Manga Guide

Dragon Ball Chapter 217

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Isoge! Son Gokū

Hurry, Son Goku!

Chapter Information

Premiered: 28 March 1989 (Weekly Shōnen Jump 1989 #17)
Dragon Ball Z (Original Broadcast)
Dragon Ball Kai (“Refreshed” Broadcast)

  • Digital Monochrome Edition Volume 19 (12 October 2012)

Chapter Synopsis

The earth shakes as Nappa continues powering up, and then he rushes forward toward Tenshinhan. He holds up his arm to block the coming punch, but Nappa punches his forearm clear off! Tenshinhan screams with pain, and then flies into the air before Nappa can finish him off. Tenshinhan prepares to launch something down at Nappa, but in a flash Nappa gets up in the air beside him and kicks him down into the ground. Chiaotzu is really worried, and Kuririn gets pissed and prepares to attack Nappa, despite Piccolo’s objections.

Nappa then waves his hand and blows a huge hole in the ground. Piccolo says he can’t even see the bottom, and can’t believe that energy wave. Kuririn then freaks out, because Chiaotzu’s nowhere to be seen. Vegeta then yells up at Nappa to look behind him, as Chiaotzu clamps onto Nappa’s back. Nappa tries to swat him off, but he can’t. Tenshinhan yells at him to get away, but then Chiaotzu telepathically tells him, “Goodbye, Ten-san… Please, don’t die.” Tenshinhan realizes what this means, and yells at him to stop. With a tear in his eye, Chiaotzu self-destructs. Tenshinhan gets pissed and screams, “Chiaotzuuuuuu!!!!!” Piccolo thinks the little dude did well, but then when the smoke clears, Nappa is practically unscathed.

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:

    息子の佐助クンも早2歳。よく歩き回って、嬉しいけど、仕事のジャマになる時はツライ <明>

    My son Sasuke-kun is already two years old. He’s walking around a lot, which makes me happy, but it’s rough when he interferes with my work. <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.