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Manga Guide

Dragon Ball: Saiyan arc


Arc Information

Original Run: 04 October 1988 – 12 September 1989 (50 weeks)
Corresponding: Dragon Ball Chapters 195 – 241 (47 chapters)
Page Count: 705 pages (30 full color / 45 limited color / 630 black and white)

Arc Synopsis

Several years after Goku defeated Piccolo in the 23rd Tenka’ichi Budōkai, the Saiyan Raditz, who claimed to be Goku’s older brother, appeared before Goku and his son Gohan. Raditz’s astounding power was such that not even Goku and Piccolo could defeat him. Goku sacrificed his life to defeat Raditz. Raditz said that in one year, other powerful Saiyans would arrive.

Realizing the hidden power inside Gohan, Piccolo kidnaps him and begins to train him. In the middle of training, Gohan transforms into an Ōzaru. However, Piccolo manages to eliminate this problem by destroying the moon. At the same time, Goku was earnestly training under Kaiō, who stands above Gods.

And then, the Saiyans Vegeta and Nappa finally arrived. Piccolo and the others defeat the Saibaiman, but Yamcha doesn’t survive, and the battle with Nappa begins! But the Saiyans’ power was far beyond their imagination. Chiaotzu explodes, and Tenshinhan also uses up all his strength, but despite all this, the Saiyan Nappa does not take any critical damage. Even Piccolo heroically meets his end protecting Gohan. At this absolutely desperate pinch, a large ki drew near. The revived Goku has finally arrived. Goku crushes Nappa with the Kaiō-ken, and commences a grand battle with the Saiyan prince, Vegeta.

The decisive battle with the fate of the Earth at stake begins. Accepting that it would wreck his body, Goku raises his Kaiō-ken to x3 and attacks Vegeta. After beginning to steadily take damage, Vegeta transforms into an Ōzaru and attacks Goku. Goku counters this with a Genki-Dama. The Genki-Dama was temporarily smashed, but Gohan bounced it back to get a direct hit on Vegeta! Nevertheless, the undefeated Vegeta ends up being greatly damaged by Ōzaru Gohan, and flees from Earth.

Chapter List

謎の異星人戦士
Nazo no Isei-jin Senshi
The Mysterious Alien Warrior
04 October 1988
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1988 #45
カカロット
Kakarotto
Kakarrot
08 October 1988
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1988 #46
孫悟空の過去!!
Son Gokū no Kako!!
Son Goku’s Past!!
18 October 1988
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1988 #47
共通の大敵
Kyōtsū no Taiteki
A Powerful Enemy in Common
25 October 1988
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1988 #48
ラディッツとの対決
Radittsu to no Taiketsu
Showdown with Raditz
01 November 1988
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1988 #49
かつてない恐怖
Katsute Nai Kyōfu
An Unprecedented Terror
08 November 1988
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1988 #50
ピッコロの切り札
Pikkoro no Kirifuda
Piccolo’s Trump Card
15 November 1988
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1988 #51
魔貫光殺砲
Makankōsappō
The Makankōsappō
22 November 1988
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1988 #52
孫悟空最後の手段!!
Son Gokū Saigo no Shudan!!
Son Goku’s Last Resort!!
29 November 1988
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1988 #53
さようなら孫悟空
Sayōnara Son Gokū
Farewell, Son Goku
06 December 1988
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1989 #01/02
あの世でファイト!!
Ano-yo de Faito!!
A Fight in the Afterlife!!
19 December 1988
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1989 #03/04
孫悟飯とピッコロ大魔王
Son Gohan to Pikkoro Daimaō
Son Gohan and Demon King Piccolo
04 January 1989
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1989 #05/06
なげく孫悟飯
Nageku Son Gohan
Son Gohan Grieves
14 January 1989
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1989 #07
満月の出来ごと
Mangetsu no Dekigoto
An Incident Under the Full Moon
24 January 1989
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1989 #08
それぞれの1年間
Sorezore no Ichinenkan
Everyone’s Year
31 January 1989
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1989 #09
親子二代の荒修業
Oyako Nidai no Ara Shugyō
The Father and Son’s Harsh Training
07 February 1989
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1989 #10
界王さまと、がんばる死人孫悟空!
Kaiō-sama to, Ganbaru Shinin Son Gokū!
Do Your Best with Kaiō-sama, Dead Son Goku!
14 February 1989
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1989 #11
サイヤ人迫る!!
Saiya-jin Semaru!!
The Saiyans Approach!!
21 February 1989
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1989 #12
サイヤ人来たる!!
Saiya-jin Kitaru!!
The Saiyans Arrive!!
28 February 1989
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1989 #13
ベジータのゲーム
Bejīta no Gēmu
Vegeta’s Game
07 March 1989
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1989 #14
ヤムチャの予感
Yamucha no Yokan
Yamcha’s Premonition
14 March 1989
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1989 #15
怯える戦士たち
Obieru Senshi-tachi
Frightened Warriors
21 March 1989
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1989 #16
いそげ!孫悟空
Isoge! Son Gokū
Hurry, Son Goku!
28 March 1989
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1989 #17
最後の気功砲
Saigo no Kikōhō
The Final Kikōhō
04 April 1989
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1989 #18
3時間
San-Jikan
Three Hours
11 April 1989
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1989 #19
わずかな光
Wazuka na Hikari
A Faint Light
18 April 1989
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1989 #20
窮鼠、猫を咬む
Kyūso Neko o Kamu
The Cornered Mouse Bites the Cat
25 April 1989
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1989 #21
孫悟空大接近!!
Son Gokū Dai-Sekkin!!
Son Goku Approaches!!
02 May 1989
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1989 #22
ピッコロと悟飯
Pikkoro to Gohan
Piccolo and Gohan
09 May 1989
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1989 #23
孫悟空の静かな怒り
Son Gokū no Shizuka na Ikari
Son Goku’s Quiet Anger
16 May 1989
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1989 #24
ナッパ手も足も出ず!!
Nappa Te mo Ashi mo Dezu!!
Nappa, Completely Helpless!!
23 May 1989
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1989 #25
界王拳の謎
Kaiō-Ken no Nazo
The Mystery of the Kaiō-Ken
30 May 1989
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1989 #26
動きはじめた帝王
Ugoki Hajimeta Teiō
The Emperor Stirs
06 June 1989
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1989 #27
一騎打ち!!
Ikkiuchi!!
One-on-One Combat!!
13 June 1989
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1989 #28
天下分け目の超決戦!!
Tenkawakeme no Chō-Kessen!!
A Fateful Super Decisive Battle!!
20 June 1989
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1989 #29
あぶない3倍界王拳!
Abunai San-Bai Kaiō-Ken!
The Dangerous Three-Fold Kaiō-Ken!
27 June 1989
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1989 #30
レッドゾーンの闘い!
Reddo Zōn no Tatakai!
A Fight in the Red Zone!
04 July 1989
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1989 #31
『月』
“Tsuki”
The “Moon”
11 July 1989
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1989 #32
だせるか!?元気玉!!
Daseru ka!? Genki-Dama!!
Can He Unleash It?! The Genki-Dama!!
18 July 1989
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1989 #33
どうなる!?元気玉!!
Dō Naru!? Genki-Dama!!
What Will Happen?! The Genki-Dama!!
25 July 1989
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1989 #34
孫悟空、虫の息!!
Son Gokū, Mushi no Iki!!
Son Goku, At Death’s Door!!
01 August 1989
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1989 #35
ささやかな抵抗
Sasayaka na Teikō
A Meek Resistance
08 August 1989
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1989 #36
もういちど元気玉!!
Mō Ichido Genki-Dama!!
Once Again, the Genki-Dama!!
12 August 1989
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1989 #37
元気玉の行方!!
Genki-Dama no Yukue!!
The Genki-Dama’s Course!!
22 August 1989
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1989 #38
ボロボロの戦士たち
Boroboro no Senshi-tachi
The Worn-Out Warriors
29 August 1989
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1989 #39
最後の賭け!!
Saigo no Kake!!
A Final Gamble!!
05 September 1989
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1989 #40
孫悟空の頼み…
Son Gokū no Tanomi…
Son Goku’s Request…
12 September 1989
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1989 #41