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ドラゴンボール 第25話
Dragon Ball 25


Get Up, Gokuu! The Fearsome Aerial X Fist

Episode Title Screen Episode Still Image
放送日 Original Air Date: 1986/08/13
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: 海老沢幸男 Yukio Ebisawa
美術 Background Art: 伊藤岩光 Iwamitsu Itou


Gokuu stretches, while Namu thinks of the 500,000 Zenii prize and the water his village needs. The announcer then calls for the sixth match to begin. Gokuu decides to use the same technique Jackie had used against Kuririn by leaving a grinning afterimage. The real Gokuu then kicks at Namu from behind, but Namu jumps high into the air to avoid it. Namu comes back down toward Gokuu with a kick, but Gokuu hops out of the way, and the two are left facing each other. Yamcha is amazed at Gokuu for mimicking the technique, while Jackie is impressed that Namu saw through it. Namu then kicks at Gokuu multiple times, but Gokuu blocks all of it. Gokuu counters with his own flurry of punches, but Namu blocks all of that, too. Namu finally kicks Gokuu in the face, and Gokuu successfully sweep kicks him in return.

Gokuu then delivers a hard blow to Namu, sending him flying toward the back wall. But Namu kicks off the wall and flies back to Gokuu with a chop to the neck, sending the boy to the ground. Namu rushes over to toss him out of the ring, but Gokuu instead trips Namu with his tail. As the announcer and crowd marvel over the match thus far, Gokuu gets an idea for a new technique and starts spinning around. The Gokuu tornado whirls toward Namu, knocking him backwards. Namu tries to avoid the spinning Gokuu, but soon finds himself at the edge of the ring. Defeat seems certain... until Gokuu stops spinning and collapses from dizziness. This causes Namu to fall over, nearly out of the ring.

Namu returns to his feet and decides to make the most of this opportunity. Rather than risk another tail tripping, Namu chooses to attack from above and leaps high into the air. He then crosses his arms, forming an X shape, and dives straight down at Gokuu as he announces his Aerial X Fist attack. He silently asks this boy to forgive him, because he's only doing this for his village. Oolong and Blooma yell for Gokuu to wake up as Namu shouts a Buddhist prayer.

Namu's crossed arms soon come down on Gokuu's neck as the boy's friends stare in horror. Namu politely asks for the count and begins to explain that he is a devout Buddhist who would never take a life. But this technique does put one to sleep for 10 days. Nevertheless, Gokuu returns to his feet just before the ten count is up. He coughs and clutches his neck as everyone looks on in shock. Especially Namu, who believes he must have executed his technique incorrectly. But he says he won't fail this time and leaps high into the air again.

Namu has jumped much higher this time, and Gokuu decides to follow him with a giant leap of his own. This time Namu announces Super Aerial X Fist. He begins to dive toward the ring with crossed arms again, only to see Gokuu shoot past him further into the sky. Gokuu soon realizes he overdid it and dives down to Namu's level. An annoyed Namu swims toward Gokuu and swipes at him, but Gokuu avoids it by diving down further. Namu follows suit to pursue the boy as they both dart down toward the ring. Gokuu's descent is faster, so Namu crosses his arms again and believes he'll succeed this time. But Gokuu lands on his feet and catches Namu with a flying kick, knocking the man out of the ring. Gokuu has won the match and will now move on to the finals. Yamcha and Kuririn are excited for Gokuu, but Jackie is a bit concerned.

Kuririn runs out to the ring and celebrates with Gokuu as everyone else cheers for him. Except for Jackie, who ponders the boy's skill. Namu then climbs backs into the ring and congratulates Gokuu, and the announcer states that there will be a 10 minute break before the final match begins. Moments later, Kuririn and Gokuu talk in the waiting room about the upcoming match. Yamcha again insists that Jackie is actually the Turtle Hermit as Jackie whistles innocently. Namu then gathers his things and prepares to leave, disappointed about returning home empty-handed. But Jackie tosses him a capsule and explains that he can fill it with lots of water to bring home. Namu wonders how he knows about the water, so Jackie confesses that he really is the Almighty Fighting Master.

This shocks Namu, and he asks why the old man is in disguise. So Jackie explains that his two students, Kuririn and Gokuu, have both exceeded his expectations. Especially Gokuu, who has unbelievable hidden power. He feared they might actually win, and he didn't think they were mature enough to handle the victory. So to help them grow as martial artists, he is competing in disguise to teach them that the world is a big place, with many strong opponents out there. Namu then asks him about the hair, and Jackie says it really is a wig, but he glued it on. Although Namu is honored to have had this talk, he says that he still doesn't have money to buy the water to put into the capsule. But Jackie points to a nearby well, where Namu can take all the water he wants for free. The announcer then calls out Jackie and Gokuu. Before he leaves, however, Jackie has a favor to ask of Namu.

As the announcer hypes things up to the crowd, Kuririn cheers on Gokuu, while Yamcha teases Jackie about losing to his student. Jackie again refutes his claims, then points out to the "real" Almighty Fighting Master in the audience. This finally convinces Yamcha, and he shares the news with Kuririn and Gokuu. Meanwhile, Namu removes his Turtle Hermit disguise and departs. Gokuu then heads to the ring, expressing his excitement about fighting this strong old man. Jackie, on the other hand, realizes he can't take this match lightly.


This episode includes all the events of Chapter 44 and Chapter 45, and most of Chapter 46. These chapters were first printed approximately 10 months before this episode first aired. There is very little anime-original material, other than extra commentary from Blooma, Oolong, and Puer, and an extra conversation in the waiting room.


There are many other uncredited roles and non-speaking characters, such as the residents of Namu's village in the flashbacks, and other spectators and Martial Arts Fest officials.


The events of this episode take place at the World's Best Martial Arts Fest grounds, at the Fighting Stage and the area surrounding it, and in the waiting room. A lot of time is also spent in the sky above, and thus there are aerial shots of the rest of the Southern Capital as well. There is also a scene somewhere outside the Martial Arts Temple Main Building near a well.

This episode takes place during Age 750, shortly 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 #5.


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