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Dragon Ball Chapter 213

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Saiya-jin Kitaru!!

The Saiyans Arrive!!

Chapter Information

Premiered: 28 February 1989 (Weekly Shōnen Jump 1989 #13)
Dragon Ball Z (Original Broadcast)
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  • Digital Monochrome Edition Volume 18 (12 October 2012)

Chapter Synopsis

A crowd gathers around the two craters in the middle of the street, and everyone wonders what just happened. They see a person come out — the smaller of the two Saiyans — and freak out. Piccolo and Gohan both sense that the Saiyans have arrived, as does Yamcha, Kuririn, Yajirobe (well, actually, he’s just sitting somewhere eating some meat), and Tenshinhan and Chiaotzu.

Both Saiyans are out of their ships now, as the crowd of onlookers murmurs in confusion. The little Saiyan looks around and says, “‘Earth’, was it? Not a bad little planet, eh?” The big one smirks: “Why don’t we give these twittering little birdies a friendly greeting?” The big Saiyan then lifts his hand, and causes the entire city to explode, save them and their space pods. The big Saiyan says he might have been a little too polite with his greeting. The little Saiyan scolds the big one, referring to him as “Nappa”, telling him not to go overboard, or they won’t be able to sell the planet for a high price. Nappa, calling the smaller Saiyan “Vegeta”, states that they’re just here to get a wish from the whatever-Balls.

Vegeta corrects him: they’re called “Dragon Balls”, and first, they’re going to get information on them from the one who killed Raditz. If one of the Dragon Balls was around this area, their wish for eternal life will be for nothing, all thanks to Nappa’s idiotic “greeting”. Nappa hastily apologizes. To begin with, says Vegeta, they’ll search for the person with the highest battle power on the planet, because that’ll be either whoever killed Raditz, or Kakarrot’s son. Nappa wonders about there being several people on this planet with battle powers over 1,000, but Vegeta says they’re still no match for them. In not much time, Vegeta finds the highest reading on the planet. “All right, Nappa. Let’s go play!” As they fly away toward Piccolo, Nappa notes how much he likes the lower gravity on this planet.

Yamcha quickly notices that the two aliens have started moving. Kuririn also notices, saying they’re heading in the direction of two large ki. He wonders if they’re going toward Tenshinhan and Chiaotzu, or towards Piccolo and Goku’s kid. Piccolo yells at Gohan, “They’re coming…!! “, and Gohan says he’s ready. Elsewhere Tenshinhan prepares to fly off and tells Chiaotzu to stay put, but he refuses since he went to all the trouble training for this.

At Kame House, Bulma and everyone else are watching on the news about a large-scale earthquake in East City. Kame-Sen’nin knows that means they’ve come. Bulma puts on the eye device she repaired and wants to find their location, and Oolong whines about not wanting to die. Kame-Sen’nin says they’d just get in the way if they go, and all they can do is wish everyone good luck. Pu’er tells Yamcha not to die, and Bulma tells Goku to hurry, who is shown still racing down Serpent Road.

It’s now 12:20 PM, and Piccolo and Gohan (who’s now wearing an outfit like Piccolo’s) are waiting. They feel someone coming, but it turns out to be Kuririn. Piccolo asks if he’s come to get in the way, and Kuririn explains that everyone else is coming too. Gohan remembers who Kuririn is now, and says his father said he was small but strong. Kuririn doesn’t like the small part. They talk a bit more, when Piccolo interrupts that they’re here. Kuririn can’t believe their incredible ki, and Vegeta asks if they weren’t waiting for them.

Chapter Notes


  • When this chapter was first published in Weekly Shōnen Jump, the exchange between Gohan and Kuririn on pages 12 and 13 of the chapter was considerably different. As originally written, it went as follows:

    悟飯: あの…! もしかしてクリリンさん…って人!?
    クリリン: ああ! おまえ悟空の息子だろ! ははっ よく似てら!!
    悟飯: やっぱり!! おとうさんのいってたとおりの人だ!
    クリリン: ……どうせパチンコ玉みたいな頭のやつだ…とかいったんだろ…

    Gohan: Um…! Would you be the person called ‘Kuririn’…?!
    Kuririn: Yep! You’re Goku’s son, aren’t you! Ha ha! You look a lot like him!!
    Gohan: I knew it! You’re just like Dad said!
    Kuririn: …I bet he probably said something like ‘the guy with the head like a pinball’, right…?

    The way this exchange was worded made it appear as though Kuririn and Gohan were meeting for the first time, in spite of having first met in Chapter 196. This apparent contradiction must not have completely escaped the author’s notice, however, because when Tankōbon Volume 18 was released in July of the same year, it was changed to the following:

    悟飯: おもいだした! 亀仙人さまのところにいた人…
    クリリン: クリリンだ おまえずいぶんたくましくなったな! 悟空のガキの頃みたいだぜ!
    悟飯: ちいさいけど強いんでしょ!? おとうさんがよくいってました!
    クリリン: ちいさい…ってのは余計だったな… あのやろ… ちょっとデカくなったとおもって…

    Gohan: I remember now! You’re the person from back at Master Kame-Sen’nin’s house…
    Kuririn: The name’s Kuririn! You’ve gotten a lot stronger! You’re like your dad was when he was a little kid!
    Gohan: You’re small but strong, right?! Dad said that a lot!
    Kuririn: ‘Small’… was uncalled for… That jerk… and I thought I’d gotten pretty big…

    This rewritten exchange has appeared in all subsequent collected releases, so the original version appears only in Jump.

Weekly Shōnen Jump Notes (1989 #13)

  • When this chapter was first published in Weekly Shōnen Jump, it was accompanied by Karamaru-kun Nihon-Bare, a one-shot drawn by Akira Toriyama to commemorate the magazine’s 1,050th issue.
  • This issue of Jump was the first to be compiled after the death of cartoonist Osamu Tezuka on 09 February 1989 at the age of 60. Known as the “God of Manga”, he was responsible for the typical “look” of Japanese comics, as well as for many of the genres that still populate the landscape. He was also the head of the judging committee for Jump’s Tezuka Award, which spotlights the work of aspiring artists in the category of “story manga”. Along with its usual ad for the award itself, the issue also contained eulogies from the prize committee and each of the judges. Akira Toriyama also dedicated his weekly author’s comment to Tezuka (see below).

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:


    Tezuka-sensei‘s passing is so sad, and such a shame. Sensei, thank you for so many dreams… <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.