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Dragon Ball Chapter 056

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Doragon Bōru Sōdatsusen

The Struggle for the Dragon Ball

Chapter Information

Premiered: 06 January 1986 (Weekly Shōnen Jump 1986 #06)
Corresponding: Dragon Ball Episode 034, “The Heartless Red Ribbon”

  • Digital Monochrome Edition Volume 05 (12 October 2012)

Chapter Synopsis

Silver takes off his trench coat, and continues asking questions, but Goku just ignores him and walks away. Silver rushes over and snatches Goku’s sack, and asks if the radar is in here. Goku gets angry, and runs over and snatches it back. Silver realizes he’s not an ordinary brat, but nevertheless boasts he’ll beat him in five seconds. Silver throws a punch at Goku, but Goku just ducks it and kicks Silver in the gut. Silver staggers back, and kicks at Goku in frustration. But Goku jumps over it, and whacks Silver in the face with his tail, knocking him out.

Goku walks off, wondering what he’ll do without Kinto-Un (it’s a long way to run to the next ball). He realizes that these guys must have those capsule things in the house. After finding a case, he tries throwing one and out pops a robot. The robot greets him and asks what he wants. Goku says he wants to go that way. The robot suggests he go that way. Goku explains that he wants to go really far, so he needs something he can ride in. The robot says to try the No. 3 capsule, and out pops a plane. Goku says he can’t ride it, but the robot knows how to pilot it, and away they go.

In the far-off west lies the Red Ribbon Army Headquarters. Inside, there’s a short guy with an eye patch and a cigar. Commander Red. Red complains to his tall assistant, Assistant Black, about the troops not getting the Dragon Balls fast enough. A bear then comes into the office, and informs Red that something has happened to the Dragon Ball that Colonel Silver was after. They head into the control room, and Red notices the Dragon Ball is moving on the radar. The bear says it’s moving north, towards General White’s area. Red yells to get Silver on the line, and Silver slowly gets up and stumbles towards the house to respond. Red wants to know what’s going on.

In the plane, Goku asks if it isn’t getting colder, and the robot says robots don’t get cold. Meanwhile, Red wants to know who this strong enemy is that has a better radar. When he finds out it’s a lone kid, he declares that Silver will be executed. Red tells Black that it’s a kid, and tells him to contact General White with orders to kill the brat and get his Dragon Ball. Red then tells Black not to stand near him, so he doesn’t make Red look short.

Goku wants to know why it’s so cold here, and the robot says it’s just cold in the north. Goku looks at the Dragon Radar, and says the Dragon Ball is just below them. But the robot is frozen and the plane soon crashes. Goku is safe a distance away, lying freezing and unconscious in the snow, and two Red Ribbon soldiers spot the crash. A nearby, well-guarded tower is White Company Base. A Russian-looking guy in a sweater is in the top floor control room, and he receives word of the plane crash. It must be the brat’s plane, as relayed from Headquarters, but there is no one inside but a robot. He tells the soldiers to look for the brat, who probably got away. As the soldiers begin to look for him, a little girl drags the unconscious Goku through the snow…

Chapter Notes


  • The plane that Goku takes in this chapter is based on the Horten Ho-IX (also called the Gotha Go-229), a prototype jet aircraft produced in Nazi Germany during the final years of World War II. Though it never saw service in real life, it appears that the Dragon World has at least one working model.

Anime Connections

  • The girl that appears in this chapter, while named Sno (スノ suno) right away in the anime, is not referred to by that name (or any other) in the manga until Chapter 515. No explanation is ever given for this, but it is assumed to be a case similar to that of Shuu/Soba (Toei Animation requested that Toriyama give her a name for the anime, as none of the dialogue in the manga had made it clear as to what her name was).

Author’s Comment

  • Each issue of Weekly Shōnen Jump features 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:

    Went to Chita Peninsula to eat some fresh fish! I bet my cat would have been happy if I’d taken her along… <Akira>

    Chita Peninsula is due south of Nagoya, jutting into the Pacific Ocean and dividing Ise Bay in the west from Mikawa Bay in the east. It would not be an especially difficult trip from Toriyama’s home by car or by train.

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.