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Dragon Ball Chapter 88

"Karin-sama of Karin Tower"
Kanji カリン塔のカリン様
Rōmaji Korin Tō no Karinsama
Literal English Karin of Karin Tower
Viz Sage of the Karin Tower
Chapter Info
Author(s) Akira Toriyama
Volume Volume 8
Previous Chapter 87
Next Chapter 89
Arc Red Ribbon Army Arc
Japanese August 19, 1986
Anime Adaptation
Corresponding episode(s) DB061
Character debut(s)
Technique debut(s)
None in this chapter
Tool debut(s)
None in this chapter

"Karin-sama of Karin Tower" (カリン塔のカリン様, Korin Tō no Karinsama; Viz "Sage of the Karin Tower"; Literally meaning "Karin of Karin Tower") is the eighty-eighth chapter of Part I of the Dragon Ball manga.


After reaching the top of the tower, Gokū searches for the Holy Water that is rumored to give him exponential strength. However, he hears a voice call out to him that directs him to the very top of the tower. It is revealed that the voice came from a feline with a staff, who praises the young boy for making it to the top of the tower. The feline then reveals himself as the hermit Gokū is looking for, and directs the boy to the super holy water.

The hermit then reads Gokū's heart and figures out his purpose in searching for the holy water, which shocks the boy. After the hermit determines that he does not have any ill intentions, he challenges the boy to obtain the holy water by having to go through him first and foremost. As Gokū struggles to keep up with the hermit, he reveals his hunger is holding him back, and the hermit simply feeds him a Senzu, which quickly relieves the boy of his hunger.

Confident, Gokū attempts to take the water again, but still cannot obtain it from the hermit. A tired Gokū asks if he is the first one to reach the top of the tower, but the hermit reveals that the first person to reach the tower and drink the holy water was the boy's master, Muten Rōshi, much to the young boy's surprise. After the hermit reveals his name as Karin, he also reveals it took Rōshi three years to take the water from him.


  • Despite his manga coloration being blue, Karin is colored white in the Full Color title page of the chapter.
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