Manga Guide

Dragon Ball Chapter 372

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Kesshi no Jūroku-Gō Pawā!!

The Desperate No. 16’s Power!!

Chapter Information

Premiered: 28 April 1992 (Weekly Shōnen Jump 1992 #21/22)
Dragon Ball Z (Original Broadcast)
Dragon Ball Kai (“Refreshed” Broadcast)

  • Digital Monochrome Edition Volume 31 (12 October 2012)

Chapter Synopsis

Cell goes flying, and No. 16 retrieves and reattaches his fist. No. 16 knocks Cell down into the ground, but then picks him up again and slams him straight into the ground creating a huge hole. No. 16 quickly crosses his arms, then pulls his arms out, leaving his fists in his armpits. He points the open arm stumps down into the hole, and screams, “HELL’S FLASH!!!!” as he fires down into the hole. The blast is so powerful, it shoots up through the ground in other parts of the island. Kuririn is flying along, and wonders who could’ve done that, since Piccolo’s ki is completely gone. No. 16 reattaches his fists, and Tenshinhan, No. 17, and No. 18 are shocked at his power. No. 16 looks over to No. 18 and asks her why she’s still here, and she says it’s okay, Cell’s gone. But No. 16 says that wasn’t enough to defeat Cell, though it should’ve damaged him.

No. 16 yells at No. 17 (who happens to be standing near the hole) to get out of here as well, but No. 17 says no way. “He’s taken damage, you say? Then, I’ll deliver the final blow with my own hand! Get your ass out here!” Cell comes up out of the hole, with his tail opened up, while No. 17 has his back to him. Tenshinhan sees this and yells at No. 17 that Cell’s behind him. Neither No. 17 nor No. 16 have a chance to react. “As you wish, I’ve come out!!!” His tail closes over No. 17, down to his waist, and he has him completely in his tail before No. 16 can make it. No. 17 is sucked completely up into Cell’s back, and Cell begins transforming in a big display of power. No. 16 tells No. 18 to run away, as does Tenshinhan. Even Goku feels Cell powering up, and realizes either No. 17 or No. 18 have been absorbed. Cell is now halfway complete.

Chapter Notes

Weekly Shōnen Jump

  • When this chapter first ran in Weekly Shōnen Jump, it accompanied the previous chapter in the same issue, marking the third of only four Dragon Ball double-headers over the course of the series.

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:


    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>

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.