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Return To The Tournament (だい22かいてんいちどうかい Dai-Nijūnikai Tenkaichi Budōkai, lit. "The Twenty-Second Tenka'chi Budōkai") is the tenth volume of the original Dragon Ball manga series written by Akira Toriyama. It was released on November 10, 1987 in Japan, and in May 2003 for the English version. It finishes the Fortuneteller Baba Saga and begins the Tien Shinhan Saga.


Return To The Tournament

Goku needs just one more Dragon Ball to wish Upa's father back to life…but the Ball is in the hands of an old enemy! Then, Goku and his friends part ways, promising to meet again in three years at the Tenka'ichi Budôkai, the "Strongest-Under-the-Heavens" Martial Arts Tournament. But this time the competition is stronger than ever: Tenshinhan and Chaozu, the deadly disciples of Tsuru-Sen'nin, the Crane Hermit! Will Kame-Sen'nin's turtle-style kung fu beat crane style? Or will their strange new opponents be triumphant?[1]


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 adventures with Bulma, Goku decided he wanted to get stronger, and so he trained under Kame-Sen'nin, the great martial artist. With his new strength he defeated the evil Red Ribbon Army, who has killed many people, including Upa's father Bora. Goku swore to Upa that he would gather the Dragon Balls to wish his father back to life. With the help of the All-Seeing Crone, Goku found the last missing Dragon Ball…in the hands of his old enemy Pilaf![1]

Volume introduction by Akira Toriyama[]


Toriyama illustrating himself with a mask on.

"I don't think there is anything good about being near-sighted. When you go to the the pool or the beach, you can't see any of the girls in their bikinis! Darn it! Quickly, I'll put on my glasses, but it'll turn out that the girl is actually an old lady! Then I'll take my glasses off as quickly as I can. Once, I went to a mixed-bathing hot spring but I couldn't see anything because I wasn't wearing my glasses. It made my want to cry. Darn this near-sightedness! Everyone please take care of your eyes."[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.
  • 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. Pu'ar is his shapeshifting friend.
  • 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.
  • Puar - Yamcha's shapeshifting friend.
  • Upa and Bora - A father and son who lived in the area around Karin Tower. When Bora was killed Taopaipai, an assassin working for the Red Ribbon Army, Goku vowed to gather the Dragon Balls and wish him back to life.
  • The All-Seeing Crone - Also known as "Babe Uranai" or "Fortuneteller Baba," this old witch can see the future and locate anything, but her services don't come cheap.
  • 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"). He taught Goku the kamehameha attack. In disguise as "Jackie Chun," he narrowly defeated Goku at the "Strongest-Under-the-Heavens" martial arts tournament.
  • Tsuru-Sen'nin (The "Crane Hermit"), Tenshinhan and Chaozu - The rival of Kame-Sen'nin, Tsuru-Sen'nin is a mighty martial artist himself. Tenshinhan and Chaozu are his pupils.
    • Pilaf and Co. - A little emperor who wants to get the Dragon Balls so he can wish to rule the world.



Chapter # Title
109 "A Second Helping of Pilaf"
A Second Helping of Pilaf
  • Original Title: ピラフ一いちみさいちょうせん Pirafu Ichimi no Sai-Chōsen, lit. "The Pilaf Gang's Second Attempt"
110 "The Pilaf Machine"
The Pilaf Machine
  • Original Title: ピラフのだいさくせん Pirafu no Dai-Sakusen, lit. "Pilaf's Great Strategy"
111 "Reenter the Dragon"
Reenter the Dragon
  • Original Title: シェンロンふたたび! Shenron Futatabi!!, lit. "Once Again, Shenlong!!"
112 "Go, Goku, Go!"
Go, Goku, Go
  • Original Title: けろ!そんくう Kakero! Son Gokū; lit. "Run, Son Goku!"
113 "Return to the Tournament"
Return to the Tournament
  • Original Title: だい22かいてんいちどうかい Dai-Nijūnikai Tenkaichi Budōkai, lit. "The Twenty-Second Tenka'ichi Budōkai"
114 "The Qualifying Rounds"
The Qualifying Rounds
  • Original Title: せんサバイバル Yosen Sabaibaru, lit. "Surviving the Preliminaries"
115 "King Chappa"
King Chappa
  • Original Title: せんサバイバルその2 Yosen Sabaibaru Sono Ni; lit. "Surviving the Preliminaries, Part Two"
116 "The Doctored Lottery"
The Doctored Lottery
  • Original Title: つくられたたいせんひょう Tsukurareta Taisenhyō, lit. "Manufactured Matchups"
117 "Yamcha's Kamehameha!"
Yamcha's Kamehameha
  • Original Title: ヤムチャのかめはめ Yamucha no Kamehameha, lit. "Yamcha's Kamehameha"
118 "The Cruelty of Tenshinhan"
The Cruelty of Tenshinhan
  • Original Title: ヤムチャやぶれる!! Yamucha Yabureru!!, lit. "Yamcha Broken!!"
119 "The Full Moon Grudge"
The Full Moon Grudge
  • Original Title: まんげつうらMangetsu no Urami, lit. "A Full Moon Grudge"
120 "Look Out! The Dodon Blast!"
Look Out The Dodon Blast
  • Original Title: なんとどどん Nanto Dodonpa, lit. "An Unexpected Dodonpa"


  • Goku vs. King Chappa
  • Yamcha vs. Tien Shinhan
  • Jackie Chun vs. Man-Wolf
  • Krillin vs. Chiaotzu


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

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