Manga Guide

Dragon Ball Chapter 230

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Abunai San-Bai Kaiō-Ken!

The Dangerous Three-Fold Kaiō-Ken!

Chapter Information

Premiered: 27 June 1989 (Weekly Shōnen Jump 1989 #30)
Dragon Ball Z (Original Broadcast)
Dragon Ball Kai (“Refreshed” Broadcast)

  • Digital Monochrome Edition Volume 20 (12 October 2012)

Chapter Synopsis

Goku thinks about the risks of Kaiō-Ken x3 on his body, and Vegeta yells at him to come on. As Vegeta goes on about how he is number one among the Saiyans, Goku thinks that he’d just lose anyway if he doesn’t use it. Yajirobe thinks he should run away, but then Vegeta perks up, noticing Kakarrot is now powering up. “Body, hold together!! Kaiō-Ken times three!!!!!” Far away on his little planet, Kaiō begins worrying about him using more than x2, and can’t believe the situation.

All of the “civilians” are at Kame House now, and Bulma is checking on the battle with Raditz’s scouter. It’s going off like crazy; 17,000… 19,000… 21,000… And then it blows up! Now Goku is the one doing all the crazy weather stuff, and Vegeta freaks out. Goku flies over toward Vegeta and punches him in the face, sending him flying. Then Goku zooms down below the falling Vegeta, and flies straight up to attack him, but Vegeta catches himself and prepares for the attack.

Goku makes a sharp turn right in front of Vegeta, and so Vegeta frantically tries to turn and throw a blast at him. But Goku zooms out of the way and then kicks Vegeta straight through a rock formation. Vegeta busts out of the rubble, screaming like a madman, and then Goku flies at him. Vegeta frantically tries to punch him, but Goku easily avoids it by jumping over him. Then Goku flies back at Vegeta from behind, and knees him in the back, sending Vegeta into the air. But Vegeta comes down and charges at Goku, but Goku ducks it and punches him hard in the gut. Vegeta bends over, coughing up blood, and Goku powers down from Kaiō-Ken. Vegeta can’t believe Kakarrot’s surpassed his battle power, and Goku thinks Vegeta’s a really tough guy. Yajirobe thinks Goku might just win this.

Chapter Notes

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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:


    The whole family went to Okinawa! It was so exciting seeing the azure sky and the blue-green sea!! <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.