Manga Guide

Dragon Ball Volume 07



Tsuiseki!! Burū Shōgun

General Blue’s Pursuit!!

Volume Information

First Release: 08 May 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 4-08-851837-3

Volume Introduction by Akira Toriyama

Just recently, my child was born. It’s a boy. At last, even I have become a father. I do think it’s too bad that my wife and I can’t just go off and have fun on a whim as easily as we used to. But once he’s a little older, the three of us can go places together, and more than anything, he’s cute, so I’ll forgive him. Having a child makes a good excuse to go to the toy store, as well. So with that in mind, I’m working while helping out with changing diapers.

Volume Contents (073 – 084)

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.

Burū Shōgun no Gosan
General Blue’s Miscalculation
02 May 1986
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1986 #23
Kaizoku-tachi no Wana
The Pirates’ Trap
13 May 1986
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1986 #24
Kaizoku Minato no Fukuhei
Ambush in the Pirate Harbor
20 May 1986
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1986 #25
Otakara Hakken
The Treasure is Discovered
27 May 1986
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1986 #26
Hikaru Burū no Me
Blue’s Shining Eyes
03 June 1986
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1986 #27
The Great Escape!!
10 June 1986
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1986 #28
Nigero ya Nigero!!
Get Out, Get Out!!
17 June 1986
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1986 #29
Ubawareta Sanko no Doragon Bōru
The Three Stolen Dragon Balls
24 June 1986
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1986 #30
Otte Pengin Mura!
Chased to Penguin Village!
01 July 1986
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1986 #31
Kowareta Doragon Reidā
The Broken Dragon Radar
08 July 1986
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1986 #32
Ubawareta Doragon Reidā
The Stolen Dragon Radar
15 July 1986
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1986 #33
Seichi Karin no Oyako
The Father and Son of the Karin Holy Land
22 July 1986
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1986 #34

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.

Starting with the first printing of this volume, the space previously filled by an invitation to join the official Akira Toriyama fan club was 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

Asataro Nishino and his mother (Ehime Prefecture):
My son who is a first grader is a big Goku fan. He is anxiously awaiting your response to his letter. He wants to know, “How can I be one of Goku’s friends?”

Akira Toriyama
Asataro, thank you for all the hard work you put into writing a letter to me. How can you become one of Goku’s friends…? Hmm… Uh… Maybe your mother should explain this to you. (I guess I weaseled out of answering the question…)

Question #2

Masahiro Mizuno (Gifu Prefecture):
Back in volume 5 you mentioned that Dragon Ball would last for 10 volumes. Could you maybe make it last for at least 13 volumes?

Akira Toriyama
Because of all the fan support, it looks like I will not be able to end the series at volume 10. I am having such a great time doing this manga that I think it will last for more than 13 volumes.

Question #3

Ryo Sasaki (Yamagata Prefecture):
I like Kuririn. I like Goku too, but I think that Kuririn is cuter. Please have Kuririn be more involved in the stories.

Akira Toriyama
Right now in Jump, at the Tenka’ichi Budokai 3 years after the previous one, Kuririn is playing a considerably active role! However people who do not read Jump will have to wait until it is made into a Comic, so please look forward to buying it.

Question #4

Kumiko Maruta (Nagano Prefecture):
Umm, Toriyama-sensei… Pilaf has a ninja dog working for him, right? What is its name? In volume 2 he is called Soba, but in volume 10 he is called Shuu. Which is it?

Akira Toriyama
My apologies. This was a mistake. When the anime came out they asked me to name Pilaf’s two underlings. I had completely forgotten that I had already named one of them “Soba”. So I told the anime people to call him “Shuu”. When I realized my mistake it was too late, the show had already aired and his name was “Shuu”. So I then decided to change his name to “Shuu” to be like the anime.

Question #5

Takashi Yamashita (Gunma Prefecture):
Hello. I am a big fan. I am a 12 year old boy. I have a 21 year old sister. She’s a fan of yours too. The characters in Dragon Quest 2 are cool.

Akira Toriyama
Dragon Quest 2 is really cool, isn’t it?! I designed the characters for that game. They’re really cool, aren’t they? Well, anyway, I try to work hard and get really involved in what I’m doing. But working too hard is not a good thing, so I also try to take it easy.