Manga Guide

Dragon Ball Volume 10



Dai-Nijūnikai Tenka’ichi Budōkai

The Twenty-Second Tenka’ichi Budōkai

Volume Information

First Release: 10 November 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 4-08-851840-3

Volume Introduction by Akira Toriyama

There’s practically nothing good about being nearsighted. When you go swimming at the pool or the beach, you can’t see any of the gals in their bathing suits! It often happens that I’ll think, “Oh!”, and hurry to put on my glasses, only for it to be an old lady, so I’ll hurry to take my glasses off again. There was even one time where the hot spring I went to had mixed bathing, but I had to swallow my tears because all I could see was a blur. Stupid nearsightedness! Everyone, please take care of your eyes.

Volume Contents (109 – 120)

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.

Pirafu Ichimi no Sai-Chōsen
The Pilaf Gang’s Second Attempt
27 January 1987
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1987 #09
Pirafu no Dai-Sakusen
Pilaf’s Great Strategy
03 February 1987
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1987 #10
Shenron Futatabi!!
Once Again, Shenlong!!
10 February 1987
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1987 #11
Kakero! Son Gokū
Run, Son Goku!
17 February 1987
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1987 #12
Dai-Nijūnikai Tenka’ichi Budōkai
The Twenty-Second Tenka’ichi Budōkai
24 February 1987
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1987 #13
Yosen Sabaibaru
Surviving the Preliminaries
03 March 1987
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1987 #14
Yosen Sabaibaru Sono Ni
Surviving the Preliminaries, Part Two
10 March 1987
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1987 #15
Tsukurareta Taisenhyō
Manufactured Matchups
17 March 1987
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1987 #16
Yamucha no Kamehameha
Yamcha’s Kamehameha
24 March 1987
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1987 #17
Yamucha Yabureru!!
Yamcha Broken!!
31 March 1987
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1987 #18
Mangetsu no Urami
A Full Moon Grudge
07 April 1987
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1987 #19
Nanto Dodonpa
An Unexpected Dodonpa
14 April 1987
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1987 #20

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

Hiroko Ota (Aichi Prefecture):
Please answer these questions. (1) How long does it take you to create one chapter? (2) How old are Kuririn, Oolong, Pu’er and Yamcha? (3) Please keep up the good work.

Akira Toriyama
(1) Hmm… it varies depending on the chapter, but when I’m having a hard time, a good plot won’t come to me even after two or three days of brainstorming. If I’m on a roll, though, sometimes it only takes about five minutes to think one up. To actually put it on paper only takes about 30 minutes a page. (2) Uhh, how old were they…? I’m pretty sure Kuririn stated his age at the last Tenka’ichi Budōkai, so please calculate it using that as your reference. Oolong and Pu’er are… I don’t know. Yamcha is… about 20 right now, I think. (3) Thank you very much.

Question #2

A 45-Year-Old Geezer Fan (Iwate Prefecture):
Sometimes when I get tired of work, I take your graphic novels off my children’s bookshelf and read them with gusto. It is the best thing for a change of pace. However, recently the story has just been about Goku, and I feel that you aren’t making the most of the personality rich supporting characters.

Akira Toriyama
Thank you very much for your support and your advice. It is always heartening to receive such letters from older folks. I promise I’ll strive to draw well, so I hope you’ll keep reading it with gusto. You go, dad!

Question #3

Anonymous (Ishikawa Prefecture):
Kame-Sen’nin is very fashionable, isn’t he? I am always being criticized by my friends as uncool for wearing jeans and a T-shirt.

Akira Toriyama
On your postcard, you also drew a full-body picture of yourself, but I realized that if I printed it your identity might be revealed. so I didn’t (I’m thinking aren’t I?). Going by your drawing alone, I’d have to agree, you really aren’t fashionable at all, are you? However, to be frank, it suits you well! This is really the only style to wear with a shaved head! Often at the supermarket and so forth, I see brasd youth who think they’re being fashionable, but don’t you think your way is more refreshing? That’s how you should be!

Question #4

Kei Mizuno (Aichi Prefecture):
How can I get better at drawing?

Akira Toriyama
I get tons of questions about drawing, but it’s really hard to decide how to answer, so I don’t really know what to tell you. In any case, as you can probably guess, I think you just have to keep drawing constantly. Not just people, but landscapes and animals, all sorts of things-observe them closely and try drawing them. To practice inking, again, I feel that you just need to keep drawing until you get better. But if you keep trying and trying and you still can’t draw well, then you should probably give up.