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ドラゴンボール 第21話
Dragon Ball 21

Kuririn in Danger!

Episode Title Screen Episode Still Image
放送日 Original Air Date: 1986/07/16
脚本 Teleplay: 照井啓司 Keiji Terui
演出 Episode Director: 上田芳裕 Yoshihiro Ueda
絵コンテ Storyboards: いわなみはるき Haruki Iwanami
作画監督 Animation Director: 青嶋克己 Katsumi Aoshima
美術 Background Art: 伊藤岩光 Iwamitsu Itou


An excited Gokuu and Kuririn run through the crowd outside trying to find their friends. Gokuu asks to stand on a man's head, and with this better view, Gokuu spots them. Meanwhile, Blooma wonders where the Turtle Hermit has been, so he explains that he went to the bathroom and got lost on the way back. He then offers Blooma some World's Best Martial Arts Fest souvenirs, and in exchange he requests a pafupafu. Blooma rejects this by giving the Turtle Hermit a powerful uppercut, prompting Oolong to say that she should have entered the tournament too. Gokuu and Kuririn then arrive, and Gokuu and Oolong happily greet each other. Everyone congratulates the two boys until the PA system calls for the eight entrants to come to the temple's main building. Gokuu and Kuririn leave the group, and Oolong then wonders where the old man went.

Gokuu, Kuririn, and Yamcha wait inside the building with the other competitors. When a giant, slobbering, overweight man shows up, Gokuu's dog-like nose goes insane, because the man smells so horrible. Yamcha explains that that guy hasn't taken a bath since birth, and he uses his strong stench to distract opponents. A man in a suit wearing sunglasses then arrives with a clipboard, and he calls everyone over. Except for the smelly man, who needs to step back. This man in sunglasses, an announcer, points to a chart on the wall and explains that they'll draw numbers to determine opponents and match order. So everyone must come draw a number when their name is called. An old man grabs a young woman by the arm, asking if he can get matched up with her, but the announcer refuses.

First the announcer calls up "Namu-san," a tall man with a turban. He draws #5, putting him in the third match. Next is "Monster Giran-san," a large dinosaur-like person. He draws #8, for the fourth match. Next comes "Bacterian-san," the large smelly man. He draws #1, for the first match. Next is Yamcha, who gets #4, for the second match. Next is Kuririn, who gets #2, putting him in the first match against Bacterian. Kuririn doesn't like that at all. Next is "MAGO Gosora-san," but no one responds. Yamcha looks over the chart and suggests those characters actually read as "SON Gokuu." Embarrassed, the announcer now asks for Gokuu. He gets #7, putting him in the fourth match against Giran. Next is "Lanfan-san," the attractive young woman, who draws #6 to face Namu. And finally "Jackie Chun-san," the old man, with #3 to face Yamcha.

Now the announcer will go over the rules. Falling from the ring or saying you give up constitutes a loss. However, hitting in the eyes or attacking sensitive areas is forbidden. Gokuu doesn't know what "sensitive area" means, so the announcer bluntly tells him it refers to testicles. Lanfan says she doesn't have those. The announcer then tells them to wait here until the matches begin, but Gokuu says he wants lunch. The announcer asks if he wouldn't rather eat afterwards, but Gokuu insists on eating now. Gokuu asks Kuririn if he wants to eat too, but he's not in the mood for food, so Gokuu chows down by himself.

The announcer then stands outside in the ring with a microphone, where he greets the crowd and announces that the 21st World's Best Martial Arts Fest will now begin. The first match: Bacterian versus Kuririn. The second match: Jackie Chun versus Yamcha. The third match: Lanfan versus Namu. The fourth match: SON Gokuu versus Giran.

The first match will begin soon. The announcer explains that there will be a 500,000 Zenii prize for the winner. But before the match begins, they'll have a greeting from the head priest of the Martial Arts Temple. A dog person comes out, takes the microphone, says "Woof," and then leaves. After everyone in the crowd falls over, the announcer says it's now time for the first match and calls out the two contestants. While holding a rag to his nose, the announcer explains that Kuririn is the youngest competitor at age 13, and that Bacterian has never bathed since birth. Then the announcer goes over the rules again (matches have no time limit, and falling from the fighting stage, being down for a 10 count, or saying you give up is a loss) before he finally calls for the match to begin.

A gong is rung as Bacterian and Kuririn stare each other down. Bacterian then swipes at Kuririn, but Kuririn jumps out of the way. In response, Bacterian changes his strategy, breathing some of his nasty breath on Kuririn. As Kuririn reels from the horrible stench, Bacterian puts his hand down his shorts, then shoves his crotch-scented finger in Kuririn's face. This causes Kuririn to fall down in disgust. The announcer is now wearing a gas mask, as is another official who has started counting down. The crowd also holds their noses as they begin to rally behind Kuririn.

Kuririn soon returns to his feet, only for Bacterian to place his giant hands around Kuririn's neck, lift him up, and begin squeezing. As Kuririn's face begins to turn blue, Gokuu cheers him on. Kuririn then motivates himself to knock Bacterian's arms away and kick him in the face. Bacterian is momentarily knocked down by this, but he easily returns to his feet and stalks Kuririn to the edge of the ring. Kuririn notices an opening spot between Bacterian's giant legs and attempts to run through them, but Bacterian sits on the boy before he can make it. He then jumps up and down repeatedly, slamming Kuririn with his rear end, until Kuririn finally uses his arms to hold Bacterian's behind above him.

This prompts Bacterian to finish things by farting in Kuririn's face. He then rubs his giant butt in Kuririn's face and repeatedly steps on the boy as everyone watches on in shock. Another count begins as Kuririn lies motionless. When it reaches 6, Gokuu tells Kuririn the smell is all in his imagination, reminding Kuririn he doesn't have a nose. So Kuririn gets back up just before 10. Bacterian is annoyed that Kuririn has no nose, but says stench is not his only weapon. After some preparation, he starts spitting at Kuririn. But Kuririn avoids all of it and then kicks Bacterian in the face, knocking him down. While the big man is down, Kuririn runs over and farts in his face. Bacterian concedes, giving Kuririn the win. Gokuu celebrates with Kuririn, and the crowd cheers for him as well. The announcer notes that even Bacterian is not immune to foul odors from other people as other officials begins cleaning the ring.


This episode includes all the events of Chapter 35, minus some scenes that were repurposed in Dragon Ball 19. It also includes all the events of Chapter 36. These chapters were first printed approximately 11 months before this episode first aired. Anime-original material includes extensions to the Bacterian fight, a scene with the Turtle Hermit attempting to bribe Blooma with souvenirs, and other minor additions and alterations. Some material surrounding Blooma, Oolong, and Puer was altered or removed, due to their earlier reintroduction in the anime. Also, most of the numbers drawn are switched around in the anime, without changing any of the match-ups. The new numbers line up with the order of the names shown on complete charts in the manga.


Despite Bacterian's major role in the episode, his actor is not credited at all. Giran also makes his debut in this episode, but his actor is not credited either. There are many other uncredited roles and non-speaking characters, such as the head priest of the Martial Arts Temple, the official who performs the 10 counts, and other spectators and Martial Arts Fest officials.


The events of this episode take place at the World's Best Martial Arts Fest grounds, inside the Martial Arts Temple Main Building, and at the Fighting Stage and the area surrounding it. There is also a scene at the outer reception area.

This episode takes place during Age 750, immediately after the events of the previous episode.


Home Video

This episode was first released on DVD in the limited edition Dragon Ball Dragon Box on July 7th, 2004. It was again released in single disc format on May 2nd, 2007 as part of Dragon Ball #4.


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