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"Kame Sennin's Kintoun"
Kanji 亀仙人の筋斗雲
Rōmaji Kamesennin no Kintoun
Literal English The Turtle Hermit's Somersault Cloud
Viz They Call Him…the Turtle Hermit!
Chapter Info
Author(s) Akira Toriyama
Volume Volume 1
Previous Chapter 3
Next Chapter 5
Arc Hunt for the Dragon Balls Arc
Japanese July 24, 1984
English October 6, 2001
Anime Adaptation
Corresponding episode(s) DB003 & DB004
Character debut(s)
None in this chapter
Technique debut(s)
None in this chapter
Tool debut(s)

"Kame Sennin's Kintoun" (亀仙人の筋斗雲, Kamesennin no Kintoun; Viz "They Call Him…the Turtle Hermit!"; Literally meaning "The Turtle Hermit's Somersault Cloud") the fourth chapter of Part I of the Dragon Ball manga.


The man that Turtle brought introduces himself to Gokū and Bulma as Kame Sennin, the Turtle Hermit. Determined to give the children gifts, Kame Sennin asks Turtle precisely which of them helped him, to which Turtle replies that only Gokū helped. Stating he owes Gokū a hefty reward for returning his friend, Kame Sennin calls out to the Immortal Phoenix. When the bird doesn't answer the call, Turtle reminds Kame Sennin of the phoenix's rather ironic death from eating "tainted bird seed"; a claim which naturally puzzles Bulma. Kame Sennin is disappointed, as he said he was gonna have the phoenix grant Gokū immortality, but then decides on another gift. Turning to the sky, he calls for the Kintoun.

Descending from the sky is a magic yellow cloud, which Kame Sennin reiterates is "Kintoun", and he's gifting it to Gokū. Gokū's immediate question is how they eat the cloud, but Kame Sennin immediately debunks this idea, telling Gokū that Kintoun isn't a cloud to eat, it's a cloud to ride. Meanwhile, Bulma questions why Muten Rōshi, as a Turtle Hermit, has a magic cloud, as it makes no sense. He simply tells her to deal with it, as Gokū asks if the cloud will really fly him anywhere. Kame Sennin replies it can, but to mount the cloud, you have to be pure of heart. To demonstrate, Kame Sennin attempts to stand on Kintoun, but due to his own impure nature, the cloud rejects him. This comes as a shock to both Turtle and Kame Sennin himself. Gokū is eager to give it a try next, and jumps on the cloud, landing on the first try.

With relative ease, Gokū takes the cloud for a very literal spin before eagerly thanking Kame Sennin, who says Gokū makes the cloud look like it was meant for him. Bulma wants a cloud too, and eagerly asks Kame Sennin for one. The hermit asks Turtle if Bulma helped him, to which Turtle denies, and Bulma angrily reminds him who gave him the salt water. Lamenting the fact that he only has a single cloud, Kame Sennin says he could give Bulma a gift if she gives him a peek at her panties. Bulma is shocked, but Turtle is outraged. The hermit replies that, as the Turtle Hermit, he deserves this chance, and Turtle says they know now why the cloud wouldn't let Kame Sennin on. Blushing profusely, Bulma lifts up her dressing gown, entirely unaware that Gokū had removed her panties earlier, and thus she was completely nude when flashing Kame Sennin.

Bulma then says that the hermit owes her now, and the hermit starts to contemplate precisely what he could give her, as he doubts she'd be satisfied with a peek at his briefs. Its at this moment that Bulma spots the Dragon Ball dangling around his neck, and eagerly asks to see it. He takes it off, showing it to Bulma and says he skimmed it off of the ocean floor a century ago and put it on a pendant. Bulma, upon taking a closer look, sees it truly is a Dragon Ball and calls Gokū down from the air. Seeing three stars in it, Gokū realizes it is Sanshinchū, the Three-Star Ball. Excited that her radar was right on the money, Bulma is happy they didn't have to get it out of the ocean themselves. Kame Sennin, however, states he didn't say he was going to give Bulma the ball, contemplating whether or not he could actually make some 'real money' off of it. Bulma, however, carelessly flashes the hermit, which convinces him to give her the Ball. As the hermit leaves, he laments the fact that he did not bring a camera, but notes that it is good to be alive right now.

Making their way back to their Hoi Poi Capsule house, Gokū and Bulma are ecstatic over their luck. Enjoying his cloud while Bulma goes into change, Gokū hears a blood-curdling shriek as Bulma finally realizes what Kame Sennin and the Turtle found out — she wasn't wearing panties. Rushing in to check what was wrong, Bulma is holding her panties, and realizes that when she flashed the hermit, she didn't have anything on. Mishearing her, Gokū tells her not to worry, and she doesn't need "those parts" to survive. Confused, Bulma asks Gokū what he's talking about, and Gokū says he saw she didn't have them while she was sleeping. Gokū outright admits that he took her panties off her, and an enraged Bulma pulls a machine gun on the boy, shooting him several times. After they capusilze the house, Bulma warns Gokū that if he ever does that again, she will shot to kill him. When it is time to head out, Bulma tries to ride the Kintoun, but finds she is too impure to mount the cloud.

Three days later, Bulma's radar picks up the signal of other Dragon Ball; the radar leads them to an empty village called Aru Village. While Bulma believes everyone to be gone, Gokū says that can't be right, as he can sense the presence of somebody.