Dragon Ball Volume 04
The Grand Finals
|First Release:||15 October 1986|
|Retail:||¥390 (+ tax)|
|Publisher:||Shueisha Publishing Co., Ltd.|
|Size / Pages:||New Book Format (11 × 17 cm) / 192 pages|
|Catalog No.:||ISBN 4-08-851834-9|
Volume Introduction by Akira Toriyama
Volume Contents (037 – 048)
All chapter title pages shown below are as available in this tankōbon volume, featuring the original chapter tag lines and “Bird Studio” logo. Unfortunately this volume omits five of the original chapter title pages, although all five of them were later included in the kanzenban release. The chapter premiere dates listed below are based on their respective Weekly Shōnen Jump publication dates. Please note that dates listed are the effective publication dates for these issues; the actual sale date would have been approximately two weeks earlier.
The Second Match
Shueisha’s Weekly Shōnen Jump 1985, Issue #37
The Third Match
Shueisha’s Weekly Shōnen Jump 1985, Issue #38
The Fourth Match
Shueisha’s Weekly Shōnen Jump 1985, Issue #39
Gokū no Shippo
Shueisha’s Weekly Shōnen Jump 1985, Issue #40
Kuririn Tai Jakkī Chun
Kuririn vs Jackie Chun
Shueisha’s Weekly Shōnen Jump 1985, Issue #41
A Great Give-and-Take Battle!
Shueisha’s Weekly Shōnen Jump 1985, Issue #42
Nazo no Jakkī Chun
The Mysterious Jackie Chun
Shueisha’s Weekly Shōnen Jump 1985, Issue #43
Son Gokū Tai Namu
Son Goku vs Namu
Shueisha’s Weekly Shōnen Jump 1985, Issue #44
A Great Mid-Air Battle!
Shueisha’s Weekly Shōnen Jump 1985, Issue #45
The Grand Finals
Shueisha’s Weekly Shōnen Jump 1985, Issue #46
Shueisha’s Weekly Shōnen Jump 1985, Issue #47
Saru Mane Son Gokū
Monkey-See, Monkey-Do Son Goku
Shueisha’s Weekly Shōnen Jump 1985, Issue #48
Toriyama-san’s “Dragon Ball” Ask Me Anything Corner
|The first 12 tankōbon volumes contain short two page Q&A sessions with Toriyama in which members of his fan club could send in postcards with their questions. Anyone was able to join the fan club while the series was still in publication, but applications for membership where no longer accepted by Shueisha once the fan club had reached an unknown pre-established number of members. The fan club was eventually disbanded when the series ended in 1995.|
“I’ll do the best I can to respond to your Dragon Ball questions. So send in your Jakasuka postcards.”
Masayuki Katsumata (Osaka Prefecture):
Since Son Goku and Kuririn both trained with Kame-Sen’nin, please have “Goku vs Kuririn” be the final match at the Tenka’ichi Budōkai!
That’s a very intriguing idea, but unfortunately it’s too late for this tournament. The final match has already been set as Son Goku vs Jackie Chun. But I think if there ever was a Goku vs Kuririn match, Goku would win overwhelmingly.
Yoko Yoshida (Shizuoka Prefecture):
I always get a thrill reading Dragon Ball. I like Dragon Ball so much that my friends think I’m weird. I have almost all of the toys, I’ve bought all of the comics, and I record the TV show every week.
Wonderful! I hereby grant you a first dan black belt in Toriyama School Shorinji Kempo [Shaolin kung fu]. You are my greatest student! Please continue to support my work.
Yasuhiro Kubo (Nara Prefecture):
Just so you know, I really like Oolong tea and Pu’er tea. By the way, on page 18 of volume 1, Son Goku says to Bulma, “I never saw another human before!” Wasn’t Goku’s grandpa (the guy who raised him) a human?
W-Well… if you put it that way… yes. Oops… I made a mistake. Sorry, I apologize. You’re also very smart to realize that I got the name “Pu’er” from the name of the Chinese tea.
Naohiro Yonemoto (Tokushima Prefecture):
Hello Toriyama-sensei. I have a question. If you had one whole day of uninterrupted free time, what would you do?
Occasionally I do have a day of free time. I usually end up sleeping late and when I wake up I may go to the supermarket with my wife, or work on a plastic model, or watch TV, or… I pretty much just putter away the day.
Takeshi Mayumi (Mie Prefecture):
Help! I’m running out of air! Please get some air and send it to me by Kamehameha. Bye.
Huh…? W-What are you talking about? I assume that you didn’t write this letter while you were drowning… U-Uh… please continue to support my work.
Masae O’ouchi (Ibaraki Prefecture):
Okay, I’ve figured it out… Dragon Ball is based on the old Chinese legend Saiyuki (“Journey to the West”). Even the characters are the same: Bulma is Sanzo Hoshi, Oolong is Hakkai, Yamcha is Sagojo, and Shenlong is Sanzo Hoshi’s horse. Even the order they appear is the same. Am I wrong? I am a girl in my third year of middle school. I am afraid of the high school entrance exams!
It’s true, in the beginning I set out to create a modern day Saiyuki. But soon it became difficult to remain true to the original, so I started ignoring it. So even though they have the same name, please consider my Son Goku and the monkey king Son Goku to be two different characters. However, I did get the Gyūmaō story from Saiyuki. Good luck on your entrance exams!