No. 16 Stirs!
|Premiered:||28 April 1992 (Weekly Shōnen Jump 1992 #21/22)|
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No. 18 protests that he’ll be killed, but No. 16 just smiles. “You’re good guys. You didn’t needlessly take the lives of humans or animals. I enjoyed traveling with you.” Tenshinhan is surprised No. 16 intends to fight. Cell punches No. 17 in the stomach, then elbows him to the ground, and Cell says he’ll absorb him now if he’s done with his futile resistance. He grabs No. 17 by the back of the shirt, and his tail opens up like a suction cup, wide enough to suck up No. 17 whole. His tail starts to enclose over No. 17’s head, when No. 16 puts his hand on Cell’s back. Cell turns around, and No. 16 punches him in the face, sending him flying. Cell thinks another fool who doesn’t care for his own life has appeared. No. 17 asks No. 16 if he plans on fighting, and No. 16 says that’s the gist of it. No. 17 thinks he’ll be killed, but No. 16 says he’s calculated that he and Cell have about equal power.
No. 16 and Cell rush at each other. They collide hard, and then Cell stabs No. 16 in the neck with his tail, but No. 16 simply smirks. Cell is pissed that he’s a complete robot type, and then No. 16 grabs Cell by the tail and slams him to the ground. Then he steps on Cell and rips his tail off, so now he can’t absorb anyone. Cell says he has Piccolo’s cells within him, and regenerates his tail. No. 16 says then he’ll just have to kill Cell to prevent him from reaching his perfect form. Cell says that’s impossible, but No. 16 says he won’t know until he tries. But Cell knows, and he powers up a bit. No. 16 flies at him with a kick, but Cell jumps over it and kicks No. 16, sending him flying. He flies after No. 16 and punches him in the face, sending No. 16 flying again. As Cell rushes at No. 16 again, No. 16 shoots his fist off like a rocket, hitting Cell in the face.
Weekly Shōnen Jump
- When this chapter first ran in Weekly Shōnen Jump, it was accompanied by the next chapter in the same issue, marking the third of only four Dragon Ball double-headers over the course of the series.
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:
Due to my work schedule, I won’t be attending this year’s [Jump] serial awards ceremony. I won’t be able to see the other artists, which is too bad… <Akira>
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.