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"The Pilaf Machine" (ピラフの大作戦 Pirafu no Dai-Sakusen, lit. "Pilaf's Great Strategy") is the one hundred tenth chapter of the Dragon Ball manga.


The cover of this chapter shows Master Roshi, Yamcha, Krillin, Goku, Puar, Bulma and Oolong all running forward. This cover art is also featured in Daizenshuu 1.


The Pilaf Machine is formed

The Pilaf Machines are combined

Emperor Pilaf decides to cut right to their plan of defeating Goku by using the weakness of his tail against him, unaware that Grandpa Gohan had ripped it off. As the three position themselves, Shu points out that he cannot see Goku's tail, speculating it may be hidden under his clothes. Pilaf calls a time-out and huddles with Shu and Mai, determining a back-up plan.

Goku fires a kamehameha at the Pilaf Machine

Goku fires a Kamehameha at the Fused Pilaf Machine

As they corner him again, Goku remains confident. Pilaf temporarily distracts Goku, allowing Mai to grab him. Shu shoots fire at Goku's rear end, which they hope will expose his tail as they have burned his pants off. Pilaf reaches to grab Goku's tail, realizing that Goku no longer has a tail, just as the half-naked Goku breaks free.

Goku destroys the Pilaf Machine and retrieves the Dragon Ball

Goku destroys the Pilaf Machine and retrieves the Dragon Ball

Pilaf asks Goku what happened to his tail, to which Goku responds that it got ripped off. They decide to take Goku on and hope they can win by sheer strength alone. They merge their Pilaf Machines into one large combat machine, with Pilaf's machine as the head, Mai's machine as the torso, and Shu's machine as the legs. Goku fires a Kamehameha at them, destroying the merged Pilaf Machine's left arm, much to the horror of Pilaf and cronies. The Kamehameha blast greatly damaged Mai's machine, rendering it useless. Pilaf and Shu detach their machine's from Mai's and merge the two alone, with Mai leaping out of her machine and hopping on the new fused machine.

Goku charges towards them, and Shu fires a missile at Goku. Goku then grabs the missile and throws it back at them, destroying the remaining Pilaf machines. Pilaf turns over the Dragon Ball to Goku, and when Goku demands some clothes, Shu gives Goku his clothes.






  • In the Japanese Kanzenban edition, Shu's name has been switched back to Soba.

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Volume 10: Return To The Tournament
A Second Helping of Pilaf · The Pilaf Machine · Reenter the Dragon · Go, Goku, Go! · Return to the Tournament · The Qualifying Rounds · King Chappa · The Doctored Lottery · Yamcha's Kamehameha! · The Cruelty of Tenshinhan · The Full Moon Grudge · Look Out! The Dodon Blast!
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