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Dragon Ball Chapter 333

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Kaette Kita Son Gokū

Son Goku Comes Home

Chapter Information

Premiered: 16 July 1991 (Weekly Shōnen Jump 1991 #32)
Dragon Ball Z (Original Broadcast)
Dragon Ball Kai (“Refreshed” Broadcast)

  • Digital Monochrome Edition Volume 28 (12 October 2012)

Chapter Synopsis

The kid then flies off, and Gohan says he’s going to go with him. Kuririn is suspicious, but Tenshinhan says he’ll go too — he defeated Freeza and knows about Son Goku, so he can’t be bad. Yamcha and Bulma wonder how he knows Goku’s coming, and Vegeta says he’s going, so he can find out who this kid really is. The kid looks at his watch, and thinks this is the spot, and lands down on the ground. Everyone else lands just afterwards, and the kid pulls out a case of capsules. He picks one and throws it out, and Yamcha says to be careful, he’s pulled out a strange thing. But the kid opens the thing up, it’s a refrigerator, and gets a drink. He says it’ll be about three hours until Son Goku arrives, and offers them drinks if they’d like. Bulma and Gohan each want one, and then Kuririn does too.

Bulma asks the kid if they’ve met before, and he says they haven’t. Gohan asks how he knows his father, and the kid says he’s only heard of him, never met him. Kuririn asks how he knows Goku’s coming in three hours, then, and the kid says, “sorry, I cannot say”. Vegeta wants to know what that’s supposed to mean, and who the hell he is, and why he has such power. “Sorry, that is also…” Gohan asked if he was a Super Saiyan before, and the kid says he was. Vegeta says to cut the crap: the only Saiyans are he and Kakarrot, known here as ‘Son Goku’, and the half-Earthling brat. Gohan is certain he was a Super Saiyan, though. Vegeta then says all Saiyans are supposed to have black hair.

Bulma then notices the Capsule Corporation mark on his jacket, and asks why he has it, is he an employee? “It isn’t that, but…” Bulma figures that’s a secret too, and asks if his name and age are also secrets. “I can’t say my name, but my age is seventeen.” Tenshinhan thinks it’s odd he can’t say his name, and Yamcha thinks he’s hiding something. Bulma says they should stop the questions and worrying. This kid saved them and the Earth. So then they all wait. But then Gohan has something to ask Piccolo — why didn’t he leave with the other Namekians? Piccolo just says it would’ve been boring.

Bulma whispers to Kuririn that Vegeta is never around during the day, and figures he’s off doing special training somewhere. Kuririn says he probably wants to defeat Goku, he has a lot of pride. Then she asks Kuririn if he thinks the mysterious kid kind of resembles Vegeta, with his disposition. Kuririn thinks she’s right, but their personalities are completely different. The kid happens to be looking at Vegeta, and Vegeta asks the why he keeps staring at him. If he really were a Saiyan, he wouldn’t think Vegeta was so unusual. The kid nervously apologizes, and Vegeta says he doesn’t like him.

Tenshinhan thinks maybe Son Goku could’ve met his kid on a planet out in space, but Chiaotzu says he seems very familiar with Earth. Tenshinhan supposes maybe the mystery will be unraveled a bit if and when Goku really gets here. Some time passes, and the kid looks at his watch and says it’s about time for him to arrive. Tenshinhan says it’s true, he feels a ki. Gohan says it’s his father’s ki. And then a space pod crashes down a short distance away. Everyone runs over to the crash site, and down in the bottom of the crater is the space pod, and out pops Goku in a really weird outfit. He wonders why they’re here, and everyone is excited to see him. Bulma says this kid told them, and Goku asks who he is.

Chapter Notes


  • On the first panel of page 5, the pad on Goku’s shoulder goes missing, before reappearing at the bottom of the same page. It disappears again in the first panel of page 13, possibly reappearing in the fifth panel before being definitely gone in the sixth, then reappearing again in the first panel on page 14. It disappears once more in the third panel on the same page, before reappearing in the fifth panel, just in time for the end of the chapter.
  • In the third panel on page 7, and in the last panel on page 8, the “BADMAN” lettering on Vegeta’s shirt, which was visible on page 6, is suddenly absent.
  • On the first panel of the sixth page, Vegeta refers to Goku by his Earthling name for the first of only two times throughout the entire comic. On this occasion, he uses it as a way of explaining who he means when he says “Kakarrot” (“…known here as ‘Son Goku’…”, with “Son Goku” written in phonetic katakana rather than Chinese characters). The second time, however, there is no apparent in-character reason for him to do so.

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 Dragon Ball Z movie finally comes out on July 20th. If you like, please go see it. <Akira>

    The movie in question is Dragon Ball Z movie 5.

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.