Manga Guide

Dragon Ball Chapter 040

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Gokū no Shippo

Goku’s Tail

Chapter Information

Premiered: 03 September 1985 (Weekly Shōnen Jump 1985 #40)
Corresponding: Dragon Ball Episode 023, “He’s Here! The Mighty Foe Giran”

  • Digital Monochrome Edition Volume 04 (12 October 2012)

Chapter Synopsis

Giran laughs as Goku’s trapped in his Guru-Guru Gum, and can’t move. Giran punches Goku in the head, then picks him up and holds him over his head. Giran then tosses Goku out of the ring, sending him off over the city. His friends are all worried about him, but Goku calls for Kinto-Un, and it catches him and takes him back to the arena.

Giran yells that that was foul play, but Goku reminds him he flew back, too. Giran says he used his own wings, a part of his body, and the announcer discusses this with the superintendent priest. They decide that they’ll allow the strange cloud only this one time, but Goku can’t use it again. Giran laughs, and walks over to Goku, and decides to end it with a punch. He swings at Goku, but Goku has vanished. Giran looks around, and then sees that Goku’s hanging from his arm… by his tail!

Goku’s very happy to see his tail again, and Yamcha’s worried (remembering his Ōzaru form), while Kuririn’s confused (he’d never seen his tail before). Goku’s more confident with his tail back, and so he starts powering up until he breaks free of the gum. Goku starts balancing on his tail, then kicks the wall and crumbles to pieces. He’s feeling great with his tail back. He announces his counterattack, but Giran holds up the white flag, and Goku falls over. The win goes to Goku, and the announcer marvels over his tail, while Bulma worriedly asks Pu’er when the next full moon is.

Chapter Notes

  • The title page for this chapter is not included in the tankōbon release.
  • The title of this chapter was later repeated for chapter 107. While this may have been unintentional on Toriyama’s part, it does have a certain narrative symmetry: in this chapter, Goku regains his tail, and in chapter 107, he loses it again.
  • Each issue of Weekly Shōnen Jump featured short comments from the various series’ authors, giving fans a brief insight into their current thoughts, ranging from series-related announcements to trivial happenings in their personal lives. Akira Toriyama’s comments from this issue were:
    ついにファミコンを買う 子供心を研究するためと、下手な言い訳をしています<明>

    I’m finally buying a Famicom, to help me understand the way children think. That’s the excuse, anyway. <Akira>

Page Breakdown

The majority of the Dragon Ball series was drawn in black and white, but chapters were occasionally published with color pages. This breakdown notes how many full-color, limited-color, and black-and-white pages appeared in this chapter. As the tankōbon volumes were not released with these colors intact, any color pages shown are taken from the kanzenban release.