Manga Guide

Dragon Ball Chapter 223

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Pikkoro to Gohan

Piccolo and Gohan

Chapter Information

Premiered: 09 May 1989 (Weekly Shōnen Jump 1989 #23)
Dragon Ball Z (Original Broadcast)
Dragon Ball Kai (“Refreshed” Broadcast)

  • Digital Monochrome Edition Volume 19 (12 October 2012)

Chapter Synopsis

Nappa laughs about his attack, but is surprised to see it hit Piccolo instead. The busted up Piccolo weakly tells Gohan to run away, and then falls to the ground. Gohan asks why he saved him, and he just says to run away again. Gohan cries at him not to die, and Nappa laughs at him taking his turn to die early. Goku continues zooming along on Kinto-Un, but he feels one ki rapidly getting smaller and he wonders who’s dying. Up at God’s Palace, God is fading away as well. He says Goku didn’t make it in time, but he’s at least glad that Piccolo died like that.

Piccolo laughs about how bad it is that Piccolo Daimaō died protecting a brat. Then he says that Gohan is the only one who’s ever really talked to him. “All these months with you… weren’t so bad… Don’t… die… Go…han…” Goku then feels his ki disappear, as God also bids farewell to Mister Popo. Back on the battlefield, Gohan starts crying, but also gets really angry in the process. He puts his hands over his head and screams, “Masenkō!!!!” Vegeta gets a reading of 2,800 on his scouter, and can’t believe how much they really can change their battle power.

Gohan fires his Masenkō, which looks similar to a Kamehameha, right at Nappa, but Nappa manages to swat it away. Nappa says that he hurt his arm on that, and Vegeta says his battle power has gone back down now. Kuririn thinks they’re just too strong. Gohan apologizes to Piccolo for not being able to get revenge, and now he doesn’t even have the strength to run away. Kuririn still can’t move at all, as Nappa walks over to finish off Gohan.

Nappa tries to crush Gohan with his foot, but when he looks down he notices that Gohan is gone and sees him floating nearby on Kinto-Un. Gohan himself is surprised to see Kinto-Un. Vegeta then looks up into the sky, and Gohan and Kuririn both get excited. “So you’ve finally appeared!!”, says Vegeta as Goku lands on the ground.

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:


    What I’m angry about now: The F-1 broadcast in the area where I live is a week later than in Tokyo! This is unforgivable!! <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.