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Chapter 32

The World's Best Martial Arts Fest Begins!!

Author: 鳥山明 Akira Toriyama
Weekly Jump Issue: 1985 #32
Pages: 14
Color Pages: No
Tankoubon: 3
Kanzenban: 3


Gokuu and Kuririn continued their training as time passed. Zigzagging through the trees, up the stairs on the mountain, through the desert, running away from the dinosaur with the milk, and so on. Then one day, with one month left until the World's Best Martial Arts Fest, Gokuu runs inside the house and tells the Turtle Hermit to come look. Gokuu can push the huge boulder now, and so can Kuririn. The Turtle Hermit thinks to himself that the stuff about moving boulders was just a joke. Back at the house, he tells them that he won't be teaching them any fighting moves. Their last month of training will be more of the same, but with 40 kg turtle shells this time.

A month has passed, and the World's Best Martial Arts Fest is tomorrow. They're going to depart for the Southern Capital now. The Turtle Hermit is all dressed up, and there's a car outside of the house. He tells Gokuu and Kuririn they can take their turtle shells off now, and they feel really light. He tells them to try jumping, and they do so, ending up very high in the air. They're amazed when they come back down. The boys change into fancy little suits, and the Turtle Hermit tells them to hurry into the car so they can catch their plane. They then say goodbye to Lunch and drive off.

On the plane, Gokuu is impressed with the size of this thing, but says it's slower than the Somersault Cloud. Meanwhile, the Turtle Hermit grabs the rear end of a female flight attendant. Some time later, the group has arrived in the city, where a taxi takes them to the World's Best Martial Arts Fest grounds. At the reception desk, the Turtle Hermit explains to the attendant working there that those two boys aren't spectators, but participants.


The events of this chapter are depicted in Dragon Ball 19. This episode first aired approximately 11 months after this chapter was first published. There is considerable anime-original material, such as a dinner scene at Kame House, Yamcha in training before returning to the Western Capital, and many minor scene extensions. The arrival at the Southern Capital has also been altered to take place the night before the World's Best Martial Arts Fest begins.


There is also a dinosaur that chases Gokuu and Kuririn, some construction workers, plane passengers, and a large crowd at the Martial Arts Fest grounds.


The events of this chapter take place primarily at the large island where Kame House is temporarily located. Locations on this island shown include Kame House itself, the milk delivery route (a tree-lined road, a small mountain, a desert, and wilderness between all of them), a large field, a construction site, and a large boulder near a lake. There is also a brief scene on a plane to the Southern Capital, as well as a taxi through the city, and the entrance to the World's Best Martial Arts Fest grounds.

This chapter begins in Age 749, shortly after the events of the previous chapter. A seven month time skip then occurs, followed by another one month time skip, and a one day skip, bringing the story to Age 750.



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