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Wish Upon A Dragon (ドラゴンボールいっぱつ Doragon Bōru Kiki Ippatsu, lit. "A Critical Moment for the Dragon Balls") is the second volume of the original Dragon Ball manga series by Akira Toriyama. It was released on January 10, 1986 in Japan and on March, 2003 for the English version. It covers thirteen chapters; the second half of the Emperor Pilaf Saga and the very beginning of the Tournament Saga.


Wish Upon A Dragon

With the (reluctant) help of the shapeshifting pig Oolong, Goku and Bulma have found almost all the Dragon Balls they need to get their wish! To get the sixth Dragon Ball, the fearsome Ox King sends Goku on a mission: to find Kame-Sen'nin, the Turtle Hermit, whose mighty powers can put out the raging fires of Fry-Pan Mountain! But the sleazy old martial artist might just make it more trouble than it's worth! Then, with the bandits Yamcha and Pu'ar on their trail, our heroes continue their quest for the seventh and final Dragon Ball. But can they get it from little Emperor Pilaf, who wants to use his wish to rule the world?!![1]


Deep in the mountains lives an innocent boy called Son Goku, until he was found by Bulma, a girl from the city who was searching for the seven Dragon Balls. According to the legend, when all the Dragon Balls are brought together, Shen Long — the eternal dragon — will appear an grant one wish. When Bulma saw how strong Goku was, she she convinced him to join her on the adventure. Now, they have gathered five of the seven Balls, and along the way, they have met many strange people and things…[1]

Volume introduction by Akira Toriyama

Toriyama illustrating how happy he is.

"Happy New Year! I made my debut on my 23rd New Year, and now , as I write this, I'm facing my 30th. I guess I've "made it" as a manga artist. This is a tough business—if you've got work to do then you are so busy that there is no time to sleep. If you don't work, then you don't have anything to do "but" sleep. I don't like to be too busy, but I also don't like to be in a bind, so I try to keep working hard."[1]



Info below is retrieved from Viz Media.[1]

  • Oolong - Immature, shapeshifting Oolong change into anything, but only for five minutes at a time. He used to be a villain, but now he has (against his will) joined our heroes.
  • Yamcha - A martial artist and bandit, Yamcha intends to steal the Dragon Balls from our heroes. His one weakness is that he's scared of girls.
  • Puar - Yamcha's shapeshifting friend.
  • Son Goku - Monkey-tailed young Goku learned kung-fu and inherited the nyoi-bō staff from his grandfather Gohan. Bulma is the first girl he ever saw.
  • Bulma - A genius inventor, Bulba created the Dragon Radar which detects the location of the Dragon Balls.
  • Kame-Sen'nin (The "Turtle Hermit") - A mystical dirty old man who gave Goku the kinto'un, or flying cloud, and gave Bulma the third Dragon Ball, in return for helping his turtle friend.
  • Gyû-Maô - The fearsome lord of Fry-Pan Mountain, Gyû-Maô, aka "Ox King", has been known to deal harshly with trespassers.
  • Chi-Chi - A strange girl who Yamcha and Pu'ar ran into. She has a tendency to overreact.



Chapter # Title
12 "In Search of Kame-Sen'nin"
In Search of Kame Sennin.jpg
13 "Fanning the Flame"
14 "Kame Kame Kame Kame Kame Chameleon"
15 "At Sixes and Sevens"
At Sixes and Sevens.jpg
16 "One Goal, One Enemy"
One Goal One Enemy.jpg
17 "Carrot Top"
Carrot Top.jpg
Character Debuts: Monster Carrot
18 "Who's Got My Balls?!"
Character Debuts: Mai, Shu and Emperor Pilaf
19 "At Last... the Dragon!"
20 "Just One Wish!!"
Just One Wish.jpg
21 "Full Moon"
Full Moon.jpg
22 "The End of the Tale"
The End of the Tale.jpg
23 "Separate Ways"
Separate Ways.jpg
24 "The High Price of Education"
The High Price of Education.jpg


  • Chi-Chi vs. Master Roshi
  • Goku vs. Rabbit Mob
  • Goku, Yamcha & Puar vs. Monster Carrot
  • Goku (Great Ape) vs. Emperor Pilaf, Shu & Mai
  • Yamcha, Oolong, & Puar vs. Goku (Great Ape)

Differences from the anime

  • In the anime, Emperor Pilaf messes around with Goku and the others using a giant pinball just after taking Goku's Four-Star Ball, but that scene was not present in the manga.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Viz Media (May 6, 2003).

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