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Chapter 38

Third Match

Author: 鳥山明 Akira Toriyama
Weekly Jump Issue: 1985 #38
Pages: 14
Color Pages: No
Tankoubon: 4
Kanzenban: 3


Kuririn is worried about fighting that expert in the fifth match, while Gokuu is impressed with the old man for being able to beat Yamcha. Yamcha compliments Jackie as they walk back to the waiting area, and Jackie likewise tells Yamcha he's still young and will only get stronger. Yamcha wonders about him, but is interrupted when Contestant Namu and Contestant Lanfan are called out to the ring. Jackie tells Namu he is jealous of him for getting to face that pichipichi gal, but Namu remains solemn and silent. Jackie thinks Namu looks like someone from a story manga, then decides to read Namu's mind. Jackie sees that Namu comes from a poor village suffering from a drought. Thus, Namu intends to use the prize money from the World's Best Martial Arts Fest to buy water for his village. Jackie thinks he definitely doesn't belong in a gag manga.

The announcer calls for the third match to begin. Lanfan winks at Namu before flying at him with a kick to the face. Then Lanfan pounds him in the back, and Namu just barely manages to jump out of the way before she can deliver another kick. Namu prepares to swing at her, but Lanfan suddenly screams, so Namu just taps her lightly on the arm. Lanfan sits down and starts crying, so Namu asks her if she's okay. But she reveals she was just faking by punching Namu hard in the gut. She tries to punch him again, but he catches her smaller fist. Namu becomes angry and says he will no longer think of her as a woman. Lanfan looks worried, then quickly switches to a cute face, but Namu won't fall for that now. Namu swings at her, and she frantically jumps over it just in time.

Lanfan decides to take a different route this time. She takes off her clothes, leaving only her bra and panties. Namu is very embarrassed by this, but Jackie thinks it's great. Between this crudeness and his incredible strength, Yamcha starts to think that Jackie Chun must be the Almighty Fighting Master. Lanfan walks towards Namu, and he backs away until he finds himself at the edge of the ring. Namu desperately begins to think of the water his village needs. Lanfan then rushes toward him, but Namu suddenly realizes he can close his eyes to avoid seeing her exposed form any longer. Lanfan swings at Namu, but he jumps over it and pops her on the back of the neck. She stays down for a 10 count, giving the victory to Namu. Jackie then hovers over her unconscious body as the announcer asks him to not grope the contestant.


The events of this chapter are depicted in Dragon Ball 22. This episode first aired approximately 11 months after this chapter was first published. Anime-original material includes additional interactions between Jackie and Lanfan, extensions to the Lanfan fight, and other minor additions and alterations.


There are also numerous other people, including spectators and Martial Arts Fest officials.


The events of this chapter take place at the World's Best Martial Arts Fest grounds, at the Fighting Stage and the area surrounding it.

This chapter takes place during Age 750, immediately after the events of the previous chapter.



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