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|First Release:||10 June 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)
|Size / Pages:||New Book Format (11 × 17 cm) / 192 pages|
|Catalog No.:||ISBN 4-08-851833-0|
But it was a really friendly, cute cat, so we ended up keeping it as part of the family. It’s a jet-black cat, so its name is Koge [“char”]. As a result, my assistant Matsuyama-kun, a major cat-hater, is in a state of terror every time he comes over to work.
All chapter title pages shown below are as available in this tankōbon volume, featuring the original chapter tag lines and “Bird Studio” logo. Fortunately, this volume does not omit any of the original chapter title pages. 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.
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.
“I’m fine with anything to do with Dragon Ball or me. Give me all the postcards you’ve got.”
Ikumi Akita (Gifu Prefecture):
Sensei, hello. I recently bought the Comic (“Dragon Ball” 1) for the first time, and the drawings and story were so cute that even a girl like myself really loved it.
Thank you very much! I hope more girls like you are also enjoying it.
Katsuya Miyoshi (Hyōgo Prefecture):
I have all of your Comics, Sensei. I read Jump every week. My question is, is Kame-Sen’nin based off of the bitter God from “Dr. Slump” 17? Because they look exactly the same except for the star-mark sunglasses.
Gah!! You’re sharp!! You are correct!! I just put some sunglasses on God. I really liked that guy, so I wanted to use him again in “Dragon Ball”.
Masahiro Kojima (Ōsaka Prefecture):
Some questions for Akira Toriyama-sensei.
01 — Were you good at drawing manga back when you were in elementary school?
02 — Is it indecent that you put so much H (drawings) into the story?
03 — Do you own a Family Computer? [He’s referring to the Famicom/NES system by Nintendo]
04 — Please continue drawing great manga.
01 — I was so-so.
02 — Yes!
03 — I own one, but it sometimes distracts me from work which is pretty bad so I don’t play too often. However, I’m really good at it.
04 — Right, understood. Thank you.
Takuya Miyamoto (Ōsaka Prefecture):
Um~, I have a question… It has nothing to do with “Dragon Ball” but when will the 2nd Volume of “Akira Toriyama’s Fill-in-the-Blank Theatre” be released? You… you didn’t forget about it, did you…?
Unfortunately, Volume 2 of “Fill-in-the-Blank Theatre” is about 45 pages short from being completed. There are currently no plans to release it, but it may come out once I finish the remaining 45 pages.
Satoshi Sasaki (Hiroshima Prefecture):
Toriyama-sensei, hello. Goodbye.
Mika Noma (Ehime Prefecture):
I really love reading “Dragon Ball”. I especially like Yamcha (Go go, Yamcha). I hope you continue to create more comics. I’ll be a fan of “Dragon Ball” until I die.
You really have to continue supporting me until you die! (A lot of people give up halfway…)
Kōji Asano (Ai’ichi Prefecture):
I loan out my “Dragon Ball” comics to people for three days at a rate of 100 yen. Am I a bad kid for doing this? (But everybody keeps borrowing them)
You’re a bad kid! You’re making money and I’m not getting anything!!
Seiji Hayashi (Kyoto Metropolitan area):
I really like “Dragon Ball” because it’s so much fun, it’s so fun that I can’t stand it. Ah~~~, I’m soooooo happy that your manga exists, I can’t believe it.
Hmm~~, if you like it that much, it makes me really happy as well.