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Strongest Under The Heavens (だいけっしょうせん Daikesshōsen, lit. "The Grand Finals") is the fourth volume of the original Dragon Ball manga series written by Akira Toriyama. It was released on October 9, 1986 in Japan, and March, 2003 for the English version. It covers the middle part of the Tournament Saga.


Strongest Under The Heavens

Goku has made it to the Tenka'ichi Budôkai, the world's #1 martial arts tournament… but even the training of the martial arts master Kame-Sen'nin hasn't prepared him for this! Only seven finalists remain. Will the champion be Goku? His fellow student Kuririn? Yamcha, master of the "Fist of the Wolf Fang"? Fighting woman Ran Fuan? Giran, a rubbery monster who's part dinosaur? Namu, an Indian mystic? Or Jackie Chun, the mysterious old man who may be the toughest fighter of all? There can be only one winner in the wildest, craziest battle ever![1]


This section, or a part of it, has been transcluded from The Training of Kame-Sen'nin; any changes involving it should be made there instead. / 

Long, long ago, in the mountains, there lived a young boy called Son Goku. His simple life was interrupted by Bulma, a girl from the city who is search for the seven magical "Dragon Balls." After many dangerous adventures with Bulma, Goku decided he really wanted to be stronger, so he went to the great martial artist Kame-Sen'nin to be trained. Now, after 8 months of tough training, Goku and his fellow student Kuririn have entered the "Strongest Under the Heavens" fighting tournament…but what a tournament! And what fighters![1]

Volume introduction by Akira Toriyama[]


Toriyama illustrating himself on his bike.

"I've recently been slacking off on my exercise routine, getting lazy and using the car or motorbike to run short errands. As a result, I now have a sizable gut. I thought to myself, "This'll be bad if it goes on any longer!", so I made the decision that I'd at least "try" to get into shape by riding my bike. That was the theory, anyway. In practice, I always ended up looking at women walking along the way and riding slower than dirt. You couldn't really call it "exercise"…"[1]



Info below is retrieved from Viz Media.[1]

  • Oolong - Immature, shapeshifting Oolong was originally a villain that Goku and Bulma defeated.
  • Son Goku - 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 magical cloud. He once he had a monkey's tail, but he lost it under strange circumstances in Vol. 2.
  • 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.
  • Puar - Yamcha's shapeshifting friend.
  • Bulma - A genius inventor, Bulma met Goku on her quest for the seven magical Dragon Balls.
  • Kuririn - A sometimes trustworthy young fighter. Like Goku, he has become super-strong from Kame-Sen'nin's difficult training.
  • Kame-Sen'nin (The "Turtle Hermit") - A tricky old man martial artist master (also known as the muten-rôshi, or "Invincible Old Master") who trained Goku's grandfather, Son Gohan, and has now trained Goku and Kuririn. Is there any martial arts move he doesn't know?



Chapter # Title
37 "Match No. 2"
Match No. 2
Krillin has won the first match of the 21st World Martial arts tournament, as the second match is to commence, Yamcha vs Jackie Chun. Krillin is still under suspicion that Jackie is Master Roshi but Goku is unsure given his scent. The fight commences with Yamcha throwing a kick at Jackie Chun, a punch only to dodge effortlessly. With that Yamcha uses his signature move Wolf Fang Fist, charging at Jackie only for him to dodge and counter with a flip appearing in front of Yamcha before knocking the young fighter out of the ring with a single strike.
38 "Water and Cheesecake"
Water and Cheesecake
Match 3 is about to begin, Namu vs Ranfan, Yamcha leaving his match in good spirit but under the growing suspicion that Jackie is someone he’s met before. Before the match begins Jackie uses telekinesis to see into Namu’s mind and sees that Namu has come to win the tournament to win the prize money so he can use it to buy water for his dried-up village. The match begins with Namu being unwilling to hurt Ranfan due to her being a girl, and her playing innocent leaving him open to her attacks. When he decides to fight her as a man she strips down to her underwear further embarrassing and pushing him to the edge of the ring. But before she can land the finishing blow Namu decides to close his eyes and proceeds to jump over her and knock her out with a single strike, winning the fight.
39 "Monster Smash"
Monster Smash
With match 4 ready to commence its competitor the gargantuan dragon beast Giran enters but Goku is nowhere to be found. Luckily found by his friends sleeping his thrown in before he can be eliminated. The match commences but Giran isn’t one to play fair tricking Goku with his hand before walking him into the wall. Goku is still standing through and proceeds to attack Giran with numerous attacks before throwing him out of the ring with his tail. However, Giran is not out yet given his wings, and is still in the game. Goku decides to instead make Giren give up but before he can Giran spits out a blue paste from his mouth called the Loopty-loop gum trapping Goku and allowing Giran to tose Goku out of the ring.
40 "The Tail of Goku"
The Tail of Goku
Before Goku can hit the ground, Goku calls his flying Nimbus which he flies back to the ring. Naturally, Giran calls him out for cheating, but the announcer lets him stay in the game on the condition he never uses the cloud for the rest of the tournament. With that, the match resumes with Giran trying to punch him out of the ring like last time, and while it seems he succeeds he realizes that Goku is dangling from his arm with his own tail which after 8 months has grown back. With his newfound tail strength breaks free from Girans gum and uses his tail as repulsion shattering the wall in front of him with a single kick. This feat convinces Giran to give up.
41 "Kuririn vs. Jackie Chun"
Kuririn vs. Jackie Chun
Goku is declared the winner of match 4 and with that, the semi-finals are to commence, Krillin vs Jackie Chun. Before the match begins the announcer questions Goku as part of the show including his age and his tail leading to some hilarious hijinks along with being trained by Master Roshi. As this is going on Yamcha continues to question Jackie’s identity. Jackie enters the stage leading to a hilarious singing bout from the man which Goku joins. The match commences with Krillin rushing at Jackie with multiple high-speed attacks which he dodges and blocks with his hands. Impressed that Krillin got him to use his hands Jackie retaliates with a quick punch to Krillin’s face knocking him into the wall and causing him to bleed from the nose.
42 "The Big Fight"
The Big Fight
Krillin shaken from the sudden attack is not willing to give up yet the two fighters charge before landing in a striking pose, the two hold that poses before Krillin falls over. Luckily Krillin stands up before the announcer can count to 10, but the announcer is confused about what happened so Krillin and Jackie go on a lengthy explanation before resuming their fight. Krillin he can’t play fairly to win so he decides to do the opposite throwing a pair of Bulma’s underwear distracting Jackie and allowing Krillin to knock him into the air out of bounds.
43 "The Mysterious Jackie Chun"
The Mysterious Jackie Chun
Krillins victory is at hands but before Jackie can hit the ground he uses his ace in the hole the Kamehameha to push himself back into the ring much to the shock and wow of everyone. Krillin out of options decides to go all out rushing at his opponent only for Jackie to jump and Krillin to smash headfirst into the wall shattering it. He then tries again only for Jackie to disappear in front of him and the real Jackie to appear behind him and knock him out with a strick to the neck. Jackie Chun wins the fifth match, but suspicions arise as Yamcha tries to prove he’s Roshi but is unable to do so, and Goku can’t tell because Jackie is blocking his scent. With that match 6 starts.
44 "The Name of the Game is Namu"
The Name of the Game is Namu
Match 6 begins, Goku vs Namu, Namu is unwilling to lose given his cause as Goku attacks using an after image technique only for Namu to dodge an attack from the real Goku as he jumps high in the air and attempts to stamp down on him only for Goku to dodge. The two then attack with numerous attacks at each other before Namu bounces off a wall and strikes Goku in the neck hurting him. Goku then tries his own move spinning at incredible speed and nearly pushing Namu out of the ring before Goku gives out from dizziness. Namu using this opportunity jumps high in the air and aims to strike him to knock him out.
45 "Taking the Air"
Namu strikes Goku hard in the neck, this seemingly knocks the young fighter out but before the announcer can count to 10 Goku gets up, hurt but still in it. Namu desperately tries again jumping into the air but Goku follows with the same move both opponents high up before plummeting down. Goku is further down as Namu prepares to strike but before he can Goku steps out of the way in time and precedes to kick Namu out of the ring before he can land, winning the 6th match.
46 "The Final Match"
The Final Match
Despite having lost Namu takes his win well but is forced to go to his village alone with no water. Before he can Jackie gives him a goodbye present in the form of a capsule that he can use to transport water to his village, as in the city water is free. When asked how he knows about his plight Jackie reveals his identity to Namu revealing he put on this stunt to beat Krillin and Goku so there urged to continue fighting and grow stronger, and not grow lazy due to the fame of winning. As thanks for the capsule Namu agrees to pretend to be Roshi in the crowd convincing Yamcha that Jackie isn’t Roshi. With that issue settled the final match Begins, Goku vs Jackie Chun.
47 "The Kamehameha"
The Kamehameha
Jackie charges at Goku, Goku dodging his attacks by jumping in the air but before he can land Jackie knocks Goku out of bounds with a kick. With the match seemingly over, much to everyone’s shock Goku using his tail as a propellor flies back into the ring. Not pleased with this Jackie fires the Kamehameha, as Goku does the same both colliding and causing an explosion blowing both back to the edge of the stage. Realizing that Goku is better than he thought Jackie decides to change his plans.
48 "One Lucky Monkey"
One Lucky Monkey
Jackie proceeds with his next attack using the after image technique to knock Goku into the wall. However, thanks to the announcer being late to counting Goku gets up and attacks with a triple after image bonking Jackie on the head. Not out yet Jackie precedes to act droopy and drunk to attack unpredictably in what he calls the Drunken Fist, allowing him to attack Goku multiple times. The match seems to be in Jackie’s favor but before he can Goku turns feral and charges at Goku like a wild dog, catching Jackie off guard only for Goku to flip over him and kick Jackie into the wall, in what Goku calls the Mad dog technique.


  • Yamcha vs. Master Roshi (Jackie Chun)
  • Nam vs. Ranfan
  • Giran vs. Orin Temple bullies
  • Giran vs. Yamcha
  • Goku vs. Giran
  • Krillin vs. Master Roshi (Jackie Chun)
  • Goku vs. Nam
  • Goku vs. Master Roshi (Jackie Chun)

Edits or changes in the US release[]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Viz Media (May 6, 2003).

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