Manga Guide

Dragon Ball Chapter 189

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Daimaō Saigo no Kake!!

The Demon King’s Final Gamble!!

Chapter Information

Premiered: 23 August 1988 (Weekly Shōnen Jump 1988 #39)
Corresponding: Dragon Ball Episode 146, “Son Goku’s Trap”

  • Digital Monochrome Edition Volume 16 (12 October 2012)

Chapter Synopsis

Goku easily gets back up, and says Piccolo’s punch wasn’t all that effective. God tells Goku he’ll regret it if they don’t, but Goku insists he’d regret it more if he does. Tenshinhan and Kuririn agree, since Goku has already saved the world once. God then relents, and Piccolo thinks Goku’s talking crap if he thinks he can win.

Piccolo gets pissed, yelling that he’s leveled up a lot since three years ago. And Goku says he’s gotten just a little stronger than Piccolo’s level. Piccolo then fires off a huge blast at Goku. Goku sidesteps it, but the blast comes after Goku, and so Goku flies into the air to avoid it. Piccolo laughs and says running away is pointless, since it’ll follow him wherever he goes.

So, Goku comes back down to the ring and runs over in front of Piccolo. He quickly gets out of the away, and Piccolo takes his own blast head on. Piccolo’s left arm is completely useless now, and Goku thinks he should just give in. Instead, though, Piccolo rips his arm off, and starts powering up, until a new arm grows out in its place! Piccolo starts to power up for something great, and Goku yells at everyone to hurry up and run away.

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:


    I ate sweetfish by the riverbank. The sweetfish tasted refreshing, as well. It was a very nice day off. <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.