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Taopaipai & Master Karin (そんくうとつげき Son Gokū Totsugeki, lit. "Son Goku's Assault") is the eighth volume of the original Dragon Ball manga series by Akira Toriyama. It was released on July 10, 1987 in Japan and in May 2003 for the English version. It concludes the Red Ribbon Army arc by finishing the Commander Red Saga.

Volume introduction by Akira Toriyama

The cover flap image

"On days when I do inking, I get up around noon, eat, and then from 1 p.m., I begin inking with my assistant Matsuyama-kun; from 7 to 8, I eat dinner, walk my dog, and feed my bird; Matsuyama-kun goes home at 9, and I continue to work while watching TV; I get in the bath at 11; after that, I stretch out and relax while working; and I go to sleep around 4 a.m. This is the pattern that most of my inking days follow."


Tao Pai-pai kills General Blue and Bora, and defeats Goku with little trouble. After training with Karin, Goku descends the tower and defeats Tao Pai-pai. Adjutant Black assassinates Commander Red, but unfortunately for him, Goku takes down the entire Red Ribbon Army in an all-out assault.


Main characters

Supporting characters


Chapter # Title
85 "Taopaipai the Assassin"
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  • Original Title: ころタオパイパイKoroshiya "Taopaipai", lit. "The Hitman "Tao Pai-pai""
  • Character Debuts: Mercenary Tao
86 "The Devastating Dodon-pa!!!"
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  • Original Title: タオパイパイ必殺ひっさつどどん Taopaipai no Hissatsu Dodonpa, lit. "Tao Pai-pai's Surefire Dodonpa"
87 "The Great Climb"
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  • Original Title: カリンとう Karin Tō, lit. "Karin Tower"
88 "Sage of the Karin Tower"
Sage of the Karin Tower.jpg
  • Original Title: カリンとうのカリンさま Karin Tō no Karinsama, lit. "Karin-sama of Karin Tower"
89 "A Drink of Water"
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  • Original Title: ちょうせいすいこうのう Chōseisui no Kōnō, lit. "The Effects of the Super Holy Water"
90 "Son Goku Strikes Back!"
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  • Original Title: そんくうぎゃくしゅう Son Gokū no Gyakushū, lit. "Son Goku's Counterattack"
91 "Battle in the Sanctuary!!"
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  • Original Title: せいだいけっせん!! Seichi no Daikessen!!, lit. "The Holy Temple's Decisive Battle!!"
92 "Taopaipai at the Brink"
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  • Original Title: さいタオパイパイ Saigo no Taopaipai, lit. "The End of Tao Pai-pai"
93 "Goku's Charge"
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  • Original Title: そんくうとつげき Son Gokū Totsugeki, lit. "Son Goku's Assault"
94 "Attack from the Sky"
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  • Original Title: そんくうかいしんげきSon Gokū Kai-Shingeki!; lit. "Son Goku's Charge!"
95 "The Fall of Commander Red"
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  • Original Title: レッドそうすいす! Reddo Sōsui Shisu!, lit. "Commander Red Dies!"
96 "The Triumph!"
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  • Original Title: だいしょう!! Daishōri!!, lit. "A Great Victory"


  • General Blue vs. Mercenary Tao
  • Goku vs. Mercenary Tao
  • Goku vs. Red Ribbon Army Solders
  • Goku vs. Staff Officer Black

Differences from the anime

  • In the manga, Tao is defeated quickly in his second fight against Goku. In the anime, Tao climbs up Korin Tower himself while Goku waits at the bottom.

Site Navigation

Volume 8: Taopaipai & Master Karin
Taopaipai the Assassin · The Devastating Dodon-pa!!! · The Great Climb · Sage of the Karin Tower · A Drink of Water · Son Goku Strikes Back! · Battle in the Sanctuary!! · Taopaipai at the Brink · Goku's Charge · Attack from the Sky · The Fall of Commander Red · The Triumph!