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The Monster is Coming (天を裂く激烈光弾!! ピッコロVS人造人間17号, Ten wo Saku Gekiretsu Kodan!! Pikkoro tai Jinzo Ningen Ju-Nanago) is the ninth episode of the Imperfect Cell Saga and the one hundred forty-eighth overall episode in the uncut Dragon Ball Z series. The episode first aired on July 15, 1992. Its original American air date was October 16, 2000.



The Androids

Piccolo standing before Android 17 removes his weighted clothing and powers up in preparation to battle. On The Lookout, sensing that Piccolo must be about to fight, Gohan attempts to leave to go and assist his friend but Goku urges him to stay as he is not strong enough and will only get in Piccolo's way.

The fight between Piccolo and Android 17 begins with the two adversaries seemingly on par with each other for a while until Piccolo gains the upper hand and knocks Android 17 down. However Android 17 gets back up, ready to continue their battle.

Meanwhile at Capsule Corporation, Dr. Brief rocks Trunks to sleep as Bulma continues to work on creating a Shut Down Remote for the Androids. Becoming frustrated at her progress she wakes Trunks back up who starts crying.

Back at the Tropical Islands, Piccolo and Android 17 continue their battle. Piccolo fires a barrage of Scatter Shots at Android 17 only for them to have little effect. After a brief physical confrontation, Piccolo attempts the same trick again, confusing Android 17 with how Piccolo has such bad aim. This was all a trick however and Piccolo performs the Hellzone Grenade. Android 17 comes through intact however as a result of using his Energy Shield.

Android 17 points at a nearby island for them to continue he their battle and take off. Meanwhile Cell still absorbing innocent people in a other part of the world, senses Piccolo fighting and realises that the Androids must be involved. Having now got the sufficient strength required, he takes off to find them.

Major Events

  • Piccolo battles Android 17.
  • Cell having now absorbed enough life forms, heads to the battle to absorb the Androids.


  • Piccolo vs. Android 17




Bruce Faulconer tracks

Differences from the manga

  • The scene with Goku telling Gohan that Piccolo is fighting the Androids and Gohan attempting to go save him happens before they actually start fighting in the anime but shortly into their fight in the manga.
  • Bulma working on the Shut Down Remote at Capsule Corporation is exclusive to the anime.
  • In the anime, Piccolo fires two barrages of Scatter Shots, the second of which is used for the Hellzone Grenade. The first barrage did not happen in the manga.


  • While attacking Android 17 with the Hellzone Grenade, Piccolo says "Masenko" for most of the battle and "Makosen" during one strike.
  • Before fighting against Piccolo, Android 17 folds his sleeves from his white long undershirt to make it short until it becomes loose when he was fighting him.


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