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Dragon Ball Chapter 403

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Gokū o Koeta Senshi

The Warrior Who Surpassed Goku

Chapter Information

Premiered: 15 December 1992 (Weekly Shōnen Jump 1993 #02)
Dragon Ball Z (Original Broadcast)
Dragon Ball Kai (“Refreshed” Broadcast)

  • Digital Monochrome Edition Volume 34 (12 October 2012)

Chapter Synopsis

Goku says this fight should end the Cell Games. If this person can’t win, no one can. Everyone wonders who he means. Goku says that now after having fought against Cell, he’s sure this person can win. So he’s going to leave it all up to this next person. Cell asks if he’s saying that this person is stronger than him (Cell), and Goku says yeah. Cell wants to know who it is, then. (Hopefully it’s not Mister Satan, who still has a stomach ache.) Goku says, “It’s your turn, Gohan!!” Everyone is shocked, including Gohan. Piccolo thinks Goku’s an idiot, wanting to watch his own son die. The cameraman relays that he said it’s “Gohan’s turn”, and the announcer thinks he’s being careless, wanting to take a break to have bentō at a time like this. (gohan also means rice/meal).

Goku flies over to the cliff where everyone is standing now, and asks Gohan if he can do it. Gohan is surprised, and Piccolo says of course Gohan can’t fight. Goku says Gohan’s a lot stronger than they think, and he’s always been able to keep up with them. Not even Goku was like that when he was a kid. Kuririn doubts he could really be that strong though. Goku says in the Room of Spirit and Time, Gohan’s deeply sealed away dormant powers started to come out. Goku says to Gohan that he didn’t think the fight between him and Cell was that great, right? “No, I didn’t think so. But, neither of you were fighting all out, right?” Goku says he doesn’t know about Cell, but he was going all out. But to Gohan, it felt like Goku was doing shoddily. Piccolo asks if that’s true, and Gohan says yes. Vegeta can’t believe that brat is so strong. Goku tells Gohan to do it, restore peace to the world so he can become a scholar.

Gohan agrees, then takes off his mantle and flies over toward Cell. Goku asks Kuririn for a senzu, and then tosses it to Cell. He tells Cell to eat it, and Kuririn thinks he’s crazy. Goku just wants the fight to be fair. Cell thinks they’ll regret that, and eats the senzu. Cell feels his full strength again, and Piccolo thinks Goku’s being reckless. But then Gohan starts to power up, blowing everyone away.

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:
    3・4合併号では,400回突破記念で,超サイヤ人TC(テレホンカード)を大プレゼント。楽しみにしててね <明>

    In commemoration of passing 400 chapters, there’ll be a big present of a Super Saiyan phone card in the #3/4 double issue. Look forward to it, OK? <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.