|DB001. Bloomers and the Monkey King|
|Tankōbon No.||Dragon Ball 01 (01)|
|Tale No.||DB001 (001)|
|Characters||Son Goku, Bulma & a Pterosaur Hybrid.|
|Previous: N/A||Next: DB002. No Balls!|
SummaryEditThe first chapter of Dragon Ball introduces the protagonist Son Goku and long standing staple character, Bulma. Son Goku meets Bulma through unlikely circumstances, after living in the eastern mountains alone since the death of his 'grandfather' (Son Gohan). Bulma locates his house in search of the dragon ball in his possession. However, he's unwilling to let her have it due to it being the last possession of his grandfather's that wasn't destroyed when he died. So, she invites him along on her quest instead with the ulterior motive of using his freak-ish strength to protect herself, and take his ball at the last moment knowing full well that it would scatter across the world when the wish was granted.
The following were introduced in this chapter:
- Ball Detector
- Bulma's Car
- Bulma's Scooter
- Dragon Balls
- Eastern Mountains
- North Valley
- Son Goku
- Son Gohan (Elder)
Long, long ago. In a deep, dark forest far from civilization, beyond a towering range of... Well, you get the idea. It's the kind of place a story like this has to begin... Hey, bro! Wuzzup?!
Hnnnnnnn... Nyah!!! Prepare to No
That takes care o' the wood-choppin'! Only now I'm hungry...
Hey, Grampa... I'm gonna get me some grub. What'd be good today...
Got to be right... Around... ... Or maybe a little more to the west...? Anyway, I'm close... I'm close!
Just had bear the other day... Wish I'd bump into a tiger... Oh, yeah! Fish! I forgot about ! Whee!
ya, ya dumb-butt little
Hey-Heh heh! Wotta catch!! Wotta catch!! Huh? Wazzat...?
Ohhh... Oh... Whoa...
Watch where you're you road-block!!
So... A eh?!! Tryin' to snatch my from me, eh?!! Well... You're not... Gettin' away... With my fish...!!
Now, c'mon and''''' C'mon!! Fight!! '''''
Ngh... Huf... Uhh... Oof...
Now a hideous demon emerges from the monster!
Whuh was What're you, a
Yee... Gods...!! Wh-what are you...?! Why aren't you dead?!
Dummy! Stupid! Y'think can hurt me?! With little owchies like that!? Now, demon... Prepare to
Wait! Whoa! I'm not a demon!! I'm a human!!!
Huh?! A human?! Really?!
Yes, silly!! I'm just like you!! Take a gander!
Don't make a move!
Not very are you.
You're kinda like me... But there's something... ... You seem kinda... ... And
Wull brainiac! You're a big an' I'm a cute li'l girl!
Hel-loh!! Surely you've seen a before!
I never saw another before. My dead Grampa always told me... "If you ever meet a girl, treat her nice."
Well, then... Don't you think you should get started?
So females don't have tails, eh...?
Man... That is ...
So what that monster anyway? How'd you catch it?
That "monster" happens to be my . People make them.
So is a car! I've heard of 'em in stories... Huh. It looks tough... But it ain't much! Whoa, whoa, wait... Are you from "Civilization"?!
Well... Let's just say I'm from way far
Come over to my place! You're a girl, so I'll feed you!
As long as that's you do... You're pretty strong for a runt.
Grampa trained me good!
Wait here a sec...
Not much for home repair, are you?
Grampa, look! It's a female! A human female in our house!
Huh? I it!! My detector was right
Hey!! Leggo o' That was his last possession!! Even aren't allowed to touch it!!
Well... I guess I hafta let you in on my li'l secret...
More Grampa!! more Grampas!!
No, no... They're called "Dragon Balls."
Y'mean... Some poor dragon...?
I found one in my cellar. I had no idea what it was... ...And neither did anyone else I asked.
Grampa has stars in 'im!
Then that's "S
You're collectin' them?
Almost half way there! But it won't be no cake-walk from here on...
Why do you want 'em? Gonna make one've them or somethin'?
Oh, but of ! Listen, goof... An amazing thing happens when you get all seven... ...
The last person who collected the dragon balls became a king! But , in the centuries snce, the balls got scattered again! Leaving it to li'l to bring 'em back together! And I've already settled on a wish!! At first I wanted a lifetime supply of strawberries... But now I think I'm gonna go for a super-cute boyfriend!!
So that's the deal! Now gimme the
My butt is dirty!!! Okay, okay!! You can me with my quest!! Grampa told you to be nice to girls, right?!
You don't have anything better to do, do ya?! Youre a man! You're s'posed to quests!
O-kaaay... But I'm givin' you Grampa!
Fine! Fine! I'll just borry it at the very end, 'kay?
All-righ-Let the adventure
But how're we gonna find the other balls if you don't even know where they are?
Ho ho ho! I'm not just a pretty face y'know! Though I most certainly am that! Feast your peepers on !
It's my Ball Detector!! I noticed that the balls give off a faint electromagnetic pulse, so I constructed it! See, these three in the middle are the ones we have right now, and... The next closest is... To the west! About 1,200 kilometers!! You wrecked my car, so I'll just have to take out a new one. By the way, what's your name?
Me? I'm Goku. Son Goku! How 'bout you?
Doesn't that mean "bloomers"?!
I didn't it!!!
He made me forget which... Oh yeah... Number 9!! Stand Thar she Let's !!
I it!!! You a witch!!!
Get it, ape-boy! in the city's got Hoi-Poi Capsules! Now swing your tail up here!
Th-this thing g-goes even faster than I can !! I didn't think that was
Hey!! Watch what you're grabbin'
Man, that was incredible!! You actually made us
'Y-yeah... Pr-pretty good, huh...? that steep...!! Scuse me for a sec! Be right back!
Huh?! Why?! Where you goin'?!
Don't you have idea what a lady means when she says "scuse me" you
You mean you gotta pee? Why's she gotta pee way over there? Why can't she do it right here, like a normal person?
'Wha--?!''''' what's wrong? I hope her weenie didn't get bit by a snake!
Who are Part of her
Nah, I just met her. You a friend o' hers?
Yeah... Friend... That's it! Look, there's something I have to discuss with her in private, okay? You just wait right here!
? Funny... Why would he tie me up? Don't take too long okay?
It's been far too long since I've tasted female human flesh!
'What are you for?! '' '
Oh, so now she wants me to her! I wish she'd make up her mind! Some friend is! How'm I gonna do this...? I can't fl... That's it!!! If I can just remember... Lessee... I think she twisted Hot It's movin'!!! All right!! All right!! Don't fall Guess I gotta do it
Okay Do your ! Have a little
Relax! See? All's swell that ends swell!
What's so about peeing my
- Son Goku first mistakes Bulma for a demon, making this the first time demons are mentioned in the series. Son Goku will eventually battle and defeat the King of Demons, which this scene could be foreshadowing. Demons eventually become an indispensible element of the mythology, including characters like Piccolo, Dabra and Miira.
- The final chapter of Dragon Ball (where he defeats Piccolo) involves defeating a 'demon' by mastering the technique of flight. This could be viewed as reflective to the elements introduced in the first tale.
- Similarly, witches are also mentioned. Witches are later introduced in the form of Uranai Baba and the old witch who fuses with the Ancient Kaio-Shin.
- Son Goku's first reaction to Bulma and technology, is disgust and fear.
- Son Goku's misunderstanding of human culture and gender roles is first introduced in this tale, and he only treats Bulma differently due to Son Gohan's teachings. He spends the entire series struggling with what it means to be a man and what it means to be a woman, something that has never come naturally to him.
- Bulma mentions that the dragon balls were last used to make someone a king many centuries ago. It's never revealed who this was or why, but the only Earth-based kings ever introduced in the series are the King of Earth, King Chappa and Piccolo Dai-Mao, the demon king.
- This tale is the only instance in which the humorous naming puns are ever acknowledged by the characters, as they are in the chapter's title.
- Bulma describes Son Goku as a 'brainiac' (sarcastically), a 'he-man', 'idiot-lad', 'naughty boy', 'cheap-skate', 'pee-wee', 'goof', 'goon', 'little twerp', 'ape-boy', 'oaf', 'imbecile', 'dolt' and more.
- Oolong's Village is references as being 12,00 kilometers west of Goku's House, which is one of few location indicators given in the series. Bulma also references exploring the North Valley, coming from very far west and that she has a cellar.
- Bulma mentions the dragon balls radiate a faint electro-magnetic pulse, one of a handful of details regarding how the dragon balls work which remains largely a mystery still at the end of the series.
- 'Masters of the Universe' and 'Moby Dick' are referenced in this translation by Bulma, who calls Goku 'He-Man' and says 'Thar she blows' when using a capsule.
- Bulma's hair is coloured as teal, however in all future colour chapters it will be purple.
- Text from, Dragon Ball Viz Edition, Volume 1, 2002 printing, story & art by Akira Toriyama, english edition by Gerard Jones.
- Scans from, Dragon Ball Perfect Edition, Volume 1, story & art by Akira Toriyama
- Images scanned and distributed courtesy of http://www.jprawmanga.com/dragon-ball.html
- The original premise for the story is a direct adaptation of 'Journey to the West', a classic Chinese epic novel featuring the monkey king 'Sun Wukong'. Son Goku is directly based off of this character.
- The title is a reference to the influences behind Bulma and Son Goku's names. Bulma's name meaning 'Bloomers' and 'Son Goku's name meaning the 'Monkey King'.
- This is the first chapter to feature Son Goku.
- This is the first chapter to feature Bulma.