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Piccolo Conquers The World (そんくうぎゃくしゅう!? Son Gokū no Gyakushū!?, lit. "Son Goku's Counterattack?!") is the thirteenth volume of the original Dragon Ball manga series written by Akira Toriyama. It was released on June 10, 1988 in Japan and on November 19, 2003 for the English version. It continues the King Piccolo Saga.


Piccolo Conquers The World

With a wish on the Dragon Balls, Piccolo restores his youth, becoming more powerful than ever! Flying to the palace of the King of the World, he announces that he is the new King, and broadcasts his reign of terror on international TV! Only Tenshinhan and Goku have a chance to stop Piccolo: Tenshinhan by mastering a martial arts move that can kill the one who uses it, and Goku by drinking a magic potion that might make him stronger—or kill him too! Two heroes risk death to save the planet—and meanwhile, Yajirobe eats too much and gets sick![1]


Legend says whoever gathers the seven magical "Dragon Balls" will be granted any one wish. Son Goku, a powerful martial artist, first started his adventures by searching for them. But one day, the Great Demon King Piccolo sent his minions to steal the Dragon Balls, and kill all the martial artists on the "Strongest Under the Heavens" martial arts roster! When Goku's friend Kuririn was killed, Goku charged into battle with Piccolo—and lost. Thinking that Goku is dead, his remaining companions came up with a desperate plan to stop Piccolo from getting his wish…meanwhile, a groggy Goku seeks out the reclusive martial arts master Kurin for help…[1]

Volume introduction by Akira Toriyama

A picture of Toriyama's Siberian husky, Matryoshka.

"This is our family dog, Matryoshka. We took her name from the traditional Russian dolls. Her nickname is "Rosha", because it's a pain to constantly call her "Matryoshka". I get cold easily, so I really envy her Siberian breed's ability to withstand the cold. Even though she's a female, she's super active and is constantly ramming my son and making him cry. No matter how busy I get, I always play with her once a day."[1]



Info below is retrieved from Viz Media.[1]

  • 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. Unfortunately, the kinto'un was destroyed by one of Piccolo's minions, so now Goku has to walk everywhere.
  • Yamcha - A student of Kame-Sen'nin and Bulma's on-off boyfriend. He was seriously injured by Tenshinhan and taken to hospital.
  • Bulma - A genius inventor, Bulma met Goku on her quest for the seven magical Dragon Balls.
  • Lunch - A strange woman whose personality changes whenever she sneezes.
  • Kuririn - Goku's former martial arts schoolmate under Kame-Sen'nin.
  • Piccolo - Many years ago, the Great Demon King Piccolo rampaged across the land, until he was imprisoned in a rice cooker by the great martial artist Lord Mutaito using the "Mafû-Ba" (Demon Seal) technique. But the "Mafû-Ba" is so strenuous that Lord Mutaito died in the process. He was freed by Emperor Pilaf and his cronies.
  • Chaozu - A former student of Tsuru-Sen'nin and Tenshihan's best friend.
  • Tenshinhan - A former student of Tsuru-Sen'nin. He narrowly beat Goku at the Tenka'ichi Budôkai ("Strongest Under the Heavens") tournament.
  • Kame-Sen'nin (The "Turtle Hermit") - A lecherous but powerful old man martial artist master. Many years ago, he and Tsuru-Sen'nin (the "Crane Hermit") trained under Lord Mutaito. Now, he has trained Goku, Kuririn and Yamcha.
  • Yajirobe - A tough-talking always hungry swordsman who has even worse social skills than Goku.

Supporting characters


Chapter # Title
145 "The Muten-Rōshi's Decision"
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  • Original Title: てんろうけっしん Muten Rōshi no Kesshin, lit. "Muten Rōshi's Resolve"
146 "The Mafū-Ba"
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  • Original Title: かめせんにん さいふう!! Kamesennin Saigo no Mafūba!!, lit. "Kame-Sen'nin's Final Mafūba!!"
147 "The Demon King of Old... Restored!"
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  • Original Title: わかがえるか!?ピッコロだいおう Waka Gaeru ka!? Pikkoro Daimaō, lit. "Piccolo Daimaō's Youth Restored!?"
148 "Go Ask Karin!"
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  • Original Title: カリンとうえ!! Karin Tō ni Ae!!, lit. "Get to Karin Tower!!"
149 "World Domination"
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  • Original Title: かいせいふく Sekai Seifuku, lit. "World Domination"
150 "Karin's Quandary"
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  • Original Title: カリンさま もなやむ Karinsama mo Nayamu, lit. "Karin-sama is Worried"
151 "[[The Superest Super Water !]]"
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  • Original Title: ちょうしんすい!!! Chōshinsui!!!, lit. "The Super God Water!!!"
152 "Piccolo's World"
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  • Original Title: そんくう ついにはっしん!!!! Son Gokū Tsui ni Hasshin!!!!, lit. "Son Goku Finally Departs!!!!"
153 "Tenshinhan's Resolve"
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  • Original Title: テンシンハンけつ!! Tenshinhan no Ketsui!!; lit. "Tenshinhan's Determination!!"
154 "Tenshinhan vs. Drum"
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  • Original Title: テンシンハンさん Tenshinhan no Gosan, lit. "Tenshinhan's Miscalculation"
155 "Guess Who's Back?"
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  • Original Title: そんくうぎゃくしゅう Son Gokū no Gyakushū, lit. "Son Goku's Counterattack"
156 "Fury"
  • Original Title: いかる!! Ikaru!!, lit. "Angry!!"


  • Master Roshi vs. King Piccolo
  • Chiaotzu vs. King Piccolo
  • Tien Shinhan vs. Drum
  • Goku vs. Drum
  • Goku vs. King Piccolo


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Viz Media (December 2, 2003).

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