Manga Guide

Dragon Ball Chapter 203

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Son Gokū Saigo no Shudan!!

Son Goku’s Last Resort!!

Chapter Information

Premiered: 29 November 1988 (Weekly Shōnen Jump 1988 #53)
Dragon Ball Z (Original Broadcast)
Dragon Ball Kai (“Refreshed” Broadcast)

  • Digital Monochrome Edition Volume 17 (12 October 2012)

Chapter Synopsis

Gohan busts up out of the space ship, really pissed, and has tears streaming down his face. Goku yells at him to run away, while Raditz freaks out that his eye device is getting a 1307 from the brat. “Don’t hurt my father!!!!!” Gohan then flies at Raditz and head butts him in the chest, cracking his armor. Gohan then returns to normal as Raditz is left reeling, and walks over to Goku, who once again tells him to run away. Raditz says now Gohan’s battle power has gone down to just 1, and he smacks Gohan away.

He prepares to go finish off Gohan, and Goku pleads against it. But Raditz ignores him and walks off. Goku then jumps up and gets behind Raditz, locking him in a Full Nelson position. “Pi-Piccolo, hurry up and use that technique…!!” Raditz says he can’t do much to break free because of the brat’s attack from before. He yells at Kakarrot to let go, or else they’ll both die, but Goku isn’t concerned with that. Piccolo is more than happy to kill Son Goku along with him, and thinks of how his friends will probably wish him back with the Dragon Balls.

Raditz tries to plead with Goku about how he was bad and he’ll leave again, but Goku won’t fall for it this time. “Makankōsappō!!!” Piccolo then fires the Makankōsappō straight through both Raditz and Goku.

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:


    My first day off in a while. For starters, why don’t I sleep?… And as I said that, my day off came to an end. <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.