Manga Guide

Dragon Ball Volume 09

Original Version (1987)      Refreshed Version (2009)


Komatta Toki no Uranai Baba

When Worried, See the Fortuneteller Crone

General 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


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.

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?


This volume compiles chapters 97 to 108 as originally serialized in Weekly Shōnen Jump, covering issues 1986 #47 to 1987 #08. 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 (097 – 108)

Saigo no Doragon Bōru
The Final Dragon Ball
21 October 1986
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1986 #47
Uranai Baba
The Fortuneteller Crone
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

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 three interstitial pages (a page presented before or after an expected content page; typically to fill a blank page) included in this volume are actually coloring pages, as noted at the top of each page (ぬりえ; nurie).

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.