Manga Guide

Dragon Ball Volume 11



Tenka’ichi no Sūpā Batoru!!

The World’s Greatest Super Battle!!

Volume Information

First Release: 10 February 1988 (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 4-08-851608-7

Volume Introduction by Akira Toriyama

This is the first time I’ve put up my photo in this section of a volume. This is me with my son, Sasuke. In putting up a picture of my son like this, it is of course true that I’m quite the doting parent, but it’s also a lifesaver, because it’s a bother always having to draw an illustration for this column. Maybe I’ll start doing this from now on, is my lazy idea. Next time, maybe I’ll use a photo of my cat Koge, or my dog Mato. Hmmm… This is nice and easy….

Volume Contents (121 – 132)

All chapter title pages shown below are as available in this tankōbon volume, featuring the original chapter tag lines and “Bird Studio” logo. Unfortunately this volume omits one of the original chapter title pages, although it was later included in the kanzenban release. 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.

Kuririn no Dai-Sakusen
Kuririn’s Great Strategy
21 April 1987
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1987 #21
Son Gokū Sanjō!!!
Here’s Son Goku!!!
28 April 1987

Weekly Shōnen Jump 1987 #22

Jitsuryoku Hakuchū!!
Evenly Matched!!
02 May 1987

Weekly Shōnen Jump 1987 #23

Wakaki Tenshinhan
Young Tenshinhan
12 May 1987

Weekly Shōnen Jump 1987 #24

Son Gokū Tai Kuririn!!
Son Goku vs Kuririn!!
19 May 1987

Weekly Shōnen Jump 1987 #25

Son Gokū Tsuyoshi!!
Son Goku The Mighty!!
26 May 1987

Weekly Shōnen Jump 1987 #26

Kuririn no Sakusen, Gokū no Sakusen
Kuririn’s Strategy, Goku’s Strategy
02 June 1987

Weekly Shōnen Jump 1987 #27

Tenka’ichi no Sūpā Batoru!!
The World’s Greatest Super Battle!!
09 June 1987

Weekly Shōnen Jump 1987 #28

Haikyū-Ken to Sentō Pawā
The Haikyū-Ken and Fighting Power
16 June 1987

Weekly Shōnen Jump 1987 #29

Tenshinhan Aseru!
Tenshinhan Feels the Heat!
23 June 1987

Weekly Shōnen Jump 1987 #30

Tenshinhan, Kunō!
Tenshinhan, in Anguish!
30 June 1987

Weekly Shōnen Jump 1987 #31

Tsuru-Sen’nin no On’nen Kikōhō!!
Tsuru-Sen’nin’s Curse, the Kikōhō!!
07 July 1987
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1987 #32

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.

“Anything is fine, as long as it has to do with Dragon Ball or me. Give me all the postcards you’ve got.”

Question #1

Yuka Fujino (Kyoto Prefecture):
Dear Toriyama-sensei, I’m a big fan of not only Dragon Ball, but all your work. Manga these days seems to only be about “love”, or “sports”, or “fighting”, or “legends”… But you’re different!

Akira Toriyama
Gosh, I’m flattered. Dragon Ball is going to go for quite a bit longer, but when I do finish it, I plan on creating even better and more entertaining manga. I look forward to your support then also!

Question #2

Koji Iwashita (Fukuoka Prefecture):
Exams have finally invaded my life. I’d really appreciate it (it’d be like a wish granted by Shenlong!) if you could hold off on the publication of Dragon Quest 3 until after my exams are finished.

Akira Toriyama
I see, the exams must be really tough. I’m an adult now, so exams no longer affect my life. Bet you’re jealous! But even though they are a major pain, keep up the good work! Also, Dragon Quest 3 is insanely fun! Why don’t you play it after you finish your exams?

Question #3

Yasuhiro Kanamori (Gifu Prefecture):
I have been doing push-ups and sit-ups in an effort to be able to use the Kamehameha, but I still haven’t been able to produce it. Is that skill really possible?

Akira Toriyama
Hmm, I am very impressed. An “A” for effort! Still, it looks like you haven’t been able to produce the Kamehameha, so I guess you still need more training. The fastest way may be to go to the Turtle Hermit (Kame-Sen’nin) with dirty magazine in hand and ask him to take you as his disciple, the muscle you gain from your physical training will most definitely be useful later. You must continue to preserve!

Question #4

Eiji Nakamura (Aichi Prefecture):
Dear Toriyama-sensei, your art is incredibly clean, even your backgrounds. Even though your backgrounds are so detailed, everything is really easy to read. I was wondering if you could create a Dragon Quest story, even if it’s just a one-shot.

Akira Toriyama
Thank you very much. The real reason my art is so “clean” is because it’s a pain in the butt to draw tons of detail. I hate things which are a pain. Unfortunately, making a Dragon Quest story would also be a huge pain, because there are so many characters, so I really don’t want to do one. I’m sorry.

Question #5

Tomokazu Hirose (Toyama Prefecture):
Dear Mr. Toriyama, I hope you are well. I always watch your shows. They are really fun. Please keep drawing fun manga. Please write back to me.

Akira Toriyama
Thank you very much. I hope you will cheer me on in the future too. I hope you are well too!