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Goku vs. Ginyu (くうか!?ギニューか!? Gokū ka!? Ginyū ka!?, lit. "Goku!? Ginyu!?") is the twenty-fourth volume of the original Dragon Ball manga series. It was released on January 10, 1991 in Japan, and in May 2003 for the English version. It is released in North America as Dragon Ball Z volume eight, with the chapter count restarting back to one. It concludes the Namek Saga and marks the beginning of the Captain Ginyu Saga.


Goku vs. Ginyu

Forced to ally with Vegeta against their common enemy, Gohan and Kuririn fight desperately against Freeza's elite troops, the seemingly unstoppable Ginyu Force! But the tables may be turning as Son Goku finally arrives on Planet Namek, his strength and speed increased ten-fold by training under 100 times Earth's gravity! Could Goku have become the legendary "Super Saiyan"!? And even if they defeat Captain Ginyu, can they prevent Freeza from wishing for immortality on the Dragon Balls—and Vegeta from betraying them and doing the same?[1]


Son Goku was Earth's greatest hero, and the Dragon Balls—which can grant any wish—were Earth's greatest treasure. When Vegeta attacked Earth to steal them, Goku and his friends managed to fend him off, not many heroes lives were lost in the process. In search of a way to wish their friends back to life, Bulma, Gohan and Kuririn went into outer space to planet Namek, where the Dragon Balls were originally made—only to find the planet under attack by Vegeta and Freeza, each seeking Namek's Dragon Balls for themselves! Trapped between a rock and a hard place, our heroes are forced to team up with the evil Vegeta against Freeza's elite troops, the Ginyu Force. But how long can this unlikely alliance last? And will Goku himself get to Namek in time to save them?[1]

Volume introduction by Akira Toriyama[]


The cover flap image. featuring Tori-Bots that represent Akira Toriyama with his son and his baby girl

"At the end of October, I became the father of a second child. This time it was a girl. The mother and daughter are both doing fine so I am very happy. When my son was first born, I vowed to be a strict father, but I turned out to be very doting. Losing all faith in myself, I vowed that with the next one I'll be strict! But I don't see how I can be strict with a baby girl. Recently, I'm thinking better of myself because I've been thinking that there's nothing wrong with spoiling your kids!"[1]



Info below is retrieved from Viz Media.[1]

  • Son Goku - The greatest martial artist on Earth, he owes his strength to the training of Kame-Sen'nin and Kaiô-sama, and the fact that he's an alien Saiyan. To get even stronger, he is training under 100 times Earth's gravity.
  • The Great Elder - The oldest living Namekian, all the current Namekians (except Piccolo) are his children. It created Namek's Dragon Balls.
  • Bulma - Goku's oldest friend. Bulma is a scientific genius. She met Goku while on a quest for the seven magical Dragon Balls, which, when gathered together, can grant any wish.
  • Son Gohan - Goku's four year-old son, a half-human, half-Saiyan with hidden reserves of strength. He was trained by Goku's former enemy Piccolo.
  • Kuririn - Goku's former martial arts schoolmate.
  • Freeza - The ruthless emperor and #1 landowner of the universe. He wants to use the seven Dragon Balls to wish for immortality.
  • Nail - A Namekian warrior, his first duty is to defend the Great Elder.
  • The Ginyu Force - A team of five super-powered mercenaries from across the galaxy. From top to bottom: Butta, Reacoom, Captain Ginyu, Jheese, and Gurd (deceased)
  • Vegeta - The evil Prince of the Saiyans. While on Earth, he inadvertently caused Earth's Dragon Balls to be destroyed. Now he has betrayed his former master Freeza to get Namek's Dragon Balls for himself.



Chapter # Title
(DBZ 83)
"Freeza Victorious?!!"
(DBZ 84)
"Son Gohan's Last Stand"
(DBZ 85)
"Son Goku Has Landed!"
(DBZ 86)
"Super Saiyan?"
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(DBZ 87)
"Jheese and Butta"
(DBZ 88)
"With Allies Like These..."
(DBZ 89)
"Ginyu Steps In"
(DBZ 90)
"A Matter of Pride"
(DBZ 91)
"The Last Three Namekians"
(DBZ 92)
"Nail, Champion of Namek"
(DBZ 93)
"The Switch"
(DBZ 94)
"Goku or Ginyu?!"


  • Goku vs. Recoome
  • Goku vs. Burter & Jeice
  • Goku vs. Captain Ginyu
  • Nail vs. Frieza
  • Gohan & Krillin vs. Captain Ginyu (Goku's body)


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Viz Media (July 8, 2003).

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