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Dragon Ball Chapter 439

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Kuririn Soshite Pikkoro no Tatakai

Kuririn and Piccolo’s Fights

Chapter Information

Premiered: 21 September 1993 (Weekly Shōnen Jump 1993 #42)
Dragon Ball Z (Original Broadcast)
Dragon Ball Kai (“Refreshed” Broadcast)

  • Digital Monochrome Edition Volume 37 (12 October 2012)

Chapter Synopsis

The announcer reads off the results for those who can’t see, with Yamcha noting that Goku will be fighting Vegeta. The first match will begin right right away — Kuririn vs Puntar. The announcer tells the crowd that Kuririn used to compete when he was a kid and did very well, while Puntar had competed at the previous tournament and lost by ring out in the semifinals. The little blonde girl says the man her father’s fighting looks really big and strong, but Yamcha assures her that her father is the strongest in the world, of the Earthlings at least. Puntar says he won’t hold back, because the Tenka’ichi Budōkai isn’t a game, although then he mockingly says that tiny-geezers don’t belong here, either. Kuririn sighs and thinks he won’t use his full strength against this idiot.

The match begins and Puntar starts flipping around the ring to show off that not only is he big, but he’s also fast, telling Kuririn he won’t be able to run away. He dares Kuririn to punch him, and so Kuririn nonchalantly punches him in the gut, smacks him across the face, and then kicks him out of the ring. The announcer is happy to see such strength again, and calls for the second match to begin — Shin vs Ma Junior. The announcer says that this is Shin’s first time competing, but Ma Junior had gotten to the finals at an old Budōkai, in an incredible fight that he remembers very well. The announcer asks him not to destroy the ring (again). Some people in the crowd recognize Piccolo as one of the people in the way while Mister Satan fought Cell. Backstage, Vegeta is thinking they’ll finally get to see just how great this guy’s Battle Power really is.

Piccolo realizes he can’t fight this person, and wonders why. “You’ll know soon enough. But for now, let’s make this a fun game.” Piccolo is shocked his thoughts have been read, and then concedes and leaves the ring. Shin thinks, “I see. He used to be this planet’s god… Somehow or other, he’s beginning to sense who I am…” Shin gets the victory, and Piccolo tells Goku their difference in strength was dimensions apart. Kuririn starts to worry, since he’ll have to fight him in the next round. But now for the third match — Videl vs Spopovitch. The crowd chants for Videl, and Gohan wishes her good luck. The announcer tells the crowd that Videl is Mister Satan’s daughter, as well as a friend of justice who has foiled many criminals for the police. She also won the Youth Division seven years ago at the previous tournament, when she was a little girl. Spopovitch competed at the last tournament, but now he’s come back and changed his image. Shin passes Spopovitch on his way backstage, and glances back at Spopovitch with grave concern.

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:
    TV版のオープニングとエンディングの曲が変わった。けっこう気にいってるんですよ <明>

    The opening and ending songs for the TV show have changed. I like them quite a bit. <Akira>

    After 199 episodes, the Dragon Ball Z TV series finally changed, albeit Toriyama didn’t make note of it here until two weeks after it happened. This marked the first, and last, time the theme songs of Dragon Ball Z would change.

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.