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Chapter 23

The Dragon Team Parts Ways

Author: 鳥山明 Akira Toriyama
Weekly Jump Issue: 1985 #23
Pages: 14
Color Pages: No
Tankoubon: 2
Kanzenban: 2


The next morning, everyone reflects on what had happened the previous night. Gokuu is still sleeping, and Blooma's vest is being used to cover him up. Oolong complains about the problems Gokuu caused, but Yamcha thinks it was good in that it gave them the chance to escape. Blooma suggests they don't tell Gokuu the truth about his grandfather's death. Oolong wonders if Gokuu could be an alien as the boy finally begins to wake up.

Gokuu wonders where his clothes went. Blooma tells Oolong to give Gokuu the underwear, but Oolong refuses, and instead gives Gokuu his own pants. Gokuu is having lots of trouble standing up, however, which Yamcha says is probably because he isn't used to balancing without his tail. Gokuu finally notices this, and can't believe his tail is gone, but instantly shrugs it off, causing everyone to fall over. He now wonders about the Compliance Staff's whereabouts, and heads to the remains of the castle to search for it, falling down many times along the way.

Oolong wonders what they should do now, since it will be a year before they can search for the Dragon Balls again. Blooma and Yamcha are both disappointed that it will be another year before they get their wishes for a dreamy boyfriend and a woman to marry. They then suddenly get a realization and face each other. Gokuu happily returns with his staff, still falling down repeatedly, and finds that Oolong is annoyed. Oolong points over to Yamcha and Blooma, who are blissfully holding hands and dancing, along with Puer.

Blooma tells Gokuu that she and Yamcha are going to the city, and asks Gokuu if he wants to come along as well. But Gokuu says that he wants to go train with the Turtle Hermit in order to become stronger. Blooma asks Oolong what he'll do. Oolong decides he'll go to the city too, since there are lots of girls there. Gokuu wants to gather the Dragon Balls again in one year, but Blooma and Yamcha say they don't need them anymore. Gokuu still wants to find Grandpa's memento, however, but doesn't know how to find them, so Blooma gives him the Dragon Radar as a present. Yamcha then takes out a capsule, and a plane comes out of it. Gokuu then calls for the Somersault Cloud, and they all say goodbye to each other and go their separate ways.


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.



The events of this chapter take place outside of Pilaf's castle, in its ruins.

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



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  7. Toriyama, Akira. Dragon Ball 17: Katsute Nai Kyoufu. Japan: Shueisha, 1989.
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