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Dragon Ball Chapter 127

"Kuririn's Strategy, Gokū's Strategy"
Kanji クリリンの作戦、悟空の作戦
Rōmaji Kuririn no Sakusen, Gokū no Sakusen
Viz Goku vs. Kuririn, Part 3
Chapter Info
Author(s) Akira Toriyama
Volume Volume 11
Previous Chapter 126
Next Chapter 128
Arc 22nd Tenka-Ichi Budōkai Arc
Japanese June 2, 1987
Anime Adaptation
Corresponding episode(s) DB096 & DB097
Character debut(s)
None in this chapter
Technique debut(s)
Tool debut(s)
None in this chapter

"Kuririn's Strategy, Gokū's Strategy" (クリリンの作戦、悟空の作戦, Kuririn no Sakusen, Goku no Sakusen; Viz "Gokū vs. Kuririn, Part 3") is the one hundred twenty-seventh chapter of the Dragon Ball manga.


Gokū begins to collapse from the strain of his tail being pulled, leading Muten Rōshi to conclude the end of the match was a disappointing one. Tenshinhan is surprised to note Gokū's weak point, and believes that facing Kuririn in the final round will be too easy a victory. Before the countdown can finish, Gokū leaps over Kuririn's head and uses his tail to manhandle his friend, slamming him onto the tile. Gokū revealed that, in the last three years, he took Muten Rōshi's advice to heart and trained his tail to withstand pressure. Muten Rōshi thinks to himself that it's not only Gokū's good nature that makes him so incredible, but his ability to persevere so well in training to overcome his own weaknesses. This leads him to believe Gokū no only has any weaknesses, a statement he rescinds once he realizes Gokū is still too gullible.

In response to Kuririn's dirty trick, Gokū vanishes on the spot, leading others to assume he's literally vanished. Muten Rōshi, however, can detect Gokū's presence, and Tenshinhan knows better as well. With Gokū's speed, Tenshinhan can barely track his movements, but the nopise Gokū gives off as he moves is enough to clue him in. Gokū reappears, striking Kuririn and sending him flying out of the ring, winning him the match. Those in the crowd couldn't see what Gokū did, but Tenshinhan noticed that when Gokū reappeared, he struck Kuririn with nine strikes, but held back enough power to Kuririn would only suffer a ring out.

Both Muten Rōshi and Tsuru Sennin note Gokū's impressive power, the former noting he's truly begun to feel threatened by Gokū's impressive strength, while the later concludes it is possible for Gokū to have defeated Taopaipai. With Gokū and Kuririn's fight concluded, Tenshinhan eagerly anticipates his coming match with Gokū.