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Dragon Ball Chapter 286

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Namekku-sei no Senshi Neiru

Nail, Warrior of Namek

Chapter Information

Premiered: 07 August 1990 (Weekly Shōnen Jump 1990 #36)
Dragon Ball Z (Original Broadcast)
Dragon Ball Kai (“Refreshed” Broadcast)

  • Digital Monochrome Edition Volume 24 (12 October 2012)

Chapter Synopsis

Freeza thinks it might be good to fight here, since watching it may convince the Eldest to tell him. But Nail says that the Eldest’s life is near its end, so they should change locations. The two fly off, and the Eldest apologizes to Nail, saying they just need time for Dende to reach the Earthlings. Freeza thinks they’ve gone far enough, and they land on an island. Nail takes his shirt off, for whatever reason, and the ground starts to shake as he begins powering up. Freeza is quite amazed to see that his battle power made it all the way to 42,000 and admits that he is definitely much different than the other Namekians. He decides to tell him his battle power: 530,000. “But of course, it isn’t my full power, though I’m not concerned with that for fighting you.”

Nail seems surprised, and Freeza decides it’ll be more fun to fight with only his left hand. Nail gets pissed, charges at Freeza, and chops at his neck. But it has no effect, and Freeza just grabs his arm and rips it off from the forearm down. Nail screams in pain as blood spurts out, and then Freeza elbows him in the stomach and Nail doubles over. Nail slowly gets back up, as Freeza talks down to him, but he regenerates his arm and continues catching his breath. Freeza is surprised, but says it makes no difference, and that his battle power is dropping.

Meanwhile, Goku asks Ginyu what he’s laughing at, and Ginyu explains that Goku has a much greater battle power than he does. Goku asks why he’d laugh at that, and then Jheese thinks he knows what Ginyu’s planning. Ginyu laughs more and throws his scouter down to Jheese, and Jheese is certain he’s planning “that” now. Ginyu suddenly punches himself in the chest, through his armor even, leaving a big bloody hole. “Y-You’re not a Super Saiyan, but, I-I’ve taken a liking to that strong body of yours… CHANGE!!!” Suddenly, there’s a big flash of light going between Goku and Ginyu, and then ‘Goku’ evilly laughs and says, “I’ve made us switch bodies…!” as ‘Ginyu’ stands there clutching the wound in his chest.

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:

    お盆休みどころか逆に仕事の進行が早まるこの時期,ハードな毎日をソッと送ってます <明>

    Rather than a Bon vacation, these days the pace of my work has actually sped up. I’m passing each hard day quietly. <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.