Manga Guide

Dragon Ball Chapter 219

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Three Hours

Chapter Information

Premiered: 11 April 1989 (Weekly Shōnen Jump 1989 #19)
Dragon Ball Z (Original Broadcast)
Dragon Ball Kai (“Refreshed” Broadcast)

  • Digital Monochrome Edition Volume 19 (12 October 2012)

Chapter Synopsis

Piccolo thinks Nappa must be invincible, and Kuririn can’t believe even Tenshinhan has died. Kuririn then screams for Goku to hurry, and Vegeta wonders who this “Goku” is. Nappa wants to attack the three remaining good guys, except for Piccolo, because they need information from him. Kuririn says he’s lucky, but Piccolo tells him the Saiyans plan to kill all of them anyway. He and Kuririn are worried at how outclassed they are.

Up at God’s Palace, God is hoping for Son Goku to hurry, as his own death is near. He tells Mister Popo he knows Piccolo will be killed. Back on the battlefield, Piccolo suggests to Kuririn they move down to the ground, and Nappa tells them the results will be the same either way. They both land on the ground, and then Nappa dives down towards them from above. But then Vegeta suddenly yells at Nappa to wait. Vegeta then asks them if this “Son Goku” person is supposed to be Kakarrot. Vegeta thinks they’re screwed if they’re relying on him, but Kuririn yells at him that Goku’s gotten much stronger now.

Nappa yells at them that he ain’t coming, but Gohan insists that his father will come. Vegeta notes how trusting they are, and decides it could be fun to wait for him to show up. Nappa gets riled at this, saying that they should kill them now, but Vegeta says they’ll only wait three hours, and no more. Enraged, Nappa shouts that he wants to finish them now, but Vegeta screams at him to do as he says. Then Vegeta says they should be grateful for getting to live a bit longer.

Gohan apologizes for being scared, and Piccolo tells him to go away, as they have no use for cowards. Then Piccolo thinks of how the big guy was scared of the little guy, and wonders what kind of incredible power the he must have. Nappa then asks Vegeta why he’s doing this. Vegeta explains to him that Kakarrot is a traitor, and he wants to punish the traitor by killing his friends and son right before his eyes. It’ll be a splendid “Hell show” in three or four hours.

Nappa asks if he can’t be the one to take care of those three, and Vegeta says he can, so long as the Namekian lives. Kuririn wonders what’s taking Goku so long, and suggests they run away. But Piccolo says they’ll just wipe out the population. Kuririn begs Goku to hurry, as he continues racing down Serpent Road, and God continues waiting. Finally, the three hours have passed, but Goku still hasn’t come.

Chapter Notes


  • In the seventh and final panel on page 10, where Vegeta says he will give them three hours, the colors of his armor are inverted, appearing similar to Nappa’s. This has never been corrected in black-and-white, although it is fixed in the digitally colorized edition.

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:


    I went to the Osaka and Kobe legs of the Anime Carnival. I was overwhelmed by all the fans’ enthusiasm! <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.