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|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)
|Size / Pages:||New Book Format (11 × 17 cm) / 192 pages|
|Catalog No.:||ISBN 4-08-851840-3|
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.
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.”
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.
(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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
Kei Mizuno (Aichi Prefecture):
How can I get better at drawing?
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.