Manga Guide

Dragon Ball Chapter 408

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Son Gohan Bakuhatsu!!

Son Gohan Explodes!!

Chapter Information

Premiered: 02 February 1993 (Weekly Shōnen Jump 1993 #09)
Dragon Ball Z (Original Broadcast)
Dragon Ball Kai (“Refreshed” Broadcast)

  • Digital Monochrome Edition Volume 34 (12 October 2012)

Chapter Synopsis

Cell, Vegeta, Trunks, Piccolo, Goku, and the Cell Juniors all turn and look at Gohan with surprise. Gohan has transformed. His hair has gotten longer and straighter, still sticking up, and the aura around him is filled with crackly lightning. “I won’t allow this from you anymore.” Gohan sternly walks toward Cell, and Cell is glad to see his true form. But Gohan just snatches the bag of senzu away from him, and then flies away. Gohan lands next to a Cell Junior, who is standing over Kuririn. It turns to attack Gohan, but Gohan just punches its head off. Everyone is shocked, Cell especially. But not Goku, he lightly chuckles, because he knew it all along.

The rest of the Cell Juniors fly toward Gohan, and he kills one, two, three, four, five of them, each with just one hit. The seventh one gets scared and tries to fly away, but Gohan flies after it, and knocks its upper body off with one strike. Cell looks very worried, while the others are surprised. Goku thinks Cell deserves it. Gohan tosses the bag of senzu to Trunks, and says to take care of everyone. Gohan lands next to Cell, and the two of them stare each other down. Vegeta thinks this is unbelievable.

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 example questions for the “Tenka’ichi Test Tournament”, and there were ones that were difficult even for the author?! Hmmm… I wonder what sort of person will be the champion?! <Akira>

    This is one of the comments republished in Daizenshuu 7. The second- and third-place finishers for the Tenka’ichi Test were later featured in a roundtable for the “Shenlong Times” pamphlet that came with Daizenshuu 4.

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.