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"Strongest in the Heavens!" (てんいちどうかい Tenka’ichi Budōkai, lit. "The Tenka'ichi Budōkai") is the two hundred thirty second chapter of Dragon Ball Z and the four hundred twenty-sixth overall chapter of the Dragon Ball manga.


The cover depicts Gohan in a combat stance while in his Super Saiyan form.


At Capsule Corporation, Gohan tells Bulma about how he's being blackmailed into entering the World Martial Arts Tournament by Videl, who saw through his Great Saiyaman disguise. Bulma offers to fix his helmet so it alters his voice, but Gohan points out that he can't wear helmets or armor in the tournament and asks if there was something that could replace the helmet. Bulma comes up with a workaround, replacing the helmet with a bandanna and sunglasses, which unfortunately do little to reduce just how ridiculous the costume is.

When Bulma points out that Gohan would have no competition when he enters the Tournament, Vegeta enters, deciding to compete as well, wanting to see if he's surpassed Gohan by continuing to train while Gohan "frolicked in peace." Trunks is excited by the thought of Gohan and his dad fighting one another, but then an unexpected voice chimes in, saying that he wants to compete too.

It's Goku, talking through King Kai from the Other World. Goku reveals that he gets one day to visit the living realm, and he decides to make it the day of the Tournament, so he can compete as well. With the Tournament now getting even more interesting, Gohan flies off to tell the others about the Tournament and Goku's return.

His first stop is the Kame House, where we see Krillin (now with hair since he stopped shaving his head), Android 18, and their daughter Marron. When Gohan reveals that the top 5 places win prize money, Android 18 quickly badgers Krillin into entering. Next, Gohan heads for The Lookout, where he tells Piccolo, Dende, and Mr. Popo about the upcoming tournament. Piccolo agrees to enter, but Dende refuses, since he's a healer, not a warrior.

Gohan doesn't know where Tien Shinhan is, and Bulma would tell Yamcha, so that covers everyone Gohan knows. Gohan then begins to wonder how Chi-Chi would take the news that Goku was coming back, and if she'd even allow him to compete. As it turns out, once he mentions the prize money, Chi-Chi immediately gives him permission both to compete and to take time off from school to train for it.

The next day, Gohan's ready to get back to training, with the help of his brother, Goten.





  • This is Marron's first appearance in the manga.
  • Gohan breaks the fourth wall again by telling the audience about how Krillin stopped shaving his head.

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