Manga Guide

Dragon Ball Chapter 238

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Genki-Dama no Yukue!!

The Genki-Dama’s Course!!

Chapter Information

Premiered: 22 August 1989 (Weekly Shōnen Jump 1989 #38)
Dragon Ball Z (Original Broadcast)
Dragon Ball Kai (“Refreshed” Broadcast)

  • Digital Monochrome Edition Volume 20 (12 October 2012)

Chapter Synopsis

Vegeta jumps over the Genki-Dama, and everyone freaks out. It’s now heading straight toward Gohan, and Goku telepathically tells Gohan to deflect it. A person without evil ki should be able to deflect it. Gohan then puts his hands out, and the Genki-Dama bounces up toward Vegeta — it’s a direct hit! There are sparks and ki flying all around, with a big explosion that blasts Vegeta way up into the air. Vegeta appears to be done for, and everyone celebrates, or is at least relieved.

Kuririn and Gohan head over to Goku, and they all chat a bit. But then Vegeta suddenly drops down from the sky and lands not too far from them. Kuririn walks over toward him, surprised his corpse is still so intact, and wonders if he shouldn’t at least make him a grave. “How about your graves?!” Everyone freaks out as the disheveled Vegeta stands back up and threatens to take care of all of them now. First he backhands Kuririn and sends him flying, declaring he’ll destroy this whole planet now!

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:

    昼はプール、夜はF・C(ファミコン)『マザー』にはまり、結局、仕事は夜中に…という充実したお盆でした <明>

    I spent the day at the pool, and the evening hooked on Mother for the Famicom, so in the end, I worked through the night… it was a Bon Festival well spent. <Akira>

    Mother is the original game for which EarthBound is a sequel; it has never been officially released in English. In a twist of fate, however, the person largely responsible for the fan-translated ROMs of the EarthBound series is none other than Clyde Mandelin, who did the subtitles for most of FUNimation’s Dragon Ball DVDs.

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.