|| Dragon Ball volume 14 summary and personae list.
Mister Popo: The little, fat black guy wearing a Turkish outfit. Is
Kami-sama's sole servant, and is more powerful than anyone
that Gokuu's fought before.
Kami-sama: (Kami means "god," and that is the reading for the kanji on
his tunic.) Occupant of the island floating high above Karin
Tower. Most powerful character yet.
Piccolo is laughing, and Gokuu comments that the monster's power
really is impressive. But then, so is his own. They banter a little,
and fight again. (Note: While Gokuu is tumbling horizontally from the
blow, the crater could only have been made if he'd fallen straight down
from a very great height.) Piccolo gloats over Gokuu's death, and
Tenshin prepares to fight next. But while they're talking, there's this
muffled voice in the background ("Ka. Me. Ha. Me.") They both notice,
and then Gokuu leaps up to yell "Ha" -- but Piccolo's seen this trick
before and prepares to block it. Gokuu shouts "Now" and shows that
Kamehame-ha can be controlled for non-linear motion. "Did it!" Tenshin
didn't know you could do that with Kamehame-ha, and Gokuu tells Piccolo
to stand up (the Kamehame-ha wasn't full-strength.) Piccolo calls Gokuu
a monster again. And they return to the fighting. Tenshin remains
stunned. At the next lull, the triclops cheers on Gokuu.
In the castle, the ex-Emperor's people are just noticing the noise
coming from outside. One guard states that Piccolo isn't at the Western
District, yet. They run to the windows to watch. Piccolo gets an
eye-beam attack in against Gokuu's knee, and gloats. But, Gokuu says he
doesn't need that knee to keep on. Piccolo laughs and gets ready to
swing, when Gokuu tells his bo to extend. The ex-Emperor is impressed,
but his guard tells him that it's dangerous here, and they should move
to a safer place. It's Gokuu's turn to gloat, and the monster complains
about the bo.
And, some distance out, Yamcha says that they'll arrive in 10 minutes,
and hopes that Tenshin isn't dead yet. Buruma wants Tenshin to fight
well, so that the western district won't be destroyed. Then the
announcer comes on TV and states that there's some fighting at the
King's Castle -- between Piccolo and a young boy. Buruma wonders if
Gokuu is alive after all, and Yamcha doubts it. However, Uranai Baba
had stated that Gokuu would go on to do a great thing, and maybe this is
it. Yamcha and Buruma believe this option, and cheer on Gokuu.
Piccolo starts powering up again, and neither of the two good guys
know what's happening (other than it's a lot of power.) The monster
uses a finger blast to knock away the bo, which is all he wanted to
accomplish. Yelling "It's over," he blows up the block. On the plane,
the TV station has gone off the air, and Buruma points out the cloud
ahead of them. The Emperor has managed to escape the blast, but he
mourns the loss of this district. Piccolo laughs insanely -- he has
won. But, he suddenly notices a flash of power, and looks around for
it. There's a laugh from above him, and he sees Tenshin holding the boy
aloft. Gokuu thanks Ten for rescuing him. But, Tenshin has been hurt
very badly. Piccolo knows that Ten can't do this again, so Gokuu will
die soon. But, Gokuu says he still has a chance. Piccolo doesn't
believe this, since the brat has a bum knee, no bo, and Tenshin is
exhausted. As the monster readies another explosion attack, Gokuu
attacks him. But, the punch isn't strong enough, and Piccolo completes
the blast. Now, it's really over.
At the bottom of the pit, there's this faint voice calling for
Kintoen (Gokuu had been able to shield himself from most of the force.)
This blows Piccolo's mind. No human can stand up to his power. Gokuu
tells him that his tail should prove that he's not human. But, he wants
this decided now, as to who is actually stronger. So, Piccolo grabs out
to the side, and lifts Tenshin up by the head. If Gokuu moves, Tenshin
dies. Ten tells the boy to attack anyway, and then screams in pain as
Piccolo starts to squeeze. Gokuu tells him to stop, and will do as the
monster says. "Don't move." The first rock takes out Gokuu's left arm.
Then they yell at each other, and Gokuu promises to use the Dragon Balls
to wish things better. But, Piccolo now tells him that Shenlon is dead.
Does the boy really want to risk Tenshin's life by risking Piccolo's
wrath? The second rock takes out Gokuu's good leg. Piccolo likes
Gokuu's show of spirit, but loves the fact that Gokuu can't stand up
now. He doesn't need Tenshin any more, and tosses the triclops away.
Piccolo laughs insanely, gloating over how it's all going to end now.
He leaps into the air to kill Gokuu. He yells out "Die!!!!" Gokuu
yells out that he still has one attack left, and uses his good hand to
perform a version of Kamehame-ha. He'll win with one good fist.
Piccolo readies for pay-back time (for the death of this children.) The
power from the Choushin water startles Piccolo, and Gokuu wins.
Piccolo can't believe that this is happening to him, but has time to
spit out one last egg (and tells the child to grow up to avenge him.)
Then he explodes. (Note: Just exactly how does Piccolo create these
eggs before spitting them out?) Gokuu has no power left, and falls
helplessly to the ground. Tenshin calls out "Son!!", but can't save the
boy. However, Gokuu looks up at the one that does catch him and says
"Yajirobee..?" Ten asks if they know each other.
Hiding behind some rubble, Yamcha and Buruma are nervously discussing
the latest explosion, and wondering how dire the situation is.
Yajirobee is annoyed because he missed the fun. Tenshin is impressed
with Gokuu's performance, and the boy says that his body is all banged
up. Although Yajirobee offers to carry them both in his car, Tenshin
refuses, stating that he has to return to Kame House and tell people
what happened (the monk wonders if the triclops is really ok.) Ten
tells Gokuu to get well fast, but Gokuu wants to know if Kamesennin is
really dead -- yes, Chao-zu and Shenlon, too. But because of Gokuu, Ten
is still ok. Then, Tenshin says they'll meet again at the next
Tenkaichi-budoukai. Waving, he thinks that Gokuu is truly an impressive
brat; the other two ride off. Yajirobee is commmenting on the
destruction of the city, and wondering who really won. Then, Tenshin
finds Gokuu's staff and decides to take it for safekeeping, when Yamcha
pops out asking where Piccolo is. Later, Tenshin has told the others
what had happened, and Buruma calls the TV station to let everyone still
living know that the terror is over. But... while peace and harmony
threaten to return, baby Piccolo is vowing to kill his father's
murderer, saying "I hate peace."
Back at Karin Tower, Gokuu is amazed that the senzu seed has healed
him so quickly. But, Gokuu's going to need his powers, because it's not
over with Piccolo, yet. Yajirobee doesn't believe this, since Gokuu had
destroyed the monster. But Senpyou tells him about the baby. So, they
need to get the Dragon Balls right away. (Gokuu asks if Senpyou knows
about the Dragon Balls, and the cat says that there's nothing he doesn't
know.) Then the monk asks if he knows that Shenlon is dead -- he has
trouble believing that. Gokuu curses, because if Shenlon were alive,
the others could be wished back. Yajirobee says that's the way it goes
-- sickness and death happen. The cat basically agrees, and Gokuu gets
angry with the situation. Then, Senpyou remembers that there is ONE
person who can fix the Dragon Balls -- the other two ask him who this
is, and he answers "Kami-Sama."
This bugs Yajirobee, since he's a monk, and this is like saying that
the best doctor is time (ie. -- it's a meaningless statement.) But,
Gokuu wants to know more about this Kami-sama. The other two tell him
that Kami-sama is very strong, and can do anything. However, you have
to be pure of heart to see Him, which leaves Yajirobee out. Gokuu wants
to know where to find Him, and Senpyou replies that His quarters are
above Karin Tower. They check outside, and there's nothing above them.
Can't use Kintoen, because it's too high up. The monk suggests using a
rocket. Gokuu's running out of choices, and asks if he has to jump up.
Senpyou says that the only way up is to use Gokuu's expanding staff
(which Kamesennin had taken from its place, a long time ago.) Then they
discover that the bo is missing -- this is really serious. Yajirobee
suggests that it was left at the fight site, and Gokuu calls for
Kintoen. But, the bo isn't where he left it, either. The boy is going
crazy, when he remembers that if you have a question you can't answer
yourself, you go to Uranai Baba. Which he does.
Quickly, Gokuu asks Baba where his bo is, and tells her to bring on
her five fighters so he can beat them up right away. But, Baba is
afraid of Piccolo herself, and her little brother's future is at stake,
so she answers the question for free -- it's at Kame House. Gokuu can't
believe this, but he thanks Baba and rushes off. Baba says that Gokuu
really is what she'd predicted. At the House, Gokuu bursts in, shouting
"where's my bo!?" Everyone is happy to see him, but he doesn't have
time for greetings. Grabbing the bo, he tells them that he's going to
Kami-sama's to have all of the dead people brought back to life. After
leaving them, the group says "What'd he say?" "Something about back to
life, and Kami-sama..." He rushes back, shouting that he has the bo.
They go upstairs, and Senpyou gives him instructions (plus, the cat
wants a bell given to Kami-sama.) But, Yajirobee is afraid that if
there really is a Kami-sama up there, that Gokuu might blow it all by
acting rudely. Senpyou replies that that won't be a problem. But, the
other two don't really understand that answer.
The two are worried about how Senpyou worded the answer, and he tells
them that there will be a little test, first. Gokuu gets ready to go,
and Senpyou wishes him LOTS of luck... Then the staff expands.
Yajirobee says that Gokuu is a scary guy, and Senpyou is afraid of what
will happen when the boy sees Kami-sama's face for the first time.
After a long time (the bo has never been able to expand this far before,
must be the fact that this is its one real purpose,) a shrine is
visible. The bo stops expanding just as it reaches the matching hole
for it. Gokuu notices the ladder and clambers up.
The boy sees a strange black man in a turban and they greet each
other. Gokuu asks if the guy is Kami-sama, and the reply is "Wrong.
I'm Mister Popo, Kami-sama's servant." And continues saying "You're the
one that defeated Piccolo." Gokuu asks how he knows this, and is told
that Kami-sama knows everything. Gokuu notices the building in the
background and asks if that's Kami-sama's house. Popo asks if Gokuu has
something for him. Gokuu pulls out the bell, and Popo tells him that
its time for the test -- Gokuu has to fight Mister Popo before he can
meet Kami-sama. Gokuu thinks that this is simple enough, and is told to
come and attack, as the test has started. The boy hopes to surprise
Popo ("Oh, he's disappeared. Is he 'here?' [smack]) Popo isn't
impressed, and asks if Gokuu had really defeated Piccolo. This makes
Gokuu mad, and he attacks again. Popo says that he wins, so Gokuu can't
talk to Kami-sama. This pushes Gokuu over the edge, and he uses the
Choushin power. But misses. Popo states that Gokuu doesn't have any
remarkable powers, so there's no point to continuing the test.
Popo tells Gokuu to return to Earth, but the hero is desperate to
bring his friends back to life, and decides to start on some special
training up here (Popo tells him to do as he likes.) After running,
Gokuu's head is pounding. Popo tells him that it's because of the
altitude. But, Gokuu's doing it wrong, he has to be like the sky, like
the lightning (which he things means moving fast.) Popo says that his
heart has to be empty, so Gokuu tries to be just like Popo. Which is
hard. Popo states that the lightning is faster than Gokuu, and he
demonstrates. Gokuu couldn't see him move, and Popo calls himself
great, then states that Gokuu had tried watching him only with his eyes
(which is why he failed.) Popo continues -- he's learned a lot of
things from Kami-sama. Kami-sama is great, therefore Popo is great.
Popo predicts that Gokuu will be able to beat him sometime, but he
doesn't know how many years it will take.)
There's a feeling of power in the air, and a voice states that Gokuu
can meet Kami-sama after all, which is lucky for the boy (he thanks the
voice.) He's told to wait outside the house, and he says that his heart
is pounding. The door opens and out steps Piccolo.
Gokuu attacks. Popo catches him on the rebound, stating that this
isn't Piccolo, it's Kami-sama. Turns out that Kami-sama and Piccolo are
the same person. Some time ago, the previous god had died, and it was
this guy's turn to take up the role as Kami-sama. (I'm not exactly sure
about this part.) Kami-sama says that when he became Kami-sama, Piccolo
was born from the evil that was stripped from him. Because of Gokuu's
willingness to take on special training, Kami-sama will help him, but
Shenlon is the only one that can bring people back to life. So,
Kami-sama has to resurrect Shenlon, first. Popo is told to bring Shenlon
out, and then put the statue together again (Popo says that this task is
simple.) Kami-sama explains that Shenlon was created to give people on
earth something to do (more or less,) and that the key is the assembly
of the Dragon Balls. When the statue is completed, they stand back, and
Kami-sama activates Shenlon -- who rushes out of the top of the case and
appears at Kame House.
Because the Balls were turned to stone, the one year requirement
between wishes doesn't apply. But, Gokuu can't leave to see his
friends, because he must stay to train for the next Tenkaichi-budoukai,
3 years away. Because, Piccolo will be attending that budoukai.
Kami-sama explains what had happened just before Piccolo had exploded.
So, Kami-sama offers to allow himself and Mister Popo to fight Gokuu as
part of extra special training. Gokuu promises to train really hard.
But first, he needs to use the toilet. Popo says that since Piccolo and
Kami-sama are the same person, if Piccolo is killed, Kami-sama will die
too. But, it can't be helped.
At Kame House, everyone is happy to see that Shenlon is back. The
Dragon King explains that Gokuu is with Kami-sama, and was responsible
for reviving him. For various reasons, they won't be able to meet
Gokuu again until the next Tenkaichi-budoukai. Shenlon also knows what
the wish is that they want to make -- bring the ones that Piccolo had
killed back to life. He does this, then the Balls fly off. Kiririn and
Kamesennin are glad to hear that Gokuu had saved them, but when they're
told that the boy is in heaven right now, that can only mean (according
to the old man) that Gokuu is receiving special training from Kami-sama.
Kiririn has the most trouble handling this idea, but Tenshinhan looks
forward to going up against Gokuu (with the expected increase in Gokuu's
power and skill) in the next Tenkaichi-boudoukai. After Tenshin says
this, everyone else agrees with the idea. The next few panels show the
group training -- Gokuu trying to become perfectly still, Tenshin and
Yamcha fighting. Kiririn thanks his friend, and looks forward to
meeting him again.
Three more years pass.
Ranchi is complaining about how everyone is late. Buruma arrives in
a taxi, saying that it's been a long time since they've seen each other.
Kamesennin is impressed with how the girl has grown. Apparently, Buruma
and Yamcha have had another fight, as Yamcha hadn't been at the west
district, which is where Pool and Oolong met Buruma. Kamesennin looks
forward to seeing Yamcha and Kiririn after so long, and Gokuu after the
3 year period. Then, a strange voice calls out, but neither Kamesennin
or Buruma know this guy. The guy says he's happy that the old man is
alive, and that everyone is looking healthy. He asks where Tenshin,
Yamcha, and Kiririn are. Very slowly, people recognize him, and he
asks them what's wrong. The rain stops, and Gokuu takes off his turban.
He asks if Buruma's red lips mean that she's sick, and she angrily
replies that it's lipstick.
Kiririn, Chao-zu, Tenshinhan, and Yamcha show up, and greet the
group. Everyone has changed since they last saw each other. Gokuu asks
if Kiririn's been doing ok, and Kiririn stammers "Go, Go, Gokuu..
Gokuu...!?" Kiririn is overwhelmed with emotion, but Yamcha and Tenshin
still can't believe that this is Son Gokuu.
The PA announces the start of the budoukai, and Gokuu asks if
Kamesennin had brought their fighting uniforms (douji. Of course, he
always does.) The old man tells them to fight well, and then Tenshin
whispers a question (is he going to fight again this time? The old man
says that he is going to pass this year. Obviously, no one else knows
that he is Jackie Chan, even after all this time.) Buruma has developed
a crush on Gokuu. As they walk to the changing rooms, Gokuu is asked
if he'd really been trained by Kami-sama ("Yes. He's great.")
Everyone is happy to be wearing their uniforms (the kanji is "kame"
-- turtle.) Then, Yamcha notices that Gokuu's tail is missing. It just
fell off one day -- he doesn't need it for fighting any more (which
bothers Kiririn and Yamcha, who'd probably counted on grabbing it at
some point.) [Note: The word balloon on page 147 was probably left
blank by accident.]
The two guys want to know why Gokuu's gone stiff suddenly, then they
look over to see Piccolo Jr.
Yamcha and Kiririn don't recognize the demon king's child, but
Tenshin does. Gokuu thinks to himself that Piccolo actually did arrive
at the budoukai. Tenshin asks if that really was Piccolo, and Gokuu
says yes, but that there's nothing to worry about. However, Yamcha,
Chao-zu, and Kiririn didn't hear the other two talking, and aren't let
in on who the strange guy was. Then, a hand taps on Gokuu's shoulder,
and the beautiful woman standing there smiles and says his name. Gokuu
asks who she is. She calls him an idiot and stalks off.
Yamcha and Kiririn want to know who the cute chick is, but Gokuu
really doesn't have a clue. Kiririn gets angry, because Gokuu has all
the luck (training with Kami-sama, meeting pretty women...) Then, the
PA announces the rules -- same as before. 72 fighters this time.
Tenshin wants to know why Piccolo has chosen to fight in the budoukai.
As they pull their numbers, Tenshin telepathically tells Chao-zu that
it's ok to put people in different blocks (so that they're not fighting
Piccolo, or each other, right away.) Gokuu is #2, block 1. Kiririn
notices the pattern, and Chao-zu flashes us a peace sign. The floor
judge gives the normal rules, and starts the match between Gokuu and
person #1. As Gokuu gets into the ring, Kiririn tells him that he wants
to see a sample of Kami-sama's special techniques.
The first fight is with Chapa-Ou -- the guy that Gokuu had defeated
in a previous budoukai. Chapa-Ou is looking forward to the rematch (he
recognizes Gokuu right away.) They start. Gokuu just stands there, and
everyone gets angry with his lack of spirit (apparently, their friend
plans on losing the fight.) Chapa-Ou kicks, then tries to discover
where Gokuu has disappeared to. He thinks the guy is above him (that's
what had happened last time.) Gokuu taps Chapa-Ou on the back of the
neck, and wins by a knock-out. The rest of the group is impressed, the
audience is stunned. Piccolo knows that the demon king is going to win
the budoukai. And, he expects to have lots of fun.
We get to see Tenshin, Yamcha, and Kiririn all win their matches.
But, Chao-zu blacks out, drops, and loses. Tenshin rushes over to help
his friend. Chao-zu's opponent gleefully says that the boy is dead.
Ten angrily rears back to attack the last person he'd ever expected to
see standing in front of him -- Tao-pie Pie is back. He gloats, then the
referee wants Tao to move, to let the next match start. Kiririn is
getting annoyed over the number of people Gokuu knows that he doesn't.
Gokuu replies that Tao-pie Pie is an assassin, the younger brother of
Tsurusennin, and Tenshinhan's and Chao-zu's sempai (someone they looked
up to.) Tao states that he has come back as a cyborg (which makes him a
lot stronger.) Tao also hopes to fight Gokuu in the budoukai (and get
revenge.) After that, Tao wants to repay Tenshin for the triclops'
treatment of his older brother. (Ten stammers out that he isn't guilty
of anything.) But, Ten will fight to avenge Chao-zu, which Tao looks
#51 (Piccolo) easily wins his match. The heros fret over this.
However, Gokuu isn't worried. Gokuu taps his man, and wins by knocking
the guy out of the ring. The others are all shown winning their right
to advance to the finals round (Piccolo wins because his opponent gave
up.) Kiririn tells them to watch Tao-pie Pie, whose fighting spirit
comes from wanting to kill the heros. Then, the girl they'd seen before
wins her match. This leaves one last fight. Kiririn had heard about
the one guy on the morning radio. The nerd rushes the masked blimp,
obviously asking to be pummeled senseless. The blimp regretfully
prepares to do the pummeling. The nerd trips, stands up, and knocks out
the blimp. Everyone laughs, and the announcer tells the winners to
gather to hear the rules for the main tournament. Then, Yajirobee takes
off his mask, and curses. He dresses and acts philosophical.
As the announcer looks over, he sees Kiririn, and immediately screams
and starts praying for the ghost to not haunt him. Kiririn has to
explain that he's not dead. The narrator sets up the next chapter as
the winners draw numbers to establish their places in the final rounds.
The final line up is:
Tao-Pie Pie Vs Tenshinhan
Gokuu Tokumei Kibou (the mysterious girl)
Majunia (Piccolo) Kiririn
Shen (the nerd) Yamcha
End of book 14.
-- Curtis H. Hoffmann
July 10, 1993