Manga Guide

Dragon Ball Chapter 263

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Zābon no Himeta Chikara

Zarbon’s Hidden Power

Chapter Information

Premiered: 20 February 1990 (Weekly Shōnen Jump 1990 #12)
Dragon Ball Z (Original Broadcast)
Dragon Ball Kai (“Refreshed” Broadcast)

  • Digital Monochrome Edition Volume 22 (12 October 2012)

Chapter Synopsis

Vegeta thinks Zarbon’s threat is hilarious, and Zarbon decides to explain his true power before Vegeta dies. Zarbon says that it’s a difficult transformation to bring out his true power. He prefers this beautiful form, which is why he can’t stand transforming. “But, I’ll choose transforming over death…” Vegeta laughs at the idea of him transforming like the Saiyan do. Zarbon says he has no need to transform into something large like those Saiyan monkeys do. It’s just his power that grows. Vegeta wants to see this. And then bam, Zarbon suddenly bulks up into an ugly monster and rushes at Vegeta, grabbing his head, and gives Vegeta a nasty headbutt. He tosses Vegeta into the air, but Vegeta catches himself and dives back down towards Zarbon.

Zarbon flies up towards him, and they meet up, with Zarbon’s fist to Vegeta’s face. Zarbon then kicks Vegeta off into the distance, and Vegeta just barely catches himself, running out of breath now. Zarbon tells Vegeta he can’t hide his surprise that he’s of a transforming race. Zarbon says things have now turned, and decides to tell him something good before he dies. “Freeza is also of a transforming race!” Vegeta freaks out and Zarbon says someone who can’t even beat him is certainly no match for Freeza, as he fires a huge ki blast at Vegeta. Vegeta just barely dodges it, but Zarbon grabs hold of him from behind. Zarbon then zooms straight down, and sends Vegeta crashing headfirst into the ground. Zarbon doubts Vegeta had survived that; and even if he did, he’d probably drown. He turns pretty again and decides to go tell Freeza about this. After Zarbon flies off, Vegeta slowly resurfaces and tries to pull himself back on land, saying he’ll get stronger.

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:


    Production for the Dragon Ball Z movie opening this spring vacation is into the final stretch! Everyone, please look forward to it. <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.