Manga Guide

Dragon Ball Chapter 220

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Wazuka na Hikari

A Faint Light

Chapter Information

Premiered: 18 April 1989 (Weekly Shōnen Jump 1989 #20)
Dragon Ball Z (Original Broadcast)
Dragon Ball Kai (“Refreshed” Broadcast)

  • Digital Monochrome Edition Volume 19 (12 October 2012)

Chapter Synopsis

Vegeta takes off his scouter and says three hours have passed, and that coward Kakarrot still isn’t here. Gohan yells at him that his father isn’t a coward, and Kuririn wonders why he hasn’t come. Nappa, who’s taken off his outer armor, is ready to knock them around, but is disappointed that Kakarrot won’t get to see. Kuririn thinks they’ll all die now, and Piccolo says there’s a slight chance they can win, if things go smoothly. Piccolo says the plan will be for Kuririn to distract Nappa, and then he’ll grab his tail. And then Gohan will have to put all of his power into an attack. Kuririn thinks this is a good plan, and they may actually win.

God suddenly feels Son Goku’s ki, meaning he’s finally made it back. God teleports away to get him, as Goku is at the end of Serpent Road. Goku rushes into Enma-daiō’s office, and then God grabs him and they teleport back to God’s Palace. He and Mister Popo then wish Goku luck, and he jumps off the side of the palace and dives toward the Earth. He makes his way down toward the top of Karin Tower, and Karin throws him his last two senzu. Goku eats one to restore all the energy he’s lost traveling down Serpent Road, and then yells for Kinto-Un just before he hits the ground. Then they zoom off toward the battlefield.

Kuririn then starts it off and rushes at Nappa, and Vegeta realizes they must have a plan. Just as Kuririn gets close, he blasts the ground and projects himself into the air. Nappa wonders what he’s doing, and Piccolo takes the opportunity to run in from behind and grab his tail. Gohan then heads in to make his move, but Nappa just elbows Piccolo on the head and knocks him out. Vegeta laughs at how they’d think they wouldn’t train their tails for such a thing.

Chapter Notes


  • In the second panel on page 5, the right sleeve of Goku’s undershirt is not blacked-in. This error is corrected in the digitally colorized edition, with his sleeve colored the appropriate blue.

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:

    G・W(ゴールデンウィーク)進行でそろそろきつくなるのに家族でD・L(ディズニーランド)へ。余計に自分できつくしてしまった <明>

    Things will be getting pretty tight soon on account of my Golden Week Schedule, and yet I went to Tokyo Disneyland with my family. I went and made things even tighter. <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.