Manga Guide

Dragon Ball Volume 12

Original Version (1988)      Refreshed Version (2009)


Pikkoro Daimaō no Kyōfu!

The Terror of Demon King Piccolo!

General Information

First Release: 08 April 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 4-08-851609-5


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.

This is our family cat, “Koge”. You probably can’t tell what’s what since she’s jet-black, but anyway, it’s Koge. We took her in one night three years ago as a kitten, and she’s really nice and friendly. When she gave birth (since she’s female), we were really, really worried, and we made a huge fuss. She gave birth without incident to four healthy little ones. We were just so glad. By the way, the one who named her “Koge” was my wife.


This volume compiles chapters 133 to 144 as originally serialized in Weekly Shōnen Jump, covering issues 1987 #33 to 1987 #44. 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 (133 – 144)

Ryōsha Saigo no Senjutsu!!
The Pair’s Final Tactics!!
14 July 1987
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1987 #33
Budō Taikai Shūryō! Soshite…
The Martial Arts Tournament Concludes! And Then…
21 July 1987
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1987 #34
Kuririn no Shi Soshite Osoroshiki Inbō
Kuririn’s Death, and a Terrible Conspiracy
28 July 1987
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1987 #35
Pikkoro Daimaō no Kyōfu!
The Terror of Demon King Piccolo!
04 August 1987
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1987 #36
Yomigaere Son Gokū!
Come Back, Son Goku!
11 August 1987
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1987 #37
Bōru o Motta Myō na Yatsu
The Strange Guy With the Ball
18 August 1987
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1987 #38
Yajirobei no Emono
Yajirobe’s Prey
25 August 1987
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1987 #39
Tambarin ga Yatte Kuru!
Tambourine Draws Near!
01 September 1987
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1987 #40
Son Gokū Bakuhatsu!!
Son Goku’s Explosion!!
08 September 1987
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1987 #41
Pikkoro Daimaō Oritatsu!!
Demon King Piccolo Descends!!
15 September 1987
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1987 #42
Son Gokū Tai Pikkoro Daimaō
Son Goku vs Demon King Piccolo
22 September 1987
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1987 #43
Son Gokū Kanpai!!
Son Goku Completely Defeated!!
29 September 1987
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1987 #44

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.

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.