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Chapter 52

The Climax Approaches!!

Author: 鳥山明 Akira Toriyama
Weekly Jump Issue: 1985 #52
Pages: 14
Color Pages: No
Tankoubon: 5
Kanzenban: 4


The announcer starts to declare Jackie the winner, but Kuririn screams out that he's a murderer. Jackie then tells them to look harder as he points to Gokuu's naked body lying in the wreckage. Kuririn beams with happiness, and Jackie explains that his target was the moon. The announcer looks into the sky and confirms that the moon is now gone. He then laments the loss of moonlight meals and wolfmen transformations until Jackie demands that he start counting.

But Gokuu stands up at 2, wondering why he is naked. His friends are glad to see that he is alive, while Jackie is annoyed that the match must continue. Gokuu and Jackie face off again, but the crowd giggles over Gokuu's nudity, so the announcer calls for a break for Gokuu to put some clothes on. Kuririn then climbs into the ring to lend Gokuu his own dougi. They change in the remains of the waiting area, where Kuririn changes back into his old Oorin Temple uniform. Kuririn tries to question Gokuu about his monster form, but Gokuu is completely clueless. He then notices the wreckage and wonders what caused it.

Gokuu finally returns to the ring, but now he has become weak from hunger. Jackie tries to use this opportunity to finish him with a Kamehameha Wave, but he apparently lacks the energy to fire another one. This makes Gokuu realize that the old man can no longer fly either. He fires his own Kamehameha Wave, which Jackie manages to avoid by jumping high. Gokuu uses this opportunity to jump kick Jackie, knocking him outside of the ring. It appears that Gokuu has won, and his friends begin to cheer, but Jackie interrupts the celebrations to tell everyone to look closer. His left foot is jammed into the side of the ring, so his entire body hovers a few inches above the ground. Thus, the match will continue.

Jackie notes that Gokuu's Kamehameha Wave was fairly weak, so the rest of this match will have to be entirely physical, and the strongest one will be the victor. He thinks to himself that Gokuu's speed is a problem, and his body is too small for an abdominal stretch or figure four leglock. But then he realizes exactly what to do about a small body. The announcer wonders who will win as Jackie and Gokuu both rush toward each other.


The events of this chapter are depicted in Dragon Ball 28. This episode first aired approximately 9 months after this chapter was first published. Anime-original material includes a very long extension to the Gokuu vs Jackie fight, and other minor additions and alterations.


There are also numerous other people, such as spectators.


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, and in the wreckage of the waiting room.

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



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  4. "All Story Digest". Dragon Ball Daizenshuu. 1995. (vol 3, p. 211)
  5. Toriyama, Akira. Dragon Ball 30: Jaaku na Yokan. Japan: Shueisha, 1992.
  6. "Chronological Table of DB World". Dragon Ball Daizenshuu. 1996. (vol 7, p. 24-25)
  7. Toriyama, Akira. Dragon Ball 10: Dainijuunikai Tenkaichi Budoukai. Japan: Shueisha, 1987.
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