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Dragon Ball Volume 27

Original Version (1991)      Refreshed Version (2009)


Densetsu no Sūpā Saiya-jin

The Legendary Super Saiyan

General Information

First Release: 07 August 1991 (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 4-08-851417-3


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.

To be honest, all this author has to say is, I’m always stuck for something to write here. When you’re busy working on a weekly serial, it’s not like there’s going to be anything all that special to write about. What’s even more painful is the “author’s comment” blurbs on the table of contents page in the back of Shōnen Jump. This is a secret, but for at least half of those comments, I let my editor Kondō-san write them for me. Every week, he asks me, “Anything to talk about?” But I’ve got nothing.


This volume compiles chapters 314 to 325 as originally serialized in Weekly Shōnen Jump, covering issues 1991 #12 to 1991 #24. 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 (314 – 325)

Son Gokū Saigo no Ketsudan
Son Goku’s Final Decision
26 February 1991
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1991 #12
Rasuto Chansu! Tokudai Genki-Dama
The Last Chance! An Extra-Large Genki-Dama
05 March 1991
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1991 #13
Uchū no Urami, Furīza o Tsuranuku!!
The Hatred of the Universe, Pierces Freeza!!
12 March 1991
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1991 #14
Sei ka Shi ka
Life or Death
19 March 1991
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1991 #15
Densetsu no Sūpā Saiya-jin
The Legendary Super Saiyan
26 March 1991
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1991 #16
Furīza Hajimete no Kutsujoku to Zetsubō
Freeza’s First Taste of Humiliation and Despair
02 April 1991
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1991 #17
Kiesaru Namekku-sei to Kibō
Planet Namek and Hope Disappear
09 April 1991
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1991 #18
Furīza Kesshi no Furu Pawā
Freeza’s Do-or-Die Full Power
16 April 1991
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1991 #19
Ryōsha Saigo no Dai-Kessen!
A Final, Grand Decisive Battle for Both Sides!
23 April 1991
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1991 #20
Futatsu no Negai
Two Wishes
27 April 1991
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1991 #21/22
Shizuka Naru Gekitō
A Quiet, Fierce Battle
14 May 1991
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1991 #23
Mikiri o Tsuketa Son Gokū
Son Goku Calls it Quits
21 May 1991
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1991 #24

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 four of the original chapter title pages, although all were 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.




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.