Manga Guide

Dragon Ball Chapter 394

Tankōbon Title Page
Tankōbon Title Page
Kanzenban Title Page
Kanzenban Title Page
Full Color Title Page
Full Color Title Page


Seru Gēmu Hajimaru

The Cell Game Begins

Chapter Information

Premiered: 13 October 1992 (Weekly Shōnen Jump 1992 #45)
Dragon Ball Z (Original Broadcast)
Dragon Ball Kai (“Refreshed” Broadcast)

  • Digital Monochrome Edition Volume 33 (12 October 2012)

Chapter Synopsis

Piccolo wonders if Dende can really make Dragon Balls, but Goku says the elder Namekian said he was excellent. Dende thinks he can make Dragon Balls in about one hundred days, and Goku can’t believe it’ll take that long. Dende then realizes he could just restore the Dragon Balls here that have turned to stone, and that can be done right away. Kuririn thinks that’s great, and asks if he can make it three wishes like the Namek dragon. Dende says he can, but Piccolo wonders if it would be able to return life of a bunch of people all at once. Dende says with those restrictions, he could make it grant two wishes. Piccolo says that’s good, and Dende asks for the model of the dragon, and Mister Popo goes and gets it.

Dende stands over the casing, and shoots off some magic stuff. Then light shoots up from it, and scatters down to the Earth. Dende says the Dragon Balls should be restored now, and Piccolo thinks Dende really does have excellent power. Goku says he’ll go borrow the Dragon Radar from Bulma and gather them. He says Gohan doesn’t need to train anymore, and he can stay here and play with Dende until the Cell Games. Then Goku teleports away. Trunks asks Gohan if he knows why Goku is acting so lightly, when he says Cell is stronger and he doesn’t know any weak point. Gohan doesn’t know either, his father has only told him to have fun. Kuririn says for Goku to say that, there must be some chance of victory.

Goku has arrived at Bulma’s lab, where she and Dr. Brief are working on No. 16, and he grabs the Dragon Radar. Then he sets off collecting the Dragon Balls. And so time passes. Vegeta emerges from the Room of Spirit and Time. Cell is standing in his ring, thinking maybe ten days was too long. And now Goku has gathered all seven Dragon Balls. The world is putting all their hope into the world fighting champion, Satan, who says he can stand up to Cell. And then the fated day, M 17th, arrives. Goku changes into his dōgi and sets off, with Chi-Chi asking him not to die. She also tells him not to let Gohan fight, but Goku kind of ignores her and leaves. At God’s Palace, he sees that Piccolo, Kuririn, Gohan, Trunks (with long hair again), Dende, and Mister Popo are all there. Vegeta has already left.

Goku asks them why they all look so down. Kuririn says that like before, the Dragon Balls can return lots of people to life in one wish. But also like before, they can only return to life people who’ve never died before. Dende apologizes, wishing he’d said something sooner. Goku tells Dende not to worry, they won’t die. Kuririn wonders how Goku can say that, but Goku says don’t worry, let’s go. In the ring, Cell is waiting. A reporter and a cameraman are on a cliff overlooking the ring, as Mister Satan’s car arrives. Satan raises his fist for the camera, and people watching around the world cheer for him. Satan looks at Cell, and then gives him a thumbs down. The reporter, serving as an announcer really, says that Satan has declared his victory. Cell wonders who this worm is, while the announcer says there’s only fifteen minutes until the Cell Games begin. He predicts Satan will be in the lead against Cell!

Chapter Notes


  • In Weekly Shōnen Jump as well as the tankōbon release, Cell opines that “maybe 10 days was too long”, despite having announced the Cell Game for “nine days from now” in Chapter 389. This was corrected to “nine days” in the kanzenban, as well as the digitally colorized edition based on it.
  • Likewise, in both Weekly Shōnen Jump and the tankōbon, the date of the Cell Game is once again referred to as the mysterious “M. 17th”. It is changed to the more sensible “26th of May” in the kanzenban and full-color releases, aligning with an identical change made for the Dragon Ball Z TV 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:

    I’m drawing a new work for the V-Jump going on sale in November, but every day is an intense battle with my schedule. But please look forward to it! <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.