Manga Guide

Dragon Ball Volume 08

Original Version (1987)      Refreshed Version (2009)


Son Gokū Totsugeki

Son Goku’s Assault

General Information

First Release: 10 July 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 4-08-851838-1


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.

On days when I do inking, I get up around noon, eat, and then from 1 p.m., I begin inking with my assistant Matsuyama-kun; from 7 to 8, I eat dinner, walk my dog, and feed my bird; Matsuyama-kun goes home at 9, and I continue to work while watching TV; I get in the bath at 11; after that, I stretch out and relax while working; and I go to sleep around 4 a.m. This is the pattern that most of my inking days follow.


This volume compiles chapters 85 to 96 as originally serialized in Weekly Shōnen Jump, covering issues 1986 #35 to 1986 #46. 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 (085 – 096)

Koroshiya “Tao Pai-pai”
The Hitman “Tao Pai-pai”
29 July 1986
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1986 #35
Taopaipai no Hissatsu Dodonpa
Tao Pai-pai’s Surefire Dodonpa
05 August 1986
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1986 #36
Karin Tō
Karin Tower
12 August 1986
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1986 #37
Karin Tō no Karin-sama
Karin-sama of Karin Tower
19 August 1986
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1986 #38
Chō-Seisui no Kōnō
The Effects of the Super Holy Water
26 August 1986
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1986 #39
Son Gokū no Gyakushū
Son Goku’s Counterattack
02 September 1986
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1986 #40
Seichi no Dai-Kessen!!
A Grand Showdown in the Holy Land!!
09 September 1986
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1986 #41
Saigo no Tao Pai-pai
The End of Tao Pai-pai
16 September 1986
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1986 #42
Son Gokū Totsugeki
Son Goku’s Assault
23 September 1986
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1986 #43
Son Gokū Kai-Shingeki!
Son Goku’s Charge!
30 September 1986
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1986 #44
Reddo Sōsui Shisu!
Commander Red Dies!
07 October 1986
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1986 #45
A Great Victory!!
14 October 1986
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1986 #46

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.

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.