Manga Guide

Dragon Ball Volume 40

Original Version (1995)      Refreshed Version (2009)


Chikyūgun, Saigo no Himitsu Heiki!!

The Earth Army’s Final Secret Weapon!!

General Information

First Release: 03 March 1995 (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 4-08-851499-8


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.

Our nearly ten-year-old family dog Mato, whose photo was published in volume 13, has died. She had had kidney problems starting about half a year ago. Since then, I had continued taking her to the vet for her IV treatments, even on the day of my deadline, and even when I was miserable with a cold. Mato put up a good fight too, but in the end, there was really nothing we could do. Our saving grace was the kindly neighborhood vet, who devoted himself with such compassion. Thank you so very much.


This volume compiles chapters 473 to 485 as originally serialized in Weekly Shōnen Jump, covering issues 1994 #27 to 1994 #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 (473 – 485)

Son Gokū Majin Bū ni Sesshoku!
Son Goku Contacts Majin Boo!
07 June 1994
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1994 #27
Rimitto!! Sūpā Saiya-jin Surī
The Limit!! Super Saiyan 3
14 June 1994
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1994 #28
Mie Hajimeta Majin Bū no Shinka
Majin Boo Begins to See His True Worth
21 June 1994
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1994 #29
Son Gokū no Nokosareta Jikan
Son Goku’s Remaining Time
28 June 1994
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1994 #30
Son Gokū Kaeru
Son Goku Heads Back
05 July 1994
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1994 #31
Son Gohan no Yukue
Son Gohan’s Whereabouts
12 July 1994
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1994 #32
Zetto Sōdo to Mō Hitori no Kaiōshin
The Z Sword and Another Kaiōshin
19 July 1994
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1994 #33
Tsui ni Dekita Fyūjon!!
The Fusion is Completed at Last!!
26 July 1994
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1994 #34
Chikyūgun, Saigo no Himitsu Heiki!!
The Earth Army’s Ultimate Secret Weapon!!
02 August 1994
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1994 #35
Iyoiyo Kansei! Sūpā Fyūjon!!
Perfected at Last! Super Fusion!!
09 August 1994
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1994 #36/37
Majin Bū to Nakama-tachi
Majin Boo and Friends
23 August 1994
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1994 #38
Ikari no Umidashita Mono
That Which is Brought Forth by Anger
30 August 1994
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1994 #39
Futari no Majin Bū… Soshite…
The Two Majin Boos… And Then…
06 September 1994
Weekly Shōnen Jump 1994 #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.


  • 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.




Hiroki Gotō


Publishing House

株式会社 集英社

Shueisha Co., Ltd.


Printing House


Bishōdo Printing Co., Ltd.


Chuo Seihan Printing Co., Ltd.