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Chapter 22

Gokuu's Great Transformation

Author: 鳥山明 Akira Toriyama
Weekly Jump Issue: 1985 #22
Pages: 14
Color Pages: No
Tankoubon: 2
Kanzenban: 2


Gokuu continues smashing up the castle. Yamcha realizes Gokuu has busted open their prison, and futilely tells him to turn back to normal now. Gokuu busts into the room where Pilaf, Shuu, and Mai are sleeping, so the three of them begin running for their lives. Meanwhile, the others take the opportunity to climb out of their prison cell.

The pajama-clad Pilaf gang quickly runs to a hangar and into a plane, and then take off excitedly. Yamcha then grabs Blooma, Oolong, and Puer, and carries them all under his arms and runs. Gokuu notices the plane, and grabs a piece of castle and throws it at them. It's a direct hit, causing the plane to crash. The castle piece then lands near Yamcha and the others.

Pilaf, Shuu, and Mai have all survived, as have Yamcha, Oolong, and Puer. Blooma, however, is stuck under the castle piece, and Gokuu comes stomping along before Yamcha can get her free. Puer reminds Yamcha about Gokuu's tail being his weak point, so Yamcha hopes it is also this monster's weak point. He grabs onto Gokuu's tail, causing Gokuu to stop his rampage. Yamcha then tells Puer to turn into a pair of scissors to cut off Gokuu's tail. With that, Gokuu returns to normal, and is left asleep and naked as Yamcha holds his severed tail.


The events of this chapter are depicted in Dragon Ball 13. This episode first aired approximately 12 months after this chapter was first published. Anime-original material includes minor extensions and alterations to many scenes.

Puer recalls Gokuu's weakness in this chapter, which is something he had discovered in Chapter 12.



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

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



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