Manga Guide

Dragon Ball Volume 07

Original Version (1987)      Refreshed Version (2009)


Tsuiseki!! Burū Shōgun

General Blue’s Pursuit!!

General 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


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.

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.


This volume compiles chapters 73 to 84 as originally serialized in Weekly Shōnen Jump, covering issues 1986 #23 to 1986 #34. 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 (073 – 084)

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

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 first interstitial page (a page presented before or after an expected content page; typically to fill a blank page) features Kame-Sen’nin driving past a tennis girl, while the second interstitial page showcases the main protagonists from Akira Toriyama’s two most popular series dressed as each other — Son Goku from Dragon Ball and Arale Norimaki from Dr. Slump. This particular page appears just as the story’s setting transitions to Penguin Village, the home of Arale and where much of the Dr. Slump series takes place.
  • The third interstitial page advertises the release of the next tankōbon volume:

    COMICS NO. 8
    The strongest hitman in history appears!!
    The terrifying hitman hired by the Red Ribbon [Army], Tao Pai-pai?! What is the fate of the father and son living in the Karin Holy Land?!
    Comics Volume 8: On Sale Now!

    Presumably in initial prints the release date for Volume 8 or a “Coming Soon” promotional line was included instead, as it would not have actually been released at the time.

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.