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The Red Ribbon Army (マッスルタワーの恐怖, Massuru Tawā no Kyōfu; "The Terror of Muscle Tower") is the fifth volume of the original Dragon Ball manga series written by Akira Toriyama. It was released on January 9, 1987 in Japan and in March 2003 for the English version. It covers the end of the Tournament Saga and the beginning of the Red Ribbon Army Saga.

Volume introduction by Akira Toriyama

Vol.5 15-1-1987

The cover flap image

"I’ve mentioned this lots of times already, but I really don’t like the cold. When you turn on the heat, your head goes into a daze, and when you turn it off, your hands get numb and you can’t hold your pen properly. Because of that, when it gets cold, I stop riding my motorbike and my bicycle almost completely, and use the car all the time instead. Frankly speaking, I’m a sissy of a rider. It’s enough for me to want to hibernate: Come on, spring! Get here soon! Every winter’s day is filled with longing."


Goku’s fight against Jackie Chun comes down to a single kick, with Jackie emerging the winner. Goku sets out to find out his grandfather’s Four-Star Ball, but quickly becomes entangled with the Red Ribbon Army, a paramilitary force that is also seeking the Dragon Balls for their own end. After quickly dispatching Colonel Silver, Goku finds himself far to the north in Jingle Village, where he takes on General White and his fortress, Muscle Tower.


Main characters

Supporting characters


Chapter # Title
49 "The Big Sleep"
The Big Sleep
50 "Jackie's Shocking Secret"
Jackie's Shocking Secret
51 "And the Crowd Goes Wild!!!"
And the Crowd Goes Wild
52 "The Climax Approaches!"
The Climax Approaches
53 "The Final Blow"
The Final Blow
54 "On the Road Again"
On the Road Again
55 "The Red Ribbon"
Character Debuts: Colonel Silver
56 "The Dragon Ball Scramble"
The Dragon Ball Scramble
Character Debuts: Commander Red, Staff Officer Black, General White and Suno
57 "The Storming of Muscle Tower"
The Storming of Muscle Tower
58 "The Flexing of Muscle Tower"
The Flexing of Muscle Tower
Character Debuts: Ninja Murasaki, Major Metallitron
59 "Devil on the Third Floor"
Devil on the Third Floor
60 "Purple People Beater"
Purple People Beater


Differences from the anime

  • A scene of Goku and the others riding in a van after the tournament was not present in the anime.
  • Colonel Silver's character development was given more attention in the anime through filler scenes.


Volume 5: The Red Ribbon Army
The Big Sleep · Jackie's Shocking Secret · And the Crowd Goes Wild!!! · The Climax Approaches! · The Final Blow · On the Road Again · The Red Ribbon · The Dragon Ball Scramble · The Storming of Muscle Tower · The Flexing of Muscle Tower · Devil on the Third Floor · Purple People Beater

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