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"I'm not doing this because I want to. It's because I need our combined powers, that's all. To be perfectly honest, I'm not sure how I'm going to tolerate being so close to you. Your mere presence sickens me."
Piccolo trying to convince Kami to fuse with him.

"Closing In" (あるちょうかいへい!!じんぞうにんげんくうせま Aruku Chō-Hakai Heiki!! Jinzōningen ga Gokū ni Semaru, lit. "Walking Weapons of Mass Destruction!! The Artificial Humans Draw Near Goku") is the thirteenth episode of the Androids Saga and the one hundred thirty-eighth overall episode in the uncut Dragon Ball Z series. This episode first aired in Japan on May 6, 1992. Its original American airdate was October 2, 2000.


Piccolo is infuriated at Kami's refusal to merge with him

On The Lookout, Piccolo demands that Kami merge bodies with him so that he can gain the power necessary to defeat the Androids. However Kami decides that he wants to wait to see how events play out first, believing that the Androids may not be as evil as originally thought to be, much to Piccolo's frustration.

Down on the ground, Future Trunks and Krillin head towards Goku's House with the plan to move him away so that the Androids can't find him. Meanwhile, Chi Chi continues to watch over Goku at his home.

Elsewhere Android 17, Android 18 and Android 16 come across a vehicle which they hijack from a couple of company workers and begin their drive towards Goku's House. While on the road a gang of bikers begin to harass the Androids vehicle which leads to the Androids having some fun with them and driving them off the road and confronting them physically. When the Police show up and try to arrest the Androids, #18 throws the Police Car into a nearby mountain before they all continue on their way.

Meanwhile, Future Trunks and Krillin arrive at Goku's House and Krillin asks if the Androids are really as terrible as Trunks suggests being reminded of #18's kiss but Trunks assures him that they are dangerous and terrible beings.

Yamcha reading while Chi-Chi tends to Goku

With the help of Yamcha and Chi-Chi, Goku is put onto the plane as they prepare to take off just as Gohan appears.

At the end of the episode, the narrator delivers an ominous statement that Bulma is about to receive a telephone call that will add a whole new dimension to the crisis.

Major Events

  • The Androids acquire a vehicle.
  • Goku is moved away from his home for protection.


  • Android 17 and Android 18 vs. Biker gang






Bruce Faulconer tracks

Differences from the manga

  • The Androids' run-in with the biker gang and the police is exclusive to the anime.


Lucky Foods workers

  • At the end of the previous episode, Piccolo, Kami, and Mr. Popo are seen standing in the middle of the Lookout with Piccolo's back towards the tree path. But at the beginning of this episode, they are standing to the right side, with Piccolo's back to the edge.
  • When the androids steal the Lucky Foods van, one of the drivers appears similar to Hero, the man whose body was used as a host by Kami while fighting in the 23rd World Martial Arts Tournament.
  • During the chase scene with the bikers, the Lucky Foods van says "Campany" instead of "Company." This is due to Japanese pronunciations not including an "uh" sound, as heard in the word "company." Rather, Japanese uses the "ah" sound, pronouncing "company" like "cahmpany," which is why misspelling it as "campany" is an easy translation mistake to make.
  • At the end of this episode, Yamcha appears to know who Future Trunks really is, even though he left to take Goku home before Piccolo's revelation about Trunks.
  • In dubbing order, this was the first time Justin Cook voiced Raditz in Kami's flashback of Piccolo's prior battles, succeeding Lane Pianta who voiced the character in "Frieza Defeated!!".
  • In Kami's flashback in the Remastered dub, Nappa is still voiced by Christopher R. Sabat instead of Phil Parsons.
  • In the Ocean dub, Alistair Abell replaces Jason Gray-Stanford as Raditz in Kami's flashback since the latter had then recently left Ocean Group. Scott McNeil also replaces Ward Perry as Nail in the previously-mentioned flashback.
  • This would be the final episode of the Ocean Group dub's Android Saga where Lisa Ann Beley would fill in as Chi-Chi after having previously done so in the movies Dragon Ball Z: Dead Zone and Dragon Ball Z: The World's Strongest. Starting from the next episode, Laara Sadiq would resume her role.
  • When one of the bikers slashes a few strands of Android 18's hair off with his axe, she scares them with her silent rage. Her behavior in this episode is in contrast to her future counterpart, who (in the Funimation dub only) becomes greatly hostile towards Future Trunks after he slashes a few strands of her hair off with his sword.


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