Manga Guide

Dragon Ball Chapter 208

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Mangetsu no Dekigoto

An Incident Under the Full Moon

Chapter Information

Premiered: 24 January 1989 (Weekly Shōnen Jump 1989 #08)
Dragon Ball Z (Original Broadcast)
Dragon Ball Kai (“Refreshed” Broadcast)

  • Digital Monochrome Edition Volume 18 (12 October 2012)

Chapter Synopsis

There’s a full moon out, and Gohan is sleeping atop a mountain. Piccolo is also sleeping, while sitting cross legged, and floating mid-air. Gohan then wakes up to take a piss, and worries about how he’ll eventually get down from here. Then he wonders why it’s so bright out at night, and turns around and looks at the moon. This is his first time seeing a full one. And then he gets the look in his eyes like Goku used to, and begins transforming… Ōzaru Gohan is too big to stand atop the mountain, and so he falls to the ground.

Piccolo freaks out as Gohan starts smash everything around him and fires a huge mouth blast off into the distance. He thinks the Earth will be destroyed before the Saiyans even get here, and then remembers what Raditz said to Goku about full moon transformations, and so he decides to take out the moon. Gohan then returns to normal, and falls asleep naked on the ground. Piccolo starts thinking about the strength of these Saiyans, and then realizes the tails are also needed for transformation.

So, Piccolo pulls the tail off, and then decides to make Gohan a sword, and an outfit just like his father’s. Well, with the ma (“Demon”) kanji instead of kame (“Turtle”). In six months he’ll get special Hell training from Piccolo. He’s going to make him into one of the Demon Tribe. Then he flies off and leaves Gohan to sleep peacefully, while Goku is also sleeping peacefully on Serpent Road.

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:

    報!担当氏がかわりました。鳥嶋氏、長い間ご苦労様!近藤氏と共に気分RF(リフレッシュ)で頑張るヨ <明>

    News flash! My editor has changed. Thank you so much for your hard work all this time, Mr. Torishima! I’ll work hard with a refreshed mood together with Mr. Kondō. <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.