The Piccolo Jr. Saga, also known as the 23rd Tenka-Ichi Budoukai Saga (第２３回天下一武道会編 Dai-Nijūsan Tenka-Ichi Budōkai Hen, lit. "The 23rd Number One Under Heaven Martial Arts Gathering Arc") is the last saga of the original Dragon Ball anime. The manga volumes that it is made up of are the second part of "Heaven And Earth", "The Titanic Tournament", and "Goku vs. Piccolo".
Prelude to the Tournament
After defeating King Piccolo in a close battle, Goku faints and is taken to Korin Tower by Yajirobe for recovery. When he arrives, Korin gives Goku a Senzu Bean and he heals quickly.
The victory over King Piccolo comes with a price; since the Demon King killed Shenron, no one who was killed during his rampage can be brought back to life. Worse still, those killed by the Demon King do not go to the afterlife, instead spending eternity trapped in limbo. Korin has an answer for this though, and tells Goku that Kami, who resides in the sky above Korin Tower created the Dragon Balls and is the only one who can bring back the Dragon. When Goku asks how he can get up there, Korin replies that Goku's Power Pole, which has been missing since his battle with the Demon King, is designed to extend from the top of Korin Tower up to the Lookout.
Goku quickly goes back to the site of his battle with King Piccolo and, not finding his pole there, then heads off to the Fortuneteller Baba who tells him that his staff is at the Kame House.
Retrieving his staff and then returning to Korin Tower, Korin shows Goku where to place his pole and gives him a little bell to show Kami that he is the "chosen one" sent by Korin. Goku then commences to extend his pole, with him on it, up to Kami's Lookout.
The pole extends upwards, and Goku has a rather harrowing experience, as he is repeatedly struck by lightning until it comes to an end once it connected to the lookout. Goku quickly climbs to the top and meets a person who introduces himself as Mr. Popo, Kami's servant. Upon seeing his bell, Mr. Popo tells Goku that he is eligible to be tested, and must defeat Mr. Popo in a fight. An uncharacteristically-cocky Goku starts the fight carefree, believing that he is worlds above Mr. Popo, but it is soon shown that Popo is far stronger than he appears; no matter what Goku does, he cannot touch Mr. Popo.
Though Goku seemingly failed the test, he asks to stay and train himself to try again. Mr. Popo agrees and starts to give him lessons on controlling his movements, speed and sensing his opponents' actions. Goku vows to do whatever it takes to get his friends out of limbo, and Kami interrupts, saying that he will see Goku.
As Kami comes into view, Goku mistakes him for King Piccolo and angrily attacks him, only to be knocked aside. After noting that he should have known that Korin would not explain because Korin thinks he is funny, Kami tells Goku that he and King Piccolo were once a single entity, but Kami split his essence in two in order to obtain the post of the Earth's Guardian. As a reward for Goku's valiant efforts against Piccolo, Kami agrees to recreate Shenron so that Goku's friends can be resurrected, but only under the condition that Goku stay on the lookout for three years in order to train and be ready to confront King Piccolo's offspring/reincarnation at the next World Martial Arts Tournament.
Meanwhile, at Kame House, Bulma and the others notice that the Dragon Balls are once again active, and quickly summon Shenron. After explaining how he had returned and that they would see Goku at the next Tournament, the group makes their wish; though Bulma and Oolong are initially concerned with reviving Krillin, Master Roshi, and Chiaotzu; Yamcha quickly requests that Shenron also revives all of the innocent people who were also killed by Piccolo and his spawn. After Shenron disperses, Krillin, Master Roshi, Chiaotzu, and the rest of King Piccolo's victims come back to life, much to the others' joy. Sometime later, numerous reporters arrive, asking to see Goku, who has now become famous for defeating Piccolo.
World Martial Arts Tournament
After three years, Goku, now eighteen years old, meets up with his friends at the Tournament. Though they do not recognize him at first, Goku removes the turban that he is currently wearing to reveal his trademark hairstyle, but it is only after he notices Bulma wearing lipstick and asks her if she is bleeding that they are convinced that it is him. Everyone is amazed about Goku’s growth sprout. Soon afterwards, Krillin, Tien, Yamcha, and Chiaotzu arrive, and Krillin emotionally thanks Goku for what he did for him. When the group notices that Goku's tail is missing, Goku mentions that Kami had it permanently removed in order to restore the moon. Goku then briefly meets Piccolo Jr. and a mysterious young woman who is angry because Goku does not recognize her. Goku and Tien unanimously decide not to tell the others that Piccolo's spawn is at the tournament.
After Chiaotzu fixes the numbers so that Goku, his friends, and Jr. would not meet each other until the finals, the first elimination rounds start. The first match is a rematch between Goku and King Chappa (whom Goku defeated in the last tournament), which Goku ends with a mild tap to knock out his opponent. Yamcha, Krillin and Tien Shinhan also easily breeze through their fights, but Chiaotzu (possibly No. 45 in the first half of Block 3, which was meant to be on the second half of Block 3) is brutally beaten by a now cyborg Mercenary Tao, who seeks revenge on Goku for nearly killing him and Tien for betraying his school. Additionally the young woman makes it to the finals as well as Hero, a nerdish looking man who, seemingly by accident, defeats a disguised Yajirobe (from No. 64 in the second half of Block 4).
- Match 1: Mercenary Tao vs. Tien
Mercenary Tao starts the fight confident that he will quickly defeat Tien, but instead finds himself far outclassed. In an act of desperation, he breaks the tournament rules by removing one of his robotic hands and revealing a knife; before Tien can react, Mercenary Tao quickly slices him on his chest. The World Tournament Announcer immediately announces that Tao is disqualified, but Tao does not care. Dropping his other hand, Mercenary Tao reveals a cannon, which he then uses to fire a Super Dodon Ray at Tien; Tien nullifies the attack with a Kiai and then quickly counters, dropping Mercenary Tao with a single hit.
After being named the victor, Tien carries the unconscious Mercenary Tao to the edge of the stadium and drops him at the feet of Master Shen, his old master who was rooting for Tien's death, and tells him to take Mercenary Tao and leave, never to bother him again. Shen, carrying Mercenary Tao in his arms, leaves in shame, but not before swearing revenge.
- Match 2: Goku vs. Anonymous
Anonymous attacks Goku vigorously, asking Goku if he remembers who she is. When he says that he still does not, she tells him that he promised to take her as his wife, prompting Goku to ask Krillin for clarification on exactly what a wife is. In the original Japanese dub, Krillin says Goku promised to marry her, Yamcha follows this statement by saying they will become husband and wife, and they have to live together while Krillin is whining how lucky Goku is to marry a very cute girl like her (in the English dub, Krillin tells Goku that a bride means his life is over, while Yamcha tells him that they have to get married). Anonymous then says that if Goku can beat her, she will tell him her name. Goku is satisfied with this agreement and calmly creates an invisible shockwave that knocks the woman clear out of the ring.
Anonymous is pleased that she took such a strong warrior for a husband and reveals herself to be Chi-Chi, much to the shock of Goku and the others sans Oolong. Remembering the promise, Goku reveals the truth behind why he promised; the fact that he believed that marriage was a kind of food, which leaves Chi-Chi distraught. Nonetheless, for Goku, a promise is a promise and he then proposes to her before the crowd, much to Chi-Chi's happiness. The two then walk out of the ring, cheered on by the masses and congratulated by the announcer (though Goku is shown to be visibly uncomfortable with Chi-Chi's affectionate behavior).
Piccolo Jr., watching from the sidelines, notes that the techniques that Goku used are reminiscent of those used by his people.
- Match 3: Junior vs. Krillin
Krillin starts the fight off quickly with the Double Tsuihikidan, which Junior quickly neutralizes with blasts from his eyes. It turns out to be a distractive ploy though, as Krillin uses Junior's diverted attention to land a punch. Krillin then charges at the demon for some quick sparring until Junior seemingly kicks Krillin out of the ring; Krillin recovers though, in the process demonstrating that over his last three years training he has learned how to fly.
On seeing Krillin's endurance and techniques, Junior decides to fight somewhat seriously; he quickly grabs Krillin from across the arena by stretching his arm and delivers a fierce punch once he has reeled Krillin in. Krillin recovers from the hit and charges right back at Junior, but is kicked into the air, with Junior in close pursuit. In an act of desperation Krillin attempts to use the Kamehameha at point blank range, but Junior dodges it with the After Image Technique and ends up behind him; Junior uses the opportunity to deliver a powerful overhead smash to Krillin, sending him crashing to the arena floor.
Krillin manages to stagger to his feet, but is heavily injured and forfeits the match.
- Match 4: Hero vs. Yamcha
Yamcha enters the ring extremely confident due to Hero's unassuming appearance. He allows Hero to attack first and easily dodges the clumsy chop, but is kicked in the side, seemingly by accident, when Hero trips. Thinking that it was simply a lucky shot, Yamcha dismisses the attack and prepares one of his own. He launches himself at Hero with a kick but Hero ducks it, inadvertently causing Yamcha to smash his groin on Hero's head.
Blustered by Hero's extreme "luck", Yamcha states that he will fight seriously. Hero states that he will do so as well and launches a very fast attack, striking Yamcha with his elbow and knocking him down. Yamcha gets up and charges at Hero, but his attack is easily stopped and he is sent back to the ground with a quick kick to the leg. Yamcha attacks twice more, but both times is quickly countered and knocked down. The entire time they are fighting, Hero gives pointers to Yamcha, telling him what mistakes he is making, he then confesses to Yamcha that he is not actually human, and is only borrowing the body that he is in.
Unable to connect with any physical attacks, Yamcha uses his last resort attack: the Spirit Ball, a guided ki ball. Hero dodges the balls first pass, and then the second which causes the ball to crash under the ring floor; Yamcha then commands the ball to come back up directly under Hero and makes a direct hit. Hero quickly retaliates though, and smashes into Yamcha with his elbow, knocking him out of the ring.
At this point, Goku puts two and two together and realizes that Hero is actually Kami in disguise who has enter the tournament in order to take down Junior without actually committing suicide.
- Match 5: Goku vs. Tien
Goku and Tien both start the fight off right away, charging into each other with a flurry of blows. After a few scuffles, and a doubly reflected ki bolt, Tien is left a bit out of breath while Goku remains in top form.
Tien then demonstrates his true speed and seems to dominate the fight after that though, landing several blows and evading all of Goku's attacks. Goku asks Tien if he can remove some of his clothing and Tien is shocked to discover that they are heavily weighted; all together, the weight of Goku's boots, wristbands, and undershirt equal a weight of one hundred kilograms (or approximately 220 lbs). With the burden removed Goku's speed is now considerably greater than Tien's, and he is able to take Tien's belt without Tien noticing, leading to a humorous scene where Tien's pants fall down, humiliating him in front of the crowd.
Realizing that he is outclassed, Tien uses his secret weapon: the ability to divide himself into four separate, thinking bodies. Each of Tien's new bodies quickly heads to an arena corner and fires a blast at Goku, who has nowhere to dodge except up; once he is in the air though, each Tien hits Goku with a blast from his third eye, bringing him crashing to the arena floor.
Goku gets back up and announces to Tien that there are two flaws with the technique and that he will soon win. Tien disbelieves him and attempts to do the same attack pattern as before; he is interrupted though when Goku uses the Solar Flare technique after leaping in the air, blinding all of the Tiens' eyes. As he is recovering Goku explains that Tien's eyes are too good, and that since he relies on them so much, he is almost helpless when blinded. Goku then proceeds to quickly dispatch each Tien with one hit, demonstrating the second weakness; splitting into four bodies reduced each of them to 1/4 of the original Tien's strength and speed.
- Match 6: Hero vs. Junior
Hero starts the fight off quickly, catching Piccolo Jr. off-guard by demonstrating his powerful techniques right away. Piccolo Jr., shocked that such a weak looking human could present him such a challenge. Piccolo Jr. is able to then read Hero's thoughts and learn that his body is simply borrowed, when he questions Hero about this Hero responds in Namekian, causing Piccolo Jr. to piece together that it is actually Kami in disguise.
Knowing that Kami can not do him any significant harm, as Piccolo Jr.'s death would be Kami's as well, Piccolo Jr. is briefly amused by the concept but soon becomes terrified at the thought that Kami might be willing to commit suicide. Kami assures Piccolo Jr. that he has no intent on dying and instead shows Piccolo Jr. his ace-up-the-sleeve and, after placing a small jar on the ground, uses the Evil Containment Wave technique in an attempt to contain the demon. Piccolo Jr. had prepared for this though, and reversed the Evil Containment Wave against Kami, who abandoned his borrowed body to prevent the human from being trapped with him. With Kami trapped in the bottle, Kami is, of course, no longer capable of fighting and Piccolo Jr. is declared the winner of the fight. Before being trapped, Kami pleads for Goku to stop Piccolo Jr. by any means necessary.
As all this unfolds, a confused and disoriented Hero stumbles through the crowd to his family, who are in awe of his apparent "strength". Hero, unable to recall anything that happened while possessed, has absolutely no idea what his family are talking about.
After this fight is over, Piccolo Jr. taunts Goku by swallowing the bottle containing Kami. The only way to retrieve it now would be to kill Piccolo Jr., thereby killing Kami as well. Goku eventually breaks the terrible news to his friends which understandably horrified them.
Final Round: Goku vs. Junior
Piccolo Jr. next squares off against Goku. After some initial attacks, Piccolo Jr. attempts to destroy the arena, and all the spectators, with a powerful attack; Goku manages to deflect it though. When Piccolo Jr. attempts to do it again, Goku counters with his Super Kamehameha and reflects the beam back at Piccolo Jr., scathing him and destroying some of his clothes, including his turban. Without his turban, the crowd recognizes him as King Piccolo and flees in terror; this works to Goku's advantage, as he no longer has to worry about any innocent bystanders getting hurt.
Piccolo Jr. next uses his Giant Form to grow roughly four times his size. After being thrown and taunted by Goku, Piccolo Jr. grows even further, to the size of a large building; this again works to Goku's advantage however, as he is able to enter Piccolo Jr.'s mouth and then escape with the bottle where Kami is stored. Realizing that his great size is not helping him fight Goku, Piccolo Jr. returns to his normal size.
After some more sparring, Piccolo Jr. hits Goku with his Antenna Beam (electricity from his antennas) and leaves Goku stunned. As he moves in for a follow-up blow, he is blocked by Kami who enters the fight. Goku protests this and after making Kami agree to let him fight on his own, allows Piccolo Jr. a free hit.
Piccolo Jr. next attempts his Chasing Bullet technique, a blast which follows his opponent; Goku once again turns the tables on him and manages to get the beam to hit Piccolo Jr. instead by dashing right behind him. The blast seriously damages one of Piccolo Jr.'s arms and he is forced to rip it off and grow a new one. In a fit of rage Piccolo Jr. next uses an attack which generates a massive explosion emanating from him. Though Piccolo Jr. puts a great deal of his energy into the attack, it has little effect on Goku. Goku uses Piccolo Jr.'s now exhausted state to land a series of attacks on him, finishing with a Kamehameha.
Thinking Piccolo Jr. defeated, Goku lets down his guard down while the announcer begins the countdown. As the counter approaches 10, signifying a defeat, Piccolo Jr. suddenly springs up catches Goku by surprise with a beam from his mouth, blasting a hole through Goku's shoulder. Thus weakened, Piccolo Jr. is able to systematically cripple Goku, costing him the use of all of his limbs, including his right arm, a.k.a. the one that the original Piccolo made the critical mistake of leaving Goku. To finish him off, Piccolo Jr. leaps in the air and fires a powerful ki attack at him, leaving no trace of Goku.
Piccolo Jr., though heavily battered by the battle, turns to Goku's terrified friends, gloating. His victory is short-lived though, as, unknown to all, Goku had mastered the art of flight and dodged the attack. Goku then smashed his inert body into Piccolo Jr., knocking him out of the ring and causing him to lose the tournament and Goku would be declared the winner.
With Piccolo Jr. beaten, Yajirobe approaches and gives Goku a Senzu Bean, bringing him back to perfect condition immediately. Goku begins to dance about, celebrating his victory, until he notices Kami about to finish off the defeated Piccolo Jr. He quickly places himself between them, knowing that if Piccolo Jr. dies, Kami and the Dragon Balls will vanish as well.
Kami then laments that Piccolo Jr.'s existence is his fault, and for that he is no longer worthy of life, let alone to be the Earth's Guardian. Master Roshi then speaks up, stating that it was because of the Dragon Balls, and their setting Goku off on his grand adventure, that the world is now in peace; logic Kami accepts.
After Kami restores Goku's tattered uniform, Goku asks Yajirobe for a second Senzu Bean. To everyone's surprise, he gives the Senzu Bean to Piccolo Jr., instantly putting the demon back on his feet. Goku tells everyone that he does not want to risk Kami's health by leaving Piccolo Jr. on the verge of death; he also admits that he does not want to lose his nemesis. Piccolo Jr. shows complete contempt for Goku's mercy, thinking him soft and, just before leaving, giving his word that he will return someday to shatter Goku and take over the world. Chiaotzu has managed to come back from the hospital and is happily reunited with Tien.
Kami, seeing Goku's strength and pity, judges him worthy and offers Goku to take his place as Guardian of the Earth. Goku protests this though, stating that such a position was not the adventure he was looking for. At this point Chiaotzu arrives on the scene after leaving the hospital. With one final rejection of Kami's offer, Goku summons Flying Nimbus, grabs Chi-Chi, and flies off, shouting "Sorry Kami, it just does not get any better than this!"
In the Dragon Ball anime, there is a series of filler events involving Chi-Chi's wedding dress that takes place immediately after the Piccolo Jr. Saga.
In this mini-saga, Goku and Chi-Chi are about to get married, when Ox King's palace catches on flames. Desperate to save the wedding dress, Ox-King remains trapped in the burning castle, while Goku and Chi-Chi go off to see Master Roshi to see how they can put out the immense fire. Turtle tells them to seek the Fire Eater or the Bansho Fan. Goku and Chi-Chi find the Fire Eater, but run off to find the Bansho Fan when Emperor Pilaf and his goons interfere again.
Chi-Chi meets a crazy woman who reveals she has the Bansho Fan. The two go off with the fan, but Goku can not make it stop the flames. Fortuneteller Baba reveals it is so because the flames were caused from a leak in the Furnace. So, Chi-Chi and Goku go off to the boundary of the living world, and meet the guardian of the Furnace, Annin along with Grandpa Gohan (who is dead). Goku, almost dead, is able to repair the Furnace leak, and the fire stops. Goku and Chi-Chi have their wedding, which ends Dragon Ball. Fortuneteller Baba looks into the future of Goku, and winks. This leads to the events of the Raditz Saga of Dragon Ball Z five years later.
Anime and Manga Differences
- Goku’s training with Kami has expanded from Quicker Than Lightning to Hotter than Lava with him facing hard challenges to train his mind and spiritual power. This includes him meeting Master Roshi’s old teacher, Master Mutaito, in the past and fighting a doll that looks and moves like him.
- Piccolo being found by an elderly couple is shown in the anime while in the manga, that elderly couple wasn't seen.
- On their way to Korin Tower, Tien, Yamcha, Chiaotzu, and Krillin saved a village from the Popo Poco volcano. This is anime only.
- Tien and Mercenary Tao had a stand-off before their main match which isn't shown in the manga.
- In the anime, Tien had broke Tao’s blade but in the manga, that didn’t happen.
- The scene where Chi-Chi meets Goku’s friends is only shown in the anime. Also with Bulma being mad at Yamcha for thinking that he’s dating Chi-Chi is also only in the anime.
- Goku’s warm-up after he took off his weighted clothes isn’t available in the manga.
- In the manga, Goku immediately found out about Tien’s Tri-form while in the anime it took him a while.
- The aftermath of the tournament, with Goku and Chi-Chi saving the Ox-King as shown above, is also a filler event.
- Piccolo vs. Dogs (anime only)
- Goku vs. Mr. Popo
- Goku vs. Kami
- Krillin vs. Tien Shinhan (anime only)
- Goku vs. Yaochun (anime only)
- Goku vs. Mr. Popo (anime only)
- Goku vs. Mutaito (anime only)
- Goku vs. Shen (anime only)
- Goku vs. Clone Goku (anime only)
- Krillin vs. Paul (anime only)
- Goku vs. King Chappa
- Chi-Chi vs. Karate Man
- Yajirobe vs. Boxer
- Krillin vs. Muscular Man
- Yamcha vs. Bear
- Tien Shinhan vs. Karate Man
- Chiaotzu vs. Mercenary Tao (Off Screen)
- Piccolo vs. Fighter
- Yajirobe vs. Strong Man
- Goku vs. Muay Thai Fighter
- Tien Shinhan vs. Fighter
- Krillin vs. Fighter
- Yamcha vs. Fighter
- Piccolo vs. Muay Thai Fighter
- Chi-Chi vs. Karate Man
- Yajirobe vs. Hero
- Tien Shinhan vs. Mercenary Tao (Flashback; anime only)
- Tien vs. Mercenary Tao
- Goku vs. Anonymous (Chi-Chi)
- Piccolo vs. Krillin
- Hero (Kami) vs. Yamcha
- Goku vs. Tien
- Goku vs. Mr Popo (Flashback; anime only)
- Piccolo vs. Hero (Kami)
- Goku vs. Piccolo (Base/Great Namekian/Super Giant Form)
- Goku vs. Pilaf, Mai and Shu (Pilaf Machines) (anime only)
- Goku vs. Illusion Warrior (anime only)
- Goku vs. Illusion Golem (anime only)
- Goku vs. Annin (Base/Giant) (anime only)
Funimation Saga Sets
- Piccolo Jr. Saga, Part One (123-137)
- Piccolo Jr. Saga, Part Two (138-153)
Funimation Remastered DVD Sets
- Dragon Ball Season Five (123-153)
|162||"The Niyoi-bo's Secret"|
|163||"The Sanctuary of Kami-sama"|
|165||"Shen Long Resurrected!"|
|168||"The 8 Finalists"|
|169||"Tenshinhan vs. Taopaipai"|
|170||"The Assassin's Struggle"|
|171||"Goku Gets Married!"|
|172||"Kuririn vs. Demon Junior"|
|173||"Kuririn vs. Demon Junior, Part 2"|
|174||"Yamcha vs. Shen"|
|176||"Goku vs. Tenshinhan"|
|177||"Goku vs. Tenshinhan, Part 2"|
|178||"Tenshinhan's Secret Move!"|
|179||"The Two Weak Points"|
|180||"Kami-sama vs. the Demon King"|
|182||"The Fated Showdown!"|
|183||"Testing the Waters"|
|184||"The Real Fight"|
|185||"The Super Kamehameha"|
|186||"Panic at the Tenkaichi Budokai!"|
|187||"Piccolo's Super Giantification Spell"|
|189||"The Demon King's Final Gamble"|
|190||"Piccolo Destroys Everything!"|
|191||"The 10 Count"|
|192||"The Last Gasp!"|
|193||"The Fate of the Strongest"|
|194||"The Fate of the Dragon Balls"|
|123||"Lost and Found"|
|With King Piccolo's reign of terror at an end, Goku has time to mend his wounds. As he heals he learns that there may be a way to revive his lost friends - face to face meeting with the creator of the Dragon Balls! The one problem is that the only way to get to the mysterious Kami is by using his Power Pole, and it has gone missing!|
|124||"Temple Above the Clouds"|
|Goku finds his lost Power Pole and uses it to climb to Kami's temple in the sky. The only problem is that when he arrives he must face off against Kami's assistant Mr. Popo in a test of strength. Does Goku have what it takes to pass this test and earn a meeting with the mysterious Kami?|
|125||"Earth's Guardian Emerges"|
|The moment has arrived for Goku to come face to face with the amazing Kami, Guardian of Earth! But even the wise Korin could not prepare Goku for what he will see when the mysterious Guardian emerges!|
|126||"Eternal Dragon Resurrected"|
|After Goku mistakes Kami for the villainous King Piccolo it is time for the young warrior to begin his grueling three-year training for the next World Martial Arts Tournament. In exchange for Goku's promise Kami agrees to revive the Eternal Dragon!|
|127||"Quicker Than Lightning"|
|Goku's first task under his new teacher is a death-defying mission to the top of Mount Rumble to fetch the legendary Sacred Crown. But the mystical artifact has a deadly secret! Goku will have to be quicker than lightning to accomplish this task - alive!|
|128||"Secret of the Woods"|
|Continuing his training, Goku follows Mr. Popo's instruction and enters the deep, dark woods. While searching for a worthy sparring partner, Goku stumbles across a surprising discovery hidden deep within the secluded labyrinth - and finds help a most unexpected way!|
|129||"The Time Room"|
|Goku journeys through time, where he meets a young Master Roshi! But Master Roshi has a problem of his own - his archrival, Master Shen! While the two rivals battle for the affections of the same girl, Goku attempts a new power with the help of Master Mutaito.|
|"Be careful what you wish for. You just might get it!" Goku learns this lesson the hard way when he asks Mr. Popo for the ultimate sparring partner to aid in his training. What he gets is the battle of his life! Meanwhile, Yamcha and the others continue their long journey to reach Korin's Tower, in hopes of receiving training from the wise Master.|
|131||"Walking Their Own Ways"|
|Preparing for the World Martial Arts Tournament, Goku gets some important training tips from Mr. Popo. Meanwhile, Tien, Yamcha, Chiaotzu and Krillin make their way to Korin's Tower for some training of their own. Unfortunately they are sidetracked by a village celebrating a mysterious festival to their mountain spirit. Once the mountain erupts it is up to our heroes to put a lid on the active volcano!|
|132||"Hotter than Lava"|
|While Goku continues his training, Tien, Yamcha, Chiaotzu and Krillin find themselves in a very hot situation! A remote village is threatened by an erupting volcano and it is up to the good guys to put a lid on it. The time has come to put their new training to the test!|
|Warriors the world over are lining up to compete as the World Martial Arts Tournament prepares to get under way. Unfortunately, all of Master Roshi's pupils are missing, including Goku. With the entry-deadline approaching, the competitive future of our heroes look bleak, as does Master Roshi's patience.|
|The World Martial Arts Tournament gets underway as Goku and the others compete in the exciting preliminary round. But the competition threatens to turn ugly when Goku gets a visit from an old adversary.|
|135||"Battle of the Eight"|
|The preliminary round continues as Goku, Yamcha, Krillin, and Tien battle one opponent after another in hopes of advancing to the semi-final round. Meanwhile, Master Roshi is confronted by an old rival.|
|136||"Tien Shinhan vs. Mercenary Tao"|
|The Tournament gets underway as Tien battles his former mentor turned cyborg, Mercenary Tao. Tensions run high as the former assassin attempts to take Tien down - permanently!|
|Goku takes on his most lovely opponent yet in the second match of the World Martial Arts Tournament. Know only as Anonymous, the beautiful warrior's identity is a mysterious as her fierce anger toward Goku, who must win the match in order to learn her real name.|
|138||"The Mysterious Hero"|
|The tournament continues with a double header! First up, Krillin battles Junior, King Piccolo's alter ego, and every bit as powerful. Yamcha jumps in the ring next, opposing Hero, whose meek appearance may hide a darker threat.|
|Yamcha scratches to stay in the ring as Hero reveals his true ability - and identity. Goku and Tien must fight one another in a friendly rematch to claim the last remaining spot for the semi-finals.|
|140||"Goku Gains Speed"|
|As the battle between Tien and Goku rages, Goku unloads a heavy burden, one that may shift the balance in the extraordinary showdown. All eyes turn to Tien as an embarrassing moment spurs him to make a dangerous choice.|
|141||"The Four Faces of Tien"|
|Goku has always been able to handle himself in the ring, but when his fight with Tien turns into a war against an army, he finds himself in serious jeopardy. Tien's new technique may spell the end for our hero!|
|142||"Kami vs. Piccolo"|
|Goku is eager to fight Junior, but Kami fears his inexperience will be his downfall. Hero takes on Junior in the last round of the semi-finals, where his shocking agenda is revealed.|
|143||"Battle for the Future"|
|Goku faces the ultimate test as he confronts his greatest nemesis in the final round of the tournament. This time his fight is for more than the title. The future of the free world is at stake!|
|The battle to save the planet continues as Goku tries to take down Junior in the final match of the 23rd World Martial Arts Tournament. Goku has an ultimate weapon: The Super Kamehameha Wave. However, if he uses it to destroy Junior, Kami will be sacrificed, having been trapped inside Junior's stomach.|
|145||"Junior No More"|
|Junior reveals a startling secret that shocks the tournament. Goku finds himself facing a huge dilemma, as he fights for the championship becomes the fight for survival!|
|As the exhausting battle between Goku and Junior continues, Goku avoids disaster by taking the battle within. Junior surprises all when he unveils a new threat!|
|147||"Goku Hangs On"|
|The World Martial Arts Tournament begins to fall to piece as Junior unveils a technique that not only threatens to destroy Goku, but his friends as well. Even the mighty Kami believes that there is no way for Goku to survive in this winner-take-all massacre!|
|The end of the 23rd World Martial Arts Tournament finds Goku struggling for survival as Junior gets the upper hand, poised to take the Title and his life. Kami devises a way to rescue the young hero, but his plan calls for the ultimate sacrifice!|
|149||"Dress in Flames"|
|Eager to announce their wedding plans, Goku and Chi-Chi return to her father's kingdom. The good news is short-lived when Ox-King's castle goes up in flames! Goku embarks on a quest to find a sacred tool, which can save Ox-King and his future with Chi-Chi.|
|Goku and Chi-Chi's search for the Bansho Fan leads them into the heart of a fiery volcano. Once inside, they must face a mighty creature that consumes flames: the Fire-Eater!|
|Goku's search for the Bansho Fan leads him to a treacherous mountain that has a strange curse. Chi-Chi is faced with the biggest mess of her life when she meets a mysterious old woman, while Ox-King tries to flee the raging fires that threaten to destroy his castle!|
|152||"Mystery of the Dark World"|
|After the Bansho Fan fails to put out the fire threatening the Ox-King, Goku and Chi-Chi set out to find the Magical Furnace, believed to be the last hope for extinguishing the deadly blaze. But before they can complete their quest, Goku must solve the mystery of the Dark World.|
|153||"The End, The Beginning"|
|Goku and Chi-Chi must travel to Mt. Five Elements in a last ditch effort to save her father, the Ox-King, from the deadly magical flames, which threaten to consume his kingdom. Before Goku can complete his quest, he must fan the flames of Fate and hope he does not get burned!|
Video Game Appearances
This saga was adapted in the following video games.
- Dragon Ball 3: Gokuden
- Dragon Ball Z: Super Gokuden: Kakusei-Hen
- Dragon Ball Z: Goku Hishōden
- Dragon Ball Z: Attack of the Saiyans.
- It is possible that Goku went into the Hyperbolic Time Chamber during the "prelude to the tournament" part of this saga, as in Dragon Ball Z, Goku tells his son Gohan that he visited the chamber when he was training under Kami as a child but was only able to train within the chamber briefly due to its intense gravity and extreme conditions beyond the chambers living area.
- Goku, Krillin, and Chi-Chi grow up in between this and the previous saga, so this saga is the first to have the three of them as adults.
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