Manga Guide

Dragon Ball Chapter 221

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Kyūso Neko o Kamu

The Cornered Mouse Bites the Cat

Chapter Information

Premiered: 25 April 1989 (Weekly Shōnen Jump 1989 #21)
Dragon Ball Z (Original Broadcast)
Dragon Ball Kai (“Refreshed” Broadcast)

  • Digital Monochrome Edition Volume 19 (12 October 2012)

Chapter Synopsis

Nappa now has his eye on Gohan, who is standing right in front of him, and tells him that since he’s part Saiyan, he needs to make it fun. He kicks Gohan into the air, and then swats him into a nearby mountain. Gohan struggles back to his feet, coughing up blood, as Nappa comes at him. But Kuririn then jumps in and kicks Nappa in the face, and punches him off into the distance. Kuririn flies after Nappa, and Nappa catches himself and flies back toward Kuririn.

Nappa punches at Kuririn, but Kuririn does a few back flips to get out of the way. Nappa rushes at him again, and so Kuririn puts his right hand into the air, palm up, and forms a big disc of ki above his hand. He announces the Kienzan, and then launches it toward Nappa. Nappa stands to take it head on, but Vegeta yells to get out of the way. Nappa just barely moves aside, and the Kienzan slices through a mountain like a saw blade. It did graze Nappa’s cheek, leaving a nasty little cut.

Nappa’s pissed now, and throws a blast at Kuririn. Kuririn jumps up out of the way, but is hit by the shockwave. Nappa prepares to finish him off, when Piccolo suddenly blasts him in the back, leaving a nice burn mark. Vegeta laughs at Nappa and thinks they’re too much for him, and then Piccolo suddenly feels an unbelievable ki. Nappa thinks they’re talking about him, but Piccolo says it’s Son Goku!

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:

    担当の近藤氏は、えんど先生と豪州(オーストラリア)に行ってきた。僕は子供と近所のスーパーに…負けた <明>

    My editor Kondō went to Australia with Endo-sensei. I went to the neighborhood supermarket with my kids… I lose. <Akira>

    This is one of the comments featured in Daizenshuu 7. “Endo-sensei” is Koichi Endo, a fellow cartoonist. At the time, he had been drawing the works Shinigami-kun (Fresh Jump & Monthly Shōnen Jump, 1983-1990) and Tsuide ni Tonchinkan (Weekly Shōnen Jump, 1985-1989).

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.