Manga Guide

Dragon Ball Volume 12



Pikkoro Daimaō no Kyōfu!

The Terror of Demon King Piccolo!

Volume 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

Volume Introduction by Akira Toriyama

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.

Volume Contents (133 – 144)

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.

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

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

Ayano Fuiji (Aichi Prefecture):
Sensei, your work is almost always set in a country setting, but I think it really fits the image of your manga and I like it very much.

Akira Toriyama
Thank you very much. The reason I use a country setting so much is, not only is it easy for me to draw, but also because I am a total country bumpkin and I don’t like the city very much. By the way, your address places you in the next town over from me.

Question #2

Goku (Nagano Prefecture):
I think it’s fabulous that you take care of child and do work at the same time. Also, the character “Tanton” that appeared in the manga Dragon Boy from the Shōnen Jump Special was really similar to Goku, and I thought he was a lot of fun.

Akira Toriyama
Thank you, thank you. Actually, I don’t necessarily take care of the kids and work at the same time; my wife does most of it. I pretty much do stuff like playing with the kids when I feel like it, and occasionaly changing the diapers and feeding him, so it’s really nothing much. I do most of my plotting and thinking after the baby is in bed, so it really isn’t that much trouble. Anyway, Dragon Boy is in Vol. 2 of my Toriyama Akira Maru-saki Gekijo (“Akira Toriyama’s Insert-Adjective-Here Theatre”). Because of the popularity of the story, it ended up becoming the catalyst for Dragon Ball. That’s why Goku is Tanton with a few modifications, and why they look so much alike.

Question #3

Tomoko Shima (Toyama Prefecture):
Please don’t stop Dragon Ball even after Piccolo is defeated! Please continue the manga for at least another three years! During that time, I will study like mad to get into college, and afterwards get a job at Shueisha and become your editor.

Akira Toriyama
When Goku was fighting Demon King Piccolo, there were a number of “It’s going to end, isn’t it?” rumors going around, but I have no intention of ending it at all. The idea of going for another three years does kind of freak me out, but I do plan on continuing it for a little longer. By the way, if you become my editor, I hope you will be kind and not reject any of my stories. I look forward to the day when this will become a reality.

Question #4

Yoshitaka Miyabe (Nagano Prefecture):
Dear Toriyama-sensei, thank you for making a great read every time. Please take care of yourself, and keep your spirits up. (I know that manga artists are very busy, so please don’t worry about replying to this letter.)

Akira Toriyama
You are the best! I have been moved by your consideration in telling me that it is unnecessary to reply, so instead I have printed it in this graphic novel. Please don’t ever lose your considerate and kind nature.

Question #5

Ryo Mizugami (Yamanashi Prefecture):
My entire family is a big fan of yours. Mom only reads a manga if you wrote it. My younger brother tapes your anime on video and watches it.

Akira Toriyama
Thank you very much. You must be blessed to have such a wonderful mother! Make sure you are nice to her. Please give my regards to your younger brother too!