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Manga Guide

Dragon Ball: Son Goku arc


Arc Information

Original Run: 20 November 1984 – 04 May 1985 (25 weeks)
Corresponding: Dragon Ball Chapters 001 – 023 (23 chapters)
Page Count: 358 pages (19 full color / 64 limited color / 275 black and white)

Arc Synopsis

One day Son Goku, a boy who lives alone in the mountains, meets Bulma, a girl searching for the “Dragon Balls”. The Dragon Balls are seven mysterious spheres that, when gathered together, will cause Shenlong to appear and grant any single wish. They meet various people, such as Kame-Sen’nin, who gives Goku the Kinto-Un, the shape-shifting Oolong, and the bandits Yamcha and Pu’er, and they have many experiences, but somehow or other Goku and Bulma obtain five of the Dragon Balls. The next Dragon Ball is on the burning Mt. Frypan, where the ridiculously scary Gyūmaō lives.

With the help of Kame-Sen’nin, Goku and co. extinguish the fire on Mt. Frypan. Having obtained six Dragon Balls and with only one remaining, their Dragon Balls are stolen by Pilaf and his gang. Pilaf finally called forth Shenlong, but Oolong somehow got his wish of “Give me a girl’s panties!” granted instead. Imprisoned by Pilaf, Goku looks at the full moon and suddenly transforms into an Ōzaru. After having his tail cut off and returning to normal, Goku sets off on his own to Kame-Sen’nin’s place.

Chapter List

ブルマと孫悟空
Buruma to Son Gokū
Bulma and Son Goku
20 November 1984
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1984 #51
(ボール)がない!!
Bōru ga Nai!!
No Balls!!
27 November 1984
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1984 #52
悟空・海へ走る
Gokū · Umi e Hashiru
Goku – Running to the Sea
04 December 1984
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1985 #01/02
亀仙人の筋斗雲
Kame-Sen’nin no Kinto-Un
Kame-Sen’nin’s Kinto-Un
11 December 1984
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1985 #03
ウーロンあらわる!!
Ūron Arawaru!!
Oolong Appears!!
21 December 1984
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1985 #04/05
ウーロン対決孫悟空
Ūron Taiketsu Son Gokū
Oolong vs Son Goku
04 January 1985
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1985 #06
ヤムチャとプーアル
Yamucha to Pūaru
Yamcha and Pu’er
12 January 1985
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1985 #07
ヤムチャおそるべし!!
Yamucha Osorubeshi!!
The Fearsome Yamcha!!
22 January 1985
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1985 #08
ドラゴンボール危うし!!
Doragon Bōru Ayaushi!!
Dragon Balls in Danger!!
29 January 1985
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1985 #09
強盗大策戦
Gōtō Dai-Sakusen
A Grand Robbery Scheme
05 February 1985
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1985 #10
フライパン山の牛魔王
Furaipan Yama no Gyūmaō
Gyūmaō of Mount Frypan
12 February 1985
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1985 #11
亀仙人をたずねて
Kame-Sen’nin o Tazunete
In Search of Kame-Sen’nin
19 February 1985
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1985 #12
亀仙人の芭蕉扇
Kame-Sen’nin no Bashō-Sen
Kame-Sen’nin’s Bashō Fan
26 February 1985
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1985 #13
亀仙人のかめはめ波!!
Kame-Sen’nin no Kamehameha!!
Kame-Sen’nin’s Kamehameha!!
05 March 1985
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1985 #14
七星球発見
Chīshinchū Hakken
The Seven-Star Ball is Found
12 March 1985
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1985 #15
ウサギの耳
Usagi no Mimi
Rabbit Ears
19 March 1985
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1985 #16
オヤブンの得意技
Oyabun no Tokui Waza
The Boss’s Special Skill
26 March 1985
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1985 #17
D。B。奪われる!!
Doragon Bōru Ubawareru!!
The Dragon Balls Are Stolen!!
02 April 1985
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1985 #18
ついに龍あらわる!
Tsui ni Doragon Arawaru!
At Long Last, the Dragon Appears!
09 April 1985
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1985 #19
神龍への願い!!
Shenron e no Negai!!
The Wish to Shenlong!!
16 April 1985
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1985 #20
満月
Mangetsu
The Full Moon
23 April 1985
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1985 #21
悟空の大変身
Gokū no Dai-Henshin
Goku’s Great Transformation
27 April 1985
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1985 #22
ドラゴンチーム解散
Doragon Chīmu Kaisan
The Dragon Team Parts Ways
04 May 1985
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1985 #23