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Episode Guide

Dragon Ball: Red Ribbon Army arc


Arc Information

Original Run: 10 September 1986 – 01 July 1987 (43 weeks; spent 3 weeks on break)
Corresponding: Dragon Ball Episodes 029 – 068 (40 episodes)
Dragon Ball Chapters 055 – 097 (43 chapters; approx. 1.1 chapters per episode)
Filler Content: 75% Canon / 25% Filler
Rating Shares: Average: 24.8%
Maximum: 29.5% (Episode 047)
Minimum: 16.0% (Episode 032)

Arc Synopsis

After missing victory by a hair’s breadth, Goku once again sets out on a journey to find his grandfather’s Four-Star Ball. When he defeats Captain Silver of the Red Ribbon Army, who tried to steal the first Dragon Ball that he found, Goku again begins collecting the Dragon Balls. Goku crashes a plane and his life is saved by a girl from Jingle Village. Learning that the village mayor has been taken by the Red Ribbon Army, Goku assaults the massive Muscle Tower. Waiting for Goku on the tower’s fourth floor was Master Sergeant Murasaki.

Master Sergeant Murasaki brings out his final trump card, Artificial Human No. 8. However, the kind-hearted No. 8 had no will to fight Goku. After being saved by Goku when Master Sergeant Murasaki was about to blow him up, No. 8 teams up with Goku to rescue the mayor. After defeating General White, Goku heads off to West City to get his radar fixed by Bulma. After fixing his radar, for some reason Bulma comes along with him on his adventure. Goku and co. borrow a submarine from Kame-Sen’nin and head to a sea-bottom cave, where they are attacked by General Blue.

The sea-bottom cave that they got lost in searching for the Dragon Balls turned out to be a secret pirate base. Goku and co. somehow manage to escape from both the pirates’ trap and General Blue’s evil hand to obtain a Dragon Ball. Having returned safely to Kame House, Goku and co. have their Dragon Balls stolen by General Blue, who they thought had died in the cave. After he had retrieved his Dragon Balls with the help of the citizens of Penguin Village, Goku headed for the Karin Holy Land in search of the next ball. There lived the father and son Bora and Upa, who protect the holy land.

Hired by the Red Ribbon Army, the amazingly powerful assassin Tao Pai-pai comes to the Karin Holy Land. He kills Bora, defeats Goku, and steals the Dragon Balls. In order to steal back the Dragon Balls and restore Bora to life, Goku climbs to the peak of Karin Tower, where it’s said that a sage lives. After being trained by the sage cat Karin, Goku crushes Tao Pai-pai. Then, in order to obtain the remaining Dragon Balls, he heads for Red Ribbon Army Headquarters. He defeats Black, who had become commander, and annihilates the Red Ribbon Army.

Episode List (029 — 068)

Dragon Ball Episode 029Air Date: 10 September 1986
ふたたび 冒険 さまよう湖
Futatabi Bōken Samayō Mizūmi
Another Adventure – The Roaming Lake
Script: Takao Koyama · Art: Iwamitsu Itō
Animation: Minoru Maeda · Director: Minoru Okazaki
Dragon Ball Episode 030Air Date: 17 September 1986
ピラフと謎の軍団
Pirafu to Nazo no Gundan
Pilaf and the Mysterious Army
Script: Keiji Terui · Art: Yūji Ikeda & Tatsuo Yamamoto
Animation: Mitsuo Shindō · Director: Kazuhisa Takenōchi
Dragon Ball Episode 031Air Date: 24 September 1986
ゲゲ!ニセ悟空出現!!
Gege! Nise Gokū Shutsugen!!
Ge-ge! A Fake Goku Appears!!
Script: Yasushi Hirano · Art: Iwamitsu Itō
Animation: Masayuki Uchiyama · Director: Daisuke Nishio
Dragon Ball Episode 032Air Date: 01 October 1986
消えた!?空とぶ要塞
Kieta!? Sora Tobu Yōsai
It Vanished?! The Flying Fortress in the Sky
Script: Keiji Terui · Art: Tatsuo Yamamoto
Animation: Tomekichi Takeuchi · Director: Yoshihiro Ueda
Dragon Ball Episode 033Air Date: 08 October 1986
龍の伝説
Doragon no Densetsu
The Legend of the Dragon
Script: Toshiki Inoue · Art: Iwamitsu Itō
Animation: Yukio Ebisawa · Director: Kazuhisa Takenōchi
Dragon Ball Episode 034Air Date: 15 October 1986
非情のレッドリボン
Hijō no Reddo Ribon
The Heartless Red Ribbon
Script: Keiji Terui · Art: Tatsuo Yamamoto
Animation: Masayuki Uchiyama · Director: Yoshihiro Ueda
Dragon Ball Episode 035Air Date: 22 October 1986
北の少女スノ
Kita no Shōjo Suno
The Girl of the North, Sno
Script: Keiji Terui · Art: Iwamitsu Itō
Animation: Katsumi Aoshima · Director: Daisuke Nishio
Dragon Ball Episode 036Air Date: 29 October 1986
マッスル塔の恐怖
Massuru Tawā no Kyōfu
The Terror of Muscle Tower
Script: Keiji Terui · Art: Tatsuo Yamamoto
Animation: Minoru Maeda · Director: Minoru Okazaki
Dragon Ball Episode 037Air Date: 05 November 1986
忍者ムラサキ参上
Ninja Murasaki Sanjō
Enter Ninja Murasaki
Script: Michiru Shimada · Art: Iwamitsu Itō
Animation: Mitsuo Shindō · Director: Kazuhisa Takenōchi
Dragon Ball Episode 038Air Date: 12 November 1986
恐るべし!!分身の術
Osorubeshi!! Bunshin no Jutsu
Be Afraid!! The Art of Division
Script: Miho Maruo · Art: Tatsuo Yamamoto
Animation: Masayuki Uchiyama · Director: Yūji Endō
Dragon Ball Episode 039Air Date: 19 November 1986
謎の人造人間8号
Nazo no Jinzōningen Hachi-Gō
The Mysterious Artificial Human No. 8
Script: Keiji Terui · Art: Iwamitsu Itō
Animation: Yukio Ebisawa · Director: Kazuhisa Takenōchi
Dragon Ball Episode 040Air Date: 26 November 1986
どうする悟空!!戦慄のブヨン
Dō Suru Gokū!! Senritsu no Buyon
Now What, Goku!! The Hair-Raising Buyon
Script: Michiru Shimada · Art: Yoshiyuki Yamamoto
Animation: Tomekichi Takeuchi · Director: Yoshihiro Ueda
Dragon Ball Episode 041Air Date: 03 December 1986
マッスルタワーの最期
Massuru Tawaa no Saigo
The End of Muscle Tower
Script: Miho Maruo · Art: Tatsuo Yamamoto
Animation: Masayuki Uchiyama · Director: Kazuhisa Takenōchi
Dragon Ball Episode 042Air Date: 10 December 1986
危機一髪!!ガンバレ8ちゃん
Kiki Ippatsu!! Ganbare Hatchan
Imminent Danger!! Go for it, Hatchan
Script: Keiji Terui · Art: Kunio Kaneshima
Animation: Mitsuo Shindō · Director: Minoru Okazaki
Dragon Ball Episode 043Air Date: 17 December 1986
西の都のブルマんち
Nishi no Miyako no Buruma n’chi
Bulma’s House in West City
Script: Keiji Terui · Art: Tatsuo Yamamoto
Animation: Tomekichi Takeuchi · Director: Yoshihiro Ueda
Dragon Ball Episode 044Air Date: 24 December 1986
悟空と仲間と危険がいっぱい
Gokū to Nakama to Kiken ga Ippai
Goku, Friends, and Tons of Danger
Script: Michiru Shimada · Art: Tatsuo Yamamoto
Animation: Masayuki Uchiyama · Director: Kazuhisa Takenōchi
Dragon Ball — No Episode AiredDate: 31 December 1986
大みそかの特別番組でお休みだったぞい!
Ō misoka no tokubetsu bangumi de oyasumi datta zoi!
Took a break for a special New Year’s Eve program!
Kame-Sen’nin (source: “Dragon Ball: Tenka’ichi Densetsu”)
Dragon Ball Episode 045Air Date: 07 January 1987
気をつけろ!空中の罠
Ki o Tsukero! Kūchū no Wana
Watch Out! A Mid-Air Trap
Script: Michiru Shimada · Art: Tatsuo Yamamoto · Animation: Yukio Ebisawa
Storyboard: Imazawa Tetsuo · Director: Kazuhisa Takenōchi
Dragon Ball Episode 046Air Date: 14 January 1987
ブルマの大失敗
Buruma no Dai-Shippai
Bulma’s Big Mistake
Script: Imazawa Tetsuo · Art: Tatsuo Yamamoto
Animation: Masayuki Uchiyama · Director: Kazuhisa Takenōchi
Dragon Ball Episode 047Air Date: 21 January 1987
KAME HOUSE 発見さる!!
Kame Hausu Hakken Saru!!
Kame House is Discovered!!
Script: Keiji Terui · Art: Iwamitsu Itō
Animation: Mitsuo Shindō · Director: Yūji Endō
Dragon Ball Episode 048Air Date: 28 January 1987
ブルー将軍攻撃開始!!
Burū Shōgun Kōgeki Kaishi!!
General Blue Launches His Attack!!
Script: Toshiki Inoue · Art: Tatsuo Yamamoto
Animation: Tomekichi Takeuchi · Director: Yoshihiro Ueda
Dragon Ball Episode 049Air Date: 04 February 1987
危うしランチさん
Ayaushi Ranchi-san
Watch Out, Lunch-san
Script: Yasushi Hirano · Art: Iwamitsu Itō · Animation: Masayuki Uchiyama
Storyboard: Tatsuo Higashino · Director: Kazuhisa Takenōchi
Dragon Ball Episode 050Air Date: 11 February 1987
海賊たちのワナ
Kaizoku-tachi no Wana
The Pirates’ Trap
Script: Toshiki Inoue · Art: Tatsuo Yamamoto
Animation: Minoru Maeda · Director: Minoru Okazaki
Dragon Ball Episode 051Air Date: 18 February 1987
海底のガードマン
Kaitei no Gādoman
The Ocean Bottom’s Guardman
Script: Keiji Terui · Art: Iwamitsu Itō
Animation: Katsumi Aoshima · Director: Kazuhisa Takenōchi
Dragon Ball Episode 052Air Date: 25 February 1987
やった!お宝発見
Yatta! Otakara Hakken
Hooray! The Treasure is Discovered
Script: Toshiki Inoue · Art: Tatsuo Yamamoto
Animation: Masayuki Uchiyama · Director: Yoshihiro Ueda
Dragon Ball Episode 053Air Date: 04 March 1987
恐怖の光る眼
Kyōfu no Hikaru Me
Fear the Shining Eyes
Script: Michiru Shimada · Art: Tatsuo Yamamoto
Animation: Mitsuo Shindō · Director: Daisuke Nishio
Dragon Ball Episode 054Air Date: 11 March 1987
逃げろや逃げろ!!大脱出
Nigero ya Nigero!! Dai-Dasshutsu
Run Away, Run Away!! The Great Escape
Script: Keiji Terui · Art: Shigenori Takada
Animation: Masayuki Uchiyama · Director: Kazuhisa Takenōchi
Dragon Ball Episode 055Air Date: 18 March 1987
んちゃ!追ってペンギン村
Ncha! Otte Pengin Mura
N’cha! Chased to Penguin Village
Script: Michiru Shimada · Art: Tatsuo Yamamoto
Animation: Tomekichi Takeuchi · Director: Yoshihiro Ueda
Dragon Ball Episode 056Air Date: 25 March 1987
うほほーい!アラレ雲にのる
Uhohōi! Arare Kumo ni Noru
Uhohōi! Arale Boards the Cloud
Script: Toshiki Inoue · Art: Shigenori Takada
Animation/Storyboard: Yukio Ebisawa · Director: Kazuhisa Takenōchi
Dragon Ball — No Episode AiredDate: 01 April 1987
ヤムチャさま、特番でお休みですよ!
Yamucha-sama, tokuban de oyasumi desuyo!
Yamcha-sama took a rest for another series’ special!
Pu’er (source: “Dragon Ball: Tenka’ichi Densetsu”)
Dragon Ball Episode 057Air Date: 08 April 1987
対決!アラレVSブルー
Taiketsu! Arare Tai Burū
Showdown! Arale vs Blue
Script: Keiji Terui · Art: Tatsuo Yamamoto
Animation: Minoru Maeda · Director: Minoru Okazaki
Dragon Ball Episode 058Air Date: 15 April 1987
魔境の聖地カリン
Makyō no Seichi Karin
The Haunted Karin Holy Land
Script: Toshiki Inoue · Art: Shigenori Takada
Animation: Masayuki Uchiyama · Director: Daisuke Nishio
Dragon Ball Episode 059Air Date: 22 April 1987
きた!世界一の殺し屋 “桃白白”
Kita! Sekai’ichi no Koroshiya “Tao Pai-pai”
He’s Here! The World’s Greatest Hitman, “Tao Pai-pai”
Script: Keiji Terui · Art: Tatsuo Yamamoto
Animation: Katsumi Aoshima · Director: Kazuhisa Takenōchi
Dragon Ball Episode 060Air Date: 29 April 1987
勝負!!カメハメ波VSどどん波
Shōbu!! Kamehameha Tai Dodonpa
The Match!! Kamehameha vs Dodonpa
Script: Keiji Terui · Art: Shigenori Takada
Animation: Mitsuo Shindō · Director: Daisuke Nishio
Dragon Ball Episode 061Air Date: 06 May 1987
カリン塔のカリン様
Karin Tō no Karin-sama
Karin-sama of Karin Tower
Script: Michiru Shimada · Art: Tatsuo Yamamoto
Animation: Tomekichi Takeuchi · Director: Yoshihiro Ueda
Dragon Ball Episode 062Air Date: 13 May 1987
果して!?超聖水のききめ
Hatashite!? Chō-Seisui no Kikime
Really?! The Effects of the Super Holy Water
Script: Michiru Shimada · Art: Shigenori Takada
Animation: Masayuki Uchiyama · Director: Kazuhisa Takenōchi
Dragon Ball Episode 063Air Date: 20 May 1987
孫悟空の逆襲
Son Gokū no Gyakushū
Son Goku’s Counterattack
Script: Keiji Terui · Art: Tatsuo Yamamoto
Animation/Storyboard: Yukio Ebisawa · Director: Yoshihiro Ueda
Dragon Ball Episode 064Air Date: 27 May 1987
最後の桃白白
Saigo no Tao Pai-pai
The End of Tao Pai-pai
Script: Shun’ichi Yukimuro · Art: Shigenori Takada
Animation: Minoru Maeda · Director: Minoru Okazaki
Dragon Ball — No Episode AiredDate: 03 June 1987
ナイター中継で放送は・・・ない!
Naitā chūkei de hōsō wa… nai!
A nighttime game was aired and the broadcast… was a no-show!
Tao Pai-pai (source: “Dragon Ball: Tenka’ichi Densetsu”)
Dragon Ball Episode 065Air Date: 10 June 1987
ゆけ悟空!突撃開始
Yuke Gokū! Totsugeki Kaishi
Go, Goku! The Assault Begins
Script: Toshiki Inoue · Art: Tatsuo Yamamoto
Animation: Masayuki Uchiyama · Director: Daisuke Nishio
Dragon Ball Episode 066Air Date: 17 June 1987
レッドリボン軍必死の攻防
Reddo Ribon Gun Hisshi no Kōbō
The Red Ribbon Army’s Desperate Offensive-Defensive
Script: Keiji Terui · Art: Iwamitsu Itō
Animation: Katsumi Aoshima · Director: Kazuhisa Takenōchi
Dragon Ball Episode 067Air Date: 24 June 1987
レッド総帥死す!!
Reddo Sōsui Shisu!!
Commander Red Dies!!
Script: Yasushi Hirano · Art: Shigenori Takada
Animation: Mitsuo Shindō · Director: Daisuke Nishio
Dragon Ball Episode 068Air Date: 01 July 1987
最後のドラゴンボール
Saigo no Doragon Bōru
The Last Dragon Ball
Script: Shun’ichi Yukimuro · Art: Tatsuo Yamamoto
Animation: Tomekichi Takeuchi · Director: Yoshihiro Ueda