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The Bittersweet End (憂うつな幕切れ..., Yūutsu na Makugire...; lit. "A Gloomy Closing Scene...") is the two hundred forty-second chapter of the Dragon Ball manga. The chapter's anime counterpart is the first half of the episode "Picking Up the Pieces".

Cover

The cover of this chapter shows a night sky with Bulma's aircraft flying above the rocky ground.

Summary

Bulma, Chi-Chi, Kame-Sen'nin, and Korin arrive at Gizard Wasteland. Chi-Chi rushes out of the ship, shouting for Gohan frantically. Running as fast as she can and jumping over her seriously injured husband Goku, Chi-Chi takes Gohan from Kuririn and hugs his unconscious body telling him she will never leave him again. Kuririn mentions Goku's pitiful state to Chi-Chi but she is obviously not listening. Kuririn walks over to Goku who is being surrounded by Kame-Sen'nin, Korin, and Bulma. Kuririn tells them that they got everybody but us "four". Bulma reacts cheerfully and says that we will bring them back the next year with the Dragon Balls. Goku breaks the news to Bulma that Piccolo died and the Dragon Balls are gone. None of their friends can be brought back to life. Bulma does not believe this and says that Piccolo has to be alive but Yajirobe walks up confirming he was the fourth. Bulma breaks down and they all board the ship.

In the ship, Kuririn gives the directions to where the bodies of their fallen friends are. On the way, he mentions how it is possible that they can still be brought back to life. The ship arrives and they take the bodies in. Although Yamcha, Tenshinhan, and Piccolo's bodies are present, Chiaotzu's body is absent due to self-destructing earlier in a failed attempt to kill Nappa. When the ship flies off again, Gohan regains consciousness. He realizes he is in his mother's arms and the others inform him of the Vegeta's departure. Gohan is happy to see that his father is alive, albeit crippled.

Kuririn informs everyone that the Saiyans said something along the lines of: If we can not find the Dragon Balls here we can always go to Namek. Planet Namek is where Piccolo and Kami are from, according to the Saiyans. Bulma appears less than enthusiastic about this news, and she wonders how they could even find this planet. Goku says that he can contact the Lord of Worlds, who he has feeling will know the planet's whereabouts.

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Volume 21: Dragon Ball In Space
Goku's Request · The Bittersweet End · Destination Namek · The Mysterious Spaceship · 3... 2... 1... Lift Off! · The Return of Vegeta · Planet Namek, Cold and Dark · The Mysterious Strangers · Vegeta's True Power · Goku Returns! Again! · Son Goku's Spaceship · Namekian Fear

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