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Manga Guide

Dragon Ball: Red Ribbon Army arc


Arc Information

Original Run: 20 December 1985 – 21 October 1986 (45 weeks)
Corresponding: Dragon Ball Chapters 055 – 097 (43 chapters)
Page Count: 646 pages (29 full color / 76 limited color / 541 black and white)

Arc Synopsis

After missing victory by a hair’s breadth, Goku once again sets out on a journey to find his grandfather’s Four-Star Ball. When he defeats Captain Silver of the Red Ribbon Army, who tried to steal the first Dragon Ball that he found, Goku again begins collecting the Dragon Balls. Goku crashes a plane and his life is saved by a girl from Jingle Village. Learning that the village mayor has been taken by the Red Ribbon Army, Goku assaults the massive Muscle Tower. Waiting for Goku on the tower’s fourth floor was Master Sergeant Murasaki.

Master Sergeant Murasaki brings out his final trump card, Artificial Human No. 8. However, the kind-hearted No. 8 had no will to fight Goku. After being saved by Goku when Master Sergeant Murasaki was about to blow him up, No. 8 teams up with Goku to rescue the mayor. After defeating General White, Goku heads off to West City to get his radar fixed by Bulma. After fixing his radar, for some reason Bulma comes along with him on his adventure. Goku and co. borrow a submarine from Kame-Sen’nin and head to a sea-bottom cave, where they are attacked by General Blue.

The sea-bottom cave that they got lost in searching for the Dragon Balls turned out to be a secret pirate base. Goku and co. somehow manage to escape from both the pirates’ trap and General Blue’s evil hand to obtain a Dragon Ball. Having returned safely to Kame House, Goku and co. have their Dragon Balls stolen by General Blue, who they thought had died in the cave. After he had retrieved his Dragon Balls with the help of the citizens of Penguin Village, Goku headed for the Karin Holy Land in search of the next ball. There lived the father and son Bora and Upa, who protect the holy land.

Hired by the Red Ribbon Army, the amazingly powerful assassin Tao Pai-pai comes to the Karin Holy Land. He kills Bora, defeats Goku, and steals the Dragon Balls. In order to steal back the Dragon Balls and restore Bora to life, Goku climbs to the peak of Karin Tower, where it’s said that a sage lives. After being trained by the sage cat Karin, Goku crushes Tao Pai-pai. Then, in order to obtain the remaining Dragon Balls, he heads for Red Ribbon Army Headquarters. He defeats Black, who had become commander, and annihilates the Red Ribbon Army.

Chapter List

赤いリボン
Akai Ribon
A Red Ribbon
20 December 1985
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1986 #05
ドラゴンボール争奪戦
Doragon Bōru Sōdatsusen
The Struggle for the Dragon Ball
06 January 1986
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1986 #06
マッスルタワー突撃!!
Massuru Tawā Totsugeki!!
Assault on Muscle Tower!!
14 January 1986
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1986 #07
マッスルタワーの恐怖
Massuru Tawā no Kyōfu
The Terror of Muscle Tower
21 January 1986
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1986 #08
3階の悪魔!!
Sankai no Akuma!!
The Demon on the Third Floor!!
28 January 1986
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1986 #09
忍者ムラサキ!!
Ninja Murasaki!!
Ninja Murasaki!!
04 February 1986
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1986 #10
忍法! 四畳半タタミ返し!!
Ninpō! Yonjōhan Tatamigaeshi!!
Ninja Arts! The 4½ Tatami Flip!!
11 February 1986
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1986 #11
危機!分身の術
Kiki! Bunshin no Jutsu
Peril! The Art of Division
18 February 1986
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1986 #12
人造人間8号
Jinzōningen Hachi-Gō
Artificial Human No. 8
25 February 1986
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1986 #13
5階 戦慄のブヨン
Gokai Senritsu no Buyon
Floor Five: The Hair-Raising Buyon
04 March 1986
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1986 #14
ブヨン攻略法
Buyon Kōryakuhō
How to Defeat Buyon
11 March 1986
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1986 #15
マッスルタワーの最期!!
Massuru Tawā no Saigo!!
Muscle Tower’s End!!
18 March 1986
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1986 #16
西へ…
Nishi e…
To the West…
25 March 1986
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1986 #17
西の都のブルマんち
Nishi no Miyako no Buruma n’chi
Bulma’s House in West City
01 April 1986
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1986 #18
ブルマと悟空part2
Buruma to Gokū Pāto Tsū
Bulma and Goku, Part Two
08 April 1986
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1986 #19
ブルマの大失敗!!
Buruma no Dai-Shippai!!
Bulma’s Big Blunder!!
15 April 1986
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1986 #20
KAME HOUSE 発見さる!!
Kame Hausu Hakken Saru!!
Kame House Discovered!!
22 April 1986
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1986 #21
ブルー将軍 攻撃開始
Burū Shōgun Kōgeki Kaishi
General Blue Commences His Assault
26 April 1986
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1986 #22
ブルー将軍の誤算
Burū Shōgun no Gosan
General Blue’s Miscalculation
02 May 1986
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1986 #23
海賊たちの罠
Kaizoku-tachi no Wana
The Pirates’ Trap
13 May 1986
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1986 #24
海賊港の伏兵
Kaizoku Minato no Fukuhei
Ambush in the Pirate Harbor
20 May 1986
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1986 #25
お宝発見
Otakara Hakken
The Treasure is Discovered
27 May 1986
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1986 #26
光るブルーの眼
Hikaru Burū no Me
Blue’s Shining Eyes
03 June 1986
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1986 #27
大脱出!!
Dai-Dasshutsu!!
The Great Escape!!
10 June 1986
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1986 #28
逃げろや逃げろ!!
Nigero ya Nigero!!
Get Out, Get Out!!
17 June 1986
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1986 #29
奪われた3個の龍球
Ubawareta Sanko no Doragon Bōru
The Three Stolen Dragon Balls
24 June 1986
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1986 #30
追ってペンギン村!
Otte Pengin Mura!
Chased to Penguin Village!
01 July 1986
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1986 #31
こわれたドラゴンレーダー
Kowareta Doragon Reidā
The Broken Dragon Radar
08 July 1986
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1986 #32
奪われたドラゴンレーダー
Ubawareta Doragon Reidā
The Stolen Dragon Radar
15 July 1986
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1986 #33
聖地カリンの親子
Seichi Karin no Oyako
The Father and Son of the Karin Holy Land
22 July 1986
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1986 #34
殺し屋゛桃白白゛
Koroshiya “Tao Pai-pai”
The Hitman “Tao Pai-pai”
29 July 1986
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1986 #35
桃白白の必殺どどん波
Taopaipai no Hissatsu Dodonpa
Tao Pai-pai’s Surefire Dodonpa
05 August 1986
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1986 #36
カリン塔
Karin Tō
Karin Tower
12 August 1986
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1986 #37
カリン塔のカリン様
Karin Tō no Karin-sama
Karin-sama of Karin Tower
19 August 1986
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1986 #38
超聖水の効能
Chō-Seisui no Kōnō
The Effects of the Super Holy Water
26 August 1986
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1986 #39
孫悟空の逆襲
Son Gokū no Gyakushū
Son Goku’s Counterattack
02 September 1986
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1986 #40
聖地の大決戦!!
Seichi no Dai-Kessen!!
A Grand Showdown in the Holy Land!!
09 September 1986
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1986 #41
最後の桃白白
Saigo no Tao Pai-pai
The End of Tao Pai-pai
16 September 1986
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1986 #42
孫悟空突撃
Son Gokū Totsugeki
Son Goku’s Assault
23 September 1986
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1986 #43
孫悟空快進撃!
Son Gokū Kai-Shingeki!
Son Goku’s Charge!
30 September 1986
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1986 #44
レッド総帥死す!
Reddo Sōsui Shisu!
Commander Red Dies!
07 October 1986
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1986 #45
大勝利!!
Dai-Shōri!!
A Great Victory!!
14 October 1986
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1986 #46
最後の龍球
Saigo no Doragon Bōru
The Final Dragon Ball
21 October 1986
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1986 #47