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Chapter 25

A Rival? Here He Is!!

Author: 鳥山明 Akira Toriyama
Weekly Jump Issue: 1985 #25
Pages: 14
Color Pages: Some
Tankoubon: 3
Kanzenban: 2


The Turtle Hermit decides to test Gokuu, to see if he knows the right kind of gal, by holding up a picture of one attractive woman and one homely woman and asking Gokuu which one is better looking. Gokuu cannot decide, so the Turtle Hermit explains that the attractive one is what he wants. Gokuu still doesn't understand, but leaves again to look for a girl like that. The Turtle Hermit hides behind the house, in case Gokuu brings back another weirdo.

Gokuu returns again, this time with a very cute girl sitting on the Somersault Cloud. The Turtle Hermit spots her and gets excited, and then calls Gokuu aside. The Turtle Hermit tells him he did great, so he'll begin the training right away. First, Gokuu must go get that gal's panties. Gokuu doesn't know what that is, but goes anyway, and comes back and asks what a "shirt" is. The Turtle Hermit thinks he blew it, but Gokuu explains that she said her one shirt is all that she has on, and no "panties." After the Turtle Hermit wipes away his nosebleed, he decides he'll go over there himself and teach by example. The Turtle Hermit nervously greets her, but falls down when he sees she's a mermaid. That doesn't stop him from asking to play with her breasts, but she punches him and then hops into the ocean and swims away. Gokuu gets it now: panchii ("panties") means panchi ("punch"). The Turtle Hermit does not deny this.

Now the Turtle Hermit wants Gokuu to go look for a girl again, but this time it must be one that isn't half fish. The Turtle Hermit thinks about the fact that the fussy turtle is off traveling, so he mustn't let this rare chance slip away. Then Gokuu spots something, which the Turtle Hermit worries may be the turtle. But it's just a boat with a small bald boy in it. The bald boy jumps up from his boat all the way over to the island, flipping a few times mid-air, and lands in the sand head-first. After Gokuu pulls him out, the bald boy asks the old man if he is the Almighty Fighting Master. The boy explains that he came from a village in the far east, and his name is Kuririn. He wishes to train under the Almighty Fighting Master. The Turtle Hermit is reluctant to train him, but he reconsiders once Kuririn pulls a dirty magazine out of his bag.

Kuririn then looks at Gokuu and asks if he's a student. Gokuu confirms this, and comments that Kuririn's head looks like a pachinko ball. Kuririn yells that aspiring martial artists all shave their heads, pointing at the Turtle Hermit as an example. But the old man peeks up from his magazine and says it's just natural baldness. The Turtle Hermit then asks Kuririn if he knows what kind of gals he likes, offering to train Kuririn if he can help find such a gal. He then tells Kuririn to get on the Somersault Cloud with Gokuu. Kuririn wonders about this cloud, and then jumps up, but falls straight through it. The Turtle Hermit thinks he must have impure intentions for training here, but Kuririn insists that he simply wants to get stronger so he'll be more popular with girls. The Turtle Hermit says that could be considered impure.


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.


The sea turtle also appears in a thought bubble.


The events of this chapter take place entirely at Kame House, along with its island and surrounding ocean.

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



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