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Bulma Returns (ブルマの大失敗!!, Buruma no Daishippai!!; lit. "Bulma's Big Mistake!!") is the sixth volume to the original Dragon Ball manga series written by Akira Toriyama. It was released on March 10, 1987 in Japan and in March 2003 for the English version. It covers the second part of the Red Ribbon Army Saga and the beginning of the General Blue Saga.

Volume introduction by Akira Toriyama

Vol.6 15-3-1987

The cover flap image

"These days, the neighborhood where I live has been getting pretty busy, with new shops and roads being built. It’s quite convenient, but I don’t get to see weasels, pheasants, or bush warblers at all any more. The noise level has increased too. Being a country boy by nature, it seems like a slooow, quiet lifestyle suits me best. It might be pretty inconvenient, but I’d like to live much, much farther out in the country. This is the sort of thing I get to thinking about."


Master-Sergeant Murasaki releases Artificial Human No. 8 to kill Goku, but instead, he befriends the boy. Goku defeats Buyon after some quick thinking. No. 8 and Goku free the Mayor and defeat General White. Goku and General Blue begin competing for the Dragon Balls.


Main characters

Supporting characters


Chapter # Title
61 "The 4½ Tatami Mat Flip"
The 4 and a Half Tatami Mat Flip
  • Original Title: 忍法! 四畳半タタミ返し!!, Ninpō! Yonjōhan Tatamigaeshi!!; lit. "Ninja Technique! The 4½ Tatami Mat Flip!!"
62 "The Ninja Split!"
The Ninja Split
  • Original Title: 危機!分身の術, Kiki! Bunshin no Jutsu; lit. "Crisis! The Self-splitting Technique"
  • Character Debuts: Android 8
63 "Mechanical Man No. 8"
Mechanical Man No. 8
  • Original Title: 人造人間8号, Jinzōningen Hachigō; lit. "The Artificial Human, Number 8"
64 "The Horrible...Jiggler!"
The Horrible...Jiggler
  • Original Title: 5階戦慄のブヨン, Gokai Senritsu no Buyon; lit. "5th Floor's Horrible Buyon"
  • Character Debuts: Buyon
65 "How to Unjiggle a Jiggler"
How to Unjiggle a Jiggler
  • Original Title: ブヨン攻略法, Buyon Kōryakuhō; lit. "How to Defeat Buyon"
66 "Muscle Tower's Final Hour"
Muscle Tower's Final Hour
  • Original Title: マッスルタワーの最期!!, Massuru Tawā no Saigo!!; lit. "Straight Ahead to The Tower's Last [stage]"
67 "Go West, Young Goku"
Go West, Young Goku
  • Original Title: 西へ..., Nishi e...; lit. "To The West"
68 "Monkey in the City"
Monkey in the City
  • Original Title: 西の都のブルマんち, Nishi no Miyako no Buruma n chi; lit. "Capital Of The West, Bulma's House"
69 "Bulma and Goku"
Bulma and Goku
  • Original Title: ブルマと悟空part2, Buruma to Gokū Pāto Tsū; lit. "Bulma and Goku Part 2"
70 "Bulma's Big Mistake!!"
Bulma's Big Mistake!!
  • Original Title: ブルマの大失敗!!, Buruma no Daishippai!!; lit. "Bulma's Big Mistake"
  • Character Debuts: General Blue
71 "The Turtle is Spotted!"
The Turtle is Spotted!
  • Original Title: KΑME HOUSE 発見さる!!, Kame Hausu Hakken Saru!!; lit. "Kame House is Discovered"
72 "The Blue Meanies"
The Blue Meanies
  • Original Title: ブルー将軍攻撃開始, Burū Shōgun Kōgeki Kaishi; lit. "General Blue's Attack Begins"
  • Character Debuts: Captain Dark


Differences from the anime

  • Dr. Flappe is never mentioned in the manga.
  • In the manga, Ninja Murasaki's fate is undisclosed after he is knocked out of Muscle Tower. In the anime, however, Goku disposes of the bomb that was removed from Android 8 by throwing it into the surrounding hills. By coincidence, the bomb lands on Murasaki's face and explodes.
  • The manga makes no mention of any events occurring between the time that Goku and Bulma leave Capsule Corporation and their departure from West City. As such, Hasky does not appear in the manga.


Volume 6: Bulma Returns
The 4½ Tatami Mat Flip · The Ninja Split! · Mechanical Man No. 8 · The Horrible...Jiggler! · How to Unjiggle a Jiggler · Muscle Tower's Final Hour · Go West, Young Goku · Monkey in the City · Bulma and Goku · Bulma's Big Mistake!! · The Turtle is Spotted! · The Blue Meanies

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