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Dragon Ball Kanzenban Release

In 2002, Japan experienced a revival of the once forgotten Dragon Ball series. Due to this resurgence of interest in the series, on 04 December 2002, Shueisha began to re-release the original tankōbon in a complete kanzenban (“Perfect Edition”) format. The kanzenban release condensed the original 42 volumes into 34, with each volume containing approximately 15 chapters. Unlike the tankōbon, the kanzenban retained all of the colored pages originally printed in Weekly Shōnen Jump. The kanzenban are also slightly larger in size than the tankōbon, although are still smaller than the original Weekly Shōnen Jump magazines.

As a special treat, the kanzenban volumes featured restored artwork and newly drawn cover illustrations by Akira Toriyama. Each volume also featured an insert poster of its respective volume’s cover illustration. Every other first-edition volume of the kanzenban release also came with a “Dragon Ball Children” insert pamphlet featuring tribute images of the Dragon Ball world, as seen through the eyes of current hugely-popular manga artists in Japan who were children while the series was being released. The pamphlets also included short articles where these artists related how Akira Toriyama had influenced their own work. The first ten of these seventeen pamphlets were later reprinted in the first companion guide, “Dragon Ball Landmark”, but the entirety of them are available in our “Translations” section.

Kanzenban Volumes


ISBN 4-08-873448-3

Dragon Ball Kanzenban Volume 05

04 February 2003
Released
¥933 (+ tax)
Retail
A5 (14.5 X 21 cm)
Size
The first edition printing of this volume came packaged with a special promotional insert pamphlet, which featured a “Dragon Ball Children” tribute image drawn by manga artist Shin’ya Suzuki (Mr. Fullswing).
Chapter (No. / Title)Page

ISBN 4-08-873452-1

Dragon Ball Kanzenban Volume 09

04 April 2003
Released
¥933 (+ tax)
Retail
A5 (14.5 X 21 cm)
Size
The first edition printing of this volume came packaged with a special promotional insert pamphlet, which featured a “Dragon Ball Children” tribute image drawn by manga artist Yūsuke Murata (Eyeshield 21).
Chapter (No. / Title)Page

ISBN 4-08-873456-4

Dragon Ball Kanzenban Volume 13

04 June 2003
Released
¥933 (+ tax)
Retail
A5 (14.5 X 21 cm)
Size
The first edition printing of this volume came packaged with a special promotional insert pamphlet, which featured a “Dragon Ball Children” tribute image drawn by manga artist Kentarō Yabuki (Black Cat).
Chapter (No. / Title)Page

ISBN 4-08-873460-2

Dragon Ball Kanzenban Volume 17

04 August 2003
Released
¥933 (+ tax)
Retail
A5 (14.5 X 21 cm)
Size
The first edition printing of this volume came packaged with a special promotional insert pamphlet, which featured a “Dragon Ball Children” tribute image drawn by manga artist Mikio Itō (Normandy Himitsu Club).
Chapter (No. / Title)Page

ISBN 4-08-873462-9

Dragon Ball Kanzenban Volume 19

04 September 2003
Released
¥933 (+ tax)
Retail
A5 (14.5 X 21 cm)
Size
The first edition printing of this volume came packaged with a special promotional insert pamphlet, which featured a “Dragon Ball Children” tribute image drawn by manga artist Nakaba Suzuki (Rising Impact).
Chapter (No. / Title)Page

ISBN 4-08-873464-5

Dragon Ball Kanzenban Volume 21

03 October 2003
Released
¥933 (+ tax)
Retail
A5 (14.5 X 21 cm)
Size
The first edition printing of this volume came packaged with a special promotional insert pamphlet, which featured a “Dragon Ball Children” tribute image drawn by manga artist Ken’ichi Sakura (Dragon Drive).
Chapter (No. / Title)Page

ISBN 4-08-873466-1

Dragon Ball Kanzenban Volume 23

04 November 2003
Released
¥933 (+ tax)
Retail
A5 (14.5 X 21 cm)
Size
The first edition printing of this volume came packaged with a special promotional insert pamphlet, which featured a “Dragon Ball Children” tribute image drawn by manga artist Kenjirō Takeshita (Happy World!).
Chapter (No. / Title)Page

ISBN 4-08-873468-8

Dragon Ball Kanzenban Volume 25

04 December 2003
Released
¥933 (+ tax)
Retail
A5 (14.5 X 21 cm)
Size
The first edition printing of this volume came packaged with a special promotional insert pamphlet, which featured a “Dragon Ball Children” tribute image drawn by manga artist Norihiro Yagi (Claymore).
Chapter (No. / Title)Page

ISBN 4-08-873470-X

Dragon Ball Kanzenban Volume 27

05 January 2004
Released
¥933 (+ tax)
Retail
A5 (14.5 X 21 cm)
Size
The first edition printing of this volume came packaged with a special promotional insert pamphlet, which featured a “Dragon Ball Children” tribute image drawn by manga artist Arina Tanemura (Full Moon o Sagashite).
Chapter (No. / Title)Page

ISBN 4-08-873472-6

Dragon Ball Kanzenban Volume 29

04 February 2004
Released
¥933 (+ tax)
Retail
A5 (14.5 X 21 cm)
Size
The first edition printing of this volume came packaged with a special promotional insert pamphlet, which featured a “Dragon Ball Children” tribute image drawn by manga artist Ryō Azuki (Love Wan!).
Chapter (No. / Title)Page

ISBN 4-08-873474-2

Dragon Ball Kanzenban Volume 31

04 March 2004
Released
¥933 (+ tax)
Retail
A5 (14.5 X 21 cm)
Size
The first edition printing of this volume came packaged with a special promotional insert pamphlet, which featured a “Dragon Ball Children” tribute image drawn by manga artist Kōshi Rikudō (Excel Saga).
Chapter (No. / Title)Page

ISBN 4-08-873475-0

Dragon Ball Kanzenban Volume 32

04 March 2004
Released
¥933 (+ tax)
Retail
A5 (14.5 X 21 cm)
Size
Chapter (No. / Title)Page

ISBN 4-08-873476-9

Dragon Ball Kanzenban Volume 33

02 April 2004
Released
¥933 (+ tax)
Retail
A5 (14.5 X 21 cm)
Size
The first edition printing of this volume came packaged with a special promotional insert pamphlet, which featured a “Dragon Ball Children” tribute image drawn by manga artist Kōta Hirano (Hellsing).
Chapter (No. / Title)Page

ISBN 4-08-873477-7

Dragon Ball Kanzenban Volume 34

02 April 2004
Released
¥933 (+ tax)
Retail
A5 (14.5 X 21 cm)
Size
Chapter (No. / Title)Page