get excited as they continue toward the battle grounds. Speaking of which, Piccolo is really pissed, and he starts powering up for something big. Then he shoots off a one finger blast from his right hand, missing, although a shot from his left hand knocks the Nyoi-Bō out of Goku’s hand, breaking it. Piccolo says it’s all over without that Nyoi-Bō, and then fires off a huge blast, causing a massive explosion.

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 played my first game of Airsoft, and ran all over the place. Really cleared up my mood. My body moved well, and I got a real sense of “youth”. <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.