The Training of Kame-Sen'nin (天下一武道会はじまる！！ Tenkaichi Budōkai Hajimaru!!, lit. "The Tenka'ichi Budōkai Begins!!") is the third volume of the original Dragon Ball manga series written by Akira Toriyama. It was released on June 10, 1986 in Japan and on March 2003 for the English version. It covers the beginning part of the Tournament Saga.
The Training of Kame-Sen'nin
With the Dragon Balls gone and Bulma's summer vacation over, Goku goes to the remote house of the Turtle Hermit, Kame-Sen'nin, to be trained in the martial arts. There, the girl-ogling old master promises to teach Goku everything he knows…and prepare him for the Tenka'ichi Budôkai, the great tournament to determine the Strongest Fighter in the World! But Goku's fellow student, the Shaolin monk Kuririn, isn't above cheating to be the best. Can the two of them get along as they undergo the strangest martial arts training ever?
Long, long ago, in the mountains, there lived a young boy called Son Goku. His simple life was interrupted by Bulma, a girl from the city who is search for the seven magical "Dragon Balls", which, when gathered, will grant any one wish. The pair search far and wide, and met many friends and enemies, including Oolong, Yamcha, and Pu'ar. In the end, most of our heroes went back to Bulma's house in the city, leaving only Goku, who has now sought out the questionably wise Kame-sen'nin to train him in the martial arts…
Volume introduction by Akira Toriyama
"About half a year ago, during the night, I ended up taking in a stray cat. It was a rainy night, so I took pity on it and figured that I would let it stay until the rain let up. But it was a really friendly, cute cat, so we decided make it an addition to the household. It's a completely black cat, so we called it "Koge" (char). As a result my assistant Matsuyama, who's deathly afraid of cats, is in a constant state of terror every time he comes over to work."
Info below is retrieved from Viz Media.
- Oolong - Immature, shapeshifting Oolong was originally a villain that Goku and Bulma defeated.
- Yamcha - A martial artist and bandit, Yamcha initially wanted to steal the Dragon Balls, but he went to the city to be Bulma's boyfriend instead.
- Puar - Yamcha's shapeshifting friend.
- Son Goku - Young Goku learned kung-fu and inherited the magic nyoi-bō staff from his grandfather Gohan. He once he had a monkey's tail, but he lost it under strange circumstances in Vol. 2.
- Bulma - A genius inventor, Bulma met Goku on her quest for the seven magical Dragon Balls.
- Kuririn - A young martial artist. The six dots on his forehead mean his is trained as a Shaolin monk.
- Lunch - A strange girl whom our heroes meet in this volume…
- Kame-Sen'nin (The "Turtle Hermit") - A dirty old man martial artist master who gave Goku's grandfather, Son Gohan. He is the master of the kamehameha martial arts move. He gave Goku the kinto'un, or flying cloud.
|25||"A Rival Arrives!!"|
|Character Debuts: Krillin|
|26||"Who's That Girl?"|
|Character Debuts: Launch|
|27||"Nothing to Sneeze At"|
|28||"Let the Training Begin!"|
|29||"Bad Day at Turtle Rock"|
|31||"It Only Gets Harder"|
|32||"Let the Contest Begin!!"|
|33||"Hard Work Pays!!"|
|34||"Strongest Under the Heavens!"|
|35||"The Battle is Set!!"|
|Character Debuts: World Tournament Announcer, Nam, Giran, Ranfan, Bacterian|
|36||"Match No. 1"|
- Goku vs. Fighter 69
- Krillin vs. Orin Temple Bully #1 (Fighter 94)
- Yamcha vs. Big Karate Guy (Unnumbered)
- Goku vs. Black boxer (Unnumbered)
- Krillin vs. Bruce Lee Impersonator (Unnumbered)
- Yamcha vs. Orin Temple Bully #2 (Unnumbered)
- Yamcha vs. Bald Kung Fu Guy (Unnumbered)
- Yamcha vs. Fighter 40
- Goku vs. Fighter 83
- Krillin vs. Fighter 97
- Bulma vs. Roshi (comically)
- Krillin vs. Bacterian
Differences from the anime
- The scenes in which Yamcha trained before the Tournament are not present in the manga.
- Viz Media (May 6, 2003).
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|Volumes||2 • 3 • 4 • 5|
|Episodes||14 • 15 • 16 • 17 • 18 • 19 • 20 • 21 • 22 • 23 • 24 • 25 • 26 • 27 • 28|