|| Dragon Ball volume 10 summary and personae list.
Tenshinhan: 3-eyed student of Tsurusennin. Tall, muscular, very strong
fast, and nasty. In the TV series, he is shown, with Chao-zu, to be
a thief and fraud (he brings a certain monster into town, the
monster causes damage, and Tenshinhan then gets paid money for
chasing the monster away.)
Tsurusennin: Crane Master, and Kamesennin's arch-rival. Rather Chinese-
looking, with a crane's head hat. Very vicious, and intent on
getting his students to win the 22nd Tenkaichi-Budoukai. Is also
the older brother of a certain assassin.
Chao-zu: White-faced dwarf, and one of the few fighters who are shorter
than Kuririn. Uses the Dodon attack, and has ESP powers that
allow him to fly, freeze opponents in place, and manipulate
Shuu: Pilaf's dog-bodyguard. Dressed up like a ninja, but has no
real special skills. First given a name in volume 10.
Mei: Pilaf's female bodyguard. Very loyal, and attractive, but not
really brave, lucky, or sexually experienced. (Blushed easily
when Pilaf threatened to torture Buruma by making kissing
sounds at her.)
Kamesennin originally said that it had taken him 50 years to master
Kamehame-ha, but Gokuu picked it up right after seeing it used. There
are 4 people in the world who are known to be able to use this attack --
Kamesennin, Jackie Chun, Son Gohan, and Gokuu. However, 4-5 years after
meeting Kamesennin, two others have also picked it up, as does one more
at the Tenkaichi-Budoukai.
Gokuu calls for Kintoen, but the rest of the group is worried about
attacking the car that Baba says has the last Dragon Ball. Buruma still
can't find the Ball with the Radar. Upa is given the other Balls, and
Gokuu rushes off. In the car, Pilaf is gloating about knowing Gokuu's
weakness -- if you hold his tail, he loses his strength. Shuu asks what
Pilaf will do as ruler of the world, and he stutters out that it's a
secret (actually, he hasn't thought his plan that far out, yet.)
Sighting the car, Gokuu lands on the roof, and asks for the Ball. Both
sides recognize each other (Pilaf wants to know how Gokuu's Radar picked
up the Ball's presence within it's Radar-proof box,) and they face each
other to fight. (Pilaf wants to get Gokuu in a position to grab his
tail. Gokuu wants to know how Pilaf knows that he has the other six
Pilaf's group uses capsules to give themselves giant mecha, and Gokuu
tries to figure out what happened. Pilaf brags of the power of his
mecha, but Gokuu isn't impressed. So, to demonstrate, Pilaf tells Mei
to attack the boy. While Mei argues about her being the one to
volunteer, Gokuu kicks Pilaf's mecha into a rock outcropping. (Notice
that on the next page, Pilaf's mecha has moved out away from the rocks
for some unexplained reason.) Mei and Shuu ask if he's ok, and Pilaf
asks if Gokuu is really human. Gokuu complains that he thought that
these mecha were strong. Pilaf swears and orders his people to encircle
the boy. He counts down for his attack, but Shuu yells out that he
can't find the boy's tail. Telling Gokuu to not move, they confer, and
try again. Pilaf points and yells "AH!" Gokuu looks, and Mei grabs
him. Shuu burns off Gokuu's pants, and Pilaf leaps in to grab the tail.
Which is missing. Mei yells at Pilaf to hurry, but the boy breaks free
and complains about his clothes being damaged. They ask what happened
to his tail, and Gokuu says it had been pulled off. Because they have
to keep fighting, the three combine their mecha into one big robot.
While Pilaf is laughing insanely, Gokuu starts his Kamehame-ha (which
Pilaf doesn't recognize. Note, since Pilaf had been watching the fight
between Gokuu and Gohan, he should have seen both people using
Kamehame-ha during the combat.) The blast damages mecha #2, so Mei is
ordered to escape, and the robot reconfigures for "running away" mode.
As Gokuu chases them, Mei and Shuu scream for Pilaf to fire their
missile (cute missile.) But, Gokuu catches it, and throws it back at
the retreating mecha. The boy asks for the Ball, and Pilaf hands it
over. Then he requests Shuu for a new set of clothes.
Gokuu returns with the Ball (Kuririn asks about the funny outfit, but
Gokuu just laughs in reply,) and Gokuu tells Upa to climb onto Kintoen.
People say goodbye to Upa, he thanks them, and the two fly off. The
rest of the group comment on having, or not having, seen Shenlon (the
Dragon King) before, and Baba says that she has a premonition that Gokuu
will go on to do something great (I can't find the critical kanji
in my dictionary.)
Gokuu and Upa get to Karin Tower and set up the Balls, then Gokuu
calls out for Shenlon. The Dragon God appears, (this is the first time
Gokuu's seen him, and Gokuu is impressed.) Our hero tells Upa to make
his wish -- "Give my dead father life." Gokuu asks if this is possible,
and Shenlon says yes. Bora is confused after standing from his grave,
but in good shape. Upa tells him what happened, Shenlon says "farewell"
and disappears. As the Balls fly in opposite directions, Gokuu leaps to
grab #4. Upa wants to see it, but it doesn't look like much (had taken
Gokuu a year to find, though.) Bora thanks Gokuu, and the boy is just
happy that the Indian is alive. They chat a bit (about Gokuu's having
climbed the Tower,) then it is time for him to leave.
Gokuu arrives back at Baba's estate, and everyone is happy that Upa's
father is alive again. However, when Gokuu has to take a leak, they
question Baba's premonition. Buruma asks if Gokuu is going to spend
another year searching for the #4 Ball, and Gokuu shows that he already
has it. This is when Gokuu announces that he wants to enter the next
Tenkaichi-Budoukai -- as does Yamcha (who wants to train under
Kamesennin.) Buruma doesn't want her boyfriend to associate with that
"sukebe" and the old man objects to being called that. Gokuu is happy
at training with Yamcha and Kuririn, but Kamesennin says that the boy
has to train on his own -- by running around the globe. The old man
thinks that he's just set a task beyond Gokuu's limits. Gokuu replies
that he desn't understand, but it sounds like fun. So, he says goodbye,
and is about to ride Kintoen when he's told that he has to do this on
foot. So, he sets off running, and the others are stunned at this
situation. Baba asks if her little brother wants to lose to Gokuu, and
he responds by having the rest rush out and run, too. (Buruma objects
to having to do this.)
Three years have passed.
People have changed and grown.
Inside the Air Panic flight, bound for the Tenkaichi-Budoukai site,
Yamcha, Kamesennin, Kuririn, Pool, and Buruma are looking forward to the
fight, and back on the last 3 years. Kushami wants to know why they
have to ride in the plane, and can't hijack it. Kamesennin needs to use
the toilet, but they're about to land, and the stewardess makes him wait
(the others hope that they land really soon.)
Outside the airport, the others are impatiently waiting for the old
man to return from the toilet. Then they take a cab to the Budoukai
site. They sign up for the competition, and check whether Gokuu has
arrived yet -- he hasn't. They wait for the boy (Kushami wants the
50,000 zenii prize money too, but is told that weapons aren't allowed)
and there's only 5 minutes left before the deadline expires for entering
the competition. Kamesennin signs in as Jackie Chun, but has to take
his glasses off to show that it's really him. Three minutes left (the
old man said he'd run off to go to the toilet again.) Then, three
people show up, the older one calling out to Kamesennin. The old man is
surprised that Tsurusennin is still alive. They argue over who's going
to win the Budoukai, before the three walk off. The others complain,
and Kamesennin says that Tsurusennin is his main rival. There's one
minute left, and Pool is about to fly off to search for Gokuu, when
Kushami tells them to wait. Gokuu runs up. Yamcha and Buruma exchange
greetings with the boy, and Kamesennin signs him up at the table.
Buruma gives him a hard time, and Gokuu finally recognizes her.
Kamesennin asks how Kintoen is, and Gokuu doesn't know -- yes, he did
cross the globe on foot.
Three years have passed.
People have changed and grown.
Except for Gokuu.
Then the announcer states that the Tenkaichi-budoukai is about to start,
and they go inside.
Gokuu is happy to wear his old outfit. Doesn't look like he's gotten
any stronger in the last 3 years, though. As Yamcha, Kuririn, and Gokuu
head for the rings, they're told to win all their matches. At ring
side, Kuririn is surprised at how much stronger people look, and a
couple people recognize them as being impressive in the last
competition. Outside, Pool wonders where Kamesennin is, and Buruma
repies "in the toilet." Inside, people recognize Jackie Chun, and Gokuu
brags that he'll win this time (Jackie's not so sure about that.) Then,
the announcer welcomes the fighters to the 22nd Tenkaichi-budoukai. The
rules: If you leave the ring, you lose. If you are knocked down, the
fight will pause for a 10-count. People will be given numbers and
divided up into blocks. The last 8 people will advance to the final
round. (Implied rule: No weapons.) (Gokuu eats during this, getting
odd looks from his friends.)
Kuririn gets #71, block 2. Yamcha and Gokuu are in separate halves
of block 1 (Yamcha was worried about facing Gokuu early on.) Jackie is
178, in block 4. Kuririn is happy that they won't be facing each other
right away. People go to their blocks, and Gokuu gives Kuririn
encouragement. The ring judge gets started with fighters 1 & 2. Yamcha
wins with a knock-out. Gokuu is impressed, Yamcha tells him to watch
Kuririn. Kuririn bows, and behaves politely as the giant laughs (calls
himself Tako-chan.) Kuririn easily wins. Gokuu says that Kuririn had
improved alot in 3 years, and Kuririn says it's nothing. Tenshinhan
comes up and bad mouths them. Gokuu has to be told who the guy is.
Tenshin tells them that they're lucky they don't have to face him, and
get humiliated by his hands. Yamcha isn't impressed, and Tenshin looks
forward to fighting him. Then it's Tenshin's turn. Kuririn expects the
man to lose fast, but Gokuu realizes that the man is very good. Tenshin
wins. No one can believe how fast he is (Yamcha and Kuririn make fun of
Then Gokuu faces Chapa Ou, an Iron Man that did well in previous
years. Yamcha is very worried, because he knows that Chapa is so good.
Chapa says he'll kill Gokuu fast, and Gokuu thanks him for that.
Jackie comes up, and he's also concerned that Gokuu hasn't changed much
in 3 years. But, he's still fast. Chapa gets serious, and Jackie
predicts that the man will use his 8-hand technique (hasshu ken. Yamcha
replies that this means Chapa moves so fast it looks like he has 8
hands.) Chapa does this, but people are more impressed with Gokuu, who
reminds the man that you can use feet, too. Chapa yells, "shit-brat,"
and attacks. Gokuu has to tell him to look up. Chapa is pleased,
because when Gokuu comes back down, he'll be killed. Chapa attacks,
Gokuu exhales, and wins. (Jackie calls this counter-technique
"explosive wind.") Gokuu is happy, Kuririn says he had an easy
opponent, but Gokuu disagrees. Gokuu says that the other three should
also be fast when facing strong opponents, and Jackie is afraid of
facing Gokuu. Later, Jackie apologizes to his own unconscious partner
about using too much power. Gokuu is impressed, and Yamcha comments
that this is a tougher budoukai this time. The following narration
simply states that Kamesennin's 3 students have advanced to the final
With the last elimination fight, they go out to meet the others.
Kuririn asks about Kamesennin, and Buruma says he's out behaving like a
pervert. The old man appears, asking "who's a pervert?" He claims to
have been watching from elsewhere, and congratulates the three fighters.
The PA announces the start of the next rounds. Kuririn wonders how
their friends can get good seats, and Kushami shows him (firing a pistol
and threatening to kill people.) Inside the building, the good guys
banter with each other, and bluster with Tenshin. Chao-zu calls Kuririn
bald, and when Kuririn yells that he's bald too, Chao-zu takes his hat
off. Kuririn says that one hair does not make that much of a
difference. Tenshin tries to get Chao-zu under control. Then the
announcer calls them over. Gokuu greets him, and the announcer says
"ah, you're back again this time." The guy tells the fighters that
they're each to take a number, and starts with last time's winner,
Jackie. Tenshin doesn't want to face Jackie, and notices that the
wolfman does (the wolfman tells him to shut up when he asks about this.)
So, Tenshin tells Chao-zu to force all of the pairings. Yamcha goes next,
and Tenshin wants him. It's then Panputto, Tenshin, (announcer comments
that Tenshin will fight Yamcha, and they bluster some more,) then
Kuririn, and the wolfman (who angrily states that he's a man-wolf. He's
normally a wolf, but turns into a man during the full moon. Kuririn
comments on how it's all the same thing.) The man-wolf growls at
Jackie; Jackie doesn't know why. The man-wolf is happy at being matched
up with the old man. Then Chao-zu (the announcer pronounces it Gyou-za,
meaning a kind of food, written with the same kanji.) This leaves
Gokuu, who is very surprised at finding out that the announcer has
predicted that he'll pull out the number 8. Tenshim makes fun of
Kamesennin's training. Chao-zu asks where "fun" is (thinking it's a
place.) The announcer gives the rules again (same as before.) When
they are told to go outside, the announcer asks if Gokuu wants to eat
first, like he did before. Gokuu replies "eat, eat!!" There's a bit
more blustering, with Kuririn claiming that they'll all four win.
Outside, the crowd is cheering, but the heros' friends complain about
the lousy seating -- Ranchi asks if this is really her fault (Kushami
must have sneezed earlier.) The announcer comes out and welcomes
everyone to the 22nd Tenkaichi-budoukai (recaps that the 182 contests
have been narrowed down to 8, and that the winner gets 50,000 zenii.)
He then announces the first match. The fighters are:
1) Yamcha vs 2) Tenshinhan
3) Man-wolf 4) Jackie Chun
5) Chao-zu 6) Kuririn
7) Panputto 8) Gokuu
Yamcha and Tenshin bluster some more. The announcer introduces
Yamcha (veteran fighter, and Kamesennin's student,) and Tenshinhan
(student of Kamesennin's rival, Tsurusennin.) The two old men glare at,
and insult, each other. One audience member realizes that this is an
impressive situation. Yamcha's friends cheer him on, and Yamcha wants
them to watch him. Then the two fighters say that this will be fun.
The fight starts. Yamcha says it's ok to try to escape, and Tenshin
laughs. Kuririn calls the enemy a wimpy dancer, Gokuu thinks that
Tenshin is really strong, and Buruma and Pool expect the boy to win.
After the first exchange, the crowd is speachless, Kuririn is impressed,
and Gokuu likes both of them. Tenshin wasn't expecting Yamcha to be
this good -- it's been a long time since he's fought someone this fast.
This is when Yamcha announces Shin-Rouga-Fuufuu Ken (Tenshin says
"interesting!") They attack again. When Yamcha gets knocked down,
Kuririn and Gokuu are concerned, Tsurusennin gloats. Yamcha gets
serious, Kuririn wants to know what he's doing, and Gokuu replies
"Kamehame-ha" (Jackie calls Yamcha a fool for trying this.) The
Kamehame-ha attack works, but Tenshin merely focusses, and blows the
blast back at him. None of Kamesennin's group can believe this. Yamcha
leaps up, but as he curses Tenshin, and Gokuu yells out his warning,
Tenshin appears. When Yamcha lands, unconcious, Gokuu yells out "stop!"
However, Tenshin continues his attack and fractures the boy's leg.
The announcer needs some prompting to declare Yamcha out of the
competition, and Tenshinhan the winner. The announcer then tells a man
to call the hospital, but Pool says he'll take care of Yamcha himself
(then chants out his change into a flying carpet.) Buruma and Ranchi
state that they're going along, as well. Gokuu asks why the other guy
made such a vicious attack, knowing that Yamcha was already helpless.
"He's lucky I didn't kill him." Gokuu announces that he'll avenge
Yamcha, and Tenshin laughs at this. Tsurusennin continues to gloat at
Next, the announcer introduces the reigning champion, Jackie Chun,
and the man-wolf. The man-wolf explains that he's mad at Jackie for
having destroyed the moon in the last Tenkaichi-budoukai. The guy had
fallen in love with a beautiful human female, but since he can't turn
into human form, he's had to stop seeing her. Jackie asks about
beautiful wolf-women, and apparently those are all ugly. The announcer
asks if he can start the next round. Jackie isn't interested in
fighting the guy, which makes the man-wolf angrier. Tenshin talks about
wanting to win the competition, and Kuririn and Gokuu comment on how
their opponents can float in the air. Then, while the man-wolf says
he's going to kill Jackie, the old man merely comments on the beautiful
women in the audience. The first time that the man-wolf gets dropped,
the count starts. (In the audience, the turtle and Oolong notice that
Jackie acts just like Kamesennin.) Pulling out a knife, the man-wolf
attacks, and the announcer says that this isn't allowed (the man-wolf
tells him to shut up.) But, the knife attack fails, and Jackie says he
can turn the guy human through the power of suggestion. The man-wolf
doesn't believe this, and Jackie starts treating him like a dog (which
makes the guy furious, because he's not a dog, he's a wolf. But, he
keeps falling for it.) After shaking hands and sitting up, the guy
chases after the bone. And loses the match.
In a rage, the guy re-enters the ring to kill Jackie, but is
paralyzed so that the older man can show him the moon. Kuririn sees
where this trick is going, and is insulted by it. Jackie tells the wolf
to look at the full moon, and when he sees it, he turns into a man. He
goes running out to find beautiful women, but is so ugly as a human that
Jackie and Kuririn don't know why he'd bothered to change. The
announcer then states that the next match is between Tsurusennin's
student -- Chao-zu, and Kamesennin's student -- Full-Moon Head Kuririn.
The third match starts, but Chao-zu doesn't seem to notice or show
any fighting spirit. He then suddenly zips forward, and knocks Kuririn
around. Kuririn disappears, and Tenshin yells out "On your left!"
Chao-zu responds with "I eat with chopsticks in my right hand, the tea
cup in my left, so he's... here!" But, he's too slow and Kuririn hits
him. By flying out of the ring, Chao-zo reaches safety -- if Kuririn
leaps after the other boy, he'll fall outside of the ring and be
disqualified. Jackie fumes over the effectiveness of Tsurusennin's
techniques. Gloating, Tenshinhan calls Jackie a bastard, and Gokuu
replies that it's not "bastard," it's "Jiichan" (old man.) Then,
Chao-zu announces his "surprise attack. He uses Dodon. Kuririn doesn't
know what's happening, but Gokuu says it's the same thing Tao-pie pie
used. This gets Tenshinhan's attention, and he wants Gokuu to repeat
that last sentence. Gokuu says he'd fought Tai-pie pie, and asks why
Tenshin knows the assassin. But, Tenshin just walks off (Gokuu calls
him a weird guy.) After this, Jackie asks if Gokuu really had defeated
Tao-pie pie, and is stunned when Gokuu says he doesn't lie about things
like that ("He beat the world's greatest assassin...") Jackie tells
Gokuu that Tao-pie pie is Tsurusennin's younger brother.
Back in the ring, Kuririn is getting frustrated, and Chao-zu expects
to win. Tenshin rushes up to his teacher and wants to say something
important, but the other man doesn't like being interrupted when he's
having fun. Kuririn wishes that he could do Kamehame-ha, too, then
realizes that if Yamcha could do it, he should be able to as well. His
first attempt is very feeble, as he tries to remember the hand actions.
Tsurusennin is furious at hearing about what happened to his little
brother, and tells Chao-zu to get serious. Jackie is worried, but Gokuu
doesn't know what this means. Then, Kuririn prepares to use Kamehame-ha
as Chao-zu announces one last Dodon attack. Gokuu thinks this is great,
but Jackie knows that Dodon will overpower Kamehame-ha everytime. The
two fighters are about to unleash their powers...
End of book 10.
-- Curtis H. Hoffmann
June 24, 1993