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"Good thing you aim as bad as you fight. You missed my vital organs."
Goku after recovering from Piccolo's Mouth Energy Wave.

"Goku Hangs On" (ばんきゅうす!! Banji Kyūsu!!, lit. "Nothing More Can Be Done!!") is the twenty-fifth episode of the Piccolo Jr. Saga and the one hundred forty-seventh episode in the Dragon Ball series. This episode first aired in Japan on March 1, 1989. Its original American airdate was November 18, 2003.



Goku punches Piccolo in the stomach

Goku takes a while to persuade his friends to leave, as they do not want to go without him, but as Piccolo continues to charge his next attack, Tien Shinhan sees that they need cover and blasts a hole with Tri-Beam for everyone to hide in. As his friends run for cover, Goku prepares to take Piccolo's final attack. Piccolo unleashes a giant wave of energy comparable to a nuclear explosion, leveling the entire island. As the dust settles, Goku is still standing. He takes advantage of Piccolo's weakened state after his huge energy expenditure and knocks him into the ground with a volley of kicks and a hard punch to the stomach, and hits him with a Super Kamehameha.


Goku suffering from the immense chest wound

Just as the count reaches nine, Piccolo lifts his head and emits a Mouth Energy Wave. The beam impales Goku right through the chest, but he refuses to give up, despite having a hole in him. Piccolo gets up from the crater he was buried in and kicks the hole in Goku's chest. Tien and Krillin attempt to storm them but warned if they do so, Piccolo could win by disqualification. Goku gets up, somehow alive since Piccolo missed his vital organs and though vital bones and muscles were most assuredly blasted.

Major Events[]

  • Piccolo destroys the World Martial Arts Arena and most of the environment on Papaya Island using the Hyper Explosive Demon Wave.
  • Piccolo blasts a hole through Goku's chest using the Mouth Energy Wave.


  • Goku vs. Piccolo




Differences from the Manga[]

  • The scene of Piccolo charging up the Hyper Explosive Demon Wave is extended with the anime with more time given to Piccolo powering up and the chatter of those concerned about the incoming attack.
  • Chi-Chi becoming visibly upset after Piccolo severely harms Goku and asking for the match to be stopped is only mentioned in the anime.


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