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The Cell Game (セルゲームはじまる Seru Gēmu Hajimaru, lit. "The Cell Games Begin") is the thirty-third volume of the original Dragon Ball manga series. It is released in North America as Dragon Ball Z volume seventeen, with the chapter count restarting back to one. This volume shows the last part of Perfect Cell Saga and the beginning of the Cell Games Saga.


The Cell Game

Now in his Perfect Form, Cell is stronger than any creature alive—even the muscled-out new form of the mighty Saiyans. Finding no competition on Earth, Cell invades a TV studio and gives the world an ultimatum: produce a fighter who can beat him in one-on-one combat, or he will methodically slaughter every living thing! But does the human race…or even the Saiyan race…have a champion who can go up against Cell? Plus the alternate-timeline story of Trunks' origin![1]


This section, or a part of it, has been transcluded from The Room Of Spirit And Time; any changes involving it should be made there instead. / 

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 super-powerful androids. But even the androids didn't know they were only the advance guard for an even more terrifying enemy: Cell, a bioweapon who absorbed the hapless androids and mutated into the ultimate fighter!

Realizing they were no match for Cell in their current condition, the heroes trained in the Room of Spirit and Time, where one year passes for every day outside. After a "year" of time-accelerated training, Vegeta and Trunks challenge Cell![1]

Volume introduction by Akira Toriyama

The cover flap image, featuring Tori-Bot.

"As many of you can imagine, doing a weekly manga serial is very hard work. I've been doing a weekly serial for 13 years straight and it's beginning to wear me down physically and mentally. I never considered myself to be the kind of guy who had a lot of grit and willpower. So, thinking of myself and my family, I'm starting to think of ways to take it easy."[1]



Info below is retrieved from Viz Media.[1]

  • Son Goku - The greatest martial artist on Earth, he is one of the last Saiyans, an almost extinct alien race. Like Trunks and Vegeta, he can power-up by transforming into a "Super Saiyan." He has the power to teleport.
  • Bulma - Goku's oldest friend. Bulma is a scientific genius.
  • Kuririn - Goku's former martial arts schoolmate.
  • Son Gohan - Goku's young son, a half-human, half-Saiyan. Currently training with his father in the Room of Spirit and Time.
  • Androids #16 - Although he was originally created to destroy Son Goku, Android #16 seems to be a good guy.
  • Trunks - The future son of Vegeta and Bulma, he is a half-human, half Saiyan.
  • Vegeta - The prince of the Saiyans. He lost to Cell, a victim of his own overconfidence.
  • Cell - An artificial life form created by the late Dr. Gero. It absorbed Androids #17 and #18.



Chapter # Title
(DBZ 192)
"Trunks Surpasses His Father!"
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(DBZ 193)
"The Balance of Power"
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(DBZ 194)
"Cell's Idea"
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(DBZ 195)
"Message of Terror"
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(DBZ 196)
"The Emergence"
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(DBZ 197)
"The Calm Before the Storm"
(DBZ 198)
"Cell vs. the Army"
(DBZ 199)
"The New Kami-sama"
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(DBZ 200)
"The Cell Game Begins!"
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(DBZ 201)
"Heroes Assemble!"
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(DBZ 202)
"Hercule, Champion of the World"
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Special "Trunks: The Story"



  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Viz Media (October 12, 2004).

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Volume 33: The Cell Game
Trunks Surpasses His Father! · The Balance of Power · Cell's Idea · Message of Terror · The Emergence · The Calm Before the Storm · Cell vs. the Army · The New Kami-sama · The Cell Game Begins! · Heroes Assemble! · Hercule, Champion of the World · Trunks: The Story