Manga Guide

Dragon Ball Volume 09



Komatta Toki no Uranai Baba

When Worried, See Uranai Baba

Volume Information

First Release: 10 September 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 4-08-851839-X

Volume Introduction by Akira Toriyama

My son has now reached the age of five months, and every day, he’s brimming over with energy. However, his elder, my cat (Koge), is not taking it well. She has a rival now. Before my son was born, Koge never wanted much attention, but now, she’s all over us. She’ll go out of her way to sleep on her rival, my son’s, futon, and when I’m fanning my son with an uchiwa, she’ll lie down with him, as if to say, “fan me, too”. Can’t we just get along?

Volume Contents (097 – 108)

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.

Saigo no Doragon Bōru
The Final Dragon Ball
21 October 1986
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1986 #47
Uranai Baba
Uranai Baba
28 October 1986
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1986 #48
Gonin no Senshi
The Five Warriors
01 November 1986
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1986 #49
A Great Bloody Battle
11 November 1986
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1986 #50
Akuma no Benjo
The Devil’s Toilet
18 November 1986
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1986 #51
Son Gokū Kenzan
Son Goku Steps Up
22 November 1986
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1986 #52
Son Gokū Tsuyoshi!!
Son Goku The Mighty!!
02 December 1986
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1987 #01/02
The Akumaito Beam
09 December 1986
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1987 #03/04
Gonin Me no Otoko
The Fifth Man
19 December 1986
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1987 #05
Kyōteki Dōshi
Mutually Strong Opponents
05 January 1987
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1987 #06
Gokū no Shippo
Goku’s Tail
13 January 1987
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1987 #07
Son Gohan
Son Gohan
20 January 1987
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1987 #08

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 volumes 7 through 12 (as well as later printings of the first six volumes), the above call for questions was also joined by a notice that Akira Toriyama’s official fan club, the “Akira Toriyama Preservation Society” (Toriyama Akira Hozon-Kai), 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

Rie Yoshida (Saitama Prefecture):
I know it’s a bit late, but congratulations on the birth of your son Sasuke. I heard that you do a lot for him such as changing his diapers and feeding him milk. You sound like a good father and I am jealous of your wife.

Akira Toriyama
Thank you very much. I recently did a one-shot story for Shōnen Jump so I was very very busy. And even though we were all in the same house, I hardly had any time to be with Sasuke. When I was awake, I would be asleep or be busy working. Well, this continued for so long, I think Sasuke forgot his own father’s face! I went up to him and made a funny face and he started crying! So now I am careful to show him my face often and tell him “This is your father, this is your father’s face.” So you see, recently I haven’t been a very good father. And I regret this very much.

Question #2

Nobuo Kobayashi (Gunma Prefecture):
Please answer the following questions: (1) How many watts is the brightness of Kuririn’s head? (2) How long does Goku’s Nyoi-Bō get? (3) On page 87 of Vol. 4 Kuririn flings a booger, but does he even have a nose?

Akira Toriyama
(1) Hmmm… difficult question. I wonder how bright it is? Uh… basically it only gets bright when it reflects sunlight. (2) This is another difficult question. The Nyoi-Bō once stretched out to the moon, so that means that it can stretch out to at least 380,000 kilometers. (3) Actually, a lot of people asked me this question. I think we got about a thousand postcards about this. I really couldn’t think of a good response to the question, so I just ignored it for a while. Sorry everybody!

Question #3

Noriko Ota (Tokyo Prefecture):
The motorcycles, cars, and clothes that appear in your manga look very cool. I think you have a very good sense of style.

Akira Toriyama
Thank you. I’m not sure about my sense of style, but I do enjoy thinking about motorcycles, cars, and clothes.

Question #4

Kazuhisa Tango (Ishikawa Prefecture):
When I heard that you actually went to China to observe things over there, I was amazed at how much went into the creation of this manga.

Akira Toriyama
Well, actually, I’d always been fascinated with China and my wife and I just went there for a vacation. However, it is true that our trip greatly influenced Dragon Ball. It is important for manga artists to have some leisure time.