Dabra Takes the Stage!!
|Premiered:||21 December 1993 (Weekly Shōnen Jump 1994 #03/04)|
Dragon Ball Z (Original Broadcast)
Dragon Ball Kai (“Refreshed” Broadcast)
Goku wonders if Gohan’s trained enough, since his turn is next. Vegeta says, “Unfortunately, it seems as though he hasn’t trained a whole lot because of this peace. Now, it seems that we’re the ones with the greater power. Although you never know what would happen if he could go mad and kick some ass.” Kaiōshin really can’t believe their power, nor that he, Kaiōshin, is so flustered about them. Then suddenly the door begins to open and Dabra enters the room, praising them on defeating Yakon and making it to Stage Three. But this is as far as they go. Vegeta says Bobbidi must be getting desperate to send him out so soon. Dabra chuckles and tells them to bring it on, but Gohan says it’s his turn and he’ll be the one to defeat Dabra. Dabra and Bobbidi both get a little irked at his confidence.
Meanwhile, back at the Tenka’ichi Budōkai the announcer says that most of the competitors have left, and since such a thing is unprecedented, they’re currently discussing how to proceed. The officials think that it’s been almost an hour now, but they only have five competitors left… In the audience, Kame-Sen’nin wonders what’s going on, as he feels some large ki gathering far away. Backstage, Satan says everyone left because they were scared of him, and the remaining contestants must be truly brave. Then Satan gets an idea and heads outside, appealing to the crowd as he walks to talk to the officials. A battle royal, all five of them in the ring fighting. The officials are a bit hesitant, but they eventually agree to Satan’s proposal and the announcer explains the idea to the crowd.
An official tells Satan he’s really brave, since the four others will likely gang up on him. Satan begins to worry, as he hadn’t thought of that possibility. The announcer starts to call out the competitors. First, the champion whom they all know, Mister Satan. The only female, No. 18, with the weird name. Mighty Mask, who lost in the first round of the last tournament. Killa, who made it to the semifinals of the last tournament. And Jewel, who is popular with the ladies, but lost to Mister Satan in the finals of the last tournament. Killa asks Mighty Mask if they could team up against Mister Satan, but Mighty Mask says No. 18 is the only one he’s worried about. Jewel starts to flirt with No. 18, but she calls him an eyesore, telling him to get lost.
The match is called to begin, and Satan starts to psych himself up for the battle. However, Jewel tries to attack No. 18 first, because she offended him, but she calmly kicks him out of the ring. Mighty Mask then punches Killa out of the ring as well. Satan is glad, since these remaining two don’t seem like much. No. 18 thinks that Mighty Mask hits awfully hard, for someone with such small arms. Trunks reminds Goten that No. 18 used to be stronger than their dads. Satan calls the two of them on, but they ignore him.
- The title page for this chapter is not included in the tankōbon release.
- 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:
Starting today, I’ll be on winter vacation for a while. I’ve finished up my work, so I’ll enjoy the hectic pace of the year-end and New Year’s!! <Akira>
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.