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"Three Hours"
Kanji 3時間
Rōmaji San-jikan
Viz Goku, Hurry!
Chapter Info
Author(s) Akira Toriyama
Volume Volume 19
Previous Chapter 218
Next Chapter 220
Arc Saiyan Arc
Japanese April 11, 1989
Anime Adaptation
Corresponding uncut Z episode(s) DBZ025 & DBZ026
Corresponding Kai episode(s) DBK010 & DBK011
Character debut(s)
None in this chapter
Technique debut(s)
None in this chapter
Tool debut(s)
None in this chapter

"Three Hours" (3時間, San-jikan; Viz "Goku, Hurry!") is the two hundred nineteenth chapter of the Dragon Ball manga, and the twenty-fifth chapter of Part II of the manga.


Nappa withstands the Kikōhō, leaving Tenshinhan for dead and the remaining Dragon Team members in a hopeless state. Kuririn desperately calls for Gokū, something not lost on Vegeta. Nappa decides to kill them, only agreeing to leave Piccolo "more or less" alive so he can tell them more about the Dragon Balls. Piccolo notes that he has no confidence he can win in a fight against the Saiyans, leaving Kuririn more hopless than ever.

Back on the Castle of God, God himself is wondering where Gokū is. He can also detect that he has little time left to live, and concludes that this must mean Piccolo is due to die.

The Nameccian in question urges Kuririn to take the battle against the Saiyans to the ground, as Nappa is too accustomed to aerial combat. Nappa lunges for Piccolo and Kuririn, but Vegeta orders him to stop, and directly asks the Dragon Team if "Son Gokū" is really Kakarotto. Kuririn confirms he is, and the others vouching for Gokū inspires Vegeta to wait three more hours.

Nappa disagrees, and moves in for the kill, under Vegeta unders him to fall in line. The larger Saiyan heeds the orders of the smaller, and Vegeta grants them their three hour boon. Piccolo realizes how much stronger than Nappa Vegeta must be. Nappa isn't too keen on letting the Dragon Team live for as long as three hours, but Vegeta explains that its only so he can get revenge on Kakarotto for being a Saiyan traitor.

Son Gokū races towards Earth from the Afterworld as everyone hopes for him to make it, but three hours pass without him making it in time.