Manga Guide

Dragon Ball Chapter 178

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Tenshinhan Jishin no Hissatsu Waza!

Tenshinhan’s Prided Surefire Technique!

Chapter Information

Premiered: 07 June 1988 (Weekly Shōnen Jump 1988 #28)
Corresponding: Dragon Ball Episode 140, “True Strength”
Dragon Ball Episode 141, “Four Tenshinhans”

  • Digital Monochrome Edition Volume 15 (12 October 2012)

Chapter Synopsis

Tenshinhan looks down and can’t believe Goku has his obi, and even Piccolo (who’s up on the roof again) thinks he’s fast. Tenshinhan says Goku went so fast even his own eyes couldn’t see, however, he hasn’t lost this match yet. He tells Goku about his great sure-to-kill technique, but Goku hands him back his obi first. Tenshinhan freaks out and pulls his pants back up, and Goku asks if this’ll be the Kikōhō again. Tenshinhan says the Kikōhō is too dangerous, for the both of them.

Tenshinhan says this technique doesn’t take as much power as Kikōhō, either, and tells Goku it’s also absolutely unavoidable. These three eyes aren’t enough to catch Goku’s movements. However, with twelve eyes, nothing could escape his view. “Twelve eyes?!” Tenshinhan folds his arms in front of himself, and then splits into two! And then those two split, making a total of four Tenshinhans!

Goku says this isn’t Zanzōken, all of them are real. They all four say this is Shishin no Ken, and then they split up with each standing in one corner of the ring. Goku wonders what he’ll do, and each of the four Tenshinhans fire blasts at Goku. But Goku jumps up into the air, and so the Tenshinhans fire some eye blasts up at him, and they all hit. One of the Tenshinhans tells Goku he should give in, but Goku says he won’t, since he’s already discovered two weak points. Up on the roof, Piccolo thinks it’s Son Goku’s win for sure.

Chapter Notes


  • In the third panel of page 4, Goku suddenly has his wristbands back on, despite removing them in the previous chapter. They are gone again the next time his wrists are visible, in the second panel on page 6. They reappear once more in the fourth panel of page 13, before disappearing again in the next panel and staying gone. Until Chapter 192, anyway….

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’m so busy every day that I have nothing to write for this column. If only this busyness would go away soon, it’d be a lifesaver. <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.