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ドラゴンボール 第23話
Dragon Ball 23

He's Here! The Formidable Giran

Episode Title Screen Episode Still Image
放送日 Original Air Date: 1986/07/30
脚本 Teleplay: 井上敏樹 Toshiki Inoue
演出 Episode Director: 西尾大介 Daisuke Nishio
作画監督 Animation Director: 内山まさゆき Masayuki Uchiyama
美術 Background Art: 伊藤岩光 Iwamitsu Itou


Despite potential weather problems, it's now time for the fourth match, so Contestant SON Gokuu and Contestant Giran are called to the ring. Giran comes stomping out, and then he roars. Gokuu happily follows and politely introduces himself. The two prepare to face off, but it begins to rain just before the announcer can declare the start of the match. The announcer consults the other officials as the crowd runs for cover. He then announces that they will take a break until the rain clears. But Gokuu and Giran remain in the ring staring each other down in the middle of the storm.

Some time later, Gokuu has joined his friends at a covered dining area. Yamcha explains that there are rumors of Giran being a very difficult foe, but Oolong doubts he'll be a challenge to Gokuu. Kuririn, on the other hand, just wants to know where the Almighty Fighting Master has gone. This makes Yamcha look to Jackie Chun with suspicion. But their conversations are interrupted when Giran stomps into the dining area, going straight to the bar and asking for milk. Monks from Oorin Temple laugh at this request for milk, and shortly after, another temple member rushes toward the bar and trips over Giran's large tail.

This monk becomes angry with Giran, but another temple member calms him down by explaining that Giran is a participant in the main tournament. The monks all complain that this tournament is full of kids and old men, prompting Giran to trip them all with his tail. One of the monks challenges Giran, but Giran insults him and easily dodges his attack. Giran then asks for more milk, and as the bartender pours the glass, Giran knocks all of the Oorin monks unconscious one by one.

Kuririn and Oolong grow concerned over Giran's strength, but Gokuu is impressed. Giran attempts to finish off one of the monks, but Yamcha intervenes and asks him to stop. Giran thus grows annoyed and intends to fight Yamcha. Gokuu steps between them, but Giran easily swats Gokuu away into a table. Giran then throws many punches at Yamcha, and Yamcha avoids them all and delivers a kick to Giran's arm. But the kick hurts Yamcha himself more than it does Giran. Gokuu soon recovers, and Giran attempts to attack him, but Gokuu easily dodges. The two of them attempt to attack each other, but Jackie intervenes and suggests they save it for the ring, lest they get disqualified. Giran agrees to end things here before leaving the dining area entirely. Yamcha warns Gokuu not to take this guy lightly.

Later, the sky is clear and the sun is shining, so it is time to restart the fourth match. Once again, Giran comes stomping out, and then he roars. But everyone begins to wonder where Gokuu is. Giran thinks he must have chickened out. Kuririn shouts for him in the waiting area as Lanfan also looks for him. Yamcha knows Gokuu was just here, and he begins to look around, along with Jackie and Namu. Giran thinks he has won, but Lanfan soon spots Gokuu, who is taking a nap by a tree. Everyone falls over. The announcer drags him to the ring half asleep and explains to the audience he was napping, so they all fall over as well.

The match finally starts, and Gokuu stretches as Giran calls him names. Oolong cheers for Gokuu, while a bear man wonders what the deal is with the two kids in similar clothes. Giran then holds up a closed fist and asks Gokuu to look at it. Gokuu walks over, wondering what it could be, until Giran whacks him into the wall with his huge tail. It first appears that Gokuu is knocked out, causing his friends to worry. But he soon gets right back up, to the shock of Giran and the announcer. Kuririn knows that wouldn't be enough to take out Gokuu.

Gokuu runs toward Giran and blocks a punch from his huge monster fist. Gokuu then punches Giran in the gut and jumps behind him as Giran clutches himself. Gokuu next grabs Giran's tail, then uses it to throw the huge monster out of the ring. Giran is tossed high into the air above the crowd for an apparent ringout, but he instead starts flapping his wings to fly back to the ring. Gokuu realizes he'll just have to make Giran concede. But Giran then spits out a thick line of goop at Gokuu, which writhes around Gokuu and ties him up. Giran calls this his Round-and-Round Gum. Gokuu has been rendered immobile as his friends stare on in shock.

Giran laughs at Gokuu's predicament. He punches Gokuu on the head, then picks Gokuu up and holds him over his head. Gokuu protests this lack of proper fighting, but it does not stop Giran from tossing Gokuu out of the ring. He flies way out into the air above the city as his friends look on with concern. But Gokuu desperately calls for the Somersault Cloud, which catches him and takes him back to the arena. Yamcha and Kuririn cheer this, but Jackie says the trouble isn't over yet.

Giran complains that that was foul play, since he used an object. Gokuu reminds Giran that he also flew back, and he used this gum stuff. But Giran says those are both parts of his body. The announcer discusses the situation with the head priest, and they conclude that the strange cloud is only allowed this one time, so Gokuu can't use it again. Giran laughs and walks over to Gokuu, deciding to end things with a punch. He swings at Gokuu, but Gokuu has suddenly vanished. Giran looks around until he finally sees that Gokuu is hanging from his arm... by a tail.

Gokuu is very happy to see his tail again, but Yamcha is worried, and Kuririn is confused. Gokuu lets go of Giran's arm and takes the opportunity to try breaking free of the gum. He soon busts out of the gum binding as Giran stares on in disbelief. Gokuu happily balances on his tail, noting that having a tail is much better. He then jumps into the wall with a kick to test himself, shattering a large section of the wall. Now he's ready for a counterattack, but Giran holds up a flag and gives up, so Gokuu falls over. The victory thus belongs to Gokuu.


This episode includes all the events of Chapter 39 and Chapter 40. These chapters were first printed approximately 11 months before this episode first aired. There is considerable anime-original material, mainly revolving around a weather delay that leads to Giran causing trouble in a dining area.


Despite Giran's major role in the episode, his actor is not credited at all. There are many other uncredited roles and non-speaking characters, such as Kuririn's senior classmen, the head priest of the Martial Arts Temple, and other spectators and Martial Arts Fest officials.


The events of this episode take place primarily at the World's Best Martial Arts Fest grounds, at the Fighting Stage and the area surrounding it, and at an outdoor dining area. There is also a scene in the air above the Southern Capital, outside of the World's Best Martial Arts Fest grounds.

This episode takes place during Age 750, shortly after the events of the previous episode. There are small time skips during and after a thunderstorm within the 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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