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"Son Gokū's Explosion!!"
Kanji 孫悟空爆発!!
Rōmaji Son Gokū Bakuhatsu!!
Viz Goku vs. Tambourine
Chapter Info
Author(s) Akira Toriyama
Volume Volume 12
Previous Chapter 140
Next Chapter 142
Arc Piccolo Daimaō Arc
Japanese September 8, 1987
Anime Adaptation
Corresponding episode(s) DB107 & DB108
Character debut(s)
None in this chapter
Technique debut(s)
None in this chapter
Tool debut(s)
None in this chapter

"Son Gokū's Explosion!!" (孫悟空爆発!!, Son Gokū Bakuhatsu!!; Viz "Goku vs. Tambourine") is the one hundred forty-first chapter of Part I of the Dragon Ball manga.


Tambourine acknowledges that he swore he killed Gokū, just as the latter glares daggers at him while Yajirobe complains about not being able to eat him quick enough if he's still alive. When Piccolo Daimaiō's son warns the young boy the last time they fought how badly it ended for him Yajirobe simply says he'll kill him if he fails. Going as far as to brag about killing him just like he did to Kintoun Gokū shuts him up to start the fight; to which Tambourine concedes and says he'll slay him as he did with Kuririn. Getting angry at the confirmation of his friend's killer, Gokū prepares to avenge his fallen friend just as Tambourine says he warned that he'll die if he fights him. 

When Gokū starts the attack, Tambourine finds himself dizzied by the afterimages he creates, unable to tell which one from which. Landing a surprise blow to the jaw, Gokū doesn't let up with a fierce combo of punches that sends the Dragonoid flying. Dashing off a tower of rocks the boy declares his next attack and drop knee kicks him in the head, smashing him into the earth. Striking a peace sign at the inert Tambourine, Yajirobe admits that Gokū is a skilled fighter. Standing up much to Gokū's surprise, Tambourine launches a surprise ki blast from his mouth not willing to admit any human can harm Piccolo's children. Seeing nothing but charred earth, he claims victory until Gokū mocks him from afar, shocking him with his surprising speed. 

Declaring the next blow will be for Kuririn, Tambourine takes flight, hoping to escape his opponent. As Yajirobe shouts to get after him, Gokū unsheathes his Nyōibo and extends it to raise himself high up into the air. Chanting out the syllables for his chosen technique as he gets in position, Tambourine is flabbergasted that he was followed. With a final shout, Gokū unleashes a Kamehameha, dealing the death blow to Piccolo's spawn in a flash of light. 

Elsewhere, Piccolo Daimaiō convulses with surprise as he feels his strongest child's life force vanish. Declaring to set a course for the last position he was seen, he announces his intention of doing battle with his children's killer himself. 

Back at the battleground, Yajirobe tells Gokū that he's surprised that he's as strong as he is. Gokū simply thanks him with a smile.