Manga Guide

Dragon Ball Volume 33

Original Version (1992)      Refreshed Version (2009)


Seru Geemu Hajimaru

The Cell Games Begin

General Information

First Release: 26 December 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 4-08-851688-5


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 think all of you can probably imagine, but a weekly serial is pretty tough work. Between Dr. Slump and now Dragon Ball, I’ve been doing a weekly serial for 13 years straight, so naturally, it’s gotten to be tough on me, both physically and mentally. I was never the type who naturally has a lot of willpower, after all. So, for the sake of both myself and my family, I’m starting to think it’s about time I work on something more slowly and carefully.


This volume compiles chapters 386 to 396, including the “Trunks the Story” extra chapter, as originally serialized in Weekly Shōnen Jump, covering issues 1992 #36/37 to 1992 #47. 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 (374 – 385; Extra)

Chichi o Koeta Sūpā Torankusu!
Super Trunks Surpasses His Father!
11 August 1992
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1992 #36/37
Sūpā Pawā no Baransu
The Balance of Super Power
25 August 1992
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1992 #38
Seru no Omoitsuki
Cell’s Idea
01 September 1992
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1992 #39
Senritsu no Messeiji
A Terrifying Message
08 September 1992
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1992 #40
Gokū to Gohan Soto e
Goku and Gohan Come Out
15 September 1992
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1992 #41
Dai-Kessen Mae no Kyūsoku
A Rest Before the Big Showdown
22 September 1992
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1992 #42
Ōritsu Bōeigun no Teikō
The Royal Army’s Resistance
29 September 1992
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1992 #43
Atarashī Kami-sama
A New God
06 October 1992
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1992 #44
Seru Geimu Hajimaru
The Cell Games Begin
13 October 1992
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1992 #45
Furu Menbā Shūgō!!
The Entire Group Gathers!!
20 October 1992
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1992 #46
Seru Geimu no Onimotsu!?
The Cell Game’s Dead Weight?!
27 October 1992
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1992 #47
TRUNKS THE STORY -たったひとりの戦士-
Torankusu za Sutōrī -Tatta Hitori no Senshi-
Trunks the Story –A Lone Warrior–
11 August 1992
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1992 #36/37

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.




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.