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Chapter 21

Full Moon

Author: 鳥山明 Akira Toriyama
Weekly Jump Issue: 1985 #21
Pages: 14
Color Pages: No
Tankoubon: 2
Kanzenban: 2


Pilaf laughs gleefully as Yamcha and Gokuu unsuccessfully attempt to break out of their cell. The walls are 300 mm thick steel, and the ceiling is ultra-reinforced glass. Later, Pilaf, Mai, and Shuu all play some cards until Pilaf gets sleepy. With toothbrush and toothpaste in hand, Pilaf says he looks forward to tomorrow afternoon.

Gokuu is starving, and thus powerless, while Blooma yells at Oolong for saying they'll die. Puer watches the full moon, prompting Gokuu to suddenly say that a monster comes out during the full moon. Blooma suggests coming up with a way to escape instead of telling werewolf stories, but Gokuu explains that his grandpa was killed by this monster. Yamcha thinks it must have been an incredible monster to have killed SON Gohan. Oolong asks what it looks like, but Gokuu says he was sleeping at the time, so he didn't see it. Oolong wonders how he could possibly sleep through such a thing, so Gokuu further explains that Grandpa told him to never look at the full moon.

The others cower in a corner across the room, where Blooma nervously asks Gokuu if he looked at the full moon the night his grandfather died. He says yes, because he had to go outside to pee. Yamcha says Gokuu never seemed like a normal little boy, and Blooma agrees, but thinks it must be a coincidence. Oolong thinks they should test it, but Blooma notes that on the off-chance that it's true, they would all be in danger. So, Blooma points at the moon and tells Gokuu not to look at it, which has the opposite effect and actually makes him look at it. At first, it seems like nothing has happened, relieving everyone's worries. But Gokuu then gets a strange look on his face, and begins transforming into a giant monkey. He smashes through the castle around him, waking up Pilaf, Shuu, and Mai.


The events of this chapter are depicted in Dragon Ball 12. This episode first aired approximately 12 months after this chapter was first published. Anime-original material makes up the remainder of the episode, including an additional lengthy scene.



The events of this chapter take place in Pilaf's castle.

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



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