Manga Guide

Dragon Ball Chapter 172

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Kuririn Tai Ma Junia

Kuririn vs Ma Junior

Chapter Information

Premiered: 26 April 1988 (Weekly Shōnen Jump 1988 #22)
Corresponding: Dragon Ball Episode 137, “Son Goku’s Marriage”

  • Digital Monochrome Edition Volume 15 (12 October 2012)

Chapter Synopsis

Piccolo calls Kuririn “small fry” again, and this time Kuririn hears it. Then, Kuririn readies for something, and brings his fists down to his waste. Then he throws his hands out, firing a blast from each one over at Piccolo! Piccolo flies up out of the way, but the two blasts follow him, so Piccolo nullifies them with some eye beams. But then Kuririn jumps up into the air, surprising Piccolo, and he punches Piccolo in the face. Piccolo flies off into the distance, but stops himself mid-air, as Kuririn lands back in the ring.

Piccolo comes back down to the ring, and Kuririn rushes as him, but Piccolo sidesteps his attack. But Kuririn jumps sideways after him, and starts punching at Piccolo, but Piccolo blocks it, and then heads back up into the air. Kuririn jumps up after him, but Piccolo kicks Kuririn down toward the outside of the ring. But… Kuririn stops himself mid-air, and Kame-Sen’nin realizes he now knows Bukūjutsu.

Piccolo doesn’t think much of his techniques, movements, or toughness, and is going to show the small fry just a little of his true power. Bulma tells Kuririn it’s a bluff, and says to kick his ass. But Goku says to be careful, since what Piccolo’s saying is true.

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:

    フジTV「ひらけポンキッキ」の人形劇のキャラデザインをしました。よかったら見て下さい <明>

    I did the character design of a puppet-theater segment for Hirake! Ponkikki on Fuji TV. Please watch it, if you like. <Akira>

    “Hirake! Ponkikki” was an early-childhood show which aired until the early 1990s. The segment Toriyama did the designs for was “Apple Pop”, which can be seen in the artbook Akira Toriyama: The World (1990).

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.