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Chapter 3

Gokuu Runs to the Sea

Author: 鳥山明 Akira Toriyama
Weekly Jump Issue: 1985 #1·2
Pages: 14
Color Pages: Yes
Tankoubon: 1
Kanzenban: 1


The shadowed creature continues approaching the house, while Gokuu is growing impatient with how long Blooma is taking to get ready, claiming that she'll turn into a turtle. Blooma begins chastising him about his disrespectful speech style, and then offers him some coffee, but Gokuu instead chooses to go outside for some exercise. He runs around, and then picks up and crushes a large rock. He runs over to another rock, but this one turns out to be a turtle shell, causing Gokuu to think that Blooma really did turn into a turtle. But Blooma steps out of the house to see who he's talking to, disproving his theory. She then wonders what a sea turtle is doing in a place like this.

The turtle requests some salt water, so they give him a bucket. He thanks them, and then begins to explain that he was out looking for matsutake mushrooms, but he was separated from the others and lost his way. He's been trying to find the ocean for about a year now. Blooma looks on the map and says it's 120 km south. Gokuu says they'll take him to this "ocean" place, but Blooma objects due to her lack of time. Thus, Gokuu decides he'll go alone, and he leaves with the turtle on his back. Blooma then begins to reconsider, because of Gokuu's Dragon Ball, and the dinosaurs in the distance, and soon hops onto the motorcycle to catch up with them.

The three continue along, until a giant bear (wielding a sword and dressed in armor) sees them. He demands that Gokuu give the sea turtle to him, for it is his favorite food. Blooma insists that he comply and give up the turtle, but Gokuu refuses. The bear then begins swiping his sword at Gokuu, but misses, and Gokuu cheerfully jumps onto the blade. He then hops onto the bear's nose and punches him with a Rock-Paper-Scissors Rock, knocking the bear out. Blooma and the turtle are quite amazed by Gokuu's strength. Gokuu then asks the turtle if he really is delicious, but he firmly denies it. Later, the group finally arrives at a beach, where the turtle is excited about finally reaching the ocean, while Gokuu is amazed at the size of this "river." The turtle highly thanks Gokuu for helping him, and then swims away, promising to return with something to thank him with. Some time passes, during which Gokuu discovers he doesn't like the taste of sea water, and the turtle does return, as promised. But on the turtle's back is a gaudy old man wearing a Dragon Ball around his neck and a turtle shell on his back.


The events of this chapter are depicted in Dragon Ball 2 and Dragon Ball 3, both of which first aired approximately 14 months after this chapter was first published. Although both of these episodes include various anime-original material, such as scenes with Pilaf, Shuu, and Mai, none of it particularly interrupts or expounds upon the events of this chapter.



The events of this chapter take place primarily in the wilderness, including the capsule house that was set up in the previous chapter. There is also a scene on an ocean shore, some distance north of the island with Kame House.

This chapter takes place during Age 749, immediately after the events of the previous chapter.



  1. Toriyama, Akira. Dragon Ball 1: SON Gokuu to Nakamatachi. Japan: Shueisha, 1985.
  2. "DB Story Index 01-22". Dragon Ball Landmark: Shounen-hen ~ Furiiza-hen. 2003. (p. 121)
  3. "Arararaa! Tama ga Nai!". Dragon Ball. Fuji TV. 5 Mar. 1986.
  4. "Kamesennin no Kintoun". Dragon Ball. Fuji TV. 12 Mar. 1986.
  5. "All Story Digest". Dragon Ball Daizenshuu. 1995. (vol 3, p. 208)
  6. Toriyama, Akira. Dragon Ball 30: Jaaku na Yokan. Japan: Shueisha, 1992.
  7. "Chronological Table of DB World". Dragon Ball Daizenshuu. 1996. (vol 7, p. 22-23)
  8. Toriyama, Akira. Dragon Ball 9: Komatta Toki no Uranai Baba. Japan: Shueisha, 1987.
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