Manga Guide

Dragon Ball Volume 02



Doragon Bōru Kiki Ippatsu

A Critical Moment for the Dragon Balls

Volume Information

First Release: 10 January 1986 (print edition)
12 October 2012 (digital edition)
Retail: ¥360, not taxed (initial print edition)
¥400 + 5% tax (current print edition, since May 2009)
¥350 + 5% tax (digital edition)
Publisher: Shueisha
Size / Pages: New Book Format (11 × 17 cm) / 192 pages
Catalog No.: ISBN 4-08-851832-2

Volume Introduction by Akira Toriyama

Happy New Year. …Which means that I, who made my debut in comics at my 23rd New Year’s, have now come to my 30th. I’ve thoroughly managed to become a “real” cartoonist. Anyhow, this is a tough business: it seems like, if you’ve got work to do, then you’re so busy that there’s no time for sleep, but if you don’t have any work, then you don’t know what to do with yourself, and there’s nothing to do but sleep. I really hate being busy, but I also don’t like not knowing what to do, so I’m doing my best.

Volume Contents (012 – 024)

All chapter title pages shown below are as available in this tankōbon volume, featuring the original chapter tag lines and “Bird Studio” logo. Unfortunately this volume omits eight of the original chapter title pages (a ninth is present, but repurposed as the front cover of the book), although seven of them were later included in the kanzenban release. The title page used for Chapter 18 in Weekly Shōnen Jump was repurposed as the title page for Chapter 19, presumably because the Chapter 19 title page was used as the book’s cover (as noted in Daizenshuu 1: Complete Illustrations), and there would have otherwise been an awkwardly-placed blank page in that spot. The chapter premiere dates listed below are based on the sale date of their respective issue of Weekly Shōnen Jump, which is when that issue of the magazine officially went on sale.

Kame-Sen’nin o Tazunete
In Search of Kame-Sen’nin
19 February 1985
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1985 #12
Kame-Sen’nin no Bashō-Sen
Kame-Sen’nin’s Bashō Fan
26 February 1985
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1985 #13
Kame-Sen’nin no Kamehameha!!
Kame-Sen’nin’s Kamehameha!!
05 March 1985
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1985 #14
Chīshinchū Hakken
The Seven-Star Ball is Found
12 March 1985
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1985 #15
Usagi no Mimi
Rabbit Ears
19 March 1985
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1985 #16
Oyabun no Tokui Waza
The Boss’s Special Skill
26 March 1985
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1985 #17
Doragon Bōru Ubawareru!!
The Dragon Balls Are Stolen!!
02 April 1985
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1985 #18
Tsui ni Doragon Arawaru!
At Long Last, the Dragon Appears!
09 April 1985
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1985 #19
Shenron e no Negai!!
The Wish to Shenlong!!
16 April 1985
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1985 #20
The Full Moon
23 April 1985
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1985 #21
Gokū no Dai-Henshin
Goku’s Great Transformation
27 April 1985
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1985 #22
Doragon Chīmu Kaisan
The Dragon Team Parts Ways
04 May 1985
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1985 #23
Kame-Sen’nin no Shugyō Ryō
The Price of Kame-Sen’nin’s Training
14 May 1985
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1985 #24

Toriyama-san’s “Dragon Ball” Ask Me Anything Corner

Each of the first 12 tankōbon volumes contains a short, two-page Q&A session with Akira Toriyama (essentially the continuation of a similar section in Dr. Slump), where he answers questions sent in by readers. Anyone was able to send in a postcard to the address listed in the book, and individuals whose submissions ran in a subsequent volume were promised a signed illustration (shikishi) from Toriyama himself. This solicitation remained in place in all printings through mid-1995 (the end of the series’ run in Weekly Shōnen Jump), after which it was removed.

In addition to the above call for questions, the first six volumes also included an invitation to join Toriyama’s official fan club, the “Akira Toriyama Preservation Society” (Toriyama Akira Hozon-Kai), whose members received a newsletter with “inside stories” and other bonus content that would “make the comics ten times more fun”. Readers were invited to send a ¥60 stamp in an envelope to the address given, after which they would receive a membership form. This invitation remained until May 1987 (concurrent with the publication of volume 7); it was then replaced with a notice that the club had reached its predetermined membership limit, and an apology to those who still wished to join. This notice remains in current printings, even though the club has long since disbanded, with the final newsletter (issue #25) published in September 1987.

“Anything is fine, as long as it has to do with Dragon Ball or me. Give me all the postcards you’ve got.”

Question #1

Hajime Higaki (Mie Prefecture):
Hello sensei. Please answer my questions:
01 — How long does it take you to create one chapter?
02 — Do you draw the backgrounds yourself?
03 — Do you have an assistant-san?
04 — Does your assistant-san live with you at your house?

Akira Toriyama:
01 — It takes me about five days to think up the story and draw it all.
02 — I draw the backgrounds if it’s the first time they show up, otherwise it’s mostly my assistant-san who draws them all. If there are lots of backgrounds to draw then I’ll also help draw some of it.
03 — I have one assistant named Matsuyama-kun. If things get really busy his wife also helps out.
04 — He commutes. He doesn’t have to draw every day. In one week he will usually only work two days, and that’s enough.

Question #2

Kazuo Takahashi (Tokyo Metropolitan area):
I really like “Dragon Ball”. I keep my tankōbon in plastic bags and always wash my hands before reading them. That’s how much I like them. I await volume 2 and volume 3… and please try to release them as quickly as possible.

Akira Toriyama:
Fantastic!! You’re remarkable!! That’s great, but it sounds like a lot of trouble…

Question #3

Eriko Hirano (Hyōgo Prefecture):
Akira Toriyama-sensei, how do you do. Are you handsome?

Akira Toriyama:

Question #4

Isami Gunbara (Kagoshima Prefecture):
Shenlong-sama, have my postcard appear in “Toriyama-san‘s Dragon Ball Ask Me Anything Corner”. Please fulfil my wish.

Akira Toriyama:
It is done. Isn’t it great, the incredible power of the Dragon Balls!!? (By the way, this won’t work for any other postcards sent in like this)

Question #5

Ken’ichi Yatsuka (Shizuoka Prefecture):
Hello Toriyama-sensei. I always enjoy reading “Dragon Ball”. By the way, when will volume 19 of “Dr. Slump” be released? I’m very excited to read it.

Akira Toriyama:
Th… thank you very much. Uh… Umm~, “Dr. Slump” ended with volume 18… No matter how long you wait, even if you become an old man, volume 19 won’t be coming out…

Question #6

Sakura Yoshino (Kanagawa Prefecture):
Right now I have all the Jump Comics “Dr. Slump” and “Dragon Ball” volumes! I also have volumes 1~4 of Katsura-sensei‘s “Wingman”. I’m a huge fan of both of you, but if I had to choose I think that you are much cooler and nowy than he is.

Akira Toriyama:
Fantastic!! You’re also remarkable!! I’m sure you’ll grow up to be a magnificent woman!!