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This article is about the twenty-third volume of the original Dragon Ball manga series. For other uses, see Ginyu Force (disambiguation).

The Ginyu Force (きょうのギニューとくせんたい Kyōfu no Ginyū Tokusentai, lit. "The Terrible Ginyu Special-Squad") is the twenty-third volume of the original Dragon Ball manga series. It was released on October 8, 1990 in Japan, and in March, 2003 for the English version. It is released in North America as Dragon Ball Z volume seven, with the chapter count restarting back to one. It continues through the Namek Saga.


The Ginyu Force

Trapped on war-torn Planet Namek, Earth's heroes Gohan, Kuririn and Bulma struggle to keep the Dragon Balls out of the hands of both Vegeta and the planet-destroying Emperor Freeza. But even a power-up courtesy of the Great Elder of Namek may not be enough to save them from Freeza's reinforcements: the Ginyu Force, the five strongest fighters in outer space, led by the supervillain Captain Ginyu! Desperate times call for desperate measures, and Gohan and Kuririn find themselves with an unlikely ally as their theatrical enemies ro-sham-bo for the honor of who gets to kill them first![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 before many heroes died and the Dragon Balls themselves were destroyed. 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their friends back to life, Bulma, Gohan and Kuririn went into outer space to planet Namek, where the Dragon Balls were originally made. But Namek has been invaded by Freeza, Vegeta's former master—as well by Vegeta himself! While our heroes risk their lives to save the Namekians, Vegeta fights Freeza's minions, seeming ending in Vegeta's defeat. Meanwhile, Goku heads to Namek via spaceship, to rescue his stranded friends and son…[1]

Volume introduction by Akira Toriyama[]


The cover flap image, featuring Tori-Bot

"I fairly confident about my health. I hardly ever get stiff shoulders, but recently, my right hand has been sore and it's getting to the point where it's painful. When I think about it, it's almost been eleven years of straight manga-drawing since I started Dr. Slump on through to Dragon Ball, and I haven't had much time off. Hey, maybe a doctor will force me to take three months off! (Thought actually, my hands been fine since yesterday…darn it!)"[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 30 times Earth's gravity.
  • The Great Elder - The sole survivor of a cataclysm that nearly destroyed all the Namekians. All the current Namekians (except Piccolo) are his children.
  • 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.
  • Zarbon - Freeza's right-hand man, he has the ability to transform into a monstrous reptile.
  • Dende - A young Namekian who Gohan and Kuririn befriended.
  • Freeza - Major landowner and possible ruler of the universe. After learning of the existence of Dragon Balls from Vegeta, he has come to Namek to to fulfill his wish for immortality.
  • Nail - A Namekian warrior, his first duty is to defend the Great Elder.
  • Vegeta - The prince of Planet Vegeta, homeworld of the Saiyans. He once served Freeza, but has betrayed him in order to seek ultimate power himself.



Chapter # Title
(DBZ 71)
"The Dragon Balls Change Hands"
(DBZ 72)
"Vegeta's Laughter, Freeza's Rage"
(DBZ 73)
"Reunion of Terror!"
(DBZ 74)
"Vegeta in Overdrive!"
(DBZ 75)
"Brains and Brawn"
(DBZ 76)
"Premonitions of War"
(DBZ 77)
"The Enemy of My Enemy..."
(DBZ 78)
"The Ginyu Force"
(DBZ 79)
"Five Deadly Fighters"
(DBZ 80)
"Gurd's Psychic Powers"
(DBZ 81)
"Vegeta vs. Reacoom"
(DBZ 82)
"Vegeta vs. Reacoom, Part 2"


  • Vegeta vs. Zarbon
  • Gohan & Krillin vs. Guldo
  • Vegeta, Gohan & Krillin vs. Recoome


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Viz Media (May 6, 2003).

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