Dragon Ball Chapter 45

"A Great Mid-Air Battle!"
Kanji 大空中戦!
Rōmaji Dai-Kūchūsen!
Viz Taking the Air
Chapter Info
Author(s) Akira Toriyama
Volume Volume 4
Previous Chapter 44
Next Chapter 46
Arc 21st Tenka-Ichi Budōkai Arc
Japanese October 8, 1985
Anime Adaptation
Corresponding episode(s) DB025
Character debut(s)
None in this chapter
Technique debut(s)
None in this chapter
Tool debut(s)
None in this chapter

"A Great Mid-Air Battle!" (大空中戦!, Dai-Kūchūsen!; Viz "Taking the Air") is the forty-fifth chapter of the Dragon Ball manga.


Gokū eventually wakes up from dizziness, only to be struck on the jugular from Namu's airborne attack. As everyone is shocked and convinced that the young boy will not be able to get up by the end of the 10 count, Gokū's ever-surprising resiliency causes him to get back up and shake off the pain, much to the awe of everyone. An incredulous Namu decides to take the air once again and strike Gokū, but the young boy also manages to get in the air as well, ensuing an airborne battle between the two fighters.

As Gokū lands on the ground faster than Namu, the lone villager is convinced he will win the fight with the boy on the ground proceeds to attack with his Tenkū Pekejiken again, but Gokū manages to swiftly move out of the way just in time to land a critical kick to Namu, knocking the villager out of the ring and giving Gokū the victory. As Yamcha, Kulilin and the rest of the audience react in wonderment of Gokū's victory, Jackie Chun becomes concerned with the possibility of losing to him in the final round.

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