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Manga Guide

Dragon Ball: Namek arc


Arc Information

Original Run: 19 September 1989 – 04 September 1990 (51 weeks)
Corresponding: Dragon Ball Chapters 242 – 290 (49 chapters)
Page Count: 736 pages (18 full color / 47 limited color / 671 black and white)

Arc Synopsis

Goku and co. barely manage to drive Vegeta from the Earth. However, many of their allies were killed, and the Dragon Balls ceased to be. Thinking that there might be Dragon Balls there, Bulma and co. journey by spaceship to God’s birthplace, Planet Namek. However, at the same time Freeza had also heard of the Dragon Balls, and headed for Planet Namek aiming to find them. Knowing this, Vegeta came following after him, and then Goku came as well. The various warriors from around the galaxy began to gather on Planet Namek, and a new battle for the Dragon Balls begins.

On Planet Namek, Freeza and his men push the limits of inhumanity, killing anyone who gets in their way. Gohan somehow manages to rescue a Namekian child, Dende. Elsewhere, arriving on Planet Namek on his own, Vegeta also begins to slaughter Namekians and gather Dragon Balls. Defeating Freeza’s underlings, he aims to recapture the Dragon Balls Freeza has. However, being no match for a transformed Zarbon, one of Freeza’s henchmen, he is captured by Freeza. Meanwhile, Goku continues training in the gravity room of his spaceship on his way to Planet Namek.

Kuririn was able to meet Planet Namek’s Eldest, but his Dragon Ball was stolen by Vegeta, who had escaped from Freeza. Because he was revived from the brink of death, Vegeta powered up even further. Though he had been beaten before, Vegeta easily defeated Zarbon in his transformed state. However, Freeza played his next hand and called on the even more frightfully powerful Ginyu Special-Squad. Before their overwhelming power, Vegeta, Gohan, and Kuririn were completely unable to put up a fight.

With the power of the Ginyu Special-Squad, Freeza was finally able to gather all seven Dragon Balls. However, not knowing the crucial method of getting one’s wish granted, he flies to the location of the surviving Namekian, the Eldest. Vegeta and co. were about to be killed by Recoom, one of the Ginyu Special-Squad, but at the last moment Goku finally arrived. Showing the results of his training in his spaceship, he defeated one Ginyu Special-Squad member after another with super power. But through Captain Ginyu’s “Body Change” technique, Goku and Ginyu switched bodies.

However, Ginyu couldn’t properly fight with Goku’s body, and was soon defeated. Goku had somehow managed to return to his own body during the battle, but was grievously injured in the process. With Vegeta’s guidance, he is put into a medical machine to heal his wounds.

Chapter List

憂うつな幕切れ…
Yūutsu na Makugire…
A Gloomy Closing Scene…
19 September 1989
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1989 #42
めざせ!ナメックの星
Mezase! Namekku no Hoshi
Go For It! The Planet Namek
26 September 1989
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1989 #43
宇宙船発見!!
Uchūsen Hakken!!
A Spaceship Found!!
03 October 1989
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1989 #44
ナメック星行き発進!!
Namekku-sei Iki Hasshin!!
Departing for Planet Namek!!
10 October 1989
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1989 #45
ベジータ復活!!
Bejīta Fukkatsu!!
Vegeta Revived!!
17 October 1989
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1989 #46
暗雲うずまくナメック星
An’un Uzumaku Namekku-sei
Dark Clouds Swirl Over Planet Namek
24 October 1989
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1989 #47
謎のストレンジャー
Nazo no Sutorenjā
The Mysterious Strangers
31 October 1989
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1989 #48
ベジータのスーパーパワー
Bejīta no Sūpā Pawā
Vegeta’s Super Power
07 November 1989
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1989 #49
孫悟空復活!!
Son Gokū Fukkatsu!!
Son Goku Revived!!
14 November 1989
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1989 #50
孫悟空の宇宙船
Son Gokū no Uchūsen
Son Goku’s Spaceship
21 November 1989
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1989 #51
怯えるナメック星人
Obieru Namekku-seijin
The Frightened Namekians
28 November 1989
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1989 #52
ある村の攻防戦
Aru Mura no Kōbōsen
One Village’s Battle
05 December 1989
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1990 #01/02
ナメック星人の抵抗
Namekku-seijin no Teikō
The Namekian Resistance
12 December 1989
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1990 #03/04
孫悟飯逆上!!
Son Gohan Gyakujō!!
Son Gohan in a Frenzy!!
19 December 1989
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1990 #05
死を呼ぶ追跡者!!
Shi o Yobu Tsuisekisha!!
A Deadly Pursuer!!
19 December 1989
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1990 #05
怯えるドドリア
Obieru Dodoria
Dodoria in Terror
05 January 1990
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1990 #06
危険がいっぱい!!
Kiken ga Ippai!!
Danger All Around!!
13 January 1990
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1990 #07
6個めのドラゴンボール
Rokkome no Doragon Bōru
The Sixth Dragon Ball
23 January 1990
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1990 #08
ドラゴンボール最後の1個
Doragon Bōru Saigo no Ikko
One Last Dragon Ball
30 January 1990
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1990 #09
びびる界王さま
Bibiru Kaiō-sama
Kaiō-sama’s Freaked Out
06 February 1990
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1990 #10
ベジータとザーボン
Bejīta to Zābon
Vegeta and Zarbon
10 February 1990
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1990 #11
ザーボンの秘めた力
Zābon no Himeta Chikara
Zarbon’s Hidden Power
20 February 1990
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1990 #12
最長老の家
Saichōrō no Ie
The Eldest’s House
27 February 1990
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1990 #13
移り変わる7個のドラゴンボール
Utsurikawaru Nanako no Doragon Bōru
The Seventh Dragon Ball Changes Hands
06 March 1990
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1990 #14
笑うベジータ怒るフリーザ
Warau Bejīta Ikaru Furīza
Vegeta Laughs, Freeza Fumes
13 March 1990
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1990 #15
恐怖の再会
Kyōfu no Saikai
A Reunion of Terror
20 March 1990
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1990 #16
ベジータ快進撃!
Bejīta Kai-Shingeki!
Vegeta’s Charge!
27 March 1990
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1990 #17
悟飯とベジータのドラゴンボール
Gohan to Bejīta no Doragon Bōru
Gohan and Vegeta’s Dragon Ball
03 April 1990
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1990 #18
大戦争の予感
Dai-Sensō no Yokan
Premonitions of a Great War
10 April 1990
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1990 #19
接近!!ギニュー特戦隊
Sekkin!! Ginyū Tokusentai
They’re Closing In!! The Ginyu Special-Squad
17 April 1990
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1990 #20
間にあえ!!ななつのドラゴンボール
Ma ni Ae!! Nanatsu no Doragon Bōru
Make it in Time!! The Seven Dragon Balls
24 April 1990
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1990 #21/22
恐怖のギニュー特戦隊
Kyōfu no Ginyū Tokusentai
The Terrible Ginyu Special-Squad
08 May 1990
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1990 #23
グルドの超能力
Gurudo no Chōnōryoku
Gurd’s Psychic Powers
15 May 1990
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1990 #24
ベジータの速攻!!
Bejīta no Sokkō!!
Vegeta’s Quick Attack!!
22 May 1990
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1990 #25
絶望のベジータ
Zetsubō no Bejīta
No Hope for Vegeta
29 May 1990
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1990 #26
笑うフリーザ
Warau Furīza
Freeza Laughs
05 June 1990
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1990 #27
孫悟飯死す!?
Son Gohan Shisu!?
Son Gohan Dies?!
12 June 1990
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1990 #28
不思議な孫悟空
Fushigi na Son Gokū
The Mysterious Son Goku
19 June 1990
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1990 #29
超サイヤ人!?
Sūpā Saiya-jin!?
Super Saiyan?!
26 June 1990
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1990 #30
対決!!ジースとバータ
Taiketsu!! Jīsu to Bāta
Showdown!! Jheese and Butta
03 July 1990
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1990 #31
ベジータの複雑な心
Bejīta no Fukuzatsu na Kokoro
Vegeta’s Complex Mind
10 July 1990
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1990 #32
ギニュー隊長おでまし!!
Ginyū Taichō Odemashi!!
Captain Ginyu Takes the Field!!
17 July 1990
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1990 #33
ギニュー隊長のプライド
Ginyū Taichō no Puraido
Captain Ginyu’s Pride
24 July 1990
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1990 #34
危うし最長老たち
Ayaushi Saichōrō-tachi
The Eldest and Co. in Danger
31 July 1990
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1990 #35
ナメック星の戦士ネイル
Namekku-sei no Senshi Neiru
Nail, Warrior of Namek
07 August 1990
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1990 #36
ボディチェンジ
Bodi Chenji
The Body Change
11 August 1990
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1990 #37
悟空か!?ギニューか!?
Gokū ka!? Ginyū ka!?
Goku or Ginyu?!
21 August 1990
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1990 #38
ギニュー痛恨の大誤算!!
Ginyū Tsūkon no Dai-Gosan!!
Ginyu’s Painful Miscalculation!!
28 August 1990
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1990 #39
ギニュー敗れる!!!
Ginyū Yabureru!!!
Ginyu is Defeated!!!
04 September 1990
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1990 #40