Manga Guide

Dragon Ball Volume 29

Original Version (1992)      Refreshed Version (2009)


Gokū, Yabureru!

Goku, Defeated!

General Information

First Release: 10 March 1992 (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 4-08-851419-X


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 really hate mice. I have no problem whatsoever with things like snakes and spiders, but with mice alone I’m no good. But then suddenly, our home has become a house of mice. We’ve caught 14 using sticky sheets alone, but there are still more. I can’t work, I’m in such fear. If there’s even a little bump or rustle, I can’t stay in my workroom. Because of that, my manuscripts these days have been on the late side….


This volume compiles chapters 338 to 349 as originally serialized in Weekly Shōnen Jump, covering issues 1991 #38 to 1991 #49. 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 (338 – 349)

Jinzōningen Machi e…
The Artificial Humans Head to the City…
27 August 1991
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1991 #38
Yamucha Kan’ippatsu!!
A Close Call for Yamcha!!
03 September 1991
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1991 #39
Son Gokū Tai Reddo Ribon Gun no Urami
Son Goku vs The Red Ribbon Army’s Grudge
10 September 1991
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1991 #40
Dō Shita Son Gokū
What’s Wrong, Son Goku?
14 September 1991
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1991 #41
Gokū, Yabureru!
Goku, Defeated!
21 September 1991
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1991 #42
Bejīta Shutsugen
Vegeta Makes His Appearance
01 October 1991
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1991 #43
Urotaeru Jinzōningen
The Artificial Humans Lose their Cool
08 October 1991
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1991 #44
Nijū-Gō Nigeru!
No. 20 Runs Away!
15 October 1991
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1991 #45
Torankusu Sai-Tōjō
Trunks Returns
22 October 1991
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1991 #46
Torankusu no Giwaku
Trunks’ Confusion
29 October 1991
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1991 #47
Kenkyūjo e…!!
To the Laboratory…!!
02 November 1991
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1991 #48
Mezameta Jūnana-Gō, Jūhachi-Gō
No. 17 and No. 18 Are Awakened
12 November 1991
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1991 #49

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.
  • In the original table of contents image, author Akira Toriyama addressed the fact that Yajirobe makes two appearances on the tankōbon spine art:

    Here’s the table of contents. Come to think of it, Yajirobe appears on the comics spine picture twice, doesn’t he! I received a lot of letters saying that. I thought it was impossible, and checked out the comics, which I rarely see, and it turned out to be true. I’m really sorry.

    In May 2009, Shueisha revised the tankōbon covers with a new “refreshed” look. In conjunction with this update, Toriyama provided newly drawn spine art, which now featured only a single Yajirobe. As Toriyama’s original comment was no longer relevant, the table of contents image was replaced with one of Vegeta.

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.




Naoyoshi Taniyama


Publishing House

株式会社 集英社

Shueisha Co., Ltd.


Printing House


Bishōdo Printing Co., Ltd.


Chuo Seihan Printing Co., Ltd.