Manga Guide

Dragon Ball Z TV Special 01 (Anime Comic)

Dragon Ball Z TV Special 01 Anime Comic - Cover

たったひとりの最終決戦 〜フリーザに挑んだZ戦士 孫悟空(カカロット)の父〜

Tatta Hitori no Saishū Kessen ~Furīza ni Idonda Zetto-senshi Kakarotto no Chichi~

A Final, Solitary Battle: The Father of Z-Warrior Kakarrot, Who Challenged Freeza

General Information

Released: 12 January 1993
Retail: ¥670 (plus tax)
Publisher: Shueisha Inc.
Size / Pages: New Book Format (11 × 17 cm) / 168 pages
Catalog No.: ISBN 4-8342-1183-5


The volume’s introduction is printed on the front flap of the dust cover and accompanied by an image of Trunks’ appearance in the Dragon Ball Z TV series.


The third volume in the incredibly popular Jump Anime Comics line is the TV special “A Final, Solitary Battle: The Father of Z-Warrior Kakarrot, Who Challenged Freeza” (broadcast on Fuji TV on October 17, 1990). This was a much-discussed work that garnered a huge response; it depicts Kakarrot’s (Son Goku) father Bardock as he single-handedly challenges the powerful enemy Freeza to battle, as if pulled by his star of destiny.


In addition to that, this book is packed with an original illustrated story starring the popular Trunks, the latest information on the TV series, and a feature on the designing of the special!! This is a loaded volume that’s a must-have for “Dragon Ball Z” fans!!


The comic’s standard front and back cover (sans dust jacket) use navy-toned versions of the comic’s main dust jacket.

The book contains material introducing the characters in the story before covering the entirety of the TV special itself. Following this is a look at the current events of the TV series and merchandise, an original story illustrated by Minoru Maeda, and finally the entire staff and cast of the movie are listed on the last page.

Original Artwork Drawn by Animation Supervisor Minoru Maeda
This anime comic includes a double-sided fold-out poster of Goku’s family (sans Raditz, and obviously Goten) and Future Trunks attacking with his sword drawn. Both posters and the comics cover were drawn by character designer and animation supervisor Maeda Minoru, who was the character designer for both TV specials.
Special Poster 1: Bardock, Son Goku, & Son Gohan (view poster)
Special Poster 2: Trunks (view poster)
All Character Perfect File
The character collection provides a brief look at each character that appears in the TV special, including some family charts for both Bardock and King Vegeta. There is also information on Saiyan technology, all of Freeza’s henchmen, and Goku’s future on Earth. The last page showcases an eyecatch collection of the three eyecatches used in the TV special.
Full Character Collection
A Perfect Uncut Full-Color Compilation!!
The animation theater is the main feature of the comic. It is comprised of screen shots from the TV special in comic form, with added sound effects and dialogue. Unlike typical tankōbon-sized releases, it is printed in full-color on high quality paper.
Animation Theater: Perfect Compilation of the Long-Awaited TV Special!!
Full of the Latest Information!! A Thorough Analysis of New Developments!
Following the animation theater is a brief look at the then-ongoing Cell arc of the TV series, which was about to enter the Cell Games portion. The section begins with outlining Future Trunks’ timeline and his travels back to the past to warn Goku, the artificial humans and Cells appearance, and finishes up with a preview of the Cell Games.
The TV Series Super Investigation!! –The Past! The Present!! And… The Cell Games!!!
“Dragon Ball Z” Latest Goods Catalog
This single page showcases some new-at-time Dragon Ball Z merchandise, including the “Super Barcode Wars” game, a “Battle Can Box” game, and an LSI handheld video game entitled “The Horror! A Bio Soldier”, where you battle Cell.
Super Battle Toy Collection!!
Original Illustrated Story
By far the highlight of the comic, this section contains an original story written by Aya Matsui (松井亜弥), a script writer for Dragon Ball Z and the series organizer for Dragon Ball GT, which was only ever printed in this comic. The illustrations were provided by veteran animator Minoru Maeda (前田 実), who also drew the comic’s cover art and both of its insert posters. The story itself covers much of the same material as the Trunks TV special; however, it expands on the TV special and includes Trunks’ journey into the past, his first meeting with his father, and his fight against Cell in the present. Additional information, including a full translation of the story, can be found in the “Original Illustrated Stories” section of the Manga Guide.
The Lonely Future Warrior!! Trunks
Staff & Cast – All Data
The last page of the comic lists the entire staff and cast of the TV special.


  • Shueisha did not begin releasing animation comics for the Dragon Ball franchise until 1992, well after many movies and TV specials had already been produced. This animation comic was eventually released in January 1993, just over two years after the special was originally broadcast in October 1990. As noted in the introduction, this is the third volume released.

Franchise Timeline

At the time this film comic was released the Dragon Ball Z TV series was in the midst of the Cell story arc, with Goku and Gohan having just exited the Room of Spirit and Time and relaxing before the Cell Games. The series’ next TV special, revolving around Future Trunks, was also scheduled to air in just six weeks on 24 February 1993, which is why the majority of the supplemental content included in this comic revolves around Trunks.

Dragon Ball Z Movie 07
11 July 1992
Dragon Ball Z TV Sp. 01 (Comic)
12 January 1993
Dragon Ball Z Movie 08
06 March 1993

Staff Credits


Composition & Editing




Tetsuo Daitoku


Miho Suzuki


Yoshikazu Takeda


Yoshihiko Tosawa


Cel Drawings (Cover & Poster)

前田 実

Minoru Maeda




Banana Grove Studio


Yumiko Ōhira


Keiko Kamoshida


Kazumi Okamura


Illustration Coordination


Shōji Watanabe


In Cooperation With


Toei Animation






Weekly Shōnen Jump Editorial Department




Yoshiaki Kiso


Publishing House

株式会社 ホーム社

Home-sha Co., Ltd.


Sales Agency

株式会社 集英社

Shueisha Co., Ltd.


Printing House

株式会社 廣済堂

Kōsaido Printing Co., Ltd.