Manga Guide

Dragon Ball Volume 05

Original Version (1987)      Refreshed Version (2009)


Massuru Tawā no Kyōfu

The Terror of Muscle Tower

General 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


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.

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.


This volume compiles chapters 49 to 60 as originally serialized in Weekly Shōnen Jump, covering issues 1985 #49 to 1986 #10. 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 (049 – 060)

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

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 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.


  • No chapter title pages were omitted from this volume.
  • The interstitial page included shows Kame-Sen’nin taking a break, with the word “Rest” (休憩; kyūkei) above him.

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.