Manga Guide

Dragon Ball Volume 23

Original Version (1990)      Refreshed Version (2009)


Kyōfu no Ginyū Tokusentai

The Terrible Ginyu Special-Squad

General Information

First Release: 08 October 1990 (print edition)
12 October 2012 (digital edition)
Retail: ¥379 + 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 4-08-851620-6


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 am relatively confident about my body’s hardiness, and I hardly ever even get stiff shoulders, but recently, my right arm has started to get stiff, and it’s finally gotten to the point that it’s actually painful. Come to think of it, it’s because I’ve been working without taking much time off for close to 11 years straight, from starting the serialization of Dr. Slump on to Dragon Ball now. I suppose I might as well have a doctor get me to stop and take three months or so of vacation…. (Although, it’s started to feel better since yesterday…. Crap…)
(text of illustration: “Ow-ow-ow…”)


This volume compiles chapters 265 to 276 as originally serialized in Weekly Shōnen Jump, covering issues 1990 #14 to 1990 #26. 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 (265 – 276)

Utsurikawaru Nanako no Doragon Bōru
The Seventh Dragon Ball Changes Hands
06 March 1990
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1990 #14
Warau Bejīta Ikaru Furīza
Vegeta Laughs, Freeza Fumes
13 March 1990
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1990 #15
Kyōfu no Saikai
A Reunion of Terror
20 March 1990
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1990 #16
Bejīta Kai-Shingeki!
Vegeta’s Charge!
27 March 1990
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1990 #17
Gohan to Bejīta no Doragon Bōru
Gohan and Vegeta’s Dragon Ball
03 April 1990
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1990 #18
Dai-Sensō no Yokan
Premonitions of a Great War
10 April 1990
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1990 #19
Sekkin!! Ginyū Tokusentai
They’re Closing In!! The Ginyu Special-Squad
17 April 1990
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1990 #20
Ma ni Ae!! Nanatsu no Doragon Bōru
Make it in Time!! The Seven Dragon Balls
24 April 1990
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1990 #21/22
Kyōfu no Ginyū Tokusentai
The Terrible Ginyu Special-Squad
08 May 1990
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1990 #23
Gurudo no Chōnōryoku
Gurd’s Psychic Powers
15 May 1990
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1990 #24
Bejīta no Sokkō!!
Vegeta’s Quick Attack!!
22 May 1990
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1990 #25
Zetsubō no Bejīta
No Hope for Vegeta
29 May 1990
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1990 #26

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.


  • 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.




Shigeo Nishimura


Publishing House

株式会社 集英社

Shueisha Co., Ltd.


Printing House


Bishōdo Printing Co., Ltd.


Chuo Seihan Printing Co., Ltd.