Meanwhile, on a planet far away in the North Area, a man dressed as a swordsman was sitting erect on a rock. He was hugging his knees, with a long sword strapped to his back.
He was one of Zangya's three companions who came to the North Area to find Boss Bojack's sealed place—Swordsman Kogu.
He had already been in the North Area for some time. With his powerful strength, he had traveled to a lot of planets. Even Abo and Kado, who were in charge of the former Frieza Forces, gave way to him in the face of his superior strength and didn't dare to offend him. But even after such a long time had passed, he had not found clues about the place where Boss Bojack was sealed, making him very disappointed.
"Bujin, I still haven't found any clue about boss on this side!" Kogu contacted his companion with a communicator.
"I am the same here, I have already turned the West Area upside down, but there has still been no result! I just contacted Bido, and there is no clue in the South Area too!" Bujin communicated back.
"Are we looking in the wrong direction?" Kogu asked.
"What?" Bujin questioned.
Kogu gave his conjecture, "After Boss was seriously injured, he was sealed by the combined efforts of the four Kais. With their nature, if they intend to choose a place to seal him, I'm afraid that they wouldn't choose a location in the four Areas. The deviation of the position is detrimental for the four Kais to exert their full strength..."
Indeed, the four Kais put their full effort on Kai's Planets in their own administered area, and the construction of the seal required a balanced force; hence, the location where Bojack was sealed would not be too far away from the Planets of the four Kais.
"That is to say, the place where the boss was sealed may be at the same distance from the four Areas?"
"Near the center of the galaxy!"
Kogu told his speculation to his companions, "So we should focus our attention on the Center Galaxy, especially near the Galactic Patrol organization's nest."
"It must be like that."
Bujin and Bido responded one after another.
"Hey, it has been several years since Zangya contacted us. Where could she have gone?" The burly fellow with a beard, Bido, said in a hoarse voice.
"Don't know, maybe she is goofing off somewhere, or is treating her injuries. She just woke up, maybe she hasn't fully recovered yet."
Bido cursed in rage, "We must give her a good lecture next time we meet!"
After they agreed, they no longer cared about Zangya and respectively rushed towards the centre of the galaxy. They didn't know that their so-called Zangya was living as a prisoner on the Planet Hongshan at this very moment.
North Area, Earth...
Six months quickly passed, and the day of the 21st World Martial Arts Tournament was at hand.
During these six months, Goku and Krillin, under Master Roshi's guidance, kept sending milk and plowed the land with bare hands around the town. Because their fundamentals were solid—which were then baptized by Master Roshi's 'simple and easy to understand' martial arts concept—their strength had unnoticeably increased; especially Goku, his strength had advanced by leaps and bounds compared to six months ago.
And even the delicate Chi-Chi became more powerful because of the training during this time.
In the next test, Master Roshi pointed to a huge rock the size of a small hill and had them push it. The result was that Goku stepped forward and completed it with ease, and Krillin, after trying his best, barely completed it. Although Chi-Chi didn't have to push the large rock, her test requirements were a separate test of agility conducted by Master Roshi.
Master Roshi was satisfied with the test results of his several disciples. He nodded and mused,'Goku is a monster, and what's more, I didn't think that Krillin will actually complete the objective.'Master Roshi was also particularly satisfied with Chi-Chi; he mused, 'This female disciple's skills are fully developed and her overall strength is above Krillin's.'
If he had an energy detector, he would learn that Goku's current Battle Power had reached 185, and Krillin and Chi-Chi's were 110 and 120 respectively.
The date of World Martial Arts Tournament approached.
Kame House, Goku and Krillin put on a suit that Master Roshi had gotten from who knows where. Chi-Chi also wore a female suit, and under the lead of Master Roshi, they all boarded a plane and majestically rushed towards the location of the Martial Arts Tournament.
On the other side, how could Xiaya be absent from such an interesting event like the World Martial Arts Tournament? A few days before the start of the tournament, Xiaya closed the gate of the villa and brought along Xiling and Myers, as they rushed towards the venue of the martial arts tournament. Blue-haired Launch unfurled a parasol and also went together with them.
On the way, Myers asked with great enthusiasm, "Xiaya, what is interesting about looking at the competition between these weak humans? How about we also participate instead?"
Xiaya hastily stopped her, "Don't! Can't you see that I didn't even let Launch participate in it, so how can I allow you to?"
"If we aren't participating, then why are we going there?" Myers asked as she curled her lips.
Blue-haired Launch, who was holding a parasol, said with a smile as the breeze caused her dress to flutter, "Because this time, Tien Shinhan will also participate in the World Martial Arts Tournament, and this was the second test that Xiaya gave him."
"So, you really want to accept that three-eyed as your disciple?" Myers' eyes blinked as she asked.
Xiaya smiled and said, "Why not? Tien Shinhan's dedication to training is stronger than yours. If it weren't for your Saiyan bloodline, maybe your strength would be worse than him!"
Myers was not convinced as she retorted, "Hah, I'm not as good as that Three-Eyed kid? I can't pretend I didn't hear that."
They boarded a private plane noisily, and Xiaya sat in the pilot's cabin so as to pilot it. It was also quite interesting to use high-tech machines once in a while.
In a hemispherical building at the top of the Korin tower...
Tien Shinhan was training arduously, as sweat dripped down along his taut muscles and fell to the ground. Korin was sitting by the side, holding a teapot and leisurely filling his teacup with tea. He turned around, stared at the arduously training duo in front of him and nodded slightly.
Korin mused, 'Although they are both still somewhat dark and ruthless in nature, their dark nature has weakened a lot compared to when they first came here, and their martial arts spirit is gradually being aroused.'
"Tien Shinhan, Chiaotzu, the day of the Martial Arts Tournament is fast approaching, so you can go down now," Korin arrived in front of the two people and said.
"Thank you for your reminder, Immortal Korin," Tien Shinhan and Chiaotzu said simultaneously.
Tien Shinhan asked, "Immortal Korin, how far does our current strength lag behind Launch's?"
Korin laughed heartily. He took a sip of warm water, narrowed his eyes and said, "It cannot be compared. At least, so far, Launch is the most powerful human on earth. The disparity between you is still very big. After training for two or three more years, maybe you can catch up to her."
"Is it really so big?" Tien Shinhan had a tense expression.
Korin shook his head and encouraged, "The disparity is no doubt big, but you don't have to be afraid. With your current situation, if you keep working hard, it's just a matter of time before you surpass Launch, and maybe, you can also reach greater heights."
Saying that, Korin raised his head, staring higher up into the sky, as he mused, 'Are the two people in the Lookout also paying attention to the mortal realm right now?'
"Umm, I will continue to work hard." Tien Shinhan thought for a moment and sighed.
Korin nodded his head in satisfaction and advised, "Hehe, Launch had only stayed here for a few years. Her latter growth was brought out by Mr. Xiaya. If you can train under Mr. Xiaya, you will definitely become stronger."
Tien Shinhan was shocked after listening, but he also understood the reason for it in his heart, 'Even Immortal Korin thinks so highly of him. It seems that my choice is really not wrong!'
Tien Shinhan knew that Xiaya was definitely an amazing expert, but he hadn't thought that Xiaya would even take away Launch.
"Right, I will give both of you two Black Flying Nimbus, which can send you directly to the venue of the World Martial Arts tournament." Korin beckoned with his walking stick, and soon, two black clouds floated over from somewhere far away. They were different from Goku's Flying Nimbus. The Black Flying Nimbus did not have any requirements for the soul of the rider.
"You should set off at once," Korin said.
"Then... Immortal Korin, goodbye!"
"Umm, take care on the way!"
Tien Shinhan and Chiaotzu jumped on each Black Flying Nimbus, and after saying goodbye to Korin, they flew straight towards the venue of the World Martial Arts tournament. The venue of the World Martial Arts Tournament was in the southern hemisphere, and it was too time-consuming to directly go there via aircraft.
The venue of the World Martial Arts Tournament...
As the start of the tournament was fast approaching, well-known and powerful experts from all over the world arrived from thousands of miles away, making the whole venue unusually lively.
"Heh heh, there are so many people, and they are all martial artists gathered from around the world," Goku looked around from behind Master Roshi and said excitedly, his expression full of excitement.
"Senior brother Goku and Senior brother Krillin, these people's Ki seem to be very weak; have they also come to participate in the World Martial Arts Tournament?" Chi-Chi had just learned to sense the existence of Ki. She spread out her consciousness, and found out that apart from her, Goku and Krillin, there were basically no powerful Ki's in the venue!
These contestants, if their Battle Power was calculated, it would at most only reach a dozen or so, and even the best among them has no more than fifty!
Chi-Chi felt a little disappointed and mused, 'Are formidable experts actually so rare in the whole world?'
"Let's register first, then, we'll go to the venue of the preliminary rounds. Don't look around, and take care that you don't get lost!" Master Roshi bent down and sternly warned the overly-excited Goku, Krillin, and Chi-Chi. Then he led the three of them to get registered.
At this moment, Xiaya was strolling around with Xiling and Myers.
"Xiaya, I don't seem to see your preparatory disciple... he hasn't come yet?" Xiling stretched her body and said with a smile.
Xiaya shook his head and said, "They have already arrived, but they must have gone to register."
Sure enough, after a little while, Tien Shinhan and Chiaotzu walked out of the crowd and noticed Launch who was in Blue-haired mode. They were slightly startled, but they also knew that she had a peculiar characteristic of switching personalities.
"Teacher, you are here," Tien Shinhan curbed the arrogance in his heart and said humbly.
"Don't call me teacher. Wait until you have become the champion of the tournament, then I will accept you as my disciple." Xiaya waved his hand.
"Yes!" Tien Shinhan responded earnestly.
Then they met Master Roshi's group. At this time, Goku and others had already changed to the special martial arts uniform of the Turtle School. After the registrations were completed, the preliminaries were scheduled to begin shortly after.
"Ah, Goku, you didn't inform me when you arrived. I have been waiting for you for a long time." A cute girl with a ponytail squeezed out from the packed crowd. Oolong was also with her.
"Bulma, you arrived so early," Goku said, slightly surprised.
Bulma said angrily, "Didn't you agree to contact me? You made me wait in vain for so long."
"Hehe, I forgot," Goku said, smiling sheepishly.
At this time Krillin quietly asked Goku, "Goku, who is this cute girl? You seem to be quite familiar with her?"
"Oh, she is called Bulma, a friend who had previously adventured with me."
Then Goku introduced Krillin and Chi-Chi to Bulma. Bulma looked at Chi-Chi with amazement. She couldn't help but feel astonished; she couldn't imagine how the brutish Ox King would have such a cute and lovely daughter like Chi-Chi.
"Hello!" Bulma stood next to Goku and greeted everyone enthusiastically.
"Ha ha ha, Bulma, you have also come. You are really getting more and more beautiful," Suddenly, Master Roshi hopped out of nowhere and said.
Bulma looked at Master Roshi with an unpleasant expression and cursed, "Old rogue, stay far away from me."
"Uhh, you are really unreasonable, little girl..." Master Roshi pouted and withdrew to the side, feeling regretful.
"Goku, Krillin, Chi-Chi, it's time to test the results of your training. I heard from Xiaya that the duo from the Crane School would also participate in the Martial Arts Tournament. Although I don't know what their aim is, the disciples of our Turtle School must not lose to the Crane School. Do you understand?"
"Yeah!" Krillin repeatedly nodded.
Chi-Chi affirmed, "Yes, Master Roshi."
"Are they also going to take part in the competition? Then I'll have to try harder." As Goku heard that Tien Shinhan and Chiaotzu were also participating in the competition, his expression immediately turned serious.
Previously, when he saw the fight between Tien Shinhan and Blonde-haired Launch, he felt very itchy watching them from the sidelines. However, there was an opportunity this time, so he really wanted to properly compete with Tien Shinhan.
At this time, a loud gong rang out, and a staff member stepped up and addressed the crowd using a big loudspeaker, "The contestants participating in the martial arts tournament, please go to the competition hall for the qualifying matches!"
"Go, the qualifying matches are about to begin, and you must first qualify for the top eight," Master Roshi informed them.
The qualifying matches were decided by drawing lots, and luck was also a key part of it.
Goku looked around as he followed the crowd and entered the venue. While walking, he looked for Tien Shinhan and Chiaotzu. "Why haven't I seen them yet? Could it be that they didn't come?"
"They may have already entered the competition hall. You should be able to find them after going in!"
Master Roshi calmly said. Seeing Goku nod, he stealthily slipped away, stuck a wig and dressed up as Jackie Chun; he then announced his name and entered the competition hall.
In the competition hall, the contestants who came to participate in the tournament had already filled the hall. There were all kinds of strange-looking martial artists who had come from all over the world; there were werewolves, giants, and even some ferocious beasts could be seen.
It was an amazing sight to behold.
However, these strange races inexplicably disappeared in the later stages of the dragon ball. The heaven and the earth was a chessboard, and they were no longer counted as "protagonists".
On the platform, the host first explained the rules of the competition. "The 137 contestants who have signed up for the competition will be divided into four divisions, with two remaining contestants in each division to contest in the top eight."
Then, all the contestants started to draw lots. Goku, Krillin, and Chi-Chi respectively drew No. 69, No. 93 and No. 124. Fortunately, they were not assigned to the same group.
"Sure enough, that guy named Goku has also come to participate in this Martial Arts Tournament," In the corner, Yamcha—who had cut his hair short—stared at Goku with flashing eyes as he muttered. This time, he has also come to participate in the competition!
"I trained for half a year, and I've also overcome my fear of women. Let's determine the victor on the arena."
Yamcha clenched his fists, looking eager. Due to the excess force, his fist slightly trembled.
At this time, Goku had already caught sight of Tien Shinhan and Chiaotzu; he smiled and walked over. "Well, you are here, I'll do my best in the competition later."
"It's you, Turtle School's boy! Although I must admit that you do indeed have some strength, the champion will definitely be me." Tien Shinhan coldly snorted and disdainfully walked away with Chiaotzu.
Outside the competition hall, Xiaya led Xiling and Myers and walked over to Bulma.
Upon seeing Xiaya coming over—who she assumed was a wealthy young master—her countenance suddenly changed.
"Bulma, we meet again," Xiaya walked over and greeted her.
"Hello!" Bulma's mouth twitched as she greeted him. "After I went back home, I asked my sister about you... So, you are really the owner of the Planet Hongshan Corporation."
"Sister also said that you are a very powerful martial artist, but I don't believe it." Xiaya clearly seemed like a playboy, with two beautiful women accompanying on his left and right, and was quite different from the martial artists in her impression.
'Martial artists should be like Goku, and at worst, they should be like Krillin,' Bulma thought.
"Tights said that about me?" Xiaya grinned as he inquired.
"Hmph, it must be a lie; how can you compare to Goku?" Bulma muttered to herself. Her words, however, was heard by Xiaya, causing him to laugh. He didn't want to argue with such a little girl. 'She can think whatever she wants.'
Half a day later, the qualifiers in the competition hall were nearing completion, and finally, the top eight players that qualified in the preliminaries were Goku, Krillin, Chi-Chi, Tien Shinhan, Chiaotzu, Jackie Chun, Yamcha, Nam and the Blonde beauty Ranfan, the Giras race's Giran and Bacterian from the original work didn't qualify for top eight.
Under Chiaotzu's secret manipulation, the fighting order of the eight contestants was fixed, which was as follows:
The first match was Goku vs Nam.
The second match was Yamcha vs Chiaotzu.
The third match was Tien Shinhan vs Chi-Chi.
The fourth match was Krillin vs Jackie Chun.
The eight contestants in the quarter-final and the order of battles had changed dramatically from the original work.
The official matches were scheduled to be held at the outdoor competition hall in the afternoon. Next was lunch time, and several people gathered together to have their lunch. Because the participants in the competition basically knew each other, they went to a nearby restaurant to eat.
Xiaya also mingled together with them.
However, Tien Shinhan, Chiaotzu, and Yamcha weren't together with everyone because they weren't familiar with them and also because of their unsociable personality.
In the afternoon, the quarter-finals of the Martial Arts tournament officially began. On the arena, the host enthusiastically announced with a microphone, "I've kept everyone waiting for a long time. Now, the World Martial Arts Tournament—which was last held five years ago—is finally about to begin. This is the 21st Martial Arts Tournament. The top eight contestants have been chosen from the various martial artists that came from all over the world after having already contested in the qualifiers earlier this morning!"
The martial arts arena was more than 30 meters long and wide and was paved with special stone slabs. There was a green lawn between the martial arts arena and the perimeter wall; the staff members were stationed here to maintain the order of the tournament.
The venue of the tournament had three sides facing the crowd and was blocked by a small brick wall, separating the tournament's martial arts platform from the audience. In the middle was a wide martial arts arena, and behind the martial arts platform was a high wall. There was only one entrance, leading directly to the martial arts hall, which was only accessible to the contestants and staff members.
"In the first match, Goku from the Turtle School will fight against Nam from a village in the south! The contestant Goku is the disciple of the famous Master Roshi, while contestant Nam has overcome many difficulties on the way and entered the top eight..."
The host introduced both sides to the crowd. As the host announced the start of the competition, the packed crowd immediately became lively with excitement. Everyone swarmed to their seats, such that not even a drop of water could trickle through the surrounding area of the tournament venue.
A blond little girl holding a balloon stared blankly at the crowd. She wanted to squeeze in to watch the competition, but how could she compete with the enthusiasm of adults? She couldn't squeeze her way in for a long time, and could only stand behind, staring in confusion at everyone; she had "unhappiness" written all over her face. She hesitated for a long time, before turning around and leaving.
On the other side, Bulma and Oolong struggled to squeeze to the front of the spectators' stand, while Xiaya and Xiling stared at the people around them. Immediately, a powerful pressure spread out from Xiaya. The crowd in front of them consciously got out of the way, creating a spacious path. Seeing that, Bulma and others were stunned.
"I don't like a crowded environment!" Xiaya chuckled; the oppressive power of his consciousness deterred the people around them from getting near.
Bulma opened her mouth and said in amazement, "Incredible."
The blond little girl had not gone far. When she saw the path in front suddenly become empty, she ran over happily, but when she got near, she bumped into an invisible Ki wall which had suddenly appeared, causing her to fall to the ground in a sorry state.
Her mouth began to twitch as she almost cried out.
"Oh dear, how careless... are you hurt?" Myers looked back and saw that a little girl had fallen to the ground; she pushed away Xiaya, helped the little girl up and brought her to the front seat.
"Thank you, sister!" The little girl nodded and shouted excitedly as she could watch the tournament.
The gong suddenly rang loudly as the host struck the sledgehammer several times on its surface. The competition has officially begun.
The Indian-looking Nam participated in the martial arts tournament in order to win the prize money of 500,000 yuan in order to improve the living environment in his hometown. So, he went to the competition with the belief that he would definitely win.
On the martial arts arena, Nam assumed an offensive and defensive stance just as the match began. He tried to gauge the strength of his opponent as his opponent assumed a pose. Nam then took the initiative to launch an attack; he leaned his body forward and fiercely attacked. He—like a sharp arrow shooting out, or like a fast storm—instantly arrived before Goku and kicked.
Goku crooked his head as he looked at Nam, and his body swayed as he suddenly jumped seven or eight meters high into the sky, avoiding Nam's attack. Then, Goku rushed back down with incredible speed and struck towards Nam.
Nam did not expect Goku to be so fast, so his movements couldn't help but slow down. He had fallen to a disadvantage from such a simple attack, and had no choice but dodge to the side for the time being.
Goku's palm hit the ground and made a muffled sound. The stone slabs of the martial arts arena slightly loosened and several cracks appeared.
Nam was shocked. He had researched the previous martial arts tournament and thought that it would be a breeze to win the championship in this present competition. However, just in the first match of the quarter-finals, he met such a strong opponent, so he had no choice but to be careful.
After Goku landed on the ground, he then immediately turned around with one hand, suddenly changing direction, and just like a gust of wind, he disappeared. A powerful wind swept the sand upwards, and the audience had no choice but to close their eyes.
"Kakarrot is much stronger than that Nam... There is no suspense in this match," Xiling narrowed her eyes and said with certainty. In the half year, Goku's skills had risen a lot, but it was still not enough in Xiling's eyes.
Myers smacked her mouth and said, "If he can't even win this kind of match, then Kakarrot is useless."
Xiling and Myers got into a heated argument as if they were masters of martial arts. Listening to them, Bulma rolled her eyes and mused, 'Are they really martial artists?'
While they were arguing, the situation in the arena changed rapidly.
Before the audience could react, Nam's body was sent flying high by Goku's whirlwind attack—like a kite with a cut string, and then, it flew out of the martial arts arena and fell on the lawn outside.
The audience below the stage saw Nam flying out of the arena and were stunned. They did not react for a while. However, after a while, they came back to themselves and erupted with enthusiastic applause.
"Contestant Nam has fallen out of the arena, therefore, contestant Goku has won!"
The first match was over in just a few seconds, and the audience was still unable to digest this outcome. At this time, Master Roshi—dressed as Jackie Chun—found Nam at the back of the arena. After clearly understanding his situation, he gave Nam a Hoi-Poi Capsule to store water and told him to go back and solve the drought problem in his hometown.
"Next will be the match between Yamcha and Chiaotzu!" The host announced.
This was another battle with a great disparity in strength between both sides.
Although Yamcha had painstakingly trained for half a year and increased his strength by leaps and bounds, his opponent was Chiaotzu. Even if Chiaotzu did not use his superpower, Yamcha was still not his opponent. After all, Chiaotzu had been training with Tien Shinhan for so many years and had also trained under the guidance of Korin. His strength had long surpassed that of his peers.
When the host announced the start of the second match, both Yamcha and Chiaotzu went to the martial arts arena and then stood on either side of the martial arts arena.
At the start of the battle, Yamcha and Chiaotzu broke out in a fierce battle. Both sides exchanged blows without stopping, with afterimages continuously flashing on the arena. Many of their movements had already exceeded the limit of what ordinary humans could see with the naked eyes. Fighting with punches and kicks really gave the audience a feeling of hearty content.
Yamcha and Chiaotzu launched attacks, and their palms collided, producing a loud sound!
The stone slabs under their feet suddenly broke, and the force made the shattered stones bounce up, flying off in all directions. A whirlwind gushed out from the place where their palms had hit, a violent gust of wind rising.
Yamcha was surprisingly sent flying backward, and after he spun a few times in the air, both of his hands touched the ground. He again quickly bounced up, and like a fast and violent cheetah, he swooped down towards Chiaotzu and engaged in a new round of battle. At this time, Chiaotzu, however, seemed to be floating in the air, not affected by gravity.
It was the Sky Hovering Art of the Crane School!
"Wow, contestant Chiaotzu is unexpectedly floating in the sky, and this is not a trick! They deserved to be called world-class contestants, both of them are extremely outstanding!"
The host was holding a microphone and leaning on the edge of the martial arts arena. Due to the fierce battle on the arena, a whirlwind was raised, causing the host to have no choice but to stay far away from the center of the battle.
"Who the hell is this short guy? To think that he can float in midair... is it a superpower?"
Yamcha's face was covered in sweat as he stared at Chiaotzu in midair with a grave expression. Because Chiaotzu was seven or eight meters above the ground, Yamcha's usual attack methods suddenly became ineffective.
"If I go on like this, the hope of winning will continue to decrease. It seems that I have to use my signature attack!"
Yamcha's eyebrows gathered into a bunch, as he wiped the sweat from his face. His whole body was on alert, his eyes flashing with a radiance.
"Take my signature attack, Wolf Fang Fist!"
Yamcha gave a loud shout, and his whole body erupted with a terrifying aura.
His eyes flashed with a cold light as if he was a lone wolf from the wilderness, and a ruthless bloodthirsty aura stormed towards Chiaotzu.
Yamcha forcefully stamped on the ground with one foot and violently trembled, before shooting out like a pebble from a slingshot, quickly reaching the same height as Chiaotzu.
"Take my attack!" Yamcha shouted coldly. His five fingers bent into a claw-like a ravenous wolf as he quickly and ruthlessly hit towards Chiaotzu's vitals.