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Rise of the Machines (じゃあくかん Jāku na Yokan, lit. "Evil Premonition") is the 30th volume of the original Dragon Ball manga series. It was released on June 15, 1992 in Japan, and on December 31, 2003 for the English version. It is released in North America as Dragon Ball Z volume fourteen, with the chapter count restarting back to one. It concludes the Androids Saga and marks the beginning of the Imperfect Cell Saga.


Rise of the Machines

Our heroes' worst fears have come true: androids #17 and #18, who in time traveler Trunks's future have already destroyed the world, have been activated! And along with them is #16, an android even Trunks doesn't know! With Goku almost dead from a virus, only Super Saiyan Vegeta has a chance against them—unless Piccolo's plan to merge with his ancient enemy Kami-sama will make him the new strongest being on Earth! But something even worse than androids has come back from the future…[1]


Son Goku was Earth's greatest hero, and the Dragon Balls—which can grant any wish—were Earth's greatest treasure. Three years ago, Earth was visited by Trunks, a time traveler from the future. Trunks warned Earth's martial artists that the world would soon be attacked by terrifying androids—and Goku would develop a deadly virus! With Goku sick, the other heroes were forced to fight androids #19 and #20 by themselves. They were winning, until Trunks returned from the future and told them that "these weren't the same androids he warned them about!" Now, the mad Dr. Gero has awakened #17 and #18 , the "real" deadly android from Trunks' future…[1]

Volume introduction by Akira Toriyama

The cover flap image

"Ah, we're finally at the 30th volume! Son Goku, who used to be a little kid, is now a father! The main reason I've been able to keep drawing this manga for so long is due to the support of all you readers. Thank you very much! Thank you so, so much! I'm also amazed with myself because I usually get bored with things very quickly, so it's pretty unusual that I've been able to do the same manga for over seven years."[1]



Info below is retrieved from Viz Media.[1]

  • Son Goku - The greatest martial artist on Earth, he owes his strength to the training of Kame-Sen'nin and Kaiô-sama, and the fact that he's an alien Saiyan. To get even stronger, he has trained under 100 time Earth's gravity.
  • Dr. Gero - The mad scientist who built the androids to kill Goku. He even turned himself into a cyborg, and refers to himself as android #20.
  • Bulma - Goku's oldest friend. Bulma is a scientific genius. She met Goku while on a quest for the seven magical Dragon Balls, which, when gathered together, can grant any wish.
  • Kuririn - Goku's former martial arts schoolmate.
  • Son Gohan - Goku's four year-old son, a half-human, half-Saiyan with hidden reserves of strength. He was trained by Goku's former enemy Piccolo.
  • Vegeta - The evil prince of the Saiyans, a powerful (but now almost extinct) alien race. He yearns to defeat Goku with his own hands.
  • Piccolo - Goku's former arch-enemy. Piccolo is an alien from planet Namek—and the dark-half of Kami-sama, the deity who created Earth's Dragon Balls.
  • Trunks - The future son of Vegeta and Bulma, he is a half-human, half Saiyan—and the second person, after Goku, able to become an all-power "Super Saiyan". In our heroes' current timeline, he's just a little baby.
  • Androids #16, #17 and #18 - Incredibly strong android—or are they cyborgs?—created by Dr. Gero.



Chapter # Title
(DBZ 156)
"#17, #18...#16?"
(DBZ 157)
"The Androids Walk Among Us"
(DBZ 158)
"Vegeta vs. Android #18"
(DBZ 159)
"Vegeta vs. Android #18, Round Two"
(DBZ 160)
"The Androids at Ease"
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(DBZ 161)
"Retreat and Regroup"
(DBZ 162)
"Kami's Conditions"
(DBZ 163)
"A Discovery"
(DBZ 164)
"The Time Machine"
(DBZ 165)
"Kami-sama's Vision"
(DBZ 166)
"Kami-sama and the Demon King Become One"
(DBZ 167)



  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Viz Media (February 3, 2004).

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