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Dragon Ball: 23rd Tenka’ichi Budōkai arc


Arc Information

Original Run: 16 February 1988 – 27 September 1988 (33 weeks)
Corresponding: Dragon Ball Chapters 162 – 194 (33 chapters)
Page Count: 495 pages (9 full color / 36 limited color / 450 black and white)

Arc Synopsis

Three years later, he once again reunites with his friends at the Tenka’ichi Budōkai. Calling himself Ma Junior, Piccolo Daimaō’s offspring appears. Goku’s first opponent was Anonymous, whose real identity was Chi-Chi, the daughter of Gyūmaō. Keeping the promise that he had made to her long ago, Goku marries Chi-Chi after the match. Yamcha fights the mystery man Shen, and unbelievably loses to the clumsy man. Goku realizes that Shen’s true identity is actually God. Safely passed through the first round, Goku and Tenshinhan clash in the semi-finals. Having trained under God, Goku had powered up far beyond Tenshinhan’s imagination. Goku easily defeats Tenshinhan and advances to the finals. And then the battle of Ma Junior versus God begins!

God tries to seal Piccolo with the Mafūba, but instead he himself was imprisoned by Piccolo’s Reverse-Mafūba. And so, the fateful final round begins. After rescuing God from Piccolo’s giant body, Goku commenced a relentless attack. Piccolo took great damage from his Super Kamehameha. Just as the countdown was ending, Piccolo’s attack pierced Goku’s right shoulder. To finish the match, Piccolo fires a ki blast at the immobile Goku!

Having dodged the attack by a hair’s breadth, Goku rams Piccolo with all his weight from high in the sky to win the tournament. Goku heals with a senzu, and gives Piccolo a senzu as well, vowing to fight him again. And thus, turning down God’s offer to succeed him, he flies off with Chi-Chi!

Chapter List

如意棒の秘密
Nyoi-Bō no Himitsu
The Secret of the Nyoi-Bō
16 February 1988
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1988 #12
神殿
Shinden
The Temple
23 February 1988
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1988 #13
神様登場
Kami-sama Tōjō
God Appears
01 March 1988
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1988 #14
神龍復活!!
Shenron Fukkatsu!!
Shenlong is Revived!!
08 March 1988
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1988 #15
それぞれの再会
Sorezore no Saikai
Everyone’s Reunion
15 March 1988
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1988 #16
波乱の天下一武道会
Haran no Tenka’ichi Budōkai
Troubles at the Tenka’ichi Budōkai
19 March 1988
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1988 #17
8勝者決定!!
Hasshōsha Kettei!!
The Eight Winners are Determined!!
29 March 1988
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1988 #18
天津飯と桃白白
Tenshinhan to Tao Pai-pai
Tenshinhan and Tao Pai-pai
05 April 1988
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1988 #19
殺し屋桃白白のあがき
Koroshiya Taopaipai no Agaki
The Hitman Tao Pai-pai’s Struggle
12 April 1988
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1988 #20
孫悟空の結婚
Son Gokū no Kekkon
Son Goku’s Marriage
19 April 1988
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1988 #21
クリリン対マジュニア
Kuririn Tai Ma Junia
Kuririn vs Ma Junior
26 April 1988
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1988 #22
クリリン対マジュニア勝負決す!!
Kuririn Tai Ma Junia Shōbu Kessu!!
Kuririn vs Ma Junior: Settling the Score!!
02 May 1988
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1988 #23
ヤムチャ対シェン
Yamucha Tai Shen
Yamcha vs Shen
10 May 1988
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1988 #24
シェン
Sh·e·n
S–H–E–N
17 May 1988
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1988 #25
孫悟空VS天津飯
Son Gokū Bāsesu Tenshinhan
Son Goku vs Tenshinhan
24 May 1988
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1988 #26
スピード
Supīdo
Speed
31 May 1988
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1988 #27
天津飯自信の必殺技!
Tenshinhan Jishin no Hissatsu Waza!
Tenshinhan’s Prided Surefire Technique!
07 June 1988
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1988 #28
ふたつの弱点
Futatsu no Jakuten
Two Weak Points
14 June 1988
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1988 #29
ピッコロ大魔王対神様
Pikkoro Daimaō Tai Kami-sama
Piccolo Daimaō vs God
21 June 1988
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1988 #30
神の誤算
Kami no Gosan
God’s Miscalculation
28 June 1988
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1988 #31
因縁の対決!悟空対ピッコロ
Innen no Taiketsu! Son Gokū Tai Pikkoro
The Fated Showdown! Son Goku vs Piccolo
05 July 1988
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1988 #32
小手調べ
Kote Shirabe
A Light Warm-Up
12 July 1988
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1988 #33
両者真剣勝負
Ryōsha Shinken Shōbu
Both Sides Go All-Out
19 July 1988
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1988 #34
超かめはめ波
Chō-Kamehameha
The Super Kamehameha
26 July 1988
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1988 #35
武道会場騒然!!
Budōkaijō Sōzen!!
Confusion at the Tournament Grounds!!
02 August 1988
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1988 #36
ピッコロ大魔王超巨身術
Pikkoro Daimaō Chō-Kyoshinjutsu
Piccolo Daimaō’s Super Giant-Form Technique
09 August 1988
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1988 #37
孫悟空の試合
Son Gokū no Shiai
Son Goku’s Match
12 August 1988
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1988 #38
大魔王最後の賭け!!
Daimaō Saigo no Kake!!
The Demon King’s Final Gamble!!
23 August 1988
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1988 #39
ふんばれ!!孫悟空
Funbare!! Son Gokū
Stand Firm, Son Goku!!
30 August 1988
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1988 #40
10カウント
Ten Kaunto
The Ten Count
06 September 1988
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1988 #41
万事休す!!
Banji Kyūsu!!
It’s All Over!!
13 September 1988
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1988 #42
天下一武道会の頂点!!
Tenka’ichi Budōkai no Chōten!!
The Tenka’ichi Budōkai’s Climax!!
20 September 1988
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1988 #43
ドラゴンボールの贈りもの
Doragon Bōru no Okurimono
The Gift of the Dragon Balls
27 September 1988
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1988 #44