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Chapter 28

The Training Begins!!

Author: 鳥山明 Akira Toriyama
Weekly Jump Issue: 1985 #28
Pages: 14
Color Pages: No
Tankoubon: 3
Kanzenban: 2


The group is going to move to a bigger island for training, so the Turtle Hermit puts Kame House into a capsule. He then uses a small boat to take Lunch and the boys to the island, asking Lunch to not sneeze along the way. When they arrive at the island, the Turtle Hermit says they'll do some light training until dinner. Gokuu notes that there are other houses on this island, which the Turtle Hermit says is because there are 300 people living here. Gokuu's excited about starting, while Lunch wonders what she should do. The Turtle Hermit tells her to do as she likes, so she decides to prepare dinner. Then, it suddenly looks as though she's about to sneeze, so the boys freak out and run behind a rock... but it turns out she was merely yawning. Lunch wishes them well as she goes to make dinner.

Before they start things, the Turtle Hermit asks Kuririn if he knows anything of martial arts. Kuririn says yes; he spent eight years at Oorin Temple. The Turtle Hermit now wants to see their strength, and says that from this rock to that tree over there is 100 meters. He wants to know how many seconds it will take the boys to run that distance. Kuririn decides he'll run it first, and he clocks in at 10.4 seconds. Kuririn claims that his best is 10.1, and then Gokuu goes. Gokuu clocks in at 11 seconds, and asks if he can change shoes and run again. Kuririn thinks he's making excuses, but Gokuu shows that his shoes are all broken, with his toes sticking out. With new shoes, Gokuu goes again, and clocks in at 8.5 seconds this time.

The Turtle Hermit says they'll need to overcome the human barrier to become perfect martial artists, and then takes the turtle shell off his back. He asks Kuririn to time him so that he can do the run himself. Shocked, Kuririn says it was 5.6 seconds. The Turtle Hermit puts his turtle shell back on and says that the boys could probably cut 5 seconds with training. Then he asks Gokuu to get him a beer, but Gokuu doesn't know what that is, so Kuririn goes. Meanwhile, the Turtle Hermit tells Gokuu he'll also need intelligence in martial arts. Lunch sneezes while Kuririn is retrieving the beer, so the evil Lunch begins chasing the little guy outside with a large knife. While hiding behind a rock, the Turtle Hermit tells Gokuu that Kuririn is now very close to reaching the human barrier.


The events of this chapter are depicted in Dragon Ball 16. This episode first aired approximately 12 months after this chapter was first published. Anime-original material includes short scenes of the Turtle Hermit unsuccessfully attempting to grope Lunch.



The events of this chapter take place at the island surrounding Kame House, along with its surrounding ocean, and another, larger island where Kame House is temporarily relocated.

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



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  7. "Yamucha Tai Jakkii Chun". Dragon Ball. Fuji TV. 23 Jul. 1986.
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