Dragon Ball Chapter 36

"The First Match"
Kanji 第1試合
Rōmaji Dai-Ichi Shiai
Viz Match No. 1
Chapter Info
Author(s) Akira Toriyama
Volume Volume 3
Previous Chapter 35
Next Chapter 37
Arc 21st Tenka-Ichi Budōkai Arc
Japanese August 6, 1985
Anime Adaptation
Corresponding episode(s) DB021
Character debut(s)
None in this chapter
Technique debut(s)
Tool debut(s)
None in this chapter

"The First Match" (第1試合, Dai-Ichi Shiai; Viz "Match No. 1") is the thirty-sixth chapter of the Dragon Ball manga.


The first match begins with Kulilin facing Bacterian. Before the match, the host announcer reveals the prize money of 500,000 zeni and introduces the chief priest of the Orin Temple to speak, who ends up being a dog that merely barks, much to everyone's bewilderment.

The first match up finally begins, with Gokū rooting for his fellow disciple. As the host announcer introduces the fighters, Bulma wonders where Kame-Sennin would run off to in order to miss a match featuring one of his disciples. After the host announcer reveals the conditions, the battle begins.

Bacterian uses his bad breath, uncleanliness, and farting to paralyze Kulilin and send him to the ground, leading the musty fighter to step on Kulilin while he's down. As the 10-second countdown commences, just before the host announcer counts to 10, Gokū reminds Kulilin that he doesn't have a nose, and is just imagining the stench. Kulilin finally gets back up, dodges Bacterian's attacks, and kicks the fetid giant in his face. Kulilin then proceeds to finish off Bacterian by giving him a taste of his own medicine by farting in his face while he's down, forcing the foul-smelling fighter to give in, causing Kulilin to obtain victory.