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Closer... Closer... (サイヤじんせまる!! Saiya-jin Semaru!!, lit. "The Saiyans Approach!!") is the two hundred twelfth chapter of the Dragon Ball manga. The chapter's anime counterpart is the majority of the episode "Counting Down."


The cover of this chapter shows the Z Fighters standing in fighting positions.


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King Kai prepares a target for Goku's Genki-Dama

King Kai throws a brick at super speed, while Goku tries to sense it out and strike it with the newly learned Genki-Dama. He succeeds, much to the surprise of King Kai, who goes on to explain that since the Genki-Dama draws its power from all surrounding life, the amount of energy it outputs on a planet as small as his would be nothing in comparison to a planet the size of the Earth. He cautions that using it might end up destroying the planet if he isn't careful, and recommends only using it as a last resort.

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The Saiyan's space pods touch down on Earth

King Kai remarks that the Saiyans will be arriving the next day, but immediately panics, having forgotten to include the time it would take Goku to travel back on Snake Way in his estimation. Despite this, Goku is assured that despite taking six months previously, he can now travel the distance in two days. King Kai asks Goku to place his hand on his shoulder, which would allow him to contact his friends back on Earth. Goku telepathically reaches Master Roshi, who is currently on the toilet, and asks him to summon Shenron and wish him back to life at once.

Bulma, Puar, Oolong and Roshi gather around as Shenron is called. Oolong wishes for the Saiyan threat to go away, but Shenron claims this is outside his power, as Kami created him, and he can't grant a wish beyond Kami's power. Roshi then wishes for Goku's life back. Back on King Kai's planet, Goku's halo disappears, and he immediately sets off on Snake Way, racing at full speed. The next morning, at 11:33am, the Saiyans arrive.





Volume 18: The Lord Of Worlds
A Warrior in Hell · Gohan and Piccolo · Son Gohan, the Inconsolable · Deeds Done by the Full Moon · Goku and Gohan's Training Begins!! · Masters and Students · The Hardest Time of His Death · Closer... Closer... · The Day of the Saiyans · Let the Games Begin! · One Down... · Heroes in Terror