Manga Guide

Dragon Ball Super Volume 04

Dragon Ball Super Volume 04 - Cover

ドラゴンボール超 4 HOPEへのラストチャンス

Doragon Bōru Sūpā 4 Kibō e no Rasuto Chansu

Dragon Ball Super 4: Last Chance For HOPE

Volume Information

Released: 02 November 2017 (Print)
02 November 2017 (Digital)
Retail: ¥400 + tax
Publisher: Shueisha Inc.
Size / Pages: New Book Format (11 × 17 cm) / 200 pages
Catalog No.: 978-4-08-881163-5

Dust Jacket & Obi

The fourth volume’s dust jacket features a new cover illustration by Toyotarō with Super Saiyan Rosé Goku Black and Zamasu. Whis and the Oracle fish are featured on the back cover. At the time of this volume’s publication, it was the first official, colored illustration with Vegeta in Super Saiyan God form.

The included obi promotes the monthly release of Shueisha’s V-Jump magazine (where the Dragon Ball Super manga is serialized). Other products featured are the “Full Color” version of the manga release and the 30th anniversary “Super History Book”. The illustrations of Merged Zamasu and Super Saiyan Blue Son Goku originally come from a special poster included with the January 2017 issue of Saikyō Jump. The Dragon Ball Super television series’ weekly broadcast each Sunday is also promoted, at the time still airing the “Universe Survival arc”.

Volume Introduction by Toyotarō

Toriyama-sensei said that “Dragon Ball is a collection of weirdos, but through one thing or another, they end up looking like good guys.” Not “they are good guys”, but “they look like good guys”. So that’s how it is, I thought.

Volume Contents

The title for the collected volume — HOPEへのラストチャンス (Kibō e no Rasuto Chansu or “Last Chance For HOPE”) — is taken directly from the twenty-first chapter‘s title.

The volume’s standard front cover is a desaturated version of the dust jacket’s front cover, while the back cover is a complementary illustration of Merged Zamasu and Super Saiyan Blue Vegetto.

The inside title page showcases both Son Goku and Vegeta in their Super Saiyan God forms alongside the volume’s title and two author credits.

To fill out the necessary page count, Toyotarō supplies new drawings between chapters. In one drawing, Gowasu welcomes (the presumably not-yet-super-evil) Zamasu to study with him in the Kaiōshin realm.

No bonus manga chapters are included; though the Jump Victory Carnival 2017 bonus chapter was in fact printed before this collected volume’s release, it is not present here. The volume wraps up with a four-page “Tori-Toyo Free Talk Vol. 2” — following up on their chat from the first collected volume — discussing some of the secrets and challenges behind producing the “Future Trunks arc” for the manga.

The volume ends with a two-page spread teasing the “Universe Survival arc” manga adaptation, as well as a new image of Goku (itself an homage to Akira Toriyama’s original illustration for the 1986 #25 issue of Weekly Shōnen Jump in Japan).

The four chapters presented in this volume were originally serialized in the November 2016 through March 2017 issues of Shueisha’s V-Jump magazine on a monthly basis.
Chapter 21: Last Chance For HOPE
Chapter 22: Zamasu’s Final Resort
Chapter 23: The Potara’s True Worth
Chapter 24: Son Goku’s Evolution
Additional Content
These items are not listed in the volume’s table of contents; we have independently documented them here.
Tori-Toyo Free Talk Vol. 2 (read translation)
Universe Survival Arc Preview

International Releases

This collected volume has seen various international and translated releases:

  • TBD

Volume Changes & Adaptation Mistakes

  • Volume four contains extensive redraws ranging from minor adjustments to entire panel replacements. For example, chapter 22 features minor redraws from the original V-Jump serialization (left) to the collected edition (right) with Goku’s Super Saiyan God transformation:

  • Most notably, chapter 23 has been expanded from 45 to 49 total pages with new panels and entire new pages showcasing Vegetto’s overpowering of Merged Zamasu.

Volume Credits

As with most Dragon Ball products released, Akira Toriyama received an “Original Author” (原作 or gensaku) credit indicating his work and authorship of the original Dragon Ball series. Toyotarō is credited for the comic itself (漫画 or manga), stylized here as “Toyotarou”.


Original Author

鳥山 明

Akira Toriyama








Home-Sha, Inc.




Haruhiko Suzuki


Publishing House

株式会社 集英社

Shueisha Co., Ltd.


Master Printing Plates

株式会社 コスモグラフィック



Printing House


Toppan Printing Co., Ltd.