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The Red Ribbon Androids (くうやぶれる! Gokū, Yabureru!, lit. "Goku, Defeated!") is the twenty-ninth volume of the original Dragon Ball manga series. It was released on March 10, 1992 in Japan, and on October 8, 2003 for the English version. It is released in North America as Dragon Ball Z volume thirteen, with the chapter count restarting back to one. It continues through the Androids Saga.


The Red Ribbon Androids

Three years ago, the time traveler Trunks came from the future to warn Earth's heroes about terrifying androids. Now, the future has become the present: Dr. Gero has unleashed his creations, Androids #19 and #20, to get revenge against Goku for defeating the Red Ribbon Army! But even three years of advance warning may not be enough to prepare the heroes to face robots more powerful than Super Saiyans! And when Trunks returns to join in the fight, they discover that time travel can be dangerous…because sometimes the future changes in ways you don't expect…[1]


Son Goku was Earth's greatest hero, and the Dragon Balls—which can grant any wish—were Earth's greatest treasure. Three years ago: a mysterious young man appeared on Earth: Trunks, a time traveler from the future. Trunks warned Earth's martial artists that the world would soon be attacked by terrifying androids built by the evil Dr. Gero—and worse still, Goku would develop a deadly virus! Trunks gives Goku a futuristic medicine for his virus, but instead of stopping Dr. Gero before he could build the androids, the heroes spend the three years training to see if they would be tough enough to beat them. And now, the day of reckoning has come…[1]

Volume introduction by Akira Toriyama[]


The cover flap image

"I really hate mice. I totally okay with snakes and spiders, but I can't handle mice. And so, our home has become a mansion for mice. Around 40 mice have been caught in glue traps, and there are still more. I'm so terrified that I can hardly work. The slightest clunk or scratching noise and I can't be in my office. So lately, my submissions have been on the late side…"[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. He was the first person to become "Super Saiyan".
  • Kaiô-sama - The "Lord of the Worlds", he is Kami-sama's superior in the heavenly bureaucracy. He taught Goku the Kaiô-ken and other amazing techniques.
  • 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.
  • Kuririn - Goku's former martial arts schoolmate.
  • 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.
  • Vegeta - The evil prince of the Saiyans, a powerful (but now almost extinct) alien race. He yearns to defeat Goku with his own hands.
  • Piccolo - Goku's former arch-enemy. Piccolo is an alien from planet Namek—and the dark-half of Kami-sama, the deity who created Earth's Dragon Balls.
  • Trunks - The future son of Vegeta and Bulma, he is a half-human, half Saiyan—and the second person, after Goku, able to become an all-power "Super Saiyan". In our heroes' current timeline, he's just a little baby.
  • Androids #19 and #20 - Incredibly strong androids (or are they cyborgs?) created by the evil Dr. Gero. Because they are mechanical, they have no chi (life force) for our heroes to sense.



Chapter # Title
(DBZ 144)
"Slaughter in South City"
(DBZ 145)
"Yamcha Falls"
339 kan
(DBZ 146)
"The Red Ribbon Androids"
(DBZ 147)
(DBZ 148)
"One Down..."
(DBZ 149)
"Vegeta Returns!!!"
(DBZ 150)
"The Androids Unhinged"
(DBZ 151)
"A Change of Plans"
(DBZ 152)
"Trunks Returns!"
(DBZ 153)
"A Sound of Thunder"
(DBZ 154)
"Dr. Gero's Laboratory"
(DBZ 155)
"The Androids Awake!"



  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Viz Media (September 9, 2003).

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