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"The Biggest Crisis" (そんくうさいだい!! Son Gokū Saidai no Kiki!!, lit. "Son Goku's Greatest Crisis") is the twentieth episode of the King Piccolo Saga and the one hundred twenty-first episode in the Dragon Ball series. This episode first aired in Japan on August 3, 1988. Its original American airdate was October 2, 2003.



Goku fighting King Piccolo

Thought to be defeated, Goku bursts from the ground and fires a Kamehameha at King Piccolo but after he puts his guard up, Goku guides the wave around and hits him in the back with a Bending Kamehameha. Goku and Piccolo engage in an intense hand to hand confrontation and all the while Yamcha, Bulma and Launch continue to make their way to Central City by Airplane.


Goku faces King Piccolo as he powers up his attack

Goku continues to devastate King Piccolo, with many powerful blows. News of the fight reaches everywhere including those left behind at Kame House as well as Suno and Android 8 at a local hospital. King Piccolo disables Goku's right leg with an energy blast, but Goku merely uses the Power Pole as a crutch to counter and hit him square in the chin. King Piccolo fires deadly beams until Goku loses his Power Pole and hits him with an Explosive Demon Wave, that destroys the entire kingdom and all of Central City. King Furry is able to evade death however by boarding a plane and escaping the explosion. Piccolo begins to gloat over his victory but Tien Shinhan was able to save Goku from certain death by taking him up into the air and out of range, using the last of his energy to do so. Goku prevents King Piccolo from conjuring another explosive wave, but King Piccolo manages to hit Goku and create a huge crater. Goku gets out with his Nimbus Cloud.

Major Events[]

  • King Piccolo destroys Central City.


  • Goku vs. King Piccolo





Differences from the Manga[]

  • Piccolo and his kind have five fingers in the anime but only four in the manga.
  • The scene of Yamcha, Bulma, and Launch on the airplane heading toward Central City where Launch offers Bulma a banana is exclusive to the anime.
  • Additional scenes of those at Kame House and the hospital hearing about the news broadcast of someone fighting King Piccolo is only in the anime. Oolong was originally sent to retrieve Master Roshi and Chiaotzu's bodies from where they died, but this was removed in the anime due to the group finding out about their passing earlier than in the manga.
  • In the anime, King Piccolo throws a brick at Goku and after he blocks is does Piccolo fire the blast at his leg to injure him. In the manga, he doesn't throw a brick.
  • Android #8 protecting Suno from the explosion is exclusive to the anime. In the manga, Suno only appeared during King Piccolo's announcing of Piccolo Day whereas Eighter did not appear in the latter version of the story at all.


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