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Dragon Ball Chapter 168

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Hasshōsha Kettei!!

The Eight Winners are Determined!!

Chapter Information

Premiered: 29 March 1988 (Weekly Shōnen Jump 1988 #18)
Corresponding: Dragon Ball Episode 134, “Troubles at the Tenka’ichi Budōkai”
Dragon Ball Episode 135, “The Eight Chosen People”

  • Digital Monochrome Edition Volume 14 (12 October 2012)

Chapter Synopsis

Goku can’t believe this, and Tenshinhan says he’s supposed to be dead. Tao Pai-pai says he doesn’t die so easily, and explains that he was revived, though it took a while. Kuririn asks Goku who this is, so Goku explains that he’s a hitman, as well as Tsuru-Sen’nin’s little brother. So, he’s like Tenshinhan and Chiaotzu’s senpai, and Goku was sure he’d defeated him. Tao Pai-pai says he used all the money he’d earned to be revived as a cyborg, as well as getting his power increased exponentially.

Tao Pai-pai doesn’t care about winning the tournament, he just wants to take the life of Son Goku. And after that, Tenshinhan, who has betrayed them for the Kame School. Tenshinhan says he hasn’t taken up the Kame-Style, he’s just realized their teachings were no good. Tenshinhan tells him they’ll fight, and Tao Pai-pai thinks it’ll be fun.

Piccolo’s offspring wins a match by flicking this guy, and Kuririn says a lot of really amazing people have gathered this time. Goku thinks that this offspring has surpassed the previous Piccolo. Then, Goku has another match, and he easily wins it, so #2 places in the finals. Then #35 (Tenshinhan), #16 (Kuririn), #22 (Yamcha), and #51 (Piccolo’s offspring) each place as well. Tao Pai-pai has apparently also placed, and also the cute girl from before, #59. Goku thinks she does seem a bit familiar.

Now there’s only one match left. The two contestants are this masked fat dude, and a nerd. The nerd charges at the fat dude, and trips, falling on his face, and just misses a punch from the fat dude. The nerd gets back up, and accidentally headbutts the fat dude in the face for a knockout. So, the nerd, #70, places. The announcer then calls the eight finalists over for the lottery.

The fat dude, meanwhile, takes off his hood, revealing that he’s… Yajirobe! Yajirobe thinks that nerd wasn’t just a clumsy bastard, then gets changed and leaves with his stuff. The announcer (who now has a little mustache) is prepared to start the lottery, and he screams when he sees Kuririn. The announcer starts praying, and so Kuririn tells him he’s not a ghost, he was returned to life. With that aside, the numbers are drawn, and the announcer makes up a chart. (Anonymous Hopeful is the cute girl, Ma Junior is Piccolo’s offspring, and Shen is the nerdy guy.)

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:


    The match-ups for the Budōkai have finally been set. Even I myself am looking forward to seeing what sort of fights they’ll be. <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.