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Chapter 53

The Climax

Author: 鳥山明 Akira Toriyama
Weekly Jump Issue: 1986 #1·2
Pages: 14
Color Pages: No
Tankoubon: 5
Kanzenban: 4


Jackie and Gokuu continue rushing toward each other until they both jump and kick each other in the face. They each collapse from the impact, which the announcer calls a double knockout. He then begins to count both competitors down. Gokuu's friends try to encourage him to stand up, while other crowd members cheer for Jackie. But the count reaches 10 before either of them can stand. So the announcer declares a sudden death until someone stands, smiles, and says, "I'm the winner." Gokuu slowly climbs to his feet, with Jackie a step behind him. Gokuu is then the first to fully stand, and he smiles and slowly says, "I'm... the... win..." But he collapses again, still smiling.

Jackie is now fully standing, and he struggles to speak the first syllable. But he suddenly grins, takes a victory stance, and shouts, "I'm the winner!!!" The announcer officially declares him the winner as the crowd cheers. Jackie thinks that his longer legs made his kick more effective, and that Gokuu was the first person to push him this hard. Gokuu then begins to wake up. He realizes he has lost, but happily asks Jackie if they can fight again after he trains. Jackie thinks that would be good, and the crowd applauds for them.


The events of this chapter are depicted in Dragon Ball 28. This episode first aired approximately 9 months after this chapter was first published. There is some anime-original material, but none of it particularly interrupts or expounds upon the events of this chapter.


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.

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



  1. Toriyama, Akira. Dragon Ball 5: Massuru Tawaa no Kyoufu. Japan: Shueisha, 1987.
  2. "DB Story Index 01-22". Dragon Ball Landmark: Shounen-hen ~ Furiiza-hen. 2003. (p. 123)
  3. "Gekitotsu!! Pawaa Tai Pawaa". Dragon Ball. Fuji TV. 3 Sep. 1986.
  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)
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