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"The Name of the Game is Namu" (孫悟空対ナム Son Gokū Tai Namu, lit. "Son Goku vs Namu") is the forty-fourth chapter of the Dragon Ball manga.


The cover depicts Goku and Nam engaging in combat. The cover is in color, and features an orange-red-blue color palette.


Goku and Nam face off

The chapter opens with Goku and Nam's battle beginning. Goku attempts to use the same move Jackie Chun used against Krillin, but Nam evades and almost kicks Goku, but the boy dodges just in the nick of time. After the two throw kick after kick and punch after punch, Goku manages to land a hit on his opponent, which sends him flying towards the gate. However, Nam propels himself off the gate and chops at Goku's neck, causing him to fall to the ground. As Nam is about to push the boy out of the arena, Goku uses his tail to trip Nam, allowing Goku enough time to get up.

Nam performs the Cross Arm Dive

Debating on how to fight against Nam, Goku tries a new move where he spins at a speed too fast for Nam to attack. Nam soon realizes Goku's trying to push him off the side of the arena. Just as Nam gives up hope, Goku falls over in dizziness, no longer able to spin. Nam almost falls over the edge, but he barely hangs on, which allows him to jump into the air and attempt the Cross Arm Dive, a powerful attack. As he closes in on Goku, the announcer yells for Goku to wake up. This is where the chapter ends.






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  • The original title cover of this chapter as shown in the Weekly Shōnen Jump issue was used for the cover of Volume 4 of the Dragon Ball manga in the Tankōbon release with the addition of the following chapter's title cover taking its place. On the other hand, for both the kanzenban and Full Color release, the original title cover illustration was replaced by the cover illustration from Weekly Shōnen Jump 1985 #42.


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