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"A Light Warm-Up"
Kanji 小手調べ
Rōmaji Kote Shirabe
Viz Testing the Waters
Chapter Info
Author(s) Akira Toriyama
Volume Volume 16
Previous Chapter 182
Next Chapter 184
Arc 23rd Tenka-Ichi Budōkai Arc
Japanese July 12, 1988
Anime Adaptation
Corresponding episode(s) DB143 & DB144
Character debut(s)
None in this chapter
Technique debut(s)
None in this chapter
Tool debut(s)
None in this chapter

"A Light Warm-Up" (小手調べ, Kote Shirabe; Viz "Testing the Waters") is the one hundred eighty-third chapter of the Dragon Ball manga.


The fight between Gokū and Piccolo has begun, with them exchanging blows rapidly across the tournament stage. Piccolo extends his arm, but Gokū sees through the technique and grabs the arm, throwing Piccolo high into the air. Gokū follows with a Shockwave, stunning Piccolo briefly. He doesn't remain stunned for long, however, and when Gokū pursues, Piccolo responds with a Kikōha, shooting Gokū out of the air before firing another, landing a solid blow and then unleashing a barrage.

While Gokū appears knocked out, Piccolo tells the Announcer to stop counting, as Gokū is merely acting. As Gokū gets up, Piccolo confirms that Gokū was holding back to gauge Piccolo's strength and techniques, and both resolve to fight seriously.