Manga Guide

Dragon Ball Chapter 240

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Saigo no Kake!!

A Final Gamble!!

Chapter Information

Premiered: 05 September 1989 (Weekly Shōnen Jump 1989 #40)
Dragon Ball Z (Original Broadcast)
Dragon Ball Kai (“Refreshed” Broadcast)

  • Digital Monochrome Edition Volume 20 (12 October 2012)

Chapter Synopsis

Gohan continues transforming, and Vegeta tries to kill him before it’s completed, but then it’s too late. Kuririn thinks Goku’s taking a big risk with this. Vegeta remembers to try and attack the tail, but Ōzaru Gohan punches him on the head before he can do anything. Gohan stands up and starts thrashing around, and Vegeta looks scared. Kuririn remembers that Goku had no reason when he was an Ōzaru, but what about Gohan… Gohan busts up some nearby rock formations, and rubble lands on Kuririn. Kuririn thinks some more about the situation, and then yells at Gohan to attack the Saiyan.

Gohan suddenly stops, and then takes the giant rock he’s holding over his head and throws it down toward Vegeta. Vegeta just barely jumps out of the way, and Kuririn realizes Gohan still has some of his mind left, being half Earthling. Vegeta is pissed and says he needs to cut off the tail, since the moon he made won’t disappear for another hour. Gohan jumps up into the air, as Vegeta forms a Kienzan. Then as Gohan comes down toward Vegeta, he jumps up and launches it, and the Kienzan slices off Gohan’s tail.

Gohan falls forward as he starts to de-transform, and Vegeta can’t get out of his way in time. The remaining bulk of Gohan lands on Vegeta as they hit the ground. Gohan is soon back to normal and is passed out next to Vegeta. Vegeta struggles to reach into his chest armor to pull out a little remote control, and then he fiddles with it and stops moving altogether. Kuririn thinks he must be invulnerable to still be able to move. Meanwhile, over in the remains of East City, some scientists are excavating through the ruins, and they come across one of the two space pods. Suddenly it shoots up into the air and flies away. Vegeta can’t believe this has happened.

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:


    I attended the Tokyo leg of the Anime Carnival. It was a day full of precious opportunities to meet the fans in-person. <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.