Manga Guide

Dragon Ball Volume 04

Original Version (1986)      Refreshed Version (2009)



The Grand Finals

General Information

First Release: 09 October 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 4-08-851834-9


The volume’s introduction from author Akira Toriyama is printed on the front flap of the dust cover and accompanied by a small color illustration.

These days, I’ve been slacking off on exercise, always doing lazy things like using the car or motorbike even on outings right in the neighborhood. As a result, my stomach has started to bulge out. Thinking, “I’ll be in trouble if it goes on like this!”, I decided I’d at least try and ride my bike to shape up. But my eyes always wander over to the women walking along the street, and I end up riding at a snail’s pace. To be frank, it doesn’t really amount to “exercise”.


This volume compiles chapters 37 to 48 as originally serialized in Weekly Shōnen Jump, covering issues 1985 #37 to 1985 #48. All chapter title pages shown below are those included in this volume. 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 officially went on sale.

Chapters (037 – 048)

Dai-Ni Shiai
The Second Match
13 August 1985
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1985 #37
Dai-San Shiai
The Third Match
20 August 1985
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1985 #38
Dai-Yon Shiai
The Fourth Match
27 August 1985
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1985 #39
Gokū no Shippo
Goku’s Tail
03 September 1985
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1985 #40
Kuririn Tai Jakkī Chun
Kuririn vs Jackie Chun
10 September 1985
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1985 #41
A Great Give-and-Take Battle!
17 September 1985
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1985 #42
Nazo no Jakkī Chun
The Mysterious Jackie Chun
24 September 1985
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1985 #43
Son Gokū Tai Namu
Son Goku vs Namu
01 October 1985
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1985 #44
A Great Mid-Air Battle!
08 October 1985
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1985 #45
The Grand Finals
15 October 1985
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1985 #46
The Kamehameha
22 October 1985
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1985 #47
Saru Mane Son Gokū
Monkey-See, Monkey-Do Son Goku
29 October 1985
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1985 #48

Title Page Special Feature

As the tankōbon are compilations of pre-existing chapters, they are intended to be continuously read from beginning to end. Often times, any title pages not considered integral to the story, or due to page count issues between chapters, were moved to the back of the volume and collected in a special gallery following the volume’s final chapter. The gallery notes the title pages are “as they appeared in Weekly Shōnen Jump“, which include the original tag lines and “Bird Studio” logo. These features are typically removed from the title pages remaining in the volume’s main content.

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. The Q&A section is not included in the digital edition.

The first six volumes 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.


  • This volume omits five of the original chapter title pages (one was repurposed as the front cover of the volume), although all five were later included in the kanzenban release. The title page used for Chapter 45 in Weekly Shōnen Jump was repurposed as the title page for Chapter 44, presumably because the Chapter 44 title page was used as the book’s cover (as noted in Daizenshuu 1: Complete Illustrations), and would have otherwise thrown off the appropriate left and right page print order for that chapter.
  • The three interstitial pages included all feature the phrase, “A bonus nothing page” (OMAKE なんごもないページ), with the various main characters doing random unrelated things to the actual story.

Supplemental Images

The following supplemental images are included in this volume and are original illustrations drawn by Akira Toriyama exclusively for this tankōbon volume:

Staff Credits

Note that the publisher credited varies by print edition based on the staff at Shueisha at the time of its printing. The publisher listed below coincides with this volume’s first edition printing.



鳥山 明

Akira Toriyama




Home-sha Co., Ltd.




Sueo Horiuchi


Publishing House

株式会社 集英社

Shueisha Co., Ltd.


Printing House


Toppan Printing Co., Ltd.