|| Dragon Ball volume 24 summary and personae list.
Rikuum Eraser Gun -- A mouth blast more powerful than most large
Crusher Ball -- Jiisu's super powerful energy sphere.
Henshin -- "Body Changing." This is a standard word used to describe
someone that goes from one form to another. Ginyuu does
this with Gokuu, using the keyword -- "Change."
Rikuum is ready to finish off Vejita, and Kuririn tells Gohan to help
save the Saiya-jin now. The "Rikuum Eraser Gun" almost kills Vejita
before it blows out Rikuum's nose. Vejita is mad at the interference.
Kuririn is impressed, and Rikuum is just starting to have fun. He
asks his friends if it's ok to take out the runts. They shrug, and
demand chocolate parfaits in return. Kuririn is taken out fast, which
annoys the Team fighter. Saichourou can see a ways into the future, so
he has sent Nail on an errand that he's not happy with. Gohan takes a
beating. Freeza congratulates Ginyuu on supplying the Balls, and he's
about to fulfill his dream by activating them. Gohan calls for his
Ginyuu asks Freeza whether the alien is an immoratal, but it doesn't
seem to have happened. Then Freeza remembers what one elder told him about
not being able to use the Balls to make the wish. He tries to figure
out if there's a special place, or summoning word that he needs to use,
then realizes that there's one Namek elder that hasn't been killed yet.
Telling Ginyuu to stay and watch the Balls, Freeza rushes off to find
Saichourou. Rikuum and Gohan keep fighting, while the boy reminds himself
of whose child he is. Rikuum asks what planet the boy is from, then
Gohan says he isn't going to lose. But, he's dropped and his power is
zeroed. Kuririn curses his friend's defeat, Vejita derides the boy,
Rikuum gloats, and Gokuu finally makes planet-fall.
The fighter wonders where this ship came from, Kuririn is happy, the
ship announces the arrival on Namek, and Gokuu steps out. Our hero
quickly senses the locations of his friends and several really strong
people -- but, the two Earthlings are nearly dead. Time to use his 100 g
techniques. He arrives, people greet him, and he states that he has
some senzu seeds. Gohan gets one, then Kuririn. Rikuum wants to know
who's interferring with his game, Jiisu and Baata wonder about the fast
guy with the garbage-level power rating that's reanimating the corpses.
Gohan briefs Gokuu on why Vejita is so damaged. The hero tells them
that he's gotten stronger on the trip over, then gives the last seed to
Vejita (which surprises Kuririn who wants to know how they're going to
heal themselves after fighting the Ginyuu team.) But, Gokuu announces
that he's going to handle this fight by himself.
Rikuum's not impressed. The Earthling measures in at only 5000.
Vejita's trying to figure out what Gokuu is up to, then has a bad
feeling about this. Rikuum thinks that he's going to win, Gokuu says
that he himself will (Rikuum can't handle this.) Vejita realizes that
Kakarot has become a super Saiya-jin (last one was 1000 years ago.) The
Ginyuu man yells out "Rikuum Mahho Attack" -- and misses. The ones with
the scouters can't find Gokuu right away. Gokuu gives them a choice --
the Ginyuu team can leave the planet, or they can get lots of pain. But
they think he only has speed and no power. Rikuum is about to destroy
them all, with the "Rikuum Ultra Fighting..."
The attack takes to long to announce, and Gokuu wins with one blow.
No one can believe that this has happened, and Vejita chokes the most on
the idea that he's looking at a Super Saiya-jin. Gokuu gives the other
team members another chance to leave the planet. Jiisu and Baata are
amused, but Kuririn wonders why Gokuu doesn't want to fight them. The
fighters have to protect their rep, so they go into their attack pose,
and move out. Vejita knows that Kakarot is going to win. The
combatants banter and fight a bit. Gokuu's powerful ki-ai blows the
team members backwards, putting Gohan and Kuririn in awe of him.
Everyone considers a situation in which Gokuu can beat up people that
could trash Vejita. Baata tells Jiisu to use his Crusher Ball to
distract the human, giving Baata an opening against him. But, Gokuu
doesn't move. He deflects the Ball, and the enemies curse.
[The one-page cover has Buruma complaining about having been
forgotten, while the others have all the fun.]
Jiisu warns Baata to look backwards. But, they still think Gokuu is
simply fast. Jiisu says that this is a bad dream. Gokuu is asked who
he is, ("I'm an Earth-bred Saiya-jin") but Saiya-jin aren't this fast.
Then, Baata states that speed isn't going to help Gokuu anymore, and is
going to kill him. Baata's flailing about pissing off Jiisu, who joins
in. It's now time for Gokuu to show that he has more than simple speed.
After, Gokuu tells Jiisu that it's pointless to fight him, and that
Ginyuu should take their fallen comrades and leave the planet. Jiisu
freaks over the fact that the Ginyuu team has been so easily beaten, and
runs to notify the team leader. At the same time, Vejita is wondering
why Kakarot is taking so long to kill the bad guys. Kururin is so
surprised at the speed and power that he asks if this is really Gokuu.
As Vejita comes in and finishes off Baata and Rikuum, Gokuu asks why
he's doing this. They were helpless, but Vejita tells him that this is
the smart thing to do, especially since one escaped. Gokuu has to be a
perfect Saiya-jin to face the frightening power of Freeza. Gokuu
repeats "Super Saiya-jin?" They think about this as Freeza finds the
The group talks about Freeza's strength and their chances of beating
him. Freeza does have the Balls, but he hasn't been able to call
Shenlon yet. Vejita wants to know more about this, and Kuririn tells
him that you can tell if Shenlon has appeared when night covers the
planet. Gokuu suddenly realizes that Freeza doesn't know the proper
word for summoning the dragon. Vejita thinks about this, and Gokuu
reminds them to bring their dead friends back to life.
Jiisu tells Ginyuu what happened. Ginyuu can't handle this, but he
refuses to let Freeza in on the secret. Instead, he wants to resolve
this himself, and tells Jiisu to bury the Balls (since the Earthlings
don't have scouters that would show where the things are located.)
Then, they get into their Special Fighting pose. This doesn't work
anymore, and it makes him very angry.
The heroes argue over what to do with the Dragon Balls, as Vejita
claims that the odds would be better if he were made immortal.
Suddenly, Vejita asks where Freeza is, Gokuu points off in one
direction, and Kuririn panics as he realizes that this is where
Saichourou lives. Freeza must be asking for the secret to the Balls.
Gohan hopes that Saichourou isn't killed, because that would cancel out
the Balls. Then, Ginyuu arrives, and Jiisu points out the
They discuss each other (Gokuu still registers at only 5000, but
Ginyuu's enhanced scouter can tell that the human is really 60,000.)
Jiisu knows that no Saiya-jin is that strong. Ginyuu looks forward to a
good fight. Gokuu tells Kuririn and Gohan to take the radar and look
for the Balls, and he tells Vejita to attack Jiisu. Everyone says that
they understand. Gokuu is told to not let himself be killed, and they
start their plan. As it's about to be one-on-one, Vejita yells out
"Later!" and runs off.
After a bit of fighting, Gokuu comments on the pain and curses
Vejita. Ginyuu and Gohan banter a bit. Vejita thinks to himself that
he'd rather track down the Balls and make his wish than fight (the other
two are evenly matched.) Jiisu roots for his leader-monster. After a little
more fighting, Ginyuu is surprised at Gokuu's speed. Then, Jiisu's Crusher
Ball gives Ginyuu a chance to grab his enemy (same trap that Baata had tried
to use.) Gokuu is about to switch on the Kaiou techniques, when the leader
lets him go. He explains that he knows that Gokuu has just been playing
around, and he wants to see Gokuu's REAL power. The hero decides to do it,
while the leader expects expects it to cap off at 85,000. At, 180,000,
Ginyuu is stunned. Jiisu is also stunned, since the leader is only 120,000.
Finally, they realize that the enemy is a Super Saiya-jin, which is what
Vejita had called him. The team thinks about this, and Gokuu gives them
another chance to leave the planet alive. But, Ginyu is about to use HIS
Freeza arrives at the mountain, realizing that there are 3 people
there. Nail warns Saichourou, who's giving the sleeping power to Dende.
Dende is told to help the Earthlings, and he tells the elder to not die.
The elder hopes not to. Freeza arrives, Nail asks what he wants, the
alien demands the secret to the Balls. Freeza is told that if the elder
dies, the Balls stop working. The alien blows open the house to see
this elder, and wants the secret. The elder tells Nail to fight the
alien to give the humans time to summon Shenlon. Freeza looks forward
to the fight; however, they need a place to fight that won't endanger
the elder. Saichourou apologizes to Nail, by himself, about having to
sacrifice such a good Namek.
Eventually, Freeza claims that they've reached a good place. Nail
powers up. A power level of 45,000 is good for a Namek, but Freeza
claims that he himself is 530,000. But, to make things more fun, Freeza
promises to only use his left arm. Nail's attack proves that the Namek
is only 45,000. After ripping off the Namek's arm, Freeza apologizes for
being rude. But, Nail stands up again, showing the desire to die. Nail
regens the arm, proving that his indeed a Namek.
Gokuu wants to know what Ginyuu meant, and the leader tells Jiisu to
hold his scouter. He hurts himself before making plans on the Super
Saiya-jin's body. Ginyuu makes the switch, and is now happy at his new
lodgings. Gokuu, in Ginyuu's body, yells in pain. The leader lets
everyone know what happened, and then gets his scouter from Jiisu. It's
now time to return to Freeza. Gokuu follows behind, hoping to fix
things. At least he can still fly.
Kuririn and Gohan arrive at Buruma's cave, demanding the Radar.
Buruma wakes up, then demands to know what's going on. The runt says
that there's no time, but this doesn't change anything. However, Gohan
grabs the Radar and points out where they need to go. They leave, with
Buruma still demanding to know what's happening. Gohan takes the time
to tell her that his father has arrived. This makes Buruma compare Yamcha
At some point, Vejita reaches the ship, and Freeza isn't around. He
takes the time to change clothes, hoping that the Earthlings don't find him,
or the Balls, first. He also wonders about the secret medicine that Kakarot
used to heal himself. He senses the Earthlings approaching, and asks why
they came after him so fast. He hides his power before the two show up and
grab the Balls. This makes Vejita happy, because he'll be able to watch
them summon Shenlon, and then he can make his move. Kururin chants "Ide
yo, Shenlon!!!! Soshite negai o kanaetamae!!!!" (Shenlon appear!!!! So
you can grant our wish!!!!) Nothing happens. They wonder about this
until sensing the approach of Jiisu and Ginyuu.
Obviously, Gokuu must have been defeated, so they hide. But Gokuu
lands, in the presence of Jiisu. (The next cover page has Ginyuu riding
with Gohan on Kintoen. "Yahoo --- I'm really Son Gokuu, even though my
face is strange.") Ginyuu and Jiisu can't sense anyone, but the Balls
are out in the open. Then, Kuririn calls out, and steps forward. The
leader asks how the runt had found the Balls, which amuses Kuririn.
He's asked if he'd made the wish, but Kuririn says that it didn't
work. Ginyuu is happier. Kuririn remarks on Gokuu's strange behavior,
and the fact that the guy is wearing a scouter. The hero moves forward
to explain, when Gohan yells out that this really isn't Gokuu.
The two don't know what's happening, but Gokuu is obviously a fake.
Now, the leader wants to use the power of his new body, and he and Jiisu
strike a modified fighting pose, announcing who they are. Surprises
everyone. Ginyuu now wants to fight at 180,000.
Gokuu struggles along, hoping that Gohan and Kuririn haven't died,
and cursing his body. Ginyuu laughs madly about his great power, but
Jiisu tells him that the old body is about to arrive. Gokuu finds them
still alive. He tries to explain what happened, and tells them that
they can defeat his body. This amuses Ginyuu, with his 180,000 power
level. However, Ginyuu doesn't know how to use the power with the Kaiou
techniques. So, Ginyuu tries powering up -- but he can't get above
23,000. He can't believe this, but Kuririn can. Jiisu is told to join
the fight, as Vejita says that he's the first one Jiisu gets to face.
Gokuu says, "Vejita..."
End of book 24.
-- Curtis H. Hoffmann
Sept. 18, 1993