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Dragon Ball Chapter 402

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Son Gokū Nazo no Kōdō

Son Goku’s Puzzling Behavior

Chapter Information

Premiered: 08 December 1992 (Weekly Shōnen Jump 1993 #01)
Dragon Ball Z (Original Broadcast)
Dragon Ball Kai (“Refreshed” Broadcast)

  • Digital Monochrome Edition Volume 34 (12 October 2012)

Chapter Synopsis

Cell punches Goku, sending him crashing into a nearby mountain. Cell charges after him, as Goku bursts out of the rubble and fires a whole bunch of blasts. Cell puts up a huge barrier to stop them all, as people around the world watch on TV. An old couple says that looks like Chi-Chi’s husband. Bulma is watching with Kame-Sen’nin at Kame House, and she thinks Goku’s doing great. Kame-Sen’nin doesn’t, though. “Goku can’t win… Not only that, but I can see that he’s fighting while knowing this. I don’t know what he has planned, but…” The barrier is gone now, and Goku is panting really hard. Cell says Goku’s strength looks to have gone down, and says he can have a senzu if he wants. That’ll make this an even greater fight.

Trunks yells at Kuririn to do like he says and give Goku a senzu, then he’ll definitely win. Vegeta yells at Trunks to shut up, saying he has no Saiyan pride. Kakarrot would probably rather die than win like that. Right now, he’s not even fighting for the Earth’s sake. “It pisses me off to admit it, but with just that special training, I couldn’t surpass Kakarrot. That bastard’s a genius. But, Cell is one or two steps higher than the present Kakarrot.” Trunks asks what they’re supposed to do, be quiet and watch? “Are you the one that’s always saying, ‘He must be planning something.’ Have some faith in him.” Cell asks Goku if he can’t eat a senzu because of his pride, and that Goku’s chances of winning have gone up a bit.

Goku says nothing, then smirks, lands, and the aura around him disappears. “I give up! This is a submission! I know your strength very well now! So I’ll stop.” Everyone is shocked, and the cameraman relays to Satan and the announcer that he said he was giving up. Cell asks Son Goku if he realizes what this means. If there’s no one left to fight in the Cell Games, everyone on the Earth will die. Goku says there’s still one left to fight him, but Cell says it’s the same difference, Vegeta and Trunks aren’t even as strong as Goku is. The announcer tells Mister Satan it’s his turn again, and Satan freaks out. But, oh no, Satan suddenly gets a stomach cramp. Too bad… Goku asks if it’s okay for him to pick the next person to fight, and Cell realizes he’s serious about giving in. Vegeta wonders what the Hell’s going on, since there’s nobody who can win.

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:

    I read the scripts for the Dragon Ball Z and Dr. Slump movies opening this coming spring. They’re interesting!! <Akira>

    The movie Toriyama is referring to is Dragon Ball Z movie 8, the first to feature the Legendary Super Saiyan Broli. It premiered alongside Dr. Slump — Arale-chan movie 6 at the 1993 Spring “Toei Anime Fair”, which was additionally dubbed “Akira Toriyama: The World 2”.

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.