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Chapter 24

The Price for the Turtle Hermit's Training

Author: 鳥山明 Akira Toriyama
Weekly Jump Issue: 1985 #24
Pages: 14
Color Pages: No
Tankoubon: 2
Kanzenban: 2


Gokuu continues riding on the Somersault Cloud until he reaches his home, where he changes clothes and packs a few things. He's hungry, but he figures the Turtle Hermit will probably have food. Finally, Gokuu arrives at Kame House, but the Turtle Hermit is too busy watching a workout show to notice. Gokuu yells directly into his ear, and then tells him he's here to train. But the Turtle Hermit shoos Gokuu away and points him to the refrigerator. Gokuu is confused by this weird, cold box as he begins chowing down.

The workout show ends, so the Turtle Hermit goes into the kitchen, where he finds that Gokuu has eaten all of his food, including the butter. He asks Gokuu why he came, so Gokuu explains that they're done finding Dragon Balls, so now he wants to train, as promised. The Turtle Hermit wants to know if he brought that pafupafu girl, and is disappointed when he hears that she went home to the city. The Turtle Hermit then pours himself a beer and explains that his training isn't easy. Gokuu says he wants to get stronger than the old man, which they both laugh about.

The Turtle Hermit won't start training Gokuu unless he brings him a "pichipichi gal," which he clarifies is a cute girl. As Gokuu hops on the Somersault Cloud and prepares to fly off in search of such a girl, the Turtle Hermit wants to be sure he knows what a pichipichi girl is. He explains that he wants a healthy girl, and not a kid or an old woman. Then Gokuu finally takes off. The Turtle Hermit starts to get dressed up for the girl, and brings out the champagne and turns on some music. Time passes, and Gokuu eventually returns. The Turtle Hermit excitedly runs outside to see that the girl Gokuu has brought back is a huge, fat girl in a jumpsuit with dumbbells. Gokuu says she's healthy.


The events of this chapter are depicted in Dragon Ball 14. This episode first aired approximately 12 months after this chapter was first published. Anime-original material includes scenes involving Blooma, Yamcha, Puer, and Oolong attempting to go to the city, as well as additional scenes with Kuririn.

In this chapter, Gokuu finally accepts the Turtle Hermit's training offer from Chapter 15.



The events of this chapter take place primarily at Kame House and its island, with a brief scene at Mount Baozi and Grandpa Gohan's house.

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



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