Dragon Ball Chapter 53

"The Climax"
Kanji クライマックス
Rōmaji Kuraimakkusu
Viz The Final Blow
Chapter Info
Author(s) Akira Toriyama
Volume Volume 5
Previous Chapter 52
Next Chapter 54
Arc 21st Tenka-Ichi Budōkai Arc
Japanese December 3, 1985
Anime Adaptation
Corresponding episode(s) DB028
Character debut(s)
None in this chapter
Technique debut(s)
None in this chapter
Tool debut(s)
None in this chapter

"The Climax" (クライマックス, Kuraimakkusu; Viz "The Final Blow") is the fifty-third chapter of the Dragon Ball manga.


As both Jackie Chun and Gokū charge towards each other, both manage to kick each other in the face, resulting in a double knockout by the end of the 10 count regardless of the audience's pleas for each of the fighters to get back up.

The host announcer then explains that ties do not exist in the Tenka-Ichi Budōkai, and affirms that whoever stands up and happily says "yep, I won it" first would be declared the winner. As both contestants struggle to stand up, Gokū manages to get up first, but collapses, leading Chun to attain the victory by standing up and successfully uttering the winning phrase.

Knowing that Gokū would virtually mimic every move he would perform, Chun contemplates that since his legs are longer than Gokū's, his kick struck more damage to the body than that of Gokū's kick. As Chun marvels at Gokū being the only fighter ever to make he, Muten Rōshi, be pushed so far, Gokū figures to train harder and once again fight against Chun, much to the excitement of the crowd for witnessing a great final battle and tournament overall.

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