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Bulma Returns (ブルマのだいしっぱい!! Buruma no Daishippai!!, lit. "Bulma's Big Blunder!!") is the sixth volume to the original Dragon Ball manga series written by Akira Toriyama. It was released on March 10, 1987 in Japan and in March 2003 for the English version. It covers the second part of the Red Ribbon Army Saga and the beginning of the General Blue Saga.

Blurb

Bulma Returns

In the frozen north, Goku's one-man fight against the Red Ribbon Army continues as he storms the perilous Muscle Tower! Can he defeat General White's squad of ninjas, cyborgs, and worse, and save the peaceful people of Jingle Village from their oppressors? Then, Goku travels to the City of the West to visit his old friend Bulma, who joins him on his quest, bringing her latest inventions. Their quest for the next Dragon Ball takes them around the world to a jungle island in the South Seas…but to get THIS Dragon Ball they'll have to go through General Blue![1]

Story

Legend says whoever gathers the seven magical "Dragon Balls" will be granted any one wish. Son Goku, a young boy from the mountains, first heard the legend from a city girl named Bulma. After many dangerous adventures with Bulma, Goku trained under the great martial artist Kame-Sen'nin and competed in the "Strongest Under the Heavens" fighting tournament. Afterwards, Goku resumed his quest for the Dragon Balls, only to find that a powerful enemy, the Red Ribbon Army, was also searching for them. Now, Goku faces a perilous challenge in Muscle Tower, the Red Ribbon Army's arctic base![1]

Volume introduction by Akira Toriyama

Toriyama illustrating himself wearing a face mask.

"Recently, the neighborhood I live in has started to become more developed, with new roads and shops being built. It's pretty convenient, but on the other hand, it's getting rarer and rarer to see weasels, pheasant and quail. The noise level has increased too. Being a country boy, I prefer a nice quiet lifestyle so I can can take it east and reee-lax. I know it might be inconvenient in some ways, but I'd like to live way, way out in the country. This is the sort of thing I end up thinking about."[1]


Characters

Main

Info below is retrieved from Viz Media.[1]

  • Oolong - Immature, shapeshifting Oolong was the only member of the group who got his wish with the Dragon Balls.
  • Son Goku - Monkey-tailed young Goku has always been stronger than normal. His grandfather Gohan gave him the nyoibō, a magic staff and Kame-Sen'nin gave him the kinto'un, a magic flying cloud. However, the kinto'un was recently destroyed by Colonel Silver, forcing Goku to find alternative means of transportation!
  • Yamcha - Yamcha used to be a desert bandit, but he went to the city to be Bulma's boyfriend. He uses "Fist of the Wolf-Fang" kung-fu.
  • Puar - Yamcha's shapeshifting friend.
  • Bulma - A genius inventor, Bulma met Goku on her quest for the seven magical Dragon Balls.
  • General White - The diabolical boss of Muscle Tower. He kidnapped the mayor of Jingle Village to force the peaceful villagers to help him find a Dragon Ball. Now he waits to on the sixth level of his tower, mocking Goku's efforts to climb to the top…
  • Sergeant Major Purple - General White's right-hand man, a ninja who guards the fourth level of Muscle Tower.
  • Kame-Sen'nin (The "Turtle Hermit") - A lecherous but powerful old man martial artist master (also known as the muten-rôshi, or "Invincible Old Master") who trained Goku's grandfather, Son Gohan, as well as Goku himself. He taught Goku the kamehameha attack.

Supporting

Chapters

Chapter # Title
61 "The 4½ Tatami Mat Flip"
The 4 and a Half Tatami Mat Flip.jpg
  • Original Title: にんぽうじょうはんタタミがえし!! Ninpō! Yonjōhan Tatamigaeshi!!, lit. "Ninja Arts! The 4½ Tatami Flip!!"
62 "The Ninja Split!"
The Ninja Split.jpg
  • Original Title: ぶんしんじゅつ Kiki! Bunshin no Jutsu, lit. "Peril! The Art of Division"
  • Character Debuts: Android 8
63 "Mechanical Man No. 8"
Mechanical Man No. 8.jpg
  • Original Title: じんぞうにんげんごう Jinzōningen Hachigō, lit. "Artificial Human No. 8"
64 "The Horrible...Jiggler!"
The Horrible...Jiggler.jpg
  • Original Title: 5かい せんりつのブヨン Gokai Senritsu no Buyon, lit. "Floor Five: The Hair-Raising Buyon"
  • Character Debuts: Buyon
65 "How to Unjiggle a Jiggler"
How to Unjiggle a Jiggler.jpg
  • Original Title: ブヨンこうりゃくほう Buyon Kōryakuhō, lit. "How to Defeat Buyon"
66 "Muscle Tower's Final Hour"
Muscle Tower's Final Hour.jpg
  • Original Title: マッスルタワーのさい!! Massuru Tawā no Saigo!!, lit. "Muscle Tower's End!!"
67 "Go West, Young Goku"
Go West, Young Goku.jpg
  • Original Title: 西にしへ… Nishi e..., lit. "To the West..."
68 "Monkey in the City"
Monkey in the City.jpg
  • Original Title: 西にしみやこのブルマんち Nishi no Miyako no Buruma n’chi; lit. "Bulma's House in West City"
69 "Bulma and Goku"
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  • Original Title: ブルマとくうpartパートツー Buruma to Gokū Pāto Tsū, lit. "Bulma and Goku, Part Two"
70 "Bulma's Big Mistake!!"
Bulma's Big Mistake!!.jpg
  • Original Title: ブルマのだいしっぱい!! Buruma no Daishippai!!, lit. "Bulma's Big Blunder!!"
  • Character Debuts: General Blue
71 "The Turtle is Spotted!"
The Turtle is Spotted!.jpg
  • Original Title: KAMEカメ HOUSEハウス はっけんさる!! Kame Hausu Hakken Saru!!, lit. "Kame House is Discovered!!"
72 "The Blue Meanies"
The Blue Meanies.jpg
  • Original Title: ブルーしょうぐん こうげきかい Burū Shōgun Kōgeki Kaishi, lit. "General Blue Commences His Assault"
  • Character Debuts: Captain Dark

Battles

  • Goku vs. Ninja Murasaki
  • Goku vs. Murasaki Brothers
  • Goku vs. Red Ribbon Soldiers
  • Goku vs. Buyon
  • Goku vs. General White
  • Bulma vs. Red Ribbon Soldiers
  • Goku vs. Red Ribbon Soldiers
  • Goku & Android 8 vs. General White

Differences from the anime

  • Dr. Flappe is never mentioned in the manga.
  • In the manga, Ninja Murasaki's fate is undisclosed after he is knocked out of Muscle Tower. In the anime, however, Goku disposes of the bomb that was removed from Android 8 by throwing it into the surrounding hills. By coincidence, the bomb lands on Murasaki's face and explodes.
  • The manga makes no mention of any events occurring between the time that Goku and Bulma leave Capsule Corporation and their departure from West City. As such, Hasky does not appear in the manga.

Gallery

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Viz Media (May 6, 2003).

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