The Adventure of Tongpoo

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The Adventure of Tongpoo

The Adventure of Tongpoo

The Adventure of Tongpooトンプー 大冒険Tonpū Daibōken

Genre Shonen, Adventure, Science Fiction

Manga series: The Adventure of Tonpoo

Authored by

Akira Toriyama



Serialized in

Weekly Shōnen Jump

Original run

1983 – 1983

Num of volumes


The Adventure of Tongpoo (トンプー 大冒険, Tonpū Daibōken) is a one-shot manga by Akira Toriyama that ran in the 52nd issue of Weekly Shōnen Jump in 1983. Along with Dragon Boy, it served as an inspiration for Dragon Ball. It introduced an early concept of the Hoi Poi Capsule, as well as story elements for Dragon Ball's 2nd chapter, "No Balls!".


Tongpoo awakening from his hibernation.

The story is centered around a cyborg boy named Tongpoo, the only crew member of a ship known as Planet 12, who was sent from Earth to investigate alien planets. After being in cryogenic freezing for five years aboard the ship, he is waken up assuming that the ship is approaching a planet. Much to his surprise, there is no nearby planet and he was awaken to escape because the ship's engine was damaged and the ship is about to explode.

After escaping in a small scouting ship on limited fuel, he makes it to a desolate alien planet. While riding a hovercraft coming from one of his capsules, he comes across the ruins to a spaceship laying in a lake. While skinny dipping into the lake to investigate the ship, he discovers that the ship is Planet 8 that was sent from Earth two years before him.

While looking around more, he sees the skeleton to what used to be one of Planet 8's crew members. Tongpoo then hears music nearby and ends up finding a young girl named Plamo bathing in a lake. Plamo tells Tongpoo that she was the only surviving member of the ship and the other two were killed by an alien who landed on the planet. Tongpoo and Plamo come up with an idea to steal the ship.

Tongpoo sets up camp using a house created from a capsule. In the house, she reveals that she was originally chosen as part of the research project to investigate alien planets for the comedic reason of her ability to take an hour to bend a spoon. While having a bath together, they both find out that they are 14 years old.

The next morning, they begin their plan to steal the alien spaceship. Tongpoo goes into the ship to see if he can control it, but becomes disappointed when he cannot so he decides to blow it up using a grenade being timed to set off once a block of ice melts. Plamo is outside wearing a revealing dress attempting to seduce the alien, but fails as the alien tries to eat her. Tongpoo runs out and tries to save Plamo. After being shot several times by the alien and still being up, he uses his cyborg powers to defeat the alien and runs off as its ship explodes. Seeing as they have no other choice, Plamo and Tongpoo decide to take Tongpoo's scouting ship and start an adventure to go to the next planet in hopes of finding another ship to make it back to Earth.



Tongpoo was a cyborg boy who was traveling through the universe for the purpose of planetary exploration. He was a basis for Son Goku.



Plamo was a precocious girl who wielded a machine gun that Tongpoo had found on a planet. Bulma Brief was modeled after her.

Differences from Dragon Ball

  • The roles are somewhat reversed as Plamo (the Bulma incarnation) is amazed by the Capsule House while Tongpoo (the Goku incarnation) is the one with the capsules and technology.
  • Capsule 4 is the house capsule, while in Dragon Ball it is Capsule 1. The design of the Capsule House is different and looks almost like the Kame House.
  • Instead of ending up wearing a Bunny costume like Bulma had to, Plamo wears a revealing dress that shows her panties several times.

Similarities with Dragon Ball

  • The bath scene at the Capsule House was similar in Dragon Ball as Plamo reveals her age when seeing that Tongpoo is in the bathroom with her just like how Bulma does in Dragon Ball.
  • The concept of a female character using Irome in a failed attempt to seduce a villain as a distractionary method that failed for various reasons was later reused with Bulma during the General Blue Saga.


Plamo reading a Dr. Slump comic.
  • Plamo is seen reading Dr. Slump while laying on a bed in the Capsule House.
  • The Sun is shown as a living entity in the same way as in Dr. Slump.