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Dragon Ball Volume 20

Original Version (1990)      Refreshed Version (2009)


Tenkawakeme no Chō-Kessen!!

A Fateful Super Decisive Battle!!

General Information

First Release: 10 January 1990 (print edition)
12 October 2012 (digital edition)
Retail: ¥359 + 3% tax (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 4-08-851617-6


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.

I have this habit where, if I want something, I’ll keep drawing it until I either get it or lose interest. When I was a kid, I wanted a horse, so every day I drew nothing but horses. Of course, I gave up on a horse, and next, I kept drawing pictures of monkeys. After that, I drew bicycles; just like that, I kept on drawing and drawing. Thanks to that, even though I was a naughty child, I at least got good at making pictures. That habit continues even now that drawing pictures has become my job.


This volume compiles chapters 229 to 240 as originally serialized in Weekly Shōnen Jump, covering issues 1989 #29 to 1989 #40. 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 (229 – 240)

Tenkawakeme no Chō-Kessen!!
A Fateful Super Decisive Battle!!
20 June 1989
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1989 #29
Abunai San-Bai Kaiō-Ken!
The Dangerous Three-Fold Kaiō-Ken!
27 June 1989
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1989 #30
Reddo Zōn no Tatakai!
A Fight in the Red Zone!
04 July 1989
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1989 #31
The “Moon”
11 July 1989
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1989 #32
Daseru ka!? Genki-Dama!!
Can He Unleash It?! The Genki-Dama!!
18 July 1989
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1989 #33
Dō Naru!? Genki-Dama!!
What Will Happen?! The Genki-Dama!!
25 July 1989
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1989 #34
Son Gokū, Mushi no Iki!!
Son Goku, At Death’s Door!!
01 August 1989
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1989 #35
Sasayaka na Teikō
A Meek Resistance
08 August 1989
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1989 #36
Mō Ichido Genki-Dama!!
Once Again, the Genki-Dama!!
12 August 1989
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1989 #37
Genki-Dama no Yukue!!
The Genki-Dama’s Course!!
22 August 1989
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1989 #38
Boroboro no Senshi-tachi
The Worn-Out Warriors
29 August 1989
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1989 #39
Saigo no Kake!!
A Final Gamble!!
05 September 1989
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1989 #40

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.


  • This volume omits one of the original chapter title pages, although it was later included in the kanzenban release.

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.




Tamio Kojima


Publishing House

株式会社 集英社

Shueisha Co., Ltd.


Printing House


Bishōdo Printing Co., Ltd.


Chuo Seihan Printing Co., Ltd.