Manga Guide

Dragon Ball Chapter 170

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Koroshiya Tao Pai-pai no Agaki

The Hitman Tao Pai-pai’s Struggle

Chapter Information

Premiered: 12 April 1988 (Weekly Shōnen Jump 1988 #20)
Corresponding: Dragon Ball Episode 136, “The Hitman Tao Pai-pai’s Counterattack”

  • Digital Monochrome Edition Volume 15 (12 October 2012)

Chapter Synopsis

Tao Pai-pai is annoyed about Tenshinhan suddenly appearing behind him, and about Tenshinhan saying he’s too strong for him. Tenshinhan says it’s not too hard not to tell, and Tao Pai-pai angrily comes at him. But, Tenshinhan easily dodges all of his strikes, then his kicks, and finally catches Tao Pai-pai’s fist. Tenshinhan tells him he doesn’t want to make Tao Pai-pai lose like this, since he and Tsuru-Sen’nin taught him, and again asks him to please leave.

Tao Pai-pai jerks away, leaving his mechanical fist in Tenshinhan’s hand. A long knife pops out of the socket where his hand was, and Tao Pai-pai slashes Tenshinhan across the chest with it. “F-foul play!! That’s foul play!! Use of weapons is firmly prohibited!! This contest’s win belongs to Tenshinhan!!” Tao Pai-pai doesn’t care about that anymore; he just wants to kill Tenshinhan. Tsuru-Sen’nin cheers him on, telling him to kill everyone else affiliated with the Kame School as well.

Tenshinhan removes his slashed shirt, and Tao Pai-pai pops off his other hand. Yamcha and Kuririn volunteer to help, but Tenshinhan says he wants to do this himself. Tao Pai-pai’s second hand is a gun which can fire a Super Dodonpa. He tells Tenshinhan to prepare to go to Hell. Tenshinhan stands unmoving, though, and Tao Pai-pai targets Tenshinhan with his cyborg radar vision.

Tao Pai-pai then fires the tremendous Super Dodonpa at Tenshinhan, but Tenshinhan just screams, and the blast is ineffective. Tao Pai-pai can’t believe he’s cancelled out the Super Dodonpa with just a kiai, and then Tenshinhan runs over and punches Tao Pai-pai in the gut, knocking him out. Tenshinhan then picks him up and takes him over to Tsuru-Sen’nin, saying he probably won’t wake up for days. Then he asks them to please just leave, and so Tsuru-Sen’nin flies off with Tao Pai-pai draped over his shoulders. And so, the second match is called to begin, and Goku wants to know why this girl is mad at him once they get in the ring.

Chapter Notes


  • In the first panel on the eighth page, Tao Pai-pai’s Super Dodonpa is shown coming from his left arm, even though he fired it from his right arm on page 7. He is then shown to have indeed fired it from his right arm in the first panel on page 10.

Author’s Comment

  • 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 finally saw the movie The Last Emperor. I came away extremely impressed at the careful framing. <Akira>

    The Last Emperor is a 1987 film directed by Bernardo Bertolucci, depicting the life of the last Emperor of China. The film seems to have equally impressed the staff of the Dragon Ball TV series, who used the setting and costuming as references in creating the “Mifan Empire” for the third Dragon Ball movie, released in July 1988.

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.