"[71] Many artists have named Toriyama and Dragon Ball as influences, including One Piece author Eiichiro Oda,[73] Naruto creator Masashi Kishimoto,[74] Fairy Tail and Rave author Hiro Mashima,[75] Boruto: Naruto Next Generations illustrator Mikio Ikemoto,[76] Venus Versus Virus author Atsushi Suzumi,[77] Bleach creator Tite Kubo, Black Cat author Kentaro Yabuki, and Mr. Fullswing author Shinya Suzuki. He first achieved mainstream recognition for his highly successful manga series Dr. Slump, before going on to create Dragon Ball—his best-known work—and acting as a character designer for several popular video games such as the Dragon Quest series, Chrono Trigger and Blue Dragon. [14] Aside from its popularity in Japan, Dragon Ball was successful internationally as well, including Asia, Europe, and the Americas, with 250–300 million copies of the manga sold worldwide.

The third anime adaptation, Dragon Ball GT, was not based on his manga; however, Toriyama was still involved in coming up with the name and designing the main cast. (2 of these 5 anime were not based on the manga, but Toriyama himself had designed the characters.). [25], Avex Trax commissioned Toriyama to draw a portrait of pop singer Ayumi Hamasaki; it was printed on the CD of her 2009 single "Rule/Sparkle", which was used as the theme song to the American live-action Dragonball Evolution film. [15] Toriyama has continued to work on every installment in the Dragon Quest series. [27], As part of Weekly Shōnen Jump's "Top of the Super Legend" project, a series of six one-shots by famed Jump artists, Toriyama created Kintoki for its November 15, 2010 issue. It took him one year to design this car. [5] He began the series at age 25 while living at home with his parents, but when the series ended in 1984 he was a "manga superstar". I dare say I don't care even if [my works] have left nothing behind, as long as they have entertained their readers. It travelled to two more cities, Osaka and Nagoya. [31] A special "dual ticket" that can be used to see both Battle of Gods and One Piece Film: Z was created with new art by both Toriyama and Eiichiro Oda. The background is being inked now. And the page is ready! Did you learn anything new?

[4] His debut came later in 1978 with the story Wonder Island, which was published in Weekly Shōnen Jump. 2B). [50] It was Toriyama's sound effects in Mysterious Rain Jack that caught the eye of Kazuhiko Torishima, who explained that usually they are written in katakana, but Toriyama used the Roman alphabet which he found refreshing. [80] Ian Jones-Quartey, a producer of the American animated series Steven Universe, is a fan of both Dragon Ball and Dr. Slump, and uses Toriyama's vehicle designs as reference for his own. I'm actually better with that than the art) The strong protagonist is … [32], On March 27, the "Akira Toriyama: The World of Dragon Ball" exhibit opened at the Takashimaya department store in Nihonbashi, garnering 72,000 visitors in its first nineteen days. [46] The series' Slime character, which has become a sort of mascot for the franchise, is considered to be one of the most recognizable figures in gaming. [82] They held a poll on the Mangaka that Changed the History of Manga in 2010, mangaka being the Japanese word for a manga artist. [23][24] It was later published in North America in the free SJ Alpha Yearbook 2013, which was mailed out to annual subscribers of the digital manga magazine Shonen Jump Alpha in December 2012. Connect with Derek on Twitter, YouTube and Facebook. [2][49], Toriyama admires Osamu Tezuka's Astro Boy and was impressed by Walt Disney's One Hundred and One Dalmatians, which he remembers for its high-quality animation. Akira Toriyama was born in Nagoya, Aichi, Japan. There's incredible pressure, but at the same time, there's a sense of accomplishment – that it's worth doing. [16], This article is about the manga artist. In July 2013, he launched a new series, ‘Jaco, the Galactic Patrolman,’ to celebrate the 45th anniversary of ‘Weekly Shōnen Jump.’ At a point (around 2014) he grew tired of drawing manga with continuous violent fights, but he was always interested in the exchanges between less important characters. [39], Toriyama married his wife Yoshimi Katō (加藤由美) on May 2, 1982. [33] It was there until April 15, when it moved to Osaka from April 17 to 23, and ended in Toriyama's native Nagoya from July 27 to September 1.[33]. [42] They have two children: a son named Sasuke (佐助) born on March 23, 1987,[43] and a daughter born in October 1990. He has also served as the character designer for the Super Famicom RPG Chrono Trigger and for the fighting games Tobal No.

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