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Dragon Ball Chapter 438

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Taisen Aite Ketteisu!

The Match-Ups Are Decided!

Chapter Information

Premiered: 14 September 1993 (Weekly Shōnen Jump 1993 #41)
Dragon Ball Z (Original Broadcast)
Dragon Ball Kai (“Refreshed” Broadcast)

  • Digital Monochrome Edition Volume 37 (12 October 2012)

Chapter Synopsis

Piccolo doubts those two were from Earth, but wonders why aliens would be here. Videl asks about this alien business, and Gohan whispers to her that Piccolo’s a bit strange, and she believes him because of his complexion. Kuririn wants the drawing to hurry up and start. They continue on toward the backstage area and arrive just in time for the drawings. Kuririn prays to God that he doesn’t fight any of his friends in the first round, and Piccolo says God is Dende. Goku looks around, and doesn’t think anyone but the pair from before look great. He wonders about the two guys with the “M” on their forehead, and thinks Mighty Mask looks weird.

The announcer says he’ll call them all in [Japanese] alphabetical order. The drawing begins and Killa draws #14, Kibito draws #7, Kuririn draws #1, Great Saiyaman draws #8 to put him up against Kibito, No. 18 draws #9, and Shin draws #3. Trunks asks Goten if they know their masked guy’s name, but he doesn’t. Spopovitch gets called up, but doesn’t respond, so Trunks and Goten think that must be their name, and run up. The announcer tells them they’re Mighty Mask, as the real Spopovitch comes up and angrily draws #6. Jewel draws next and gets a #16, with Son Goku drawing #11 after him. Videl is called up and she asks about her Papa, and the announcer says that he’s resting so he’ll draw in his place. Videl draws #5, against Spopovitch. Overhearing this, Goku realizes that she’s Mister Satan’s daughter, and Kuririn asks Gohan when they’re getting married. Puntar draws #2, and Kuririn is relieved to fight him. Vegeta draws #12, against Goku! Vegeta has been waiting a long time for this day. Trunks and Goten argue about whose father will win, as they get called up and draw #13, against Killa. Ma Junior draws #4, against Shin. The announcer then draws for Mister Satan, getting #10, against No. 18. Finally, Yamu draws #15, against Jewel. The match-ups are set!

The announcer leads them all to the waiting room, going over the rules again. There is also now a thirty minute time limit per match, due to the increased number of matches. Puntar says he’ll only need ten seconds to beat Kuririn, who merely scoffs. The announcer then goes out and announces the start of the Tenka’ichi Budōkai. An attendant tells Satan (who is still recovering) that he’ll be in the fifth match, and his opponent is an unknown, yet beautiful girl. Satan sits up excitedly.

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:
    『PINGU』というペンギンを知ってるかな。粘土細工のとってもかわい~ヤツなんだよ <明>

    I wonder if you know of a penguin called “Pingu”. He’s this really cute thing made out of clay. <Akira>

    Pingu was a stop-motion animated television series that centered on a family of anthropomorphic penguins who live at the South Pole. The series ran from 1986 to 2000, and at the time of this comment was in the midst of its 2nd of 4 seasons.

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.