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Dragon Ball: Demon King Piccolo arc


Arc Information

Original Run: 28 July 1987 – 09 February 1988 (29 weeks)
Corresponding: Dragon Ball Chapters 135 – 161 (27 chapters)
Page Count: 404 pages (4 full color / 26 limited color / 374 black and white)

Arc Synopsis

Goku flies off against Kame-Sen’nin’s orders, only to fail at his attempt to avenge Kuririn’s death. From the insignia that was left behind, Kame-Sen’nin determines that Kuririn’s murderer was the Demon King Piccolo. Kame-Sen’nin recounts that Piccolo was a villain who had long ago plunged the world into terror, and was supposedly sealed away through the Mafūba, the secret technique of Kame-Sen’nin’s master, Mutaito. But Pilaf and his gang have revived Piccolo, plotting world domination!

Piccolo finally appears before Goku, who has cooperated with Yajirobe to defeat Piccolo’s underlings. Goku fiercely assaults Piccolo, but he is completely and utterly beaten to a pulp. So Yajirobe takes Goku to the Karin Holy Land and the two climb Karin Tower. Meanwhile, Kame-Sen’nin attempts to seal Piccolo with the Mafūba, but tragically fails and dies a lamentable death. Piccolo has finally gathered all seven Dragon Balls, has his wish of a “restored youth” granted, and kills the now unneeded Shenlong. As Piccolo storms the King’s castle, Goku drinks the Super God Water, increasing his power many times over.

Goku arrives just as Tenshinhan is about to be killed by Piccolo’s underling Drum. The final battle between Goku and Piccolo begins. Goku soon gains the upper hand, but Piccolo takes Tenshinhan hostage and one-sidedly attacks Goku. Not giving up, Goku eventually wins the battle by bursting through Piccolo’s body with his right arm, the only mobile limb he has left.

Chapter List

クリリンの死そして恐ろしき陰謀
Kuririn no Shi Soshite Osoroshiki Inbō
Kuririn’s Death, and a Terrible Conspiracy
28 July 1987
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1987 #35
ピッコロ大魔王の恐怖!
Pikkoro Daimaō no Kyōfu!
The Terror of Demon King Piccolo!
04 August 1987
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1987 #36
よみがえれ孫悟空!
Yomigaere Son Gokū!
Come Back, Son Goku!
11 August 1987
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1987 #37
ボールを持った妙なやつ
Bōru o Motta Myō na Yatsu
The Strange Guy With the Ball
18 August 1987
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1987 #38
ヤジロベーの獲物
Yajirobei no Emono
Yajirobe’s Prey
25 August 1987
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1987 #39
タンバリンがやってくる!
Tambarin ga Yatte Kuru!
Tambourine Draws Near!
01 September 1987
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1987 #40
孫悟空爆発!!
Son Gokū Bakuhatsu!!
Son Goku’s Explosion!!
08 September 1987
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1987 #41
ピッコロ大魔王降り立つ!!
Pikkoro Daimaō Oritatsu!!
Demon King Piccolo Descends!!
15 September 1987
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1987 #42
孫悟空対ピッコロ大魔王
Son Gokū Tai Pikkoro Daimaō
Son Goku vs Demon King Piccolo
22 September 1987
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1987 #43
孫悟空完敗!!
Son Gokū Kanpai!!
Son Goku Completely Defeated!!
29 September 1987
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1987 #44
武天老師の決心
Muten Rōshi no Kesshin
Muten Rōshi’s Resolve
06 October 1987
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1987 #45
亀仙人最後の魔封波!!
Kame-Sen’nin Saigo no Mafūba!!
Kame-Sen’nin’s Final Mafūba!!
13 October 1987
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1987 #46
若がえるか!?ピッコロ大魔王
Waka Gaeru ka!? Pikkoro Daimaō
Piccolo Daimaō’s Youth Restored!?
20 October 1987
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1987 #47
カリン塔に会え!!
Karin Tō ni Ae!!
Get to Karin Tower!!
27 October 1987
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1987 #48
世界征服
Sekai Seifuku
World Domination
03 November 1987
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1987 #49
カリン様もなやむ
Karin-sama mo Nayamu
Even Karin-sama is Worried
10 November 1987
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1987 #50
超神水!!!
>Chō-Shinsui!!!
The Super God Water!!!
17 November 1987
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1987 #51
孫悟空ついに発進!!!!
Son Gokū Tsui ni Hasshin!!!!
Son Goku Finally Departs!!!!
21 November 1987
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1987 #52
天津飯の決意!!
Tenshinhan no Ketsui!!
Tenshinhan’s Determination!!
01 December 1987
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1988 #01/02
天津飯の誤算
Tenshinhan no Gosan
Tenshinhan’s Miscalculation
08 December 1987
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1988 #03/04
孫悟空の逆襲
Son Gokū no Gyakushū
Son Goku’s Counterattack
18 December 1987
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1988 #05
怒る!!
Ikaru!!
Angry!!
04 January 1988
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1988 #06
不死身の決戦!!
Fujimi no Kessen!!
An Immortal Showdown!!
12 January 1988
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1988 #07
孫悟空最大の危機!!
Son Gokū Saidai no Kiki!!
Son Goku’s Greatest Crisis!!
19 January 1988
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1988 #08
荒野の大格闘!!
Kōya no Dai-Kakutō!!
A Grand Battle in the Wasteland!!
26 January 1988
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1988 #09
孫悟空最後の賭け!!
Son Gokū Saigo no Kake!!
Son Goku’s Final Gamble!!
02 February 1988
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1988 #10
孫悟空勝つ!!
Son Gokū Katsu!!
Son Goku Wins!!
09 February 1988
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1988 #11