Manga Guide

Dragon Ball Chapter 398

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Son Gokū Furu Pawā

Son Goku at Full Power

Chapter Information

Premiered: 10 November 1992 (Weekly Shōnen Jump 1992 #49)
Dragon Ball Z (Original Broadcast)
Dragon Ball Kai (“Refreshed” Broadcast)

  • Digital Monochrome Edition Volume 34 (12 October 2012)

Chapter Synopsis

Goku and Cell stare each other down, and Kuririn thinks now the real fight will start. The announcer thinks the unknown competitor was pretty amazing, and asks Mister Satan what he thinks. Satan nervously says that was better than he thought, but that’s probably as good as he gets. Cell and Goku each think about the other, and then Goku gets serious and says, “Alright!!” Trunks thinks the look in Goku’s eyes has changed, and Cell thinks his full power is coming. Goku starts powering up, blowing everyone back. Then he’s done, and Vegeta, Trunks, and Kuririn are amazed at his power. Gohan thinks, “Why is everyone so surprised? Sure I think he’s incredible, but…”

The announcer wonders what happened, it seemed like an explosion, and the unknown competitor seems to have flames coming out of him now. Then Cell powers up too, knocking everyone back even more. So now both Cell and Goku are glowing. The announcer says Cell did the same thing, and Satan says it’s just a stupid trick. Goku then walks up to Cell, and Cell says come on. So Goku punches Cell in the stomach, then elbows Cell in the back, kicks him, and finally punches him. Cell goes flying, but he stops himself mid-air, while upside down. Cell says this is great, it would be no fun if they didn’t use their true strength, and Goku agrees.

Chapter Notes

  • 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:

    My editor Kondō, who’s given me lots of advice over a long time, is going to a different editorial department. I’m grateful for him! <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.