|Birthplace||Nagoya, Aichi, Japan|
|Birthday||April 5, 1955|
|Previous Editor(s)||Kazuhiko Torishima|
Akira Toriyama (鳥山 明, Toriyama Akira) is a Japanese manga and game artist. He first achieved mainstream recognition for his highly successful manga 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 and Chrono Trigger.
Early life and education
As an infant, Toriyama began to develop strange bumps on his head. As a result, he was operated upon to remove the bumps, resulting in scars across his head. As a young boy, Toriyama recalls that when he was in elementary school all of his classmates drew, imitating anime and manga, as a result of not having many forms of entertainment.
He believes that he began to advance above everyone else when he started drawing pictures of his friends, and after winning a prize at the local art studio for a picture of One Hundred and One Dalmatians, began to think "art was fun". Toriyama has a love of cars and motorcycles, something he inherited from his father who used to race motorbikes and operated an auto repair business for a brief time.
Manga career (1978-2013)
Return to Dragon Ball (2013-2015)
Awards and other activities
|Awawa World||1977||author, artist|
|Mysterious Rain Jack||1978||author, artist|
|Wonder Island||1978||author, artist|
|Wonder Island 2||1978||author, artist|
|Today's Highlight Island||1979||author, artist|
|Tomato, Girl Detective||1979||author, artist|
|Dr. Slump||1980||author, artist|
|Pola & Roid||1981||author, artist|
|Dragon Ball||1984||author, artist|
|Neko Majin||1999||author, artist|
|Sand Land||2000||author, artist|
|Jaco the Galactic Patrolman||2013||author, artist|
|Dragon Ball Super||2015||story|
|Dragon Ball Daizenshuu 1: Complete Illustrations||1995||original story*|
|Dragon Ball Daizenshuu 2: Story Guide||1995||original story*|
|Dragon Ball Daizenshuu 3: TV Animation Part 1||1995||original story*|
|Dragon Ball Daizenshuu 4: World Guide||1995||original story*|
|Dragon Ball Daizenshuu 5: TV Animation Part 2||1995||original story*|
|Dragon Ball Daizenshuu 6: Movies & TV Specials||1995||original story*|
|Dragon Ball Daizenshuu 7: Dragon Ball Large Encyclopedia||1996||original story*|
|Dragon Ball Extra Daizenshuu: Carddass Perfect File Part 1||1996||original story*|
|Dragon Ball Extra Daizenshuu: Carddass Perfect File Part 2||1996||original story*|
|Dragon Ball Supplemental Daizenshuu: TV Animation Part 3||1996||original story*|
|Dragon Ball Volume "F"||2015||author|
- * Toriyama is credited as the author of all of the Daizenshuu. Despite this, he admittedly had very little involvement and left the work up to Shueisha — crediting them with such work in the introduction of most of the Daizenshuu.
|Dr. Slump Arale-chan||1981||original story|
|Dragon Ball||1986||original story|
|Dragon Ball Z||1989||original story|
|Dragon Ball GT||1996||original story, concept art|
|Dragon Ball Kai||2009||original story|
|Dragon Ball Super||2015||story, original story, character design|
|Dragon Ball: Shenron no Nazo||1986||designed the character Kuririan (クリリアン)|
|Dragon Quest||1986||character design|
|Chrono Trigger||1995||character and setting design|
|Tobal No. 1||1996||character design|
|Dragon Quest Monsters||1998||character design|
|Blue Dragon||2006||character design|
|Blue Dragon: Awakened Shadow||2009||character design|
|Gaist Crusher||2013||designed the character Victory V Dragon (ビクトリー・V龍)|
|Template:Chō Soku Henkei Gyrozetter||2013||designed the character Beeman|
Toriyama is regarded as one of the artists that changed the history of manga, as his works are highly influential and popular, particularly Dragon Ball, which many manga artists cite as a source of inspiration.
Despite the overwhelming popularity and success of his works, Toriyama has come under fire from many of his fans over his forgetfulness of details. In one instance, he was cited as admiting that he had forgotten about popular Part I character Lunch. More recently, however, Toriyama forgot the color of No. 18's hair for the movie Dragon Ball Z: God and God — originally coloring it purple, before correcting it to blonde.
- ↑ Akira Toriyama, 1988
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 DRAGON BALL 大全集 6: MOVIES & TV SPECIALS (in Japanese). Shueisha. 1995. pp. 212–216.
- ↑ Dr. Slump volume 14, pape 145
- ↑ Toriyama's involvement with Daizneshuu
- ↑ Dragon Box GT DVD Box Set
- ↑ Dragon Ball Super animation credits
- ↑ Dragon Ball Volume "F"