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Chapter 18

The Dragon Balls Are Stolen!!

Author: 鳥山明 Akira Toriyama
Weekly Jump Issue: 1985 #18
Pages: 14
Color Pages: No
Tankoubon: 2
Kanzenban: 2


Blooma, Oolong, and Gokuu continue driving along through the mushroom-filled area. Oolong suddenly wants to know what Blooma will wish for. She says a dreamy boyfriend, and it angers Oolong to learn that they're risking their lives for such a thing. Meanwhile, a tall woman is standing on top of one of the mushrooms, telling someone named Pilaf via radio that she's at point Ho 15. There's one car coming, which Pilaf declares must be "them," so he orders her to execute the plan. The woman then asks her nearby counterpart if he can see the car, and tells him they're the ones holding the Dragon Balls. Oolong and Blooma continue arguing, until their car suddenly explodes. The three are thrown off to the side, and a giant mecha with a dog person inside hops over to the car's remains. He finds the briefcase full of Dragon Balls, and then flies away. Blooma yells at Gokuu to catch him, so he calls for the Somersault Cloud and flies off.

Gokuu stumbles upon the now empty mecha, and yells at it. There's no response, so he taps it with his staff, and it falls over, so Gokuu assumes it to be dead. Blooma thinks the thief must have known about the Dragon Balls, which is rare. Oolong suggests she give up and let him be her boyfriend, but Blooma disagrees. Gokuu then returns, and says that he defeated the thief, but the Dragon Balls weren't there. Blooma cries about those people collecting all seven and this being the end, until Gokuu points out that he still has the Si Xing Qiu in his pouch. Blooma then arrogantly laughs about the thieves forgetting one, and declares that they'll use the Dragon Radar to take everything back. However, she suddenly remembers that her new case of capsules was also in the briefcase with the Dragon Balls, leaving them with no transportation. Yamcha realizes he has no choice but to help them again, so he and Puer drive over to them "coincidentally," much to Blooma's excitement.

The woman and the dog are now driving along in a car to take the Dragon Balls to Pilaf so that he can rule the world. Meanwhile, Blooma starts cuddling up against Yamcha, which causes him to nearly crash the car. Inside of a large castle, the woman and the dog apologize to Pilaf for only getting six. But he's not too angry, since the seventh ball is already on its way. The woman then notices that they've already arrived, so Pilaf thinks they may also have a radar. Gokuu's group has indeed reached the castle, where Yamcha must catch his breath. They then head inside and creep quietly along the walls, until Gokuu spots some directional arrows painted on the floor. They decide to follow the arrows, eventually coming to a dead end. A wall then drops behind them, trapping them in a tiny room. Pilaf can't believe they fell for such a dumb trap.


The events of this chapter are depicted in Dragon Ball 10. This episode first aired approximately 12 months after this chapter was first published. Considerable anime-original material makes up the remainder of the episode, such as additional scenes with Pilaf's group, and numerous other extensions and alterations. Since the anime moved the debut of Pilaf, Shuu, and Mai to a prior point in the story, this episode was simply one of many appearances for them, and was not their debut as it was in this chapter.



The events of this chapter take place in the mushroom-filled wilderness between Kinoko City and Pilaf's castle, identified as Point Ho 15. There are also scenes at Pilaf's castle.

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



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