Manga Guide

Dragon Ball Chapter 173

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Kuririn Tai Ma Junia Shōbu Kessu!!

Kuririn vs Ma Junior: Settling the Score!!

Chapter Information

Premiered: 02 May 1988 (Weekly Shōnen Jump 1988 #23)
Corresponding: Dragon Ball Episode 138, “The Puzzling Man, Shen”

  • Digital Monochrome Edition Volume 15 (12 October 2012)

Chapter Synopsis

Piccolo asks Kuririn if he’s ready, but Kuririn says not quite. Piccolo says not to worry, he doesn’t intend to kill him, and then thinks to himself, “Not right now… You’re also in the way of my world domination…” Piccolo pulls his arm back, and then throws it out at Kuririn, with it stretching across the ring, and he grabs Kuririn’s leg. Piccolo then retracts his arm, pulling Kuririn back toward him, and he punches Kuririn toward the back wall.

Kuririn kicks off the back wall, though, and comes flying at Piccolo with a punch. But Piccolo ducks it, and kicks Kuririn high into the air. Piccolo comes up after Kuririn, and Kuririn realizes this is his last chance. “Ka… me… ha… me…” Piccolo appears behind Kuririn, so Kuririn about faces and “Haaaaa!!!!” It’s a hit, but then Kuririn realizes Piccolo used Zanzōken.

Goku yells out at Kuririn to look behind him, and the real Piccolo hammers Kuririn down toward the ring before Kuririn can react. Kuririn hits the ring hard, and Piccolo touches down. Kuririn slowly makes his way up again, freaking Piccolo out. But, Kuririn just falls down again, laughing as he concedes. “Oh, contestant Kuririn gives in…!! He’s given in!! It’s Ma Junior’s victory!! Even having lost, Kuririn showed us an incredible, truly incredible match!!!” Goku helps Kuririn to the back as everyone cheers for him.

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:


    When you’re doing this job, Golden Week isn’t relevant. But, doing a proper job, I managed to get a one-week break… <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.