Manga Guide

Dragon Ball Volume 05



Massuru Tawā no Kyōfu

The Terror of Muscle Tower

Volume Information

First Release: 09 January 1987 (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 4-08-851835-7

Volume Introduction by Akira Toriyama

I’ve mentioned this lots of times already, but I really don’t like the cold. When you turn on the heat, your head goes into a daze, and when you turn it off, your hands get numb and you can’t hold your pen properly. Because of that, when it gets cold, I stop riding my motorbike and my bicycle almost completely, and use the car all the time instead. Frankly speaking, I’m a sissy of a rider. It’s enough for me to want to hibernate: Come on, spring! Get here soon! Every winter’s day is filled with longing.

Volume Contents (049 – 060)

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.

Jakkī Chun no Gyakushū
Jackie Chun’s Counterattack
05 November 1985
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1985 #49
Gokū Saidai no Pinchi!!
Goku’s Greatest Pinch!!
12 November 1985
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1985 #50
Tenka’ichi Budōkai Dai-Sōzen
Chaos Reigns at the Tenka’ichi Budōkai
19 November 1985
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1985 #51
Kuraimakkusu Chikashi!!
The Climax Nears!!
26 November 1985
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1985 #52
The Climax
03 December 1985
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1986 #01/02
Another Adventure!!
10 December 1985
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1986 #03/04
Akai Ribon
A Red Ribbon
20 December 1985
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1986 #05
Doragon Bōru Sōdatsusen
The Struggle for the Dragon Ball
06 January 1986
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1986 #06
Massuru Tawā Totsugeki!!
Assault on Muscle Tower!!
14 January 1986
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1986 #07
Massuru Tawā no Kyōfu
The Terror of Muscle Tower
21 January 1986
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1986 #08
Sankai no Akuma!!
The Demon on the Third Floor!!
28 January 1986
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1986 #09
Ninja Murasaki!!
Ninja Murasaki!!
04 February 1986
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1986 #10

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.

“I’m fine with anything to do with Dragon Ball or me. Give me all the postcards you’ve got.”

Question #1

Naoki Koyama (Okayama Prefecture):
At my house we have volumes 1-24 of the Kinnikuman (“Muscleman”) manga and one Kinnikuman video.

Akira Toriyama:
Umm… I’m sorry, Naoki. Kinnikuman is drawn by a person named Yudetamago… If you’d like, please take a look at Dragon Ball. Ha ha… ha…

Question #2

Eiji Harada (Okayama Prefecture):
Hello. I really like Dragon Ball. I really like you too. I have a question for you. Dr. Slump lasted 18 volumes. How long will Dragon Ball continue for?

Akira Toriyama:
Hmm… maybe for ten volumes or so. I think I’d like to make it short and sweet. But then again, there are lots of things I want to include in the story so I don’t really know.

Question #3

Tsukyoshi Maezawa (Hokkaido Prefecture):
This is the first time time I’ve written to a manga artist. Do you think that the technique I thought up is good for Dragon Ball?

Akira Toriyama:
Wow! This technique is most certainly impressive. I may be able to use it in the manga. Thank you for your assistance!

Question #4

Takeya Nakamura (Okinawa Prefecture):
I always look at your manga and use them as a reference to draw my own manga. I really respect you. I have all of your manga including Dr. Slump, Dragon Ball, “Hetappi Manga Kenkyujo” (Lousy Manga Laboratory), “Toriyama Akira Maru-saku Gekijo” (Akira Toriyama’s Fill-In-The-Blank Theatre). I keep them to use as reference material. In particular, “Hetappi Manga Kenkyujo” greatly influenced the way I draw manga.

Akira Toriyama:
Thank you. You’ve complimented me so much I’m a bit embarrassed. Please keep up the hard work on drawing your own manga.

Question #5

Mami Sato (Ibaraki Prefecture):
I love Dragon Ball. I really like Bulma. Please continue to draw your great manga.

Akira Toriyama:
Surprisingly, there are a great number of girls that say they like Bulma. Perhaps it’s because her personality is a bit like a boy’s. Personally, I don’t really like harsh, selfish girls like Bulma.

Question #6

Akina Deura (Shizuoka Prefecture):
I was really happy to see Kuririn appear in the manga. (Although he hasn’t made an appearance in a while.) Kuririn looks exactly like my daughter who is about to turn one year old.

Akira Toriyama:
Thank you. So, your daughter looks exactly like Kuririn… I don’t know how to respond to that. But I’m sure your daughter is very cute. By the way, does she have a nose?