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Dragon Ball Tankōbon Release


The Dragon Ball manga first appeared in Weekly Shōnen Jump, a popular manga anthology magazine in Japan, on 20 November 1984, where it would remain a staple for nearly ten and a half years. Each week a new chapter would be published with approximately 14 pages per chapter. In comparison, more recent manga series, such as Naruto and One Piece, contain roughly 20 pages per chapter. Occasionally some pages, and sometimes whole chapters, were printed in color, but the vast majority of the series was published in black-and-white. Ten and a half years later, when it finally came to a close, the series had come to a total of 520 chapters, including one side-story, which was an amazing feat at the time.

Beginning in September 1985, these weekly manga chapters began to be compiled into separate volumes called tankōbon (単行本; “separate volume”). In most English-speaking countries, the tankōbon are referred to as “graphic novels”, while most people in Japan simply refer to them as “komikkusu” (コミックス), taken from the English word “comics”. Each tankōbon volume contained roughly 12 chapters and as printed in a greyscale format only. Unfortunately, this meant that all of the original colored pages from Weekly Shōnen Jump could only be viewed in greyscale. This issue was later rectified with the kanzenban releases, which retained the original color pages.

“Refreshed” Version

In May 2009, Shueisha revised the tankōbon covers with a new “refreshed” look. Although the cover artwork was for the most part kept intact, these new editions did receive newly drawn spine art by Akira Toriyama. The actual content of the tankōbon was left unchanged, meaning these are not new editions of the tankōbon, but simply later printings of the originals with new dust covers. Shueisha opted to split up the debut of these “refreshed” versions, with the first 20 volumes hitting shelves in Japan on 15 May 2009 and the remaining 22 volumes being available three days later on 18 May 2009.

Original Version (1986)

“Refreshed” Version (2009)

Tankōbon Volumes

Listed below are all 42 original tankōbon volumes, including brief volume summaries and relative information. Click each volume for additional detailed information, and further click the chapter titles for even more information detailing each individual chapter.


ISBN 4-08-851831-4

Dragon Ball Volume 01: Son Goku and Friends

Softcover | New Book Format (11 × 17 cm)
Released: 10 September 1985
Retail: ¥360, not taxed (initial release)
¥400 + 5% tax (current, since May 2009)
Contents: Chapters 001 (WJ 1984 #51) – 011 (WJ 1985 #11)
Publisher: Shueisha
Goku meets Bulma and they agree to team up. They soon meet Kame-Sen’nin, who rewards Goku with the Kinto-Un for helping Umigame. Goku defeats the “terrible” Oolong and runs into the desert bandit Yamcha. Goku, Bulma, and Oolong meet Gyūmaō and learn of his troubles.

ISBN 4-08-851832-2

Dragon Ball Volume 02: A Critical Moment for the Dragon Balls

Softcover | New Book Format (11 × 17 cm)
Released: 10 January 1986
Retail: ¥360, not taxed (initial release)
¥400 + 5% tax (current, since May 2009)
Contents: Chapters 012 (WJ 1985 #12) – 024 (WJ 1985 #24)
Publisher: Shueisha
Kame-Sen’nin puts out the fire on Mt. Frypan, with the Kamehameha. Lord Pilaf summons Shenlong, but Oolong wishes for a pair of panties instead. Seeing the full moon, Goku transforms into a giant ape, defeating Pilaf and nearly killing his friends. Goku heads to Kame-Sen’nin’s for training.

ISBN 4-08-851833-0

Dragon Ball Volume 03: The Tenka’ichi Budōkai Begins!!

Softcover | New Book Format (11 × 17 cm)
Released: 10 June 1986
Retail: ¥360, not taxed (initial release)
¥400 + 5% tax (current, since May 2009)
Contents: Chapters 025 (WJ 1985 #25) – 036 (WJ 1985 #36)
Publisher: Shueisha
Kuririn arrives to train with Kame-Sen’nin, and both students are sent to fetch a cute “bouncy” girl for Kame-Sen’nin. The two rescue and bring back Lunch, a criminal with a wicked sneeze! Goku and Kuririn begin their training for the Budōkai. Goku, Kuririn, Yamcha, and Jackie Chun all survive the qualifying rounds.

ISBN 4-08-851834-9

Dragon Ball Volume 04: The Grand Finals

Softcover | New Book Format (11 × 17 cm)
Released: 09 October 1986
Retail: ¥360, not taxed (initial release)
¥400 + 5% tax (current, since May 2009)
Contents: Chapters 037 (WJ 1985 #37) – 048 (WJ 1985 #48)
Publisher: Shueisha
Jackie Chun defeats Yamcha without a problem. Surprised by Goku’s strength, Giran gives up. Kuririn falls to Jackie’s superior strength. Goku miraculously survives Namu’s Tenkū Pekeji-Ken to take the win. Jackie Chun and Goku begin their epic battle to decide the championship.

ISBN 4-08-851835-7

Dragon Ball Volume 05: The Terror of Muscle Tower

Softcover | New Book Format (11 × 17 cm)
Released: 09 January 1987
Retail: ¥360, not taxed (initial release)
¥400 + 5% tax (current, since May 2009)
Contents: Chapters 049 (WJ 1985 #49) – 060 (WJ 1986 #10)
Publisher: Shueisha
Goku’s fight against Jackie Chun comes down to a single kick, with Jackie emerging the winner. Goku sets out to find out his grandfather’s Four-Star Ball, but quickly becomes entangled with the Red Ribbon Army, a paramilitary force that is also seeking the Dragon Balls for their own end. After quickly dispatching Colonel Silver, Goku finds himself far to the north in Jingle Village, where he takes on General White and his fortress, Muscle Tower.

ISBN 4-08-851836-5

Dragon Ball Volume 06: Bulma’s Big Blunder!!

Softcover | New Book Format (11 × 17 cm)
Released: 10 March 1987
Retail: ¥360, not taxed (initial release)
¥400 + 5% tax (current, since May 2009)
Contents: Chapters 061 (WJ 1986 #11) – 072 (WJ 1986 #22)
Publisher: Shueisha
Master-Sergeant Murasaki releases Artificial Human No. 8 to kill Goku, but instead, he befriends the boy. Goku defeats Buyon after some quick thinking. No. 8 and Goku free the Mayor and defeat General White. Goku and General Blue begin competing for the Dragon Balls.

ISBN 4-08-851837-3

Dragon Ball Volume 07: General Blue’s Pursuit!!

Softcover | New Book Format (11 × 17 cm)
Released: 08 May 1987
Retail: ¥360, not taxed (initial release)
¥400 + 5% tax (current, since May 2009)
Contents: Chapters 073 (WJ 1986 #23) – 084 (WJ 1986 #34)
Publisher: Shueisha
Goku defeats Blue, and our heroes escape the pirate cave. Goku teams up with Arale as Dragon Ball crosses over with Dr. Slump. Goku meets Upa and Bora, who are battling the Red Ribbon Army in the Karin Holy Land. Goku saves Upa and defeats Colonel Yellow.

ISBN 4-08-851838-1

Dragon Ball Volume 08: Son Goku’s Assault

Softcover | New Book Format (11 × 17 cm)
Released: 10 July 1987
Retail: ¥360, not taxed (initial release)
¥400 + 5% tax (current, since May 2009)
Contents: Chapters 085 (WJ 1986 #35) – 096 (WJ 1986 #46)
Publisher: Shueisha
Tao Pai-pai kills General Blue and Bora, and defeats Goku with little trouble. After training with Karin, Goku descends the tower and defeats Tao Pai-pai. Adjutant Black assassinates Commander Red, but unfortunately for him, Goku takes down the entire Red Ribbon Army in an all-out assault.

ISBN 4-08-851839-X

Dragon Ball Volume 09: When Worried, See Uranai Baba

Softcover | New Book Format (11 × 17 cm)
Released: 10 September 1987
Retail: ¥360, not taxed (initial release)
¥400 + 5% tax (current, since May 2009)
Contents: Chapters 097 (WJ 1986 #47) – 108 (WJ 1987 #08)
Publisher: Shueisha
Everyone heads to Uranai Baba’s to find the location of the last Dragon Ball. Puar and Upa defeat Dracula Man. Yamcha defeats Mr. Invisible. Goku handily defeats Mummy-kun and Akkuman, and eventually emerges victorious after a long battle with a mysterious masked warrior.

ISBN 4-08-851840-3

Dragon Ball Volume 10: The Twenty-Second Tenka’ichi Budōkai

Softcover | New Book Format (11 × 17 cm)
Released: 10 November 1987
Retail: ¥360, not taxed (initial release)
¥400 + 5% tax (current, since May 2009)
Contents: Chapters 109 (WJ 1987 #09) – 120 (WJ 1987 #20)
Publisher: Shueisha
As promised, Goku uses the Dragon Balls to revive Upa’s father, Bora. Three years pass as Goku travels around the world training. At the 22nd Tenka’ichi Budōkai, Goku meets Tenshinhan, a student of Kame-Sen’nin’s rival, Tsuru-Sen’nin. Tenshinhan defeats Yamcha, breaking his leg.

ISBN 4-08-851608-7

Dragon Ball Volume 11: The World’s Greatest Super Battle!!

Softcover | New Book Format (11 × 17 cm)
Released: 10 February 1988
Retail: ¥360, not taxed (initial release)
¥400 + 5% tax (current, since May 2009)
Contents: Chapters 121 (WJ 1987 #21) – 132 (WJ 1987 #32)
Publisher: Shueisha
Kuririn defeats Chiaotzu with a little simple math. Jackie forfeits his match to Tenshinhan, leaving Tenshinhan dumbfounded. Goku defeats Kuririn with his blinding speed. Goku and Tenshinhan begin their epic battle for the title of 22nd Tenka’ichi Budōkai champion.

ISBN 4-08-851609-5

Dragon Ball Volume 12: The Terror of Piccolo Daimaō!

Softcover | New Book Format (11 × 17 cm)
Released: 08 April 1988
Retail: ¥360, not taxed (initial release)
¥400 + 5% tax (current, since May 2009)
Contents: Chapters 133 (WJ 1987 #33) – 144 (WJ 1987 #44)
Publisher: Shueisha
Goku loses to Tenshinhan by inches as he hits a truck just before Tenshinhan hits the ground. Following the tournament, Goku finds Kuririn dead and Kame-Sen’nin describes the evil Piccolo Daimaō. Goku tracks down and kills Tambourine, but fails to defeat Piccolo Daimaō.

ISBN 4-08-851610-9

Dragon Ball Volume 13: Son Goku’s Counterattack?!

Softcover | New Book Format (11 × 17 cm)
Released: 10 June 1988
Retail: ¥360, not taxed (initial release)
¥400 + 5% tax (current, since May 2009)
Contents: Chapters 145 (WJ 1987 #45) – 156 (WJ 1988 #06)
Publisher: Shueisha
Kame-Sen’nin performs the Mafūba against Piccolo Daimaō, but fails and dies. Piccolo Daimaō wishes to be younger and kills both Shenlong and Chiaotzu. Yajirobe carries the injured Goku up Karin’s tower. Goku returns from Karin’s tower to battle Piccolo Daimaō once again.

ISBN 4-08-851611-7

Dragon Ball Volume 14: Even More Action

Softcover | New Book Format (11 × 17 cm)
Released: 10 August 1988
Retail: ¥360, not taxed (initial release)
¥400 + 5% tax (current, since May 2009)
Contents: Chapters 157 (WJ 1988 #07) – 168 (WJ 1988 #18)
Publisher: Shueisha
Goku manages to punch himself through Piccolo’s chest , but Piccolo produces an offspring before dying. Goku travels to God’s Palace in an attempt to revive Shenlong and stays to train. Goku arrives at the tournament, but no one recognizes him. Piccolo appears as Ma Junior.

ISBN 4-08-851612-5

Dragon Ball Volume 15: Rivals Standing Their Ground!

Softcover | New Book Format (11 × 17 cm)
Released: 06 December 1988
Retail: ¥360, not taxed (initial release)
¥400 + 5% tax (current, since May 2009)
Contents: Chapters 169 (WJ 1988 #19) – 180 (WJ 1988 #30)
Publisher: Shueisha
Tenshinhan easily defeats Tao Pai-pai, while Goku defeats Chi-Chi. Ma Junior (Piccolo) easily takes out Kuririn. Inhabiting Shen’s body, God clumsily defeats Yamcha. Finally, Goku defeats Tenshinhan by copying one of his signature techniques, the Taiyō-Ken.

ISBN 4-08-851613-3

Dragon Ball Volume 16: The Dragon and Tiger Mutually Strike!

Softcover | New Book Format (11 × 17 cm)
Released: 10 February 1989
Retail: ¥360, not taxed (initial release)
¥400 + 5% tax (current, since May 2009)
Contents: Chapters 181 (WJ 1988 #31) – 192 (WJ 1988 #42)
Publisher: Shueisha
Shen performs the Mafūba, but Piccolo returns the favor and instead traps him in a jar, which he swallows. Goku and Ma Junior begin their epic battle, and Goku manages to rescue God from inside Piccolo. Even with broken limbs and a hole in his chest, Goku declares that he will win.

ISBN 4-08-851614-1

Dragon Ball Volume 17: An Unprecedented Terror

Softcover | New Book Format (11 × 17 cm)
Released: 10 May 1989
Retail: ¥370 (¥359 + 3% tax, initial release)
¥400 + 5% tax (current, since May 2009)
Contents: Chapters 193 (WJ 1988 #43) – 204 (WJ 1989 #01/02)
Publisher: Shueisha
Goku knocks Piccolo out of the ring using Bukūjutsu. Goku flies off with Chi-Chi to get married. Raditz arrives on Earth and kidnaps Gohan, while Piccolo and Goku give chase. Piccolo fires a Makankōsappō through Goku and Raditz, killing both Saiyans. Vegeta and Nappa learn of the Dragon Balls, and decide to head to Earth.

ISBN 4-08-851614-1

Dragon Ball Volume 18: Son Gohan and Piccolo Daimaō

Softcover | New Book Format (11 × 17 cm)
Released: 10 July 1989
Retail: ¥370 (¥359 + 3% tax, initial release)
¥400 + 5% tax (current, since May 2009)
Contents: Chapters 205 (WJ 1989 #03/04) – 216 (WJ 1989 #16)
Publisher: Shueisha
Gohan begins his year of training with Piccolo, while the Z-Warriors begin training with God. Goku reaches the end of Serpent Road and begins his training with Kaiō. Vegeta and Nappa arrive on Earth, and the Z Warriors defeat the Saibaimen. Goku begins his journey back to Earth.

ISBN 4-08-851616-8

Dragon Ball Volume 19: Hurry, Son Goku!

Softcover | New Book Format (11 × 17 cm)
Released: 10 November 1989
Retail: ¥370 (¥359 + 3% tax, initial release)
¥400 + 5% tax (current, since May 2009)
Contents: Chapters 217 (WJ 1989 #17) – 228 (WJ 1989 #28)
Publisher: Shueisha
The Z-Warriors begin their battle with Nappa. Chiaotzu and Tenshinhan sacrifice themselves to defeat Nappa, but it is to no avail. Piccolo then sacrifices himself to save Gohan, but God dies as a result of his death. Goku finally arrives, Vegeta kills Nappa, and Goku and Vegeta begin their epic battle.

ISBN 4-08-851617-6

Dragon Ball Volume 20: A Fateful Super Decisive Battle!!

Softcover | New Book Format (11 × 17 cm)
Released: 10 January 1990
Retail: ¥370 (¥359 + 3% tax, initial release)
¥400 + 5% tax (current, since May 2009)
Contents: Chapters 229 (WJ 1989 #29) – 240 (WJ 1989 #40)
Publisher: Shueisha
Vegeta employs his Power Ball technique to transform into a giant ape. Goku tries to gather enough energy for a Genki-Dama, but fails. Yajirobe slices off Vegeta’s tail, returning him to normal. Gohan bounces back the Genki-Dama that Goku gave to Kuririn and sends Vegeta flying into space.

ISBN 4-08-851618-4

Dragon Ball Volume 21: Go For It! The Planet Namek

Softcover | New Book Format (11 × 17 cm)
Released: 10 April 1990
Retail: ¥370 (¥359 + 3% tax, initial release)
¥400 + 5% tax (current, since May 2009)
Contents: Chapters 241 (WJ 1989 #41) – 252 (WJ 1989 #52)
Publisher: Shueisha
Barely able to crawl, Vegeta flees Earth. Kuririn, Gohan, and Bulma leave to gather Namek’s Dragon Balls. Gohan and Kuririn arrive on Namek and are attacked by two of Freeza’s men. Vegeta shows up shortly thereafter and kills Kewi. Goku recovers and heads to Namek.

ISBN 4-08-851619-2

Dragon Ball Volume 22: The Namekian Resistance

Softcover | New Book Format (11 × 17 cm)
Released: 10 July 1990
Retail: ¥390 (¥379 + 3% tax, initial release)
¥400 + 5% tax (current, since May 2009)
Contents: Chapters 253 (WJ 1990 #01/02) – 264 (WJ 1990 #13)
Publisher: Shueisha
While searching for Gohan and Kuririn, Dodoria meets his end at the hands of Vegeta. Vegeta learns the true fate of Planet Vegeta. Gohan and Kuririn take Dende to their camp, where they learn Goku is on his way. Vegeta has a rather unfortunate run-in with Zarbon.

ISBN 4-08-851620-6

Dragon Ball Volume 23: The Terrible Ginyu Special-Squad

Softcover | New Book Format (11 × 17 cm)
Released: 08 October 1990
Retail: ¥390 (¥379 + 3% tax, initial release)
¥400 + 5% tax (current, since May 2009)
Contents: Chapters 265 (WJ 1990 #14) – 276 (WJ 1990 #26)
Publisher: Shueisha
The Eldest Namekian hands over a Dragon Ball to Kuririn and awakens his sleeping powers. Vegeta kills Zarbon and takes Kuririn’s Dragon Ball. Gohan also receives the Eldest’s power-up. The Ginyu Special-Squad arrives, captures the Dragon Balls, and faces off against Vegeta, Kuririn, and Gohan.

ISBN 4-08-851414-9

Dragon Ball Volume 24: Goku or Ginyu?!

Softcover | New Book Format (11 × 17 cm)
Released: 10 January 1991
Retail: ¥390 (¥379 + 3% tax, initial release)
¥400 + 5% tax (current, since May 2009)
Contents: Chapters 277 (WJ 1990 #27) – 288 (WJ 1990 #38)
Publisher: Shueisha
Goku arrives on Namek, rushes to aid his friends, and downs Recoom with one punch. Jheese escapes to retrieve Ginyu to fight Goku. Vegeta leaves the battle to try to find the Dragon Balls. Realizing Goku has him beat, Ginyu injures himself and switches bodies with Goku.

ISBN 4-08-851415-7

Dragon Ball Volume 25: Freeza’s Super Transformation!!

Softcover | New Book Format (11 × 17 cm)
Released: 08 March 1991
Retail: ¥390 (¥379 + 3% tax, initial release)
¥400 + 5% tax (current, since May 2009)
Contents: Chapters 289 (WJ 1990 #39) – 300 (WJ 1990 #50)
Publisher: Shueisha
After several body switches, Goku is in his own body again, and Ginyu is in a frog’s. Dende, Gohan, and Kuririn summon Porunga, the Namekian Dragon. Piccolo is revived and transported to Namek. Freeza takes to his second form and battles Vegeta. Piccolo arrives and begins to battle Freeza.

ISBN 4-08-851416-5

Dragon Ball Volume 26: Son Goku… Revived!!

Softcover | New Book Format (11 × 17 cm)
Released: 10 June 1991
Retail: ¥390 (¥379 + 3% tax, initial release)
¥400 + 5% tax (current, since May 2009)
Contents: Chapters 301 (WJ 1990 #51) – 313 (WJ 1991 #11)
Publisher: Shueisha
Freeza takes to his third form, and Piccolo is promptly defeated. Freeza makes his final transformation as Dende heals Vegeta, then kills Dende for good measure. Goku is fully healed and arrives to save his friends, but Freeza kills Vegeta. Goku buries the Saiyan Prince and begins his long battle with Freeza.

ISBN 4-08-851417-3

Dragon Ball Volume 27: The Legendary Super Saiyan

Softcover | New Book Format (11 × 17 cm)
Released: 07 August 1991
Retail: ¥390 (¥379 + 3% tax, initial release)
¥400 + 5% tax (current, since May 2009)
Contents: Chapters 314 (WJ 1991 #12) – 325 (WJ 1991 #24)
Publisher: Shueisha
Goku drops a Genki-Dama on Freeza, but to everyone’s horror, Freeza is still alive. Freeza levitates and explodes Kuririn, causing Goku to become a Super Saiyan. Freeza blasts Namek’s core, starting a long five-minute countdown. Kaiō has a plan, and everyone on Namek is sent to Earth.

ISBN 4-08-851418-1

Dragon Ball Volume 28: The Boy From the Future

Softcover | New Book Format (11 × 17 cm)
Released: 08 November 1991
Retail: ¥390 (¥379 + 3% tax, initial release)
¥400 + 5% tax (current, since May 2009)
Contents: Chapters 326 (WJ 1991 #25) – 337 (WJ 1991 #36/37)
Publisher: Shueisha
Goku defeats Freeza and Namek explodes, but Goku narrowly escapes. Back on Earth, the Namekian Dragon Balls are used to revive Kuririn, Yamcha, Tenshinhan and Chiaotzu before wishing the Namekians to a new home. A mysterious youth appears and dispatches Freeza and his father on Earth. Goku lands and learns of the Artificial Humans from the boy from the future. Three years later, No. 19 and No. 20 appear as scheduled.

ISBN 4-08-851419-X

Dragon Ball Volume 29: Goku, Defeated!

Softcover | New Book Format (11 × 17 cm)
Released: 10 March 1992
Retail: ¥390 (¥379 + 3% tax, initial release)
¥400 + 5% tax (current, since May 2009)
Contents: Chapters 338 (WJ 1991 #38) – 349 (WJ 1991 #49)
Publisher: Shueisha
No. 20 absorbs Yamcha’s energy, nearly killing him. Goku begins his battle with No. 19, but is weakened by his heart disease. Vegeta arrives, saves Goku, and transforms into a Super Saiyan. Vegeta destroys No. 19, and No. 20 flees to his lab, where he releases No. 17 and No. 18.

ISBN 4-08-851420-3

Dragon Ball Volume 30: An Evil Premonition

Softcover | New Book Format (11 × 17 cm)
Released: 10 June 1992
Retail: ¥390 (¥379 + 3% tax, initial release)
¥400 + 5% tax (current, since May 2009)
Contents: Chapters 350 (WJ 1991 #50) – 361 (WJ 1992 #11)
Publisher: Shueisha
Not wanting to follow orders, No. 17 kills his creator. No. 16 is activated, and the three head for Goku’s house. Vegeta follows, but is dealt with easily by No. 18. After sensing the monster Cell on Earth, God agrees to once again merge with Piccolo. Piccolo finds Cell, and the two face off.

ISBN 4-08-851686-9

Dragon Ball Volume 31: Cell Creeps Up

Softcover | New Book Format (11 × 17 cm)
Released: 04 August 1992
Retail: ¥390 (¥379 + 3% tax, initial release)
¥400 + 5% tax (current, since May 2009)
Contents: Chapters 362 (WJ 1992 #12) – 373 (WJ 1992 #23)
Publisher: Shueisha
Cell escapes from Piccolo with a Taiyō-Ken. Goku recovers from his heart disease and informs everyone about the Room of Spirit and Time. Vegeta and Trunks begin training first. Cell is attracted by the battle between No. 17 and Piccolo, and No. 17 is absorbed by Cell.

ISBN 4-08-851687-7

Dragon Ball Volume 32: Cell’s Perfect Form, Achieved!!

Softcover | New Book Format (11 × 17 cm)
Released: 02 October 1992
Retail: ¥390 (¥379 + 3% tax, initial release)
¥400 + 5% tax (current, since May 2009)
Contents: Chapters 374 (WJ 1992 #24) – 385 (WJ 1992 #35)
Publisher: Shueisha
Vegeta and Trunks emerge from the Room of Spirit and Time, while Goku and Gohan begin their “year” of training. Vegeta tracks down Cell and allows him to reach his perfect form. Vegeta is handily beaten by Perfect Cell, and Trunks begins to power up to save his father.

ISBN 4-08-851688-5

Dragon Ball Volume 33: The Cell Game Begins

Softcover | New Book Format (11 × 17 cm)
Released: 26 December 1992
Retail: ¥390 (¥379 + 3% tax, initial release)
¥400 + 5% tax (current, since May 2009)
Contents: Chapters 386 (WJ 1992 #36/37) – 396 (WJ 1992 #47); Special (WJ 1992 #36/37)
Publisher: Shueisha
Trunks gets mopped up by Cell, who then announces a tournament, the Cell Game. Goku and Gohan emerge from their training, having reached a new level. The Z-Warriors arrive to challenge Cell, but Mr. Satan goes first and is promptly defeated. We learn the story of Trunks’s horrific future.

ISBN 4-08-851689-3

Dragon Ball Volume 34: The Warrior Who Surpassed Goku

Softcover | New Book Format (11 × 17 cm)
Released: 04 June 1993
Retail: ¥390 (¥379 + 3% tax, initial release)
¥400 + 5% tax (current, since May 2009)
Contents: Chapters 397 (WJ 1992 #48) – 408 (WJ 1993 #09)
Publisher: Shueisha
Goku fights Cell but resigns, saying his son will defeat Cell instead. Cell spawns numerous Cell Jrs. in an effort to spark Gohan’s rage. No. 16 urges Gohan to fight, but Cell crushes his head. Watching this sends Gohan into a rage, and he surpasses the level of Super Saiyan.

ISBN 4-08-851700-8

Dragon Ball Volume 35: Farewell, Warriors

Softcover | New Book Format (11 × 17 cm)
Released: 03 September 1993
Retail: ¥390 (¥379 + 3% tax, initial release)
¥400 + 5% tax (current, since May 2009)
Contents: Chapters 409 (WJ 1993 #10) – 420 (WJ 1993 #21/22)
Publisher: Shueisha
Gohan proceeds to humiliate Cell, delivering such a beating that he expels No. 18 and reverts to his imperfect form. Cell self-destructs, but Goku sacrifices himself to save everyone. Cell returns and begins his Kamehameha showdown with Gohan. With Goku’s encouragement, Gohan vaporizes Cell. The warriors heal and pay their respects to Goku.

ISBN 4-08-851495-5

Dragon Ball Volume 36: The Birth of a New Hero!!

Softcover | New Book Format (11 × 17 cm)
Released: 04 November 1993
Retail: ¥390 (¥379 + 3% tax, initial release)
¥400 + 5% tax (current, since May 2009)
Contents: Chapters 421 (WJ 1993 #23) – 432 (WJ 1993 #34)
Publisher: Shueisha
Gohan, now 16, is attending Orange Star High School in Satan City. Gohan assumes the identity of the Great Saiyaman to fight crime in the city, but is quickly found out by Videl, Mr. Satan’s daughter. Gohan eventually teaches Videl and Goten how to fly. The 25th Tenka’ichi Budōkai begins and Goku arrives to spend one day on Earth.

ISBN 4-08-851496-3

Dragon Ball Volume 37: The Plan Goes into Motion

Softcover | New Book Format (11 × 17 cm)
Released: 04 April 1994
Retail: ¥390 (¥379 + 3% tax, initial release)
¥400 + 5% tax (current, since May 2009)
Contents: Chapters 433 (WJ 1993 #35) – 445 (WJ 1993 #48)
Publisher: Shueisha
Trunks wins the Junior Division and faces Mr. Satan. Piccolo forfeits his match with Shin, and Videl is completely manhandled in her match with Spopovitch. Gohan’s energy is absorbed by Spopovitch and Yamu. Kaiōshin and the others give chase while Gohan is healed.

ISBN 4-08-851497-1

Dragon Ball Vol. 38: The Fated Showdown: Son Goku vs Vegeta

Softcover | New Book Format (11 × 17 cm)
Released: 04 August 1994
Retail: ¥390 (¥379 + 3% tax, initial release)
¥400 + 5% tax (current, since May 2009)
Contents: Chapters 446 (WJ 1993 #49) – 459 (WJ 1994 #12)
Publisher: Shueisha
Vegeta defeats Pui-Pui and Goku defeats Yakon inside Bobbidi’s ship. During Gohan’s battle with Dabra, Bobbidi takes control of Vegeta’s mind. Goku and Vegeta begin their second epic battle. Meanwhile, Bobbidi has now gathered the energy he needs, and prepares to release Majin Boo.

ISBN 4-08-851498-X

Dragon Ball Volume 39: Farewell, Proud Warrior

Softcover | New Book Format (11 × 17 cm)
Released: 02 December 1994
Retail: ¥390 (¥379 + 3% tax, initial release)
¥400 + 5% tax (current, since May 2009)
Contents: Chapters 460 (WJ 1994 #13) – 472 (WJ 1994 #26)
Publisher: Shueisha
Majin Boo easily defeats Dabra. Vegeta knocks Goku out and leaves to take on Boo by himself. Vegeta self-destructs to defeat Boo, but Boo survives. Boo begins to destroy cities at Bobbidi’s orders. Kibito takes Gohan and Kaiōshin to the Heavenly Realm. Gohan is given the Z Sword.

ISBN 4-08-851499-8

Dragon Ball Volume 40: The Earth Army’s Ultimate Secret Weapon!!

Softcover | New Book Format (11 × 17 cm)
Released: 03 March 1995
Retail: ¥390 (¥379 + 3% tax, initial release)
¥400 + 5% tax (current, since May 2009)
Contents: Chapters 473 (WJ 1994 #27) – 485 (WJ 1994 #40)
Publisher: Shueisha
Goku stalls Majin Boo by showing off the different Super Saiyan forms, and then Majin Boo kills Bobbidi. Gohan is given a power-up by the Elder Kaiōshin and Goku teaches Goten and Trunks the “Fusion” dance. Majin Boo splits into two after Bee is shot by some wicked people, and powers up after his new, thinner counterpart devours him.

ISBN 4-08-851500-5

Dragon Ball Volume 41: Do Your Best, Super Gotenks-kun

Softcover | New Book Format (11 × 17 cm)
Released: 02 June 1995
Retail: ¥390 (¥379 + 3% tax, initial release)
¥400 + 5% tax (current, since May 2009)
Contents: Chapters 486 (WJ 1994 #41) – 502 (WJ 1995 #07)
Publisher: Shueisha
Piccolo takes Boo to the Room of Spirit and Time to fight Gotenks, but Boo escapes through a hole in the dimension, leaving Piccolo and Gotenks trapped. Gotenks goes Super Saiyan 3 and blows another hole in space, freeing Piccolo and himself. Gohan completely manhandles Boo. Goku receives the Potara earrings, but Gohan is absorbed before they can use them.

ISBN 4-08-851090-9

Dragon Ball Volume 42: Bye-Bye, Dragon World

Softcover | New Book Format (11 × 17 cm)
Released: 04 August 1995
Retail: ¥390 (¥379 + 3% tax, initial release)
¥400 + 5% tax (current, since May 2009)
Contents: Chapters 503 (WJ 1995 #08) – 519 (WJ 1995 #25)
Publisher: Shueisha
Vegetto taunts Boo as he effortlessly beats him. All the prisoners within Boo’s body are freed, including Fat Boo. Pure Boo is formed. Goku kills Pure Boo with a Genki-Dama. 10 years later, everyone gathers for another Tenka’ichi Budōkai. Goku leaves to train Oob… and Dragon Ball comes to an end.