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Chapter 39

Fourth Match

Author: 鳥山明 Akira Toriyama
Weekly Jump Issue: 1985 #39
Pages: 14
Color Pages: No
Tankoubon: 4
Kanzenban: 3


It's now time for the fourth match, so Contestant SON Gokuu and Contestant Giran are called to the ring. Giran comes stomping out, and then he roars. But everyone begins to wonder where Gokuu is. Giran thinks he must have chickened out. Yamcha knows Gokuu was here at least through the second match, and he begins to look around, along with Kuririn, Jackie, and Namu. Giran thinks he has won, but Lanfan soon spots Gokuu, who is taking a nap by a tree. Everyone falls over. The announcer drags him to the ring half asleep and explains to the audience he was napping, so they all fall over as well.

The match finally starts, and Gokuu stretches as Giran calls him names. Oolong cheers for Gokuu, while a bear man wonders what the deal is with the two kids in similar clothes. Giran then holds up a closed fist and asks Gokuu to look at it. Gokuu walks over, wondering what it could be, until Giran whacks him into the wall with his huge tail. It first appears that Gokuu is knocked out, but he gets right back up, to the shock of Giran and the announcer. Kuririn knows that wouldn't be enough to take out Gokuu.

Gokuu runs toward Giran and blocks a punch from his huge monster fist. Gokuu then punches Giran in the gut and jumps behind him as Giran clutches himself. Gokuu next grabs Giran's tail, then uses it to throw the huge monster out of the ring. Giran is tossed high into the air above the crowd for an apparent ringout, but he instead starts flapping his wings to fly back to the ring. Gokuu realizes he'll just have to make Giran concede. But Giran then spits out a thick line of goop at Gokuu, which writhes around Gokuu and ties him up. Giran calls this his Round-and-Round Gum. Gokuu has been rendered immobile as his friends stare on in shock.


The events of this chapter are depicted in Dragon Ball 23. This episode first aired approximately 11 months after this chapter was first published. There is considerable anime-original material, mainly revolving around a weather delay that leads to Giran causing trouble in a dining area.


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, shortly after the events of the previous chapter.



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