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"The Red Ribbon"
Kanji 赤いリボン
Rōmaji Akai Ribon
Viz The Red Ribbon
Chapter Info
Author(s) Akira Toriyama
Volume Volume 5
Previous Chapter 54
Next Chapter 56
Arc 21st Tenka-Ichi Budōkai Arc
Japanese December 20, 1985
Anime Adaptation
Corresponding episode(s) DB034
Character debut(s)
  • Silver
Technique debut(s)
None in this chapter
Tool debut(s)
None in this chapter

"The Red Ribbon" (赤いリボン, Akai Ribon) is the fifty-fifth chapter of the Dragon Ball manga.


In the morning, after Gokū spends the rest of the time flying on his Kintoun searching for the four-star Dragon Ball, he eventually detects one on the Dragon Radar. As Gokū heads towards the mystical ball, Colonel Silver orders his subordinates to find the Dragon Ball they've been searching 20 days for, who then become stunned at Gokū's ability to find the ball so quickly after he encounters it.

Both of Silver's cronies threaten Gokū to surrender the Dragon Ball, but to no avail, as Gokū dominates both of them. While Gokū decides to keep the ball, one of Silver's minions contact the colonel of Gokū's interference, leading Silver to destroy Gokū's Kintoun with a rocket launcher, much to the young boy's anger. As Gokū refuses to answer to Silver's questions about the technology he uses to discover the balls and demands an apology, the Colonel gets ready to fight the young boy, warning him not to underestimate the Red Ribbon Army.