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Chapter 40

Gokuu's Tail

Author: 鳥山明 Akira Toriyama
Weekly Jump Issue: 1985 #40
Pages: 14
Color Pages: Some
Tankoubon: 4
Kanzenban: 3


Giran laughs as Gokuu is all tied up in his Round-and-Round Gum and can't move. He punches Gokuu on the head, then picks Gokuu up and holds him over his head. Gokuu protests this lack of proper fighting, but it does not stop Giran from tossing Gokuu out of the ring. He flies way out into the air above the city as his friends look on with concern. But Gokuu desperately calls for the Somersault Cloud, which catches him and takes him back to the arena. Yamcha and Kuririn cheer this, but Jackie says the trouble isn't over yet.

Giran complains that that was foul play, since he used an object. Gokuu reminds Giran that he also flew back, and he used this gum stuff. But Giran says those are both parts of his body. The announcer discusses the situation with the head priest, and they conclude that the strange cloud is only allowed this one time, so Gokuu can't use it again. Giran laughs and walks over to Gokuu, deciding to end things with a punch. He swings at Gokuu, but Gokuu has suddenly vanished. Giran looks around until he finally sees that Gokuu is hanging from his arm... by a tail.

Gokuu is very happy to see his tail again, but Yamcha is worried, and Kuririn is confused. Gokuu lets go of Giran's arm and takes the opportunity to try breaking free of the gum. He soon busts out of the gum binding as Giran stares on in disbelief. Gokuu happily balances on his tail, noting that having a tail is much better. He then jumps into the wall with a kick to test himself, shattering a large section of the wall. Now he's ready for a counterattack, but Giran holds up a flag and gives up, so Gokuu falls over. The victory thus belongs to Gokuu. Blooma worriedly asks Puer when the next full moon is.


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, but none of it particularly interrupts or expounds upon the events of this chapter.


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


The events of this chapter take place primarily at the World's Best Martial Arts Fest grounds, at the Fighting Stage and the area surrounding it. There is also a scene in the air above the Southern Capital, outside of the World's Best Martial Arts Fest grounds.

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



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