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Dragon Ball Chapter 374

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Gokū to Seru Hajimete no Taiji

Goku and Cell’s First Confrontation

Chapter Information

Premiered: 19 May 1992 (Weekly Shōnen Jump 1992#24)
Dragon Ball Z (Original Broadcast)
Dragon Ball Kai (“Refreshed” Broadcast)

  • Digital Monochrome Edition Volume 32 (12 October 2012)

Chapter Synopsis

Tenshinhan continues launching his Shin Kikōhō down on Cell, while No. 18 helps No. 16 to his feet and they fly off. Goku keeps yelling for Tenshinhan to stop. Tenshinhan uses one final Shin Kikōhō, before he finally drops to the ground. Goku feels this, and Cell starts to emerge from the pit. Cell gets pissed that she’s gone, and then decides to finish off Tenshinhan. Goku suddenly teleports to the battle, and Cell is shocked to see him. Goku tells Cell to wait one day and he’ll be able to fight against him, and then he’ll defeat Cell. Cell laughs and asks if he really said that, and Goku says yeah. Cell asks what’ll happen within the next day, but Goku ignores him and begins looking around. He says Piccolo’s still alive. Goku grabs Tenshinhan’s hand, and warps over to the edge of the island, where Piccolo has washed ashore. Cell wonders how he moved in an instant like that.

Goku picks Piccolo up over his shoulders, and says they’ll go to God’s Palace and get some senzu from Karin. Cell says he won’t let them get away, but Goku teleports away with Piccolo and Tenshinhan before Cell gets to them. Cell wonders about that strange technique of Son Goku’s, but decides Son Goku doesn’t matter right now, No. 18 does. She couldn’t have gotten far with the busted up No. 16, and Cell flies off. Meanwhile, Kuririn reaches Bulma’s plane, and explains that he thought it’d be faster to fly to meet her. She hands him the controller, and says it won’t work unless he’s within ten meters. Then she offers to give him some battle wear like Vegeta has, but he says Goku and everyone else needs that more than he does. He tells her that they’re up at God’s Palace, and Bulma says she’ll take it to them there. Speaking of God’s Palace, Goku has returned there, and Tenshinhan and Piccolo are healed. Mister Popo then yells out that Vegeta and Trunks are coming out of the Room of Spirit and Time.

Chapter Notes


  • In the third panel on page 7 of this chapter, and only this panel, the emblem of the Turtle School (亀) is visible on the left breast of Goku’s dōgi. Goku’s outfit at this point in the story does not bear any identifying marks at all.

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:


    I received a commemorative cup in recognition of passing 350 chapters. I was surprised at how big and heavy it is. <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.