"Son Gokū's Past!!"
Kanji 孫悟空の過去!!
Rōmaji Son Gokū no Kako!!
Viz Tails of Future Not-Quite-Past
Chapter Info
Author(s) Akira Toriyama
Volume Volume 17
Previous Chapter 196
Next Chapter 198
Arc Saiyan Arc
Japanese October 12, 1988
Anime Adaptation
Corresponding uncut Z episode(s) DBZ002
Corresponding Kai episode(s) DBK002
Character debut(s)
None in this chapter
Technique debut(s)
None in this chapter
Tool debut(s)
None in this chapter

"Son Gokū's Past!!" (孫悟空の過去!!, Son Gokū no Kako!!; Viz "Tails of Future Not-Quite-Past") is the one hundred ninety-seventh of the Dragon Ball manga, and the third chapter of Part II of the manga.


Gokū releases the alien has a tail, just like he used to have. He takes this to mean Gokū remembers him, however, Gokū doesn't have a clue who the alien is. Gokū reveals that he did suffer a head injury as a child, which the extraterrestrial believes would explain his amnesia. Muten Rōshi explains to Gokū that his grandfather, Gohan, explained that he found Goku as a child, and the baby was initially violent, until he fell into a gorge and hit his head, nearly dying. When he survived, his violent temper had subsided and he grew into a kind-hearted boy.

Intent on bringing back Gokū's memories, the alien explains that Gokū is a Saiyan who wasn't born on Earth, and that he, the alien, is named Raditz. And he is Gokū's older brother. This shocks the Dragon Team, but Raditz goes further, explaining that the Saiyans are a warrior race who sell planets to the highest bidder after exterminating the native species. Gokū himself was sent to Earth on a mission to kill everyone on the planet. Raditz further elaborates how fortunate it was that Earth has a Moon, as only when the moon is full do the Saiyans show their true powers, which causes Kuririn, Bulma, and Rōshi to remember vividly Gokū's Great Monkey Transformation.

Gokū, however, denies any of it, and tells Raditz to get off his planet. Raditz declines, as the Saiyan race is all but extinct after the destruction of their planet. He claims they need Gokū to help them exterminate the species on a planet they've recently found. Gokū refuses, and Raditz decides that ig Gokū won't join him, he'll simply have to borrow his nephew instead, seeing Gohan's tail as proof of the boy's Saiyan blood. Violently attacking his brother, Raditz kidnaps Gohan, and tells Gokū that if he wants the boy back, he has kill one hundred humans by tomorrow, and line their bodies on Muten Rōshi's island.

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