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|"Son Gokū versus Piccolo Daimaō"|
|Rōmaji||Son Gokū Tai Pikkoro Daimaō|
|Literal English||Son Gokū versus Piccolo the Great Demon King|
|Viz||Goku vs. The Demon King|
|Arc||Piccolo Daimaō Arc|
|Japanese||September 22, 1987|
"Son Gokū versus Piccolo Daimaō" (孫悟空対ピッコロ大魔王, Son Gokū Tai Pikkoro Daimaō; Viz "Goku vs. The Demon King"; Literally meaning "Son Gokū versus Piccolo the Great Demon King") is the one hundred forty-third chapter of Part I of the Dragon Ball manga.
Surprising Piccolo Daimaō with his speed, Gokū lands a solid punch to the face of the Great Demon King. Mercilessly, Gokū attacks Piccolo and seems to have the advantage; even with Piccolo attempting to fight back, Gokū is able to hold him off. The Pilaf Gang, ever terrified of Gokū's strength, attempt to flee, but Piano orders them to stay, as he believes Piccolo won't lose. Surprised at Gokū's strength, Piccolo stands to his feet and removes his cape.
Unburdened, Piccolo Daimaō begins to overwhelm Gokū with his superior speed. After being soundly beaten, Gokū realizes that all of Piccolo's abilities are beyond the scope of Gokū's own. Piccolo commends Gokū's power as well, stating he's powerful for a human, and that the thought of killing someone as strong as Gokū only excites him. In an act of defiance, Gokū begins to charge the Kamehameha. Piccolo briefly panics, believing Gokū to be about to perform the Mafūba. Releasing the energy wave, it collides with Piccolo; however, the blast does no damage. Utterly shocked by the failure of his technique, Gokū is left stunned as Piccolo prepares to make his move.