Manga Guide

Dragon Ball Chapter 400

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Haiboku ka Shi ka!

Defeat or Death?!

Chapter Information

Premiered: 21 November 1992 (Weekly Shōnen Jump 1992 #51)
Dragon Ball Z (Original Broadcast)
Dragon Ball Kai (“Refreshed” Broadcast)

  • Digital Monochrome Edition Volume 34 (12 October 2012)

Chapter Synopsis

Cell delivers a hard punch to Goku’s face, and then goes for another, but Goku ducks it and kicks Cell into the air. Goku teleports up in the air behind Cell, and strikes at him, but it was just an afterimage. The real Cell is behind Goku now, and he swats at him, but Goku just barely dodges. They float there mid-air, while Satan and the announcer wonder where they went, and Kuririn is amazed at their speed. Cell says he didn’t think it would be this fun, and he’d hate for it to end from a ring out. He says he’ll remove ring outs being a loss from the rules, since they have no need for it. Goku screams down at everyone to get away from the ring, as Cell points his hands down at the ring, preparing to destroy it.

There’s a giant boom, and just like that a big hole appears in the ground where the ring used to be. Everyone made it to safety though, with No. 16 having taken care of Satan and the others. He tells them to leave, they’re in the way, but they won’t listen. Cell and Goku both land on the ground, and Cell says now the whole ground will be their ring. And now, victory will be decided by either giving up, or death. Goku agrees they should get to it. Cell fires a blast, but Goku dodges it. Cell fires another, and Goku dodges again. Cell fires a whole bunch this time, and Goku does his best to dodge them all, then he takes to the air.

Goku begins to power up a Kamehameha, but Cell says Goku would never fire one from there. “If you do, the Earth itself will be in danger!!” But Goku continues charging up his attack. As the attack is nearly finished, Cell begins to look terrified, realizing Goku’s actually going to fire the Kamehameha at him and the Earth!

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 new editor came to have a meeting, and I was surprised at his huge size. I think his weight might even run to 3 digits…?! <Akira>

    This would be in kilograms, where you have to be at least 220 pounds to pass the “100 kg” milestone. For Japanese people, especially 20 years ago, that is fairly large. This is one of the comments featured in Daizenshuu 7.

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.