Akira Toriyama Super Database: Who is Akira Toriyama?






A Little Background

  
Akira Toriyama is primarily a gag manga artist. He is also the creative force for the present Toriyama empire.

He started out as a graphic designer, before selling his first short story manga. He had several one-shots published, then hit the big time with toilet-humor gag series Dr. Slump. Eventually, Dr. Slump ended, and was replaced by the adventure series smash hit -- Dragon Ball. The Dragon Ball manga ran for 10 years, and finally wrapped up in the spring of 1995.

Along the way, Toriyama has acted as character designer for:

Dragon Ball and Dr. Slump have both been animated as TV series (Dr. Slump has been revived as a new TV show, with new character designs, but basically the same stories as before), TV specials, and theatrical movies (there were 243 episodes of the original Dr. Slump TV show.) The movies have been released on video tape, but the TV series hasn't. Because of the continued popularity of Dragon Ball, a sequel series was created: Dragon Ball GT. Toriyama had acted only as "artistic consultant" for DBGT, and was not directly responsible for writing the stories. Note that Toriyama has stated that he has NO interest in drawing a manga for DBGT.

After resting for 2.5 years, Toriyama made his comeback in Nov., 1997, with a new manga, entitled "Cowa!". Cowa! is a slapstick gag series, aimed at younger readers, set in a world where monsters and humans co-exist.

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More Detail, from Protoculture Addicts
  


Excerpted without permission:

Akira Toriyama is often referred to as the successor of Osamu Tezuka (AstroBoy, Kimba the White Lion) who is credited with popularizing manga in Japan and the one artist who best represents the world of manga. Toriyama followed his great success, Dr.Slump, which sold 28,110,000 copies and spawned a 243-episode animated series which was rated number one in Japan, with an even greater phenomenon - Dragon Ball - which has sold over 109,300,000 copies (as of 7/95)!! [...]

Dragon Ball has not only spawned almost 500 episodes of animated shows, but has created a merchandising frenzy with sales of 2.95$ billion in Dragon Ball-related merchandise!

Akira Toriyama has reached a status few artists can hope for. An Akira Toriyama exhibition has recently toured nine public art galleries and other venues, drawing over 3.3 million people. This is the second time in history that a manga artist has achieved this level of notoriety (the first being Osamu Tezuka and the exhibit was after his death). The National Museum of Western Art in Tokyo has made an unprecedented move by exhibiting a manga artist's work. The works of Akira Toriyama can be seen displayed with those of artists such as Monet and Miro.

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Personal Data



Born: April 5, 1955
Name: Toriyama Akira ==
City: Outskirts of Nagoya, in Aichi Prefecture
Relatives: Karasu (Father)
Tonbi (Mother)
Uzura (Sister, 2 years younger than Akira)
Married: Toriyama Yoshimi
Blood Type: ?
2 Children: Sasuke, a boy, born around April, 1987.
Girl, name not given in the manga, born at the end of Oct., 1990
Pets: During the Dr. Slump period (1980-1984):
Dogs: Turbo-maru, Turbo-Maru II
Cat: Ohiru
Birds: Koechi, Ichirou, Kii, Grey, Hime

During the Dragon Ball period (1984-1995):
Dog: Matoryoushiku (AKA Mato; a Siberian husky named after a Russian toy), and Toma, (a Welsh Corgi; name is a pun on "Mato")
Cat: Koge ("scorched"; it's an all-black cat)
Birds: Unknown (Toriyama likes paddy birds, parakeets, and cockateils)
Currently
Living in:
?
Studio: Bird Studio ("Toriyama" translates to "Bird mountain." It is one of the reasons why he will sometimes include himself in his manga as a cigarette- smoking bird.)
Editors: Torishima Kazuhiko, editor on Dr. Slump, and on Dragon Ball from episode 1 up to the end of the 23rd Tenka-ichi Budoukai.
(Torishima appeared in the Dr. Slump manga as the evil scientist "Mashirito", which is a reversal of the letters in his name.)

Kondo Yu, editor from the appearance of Radditz up till the final transformation of Cell. It is said that he became the model for Freeza.
As of June 1995, Kondo was the assistant chief editor for Monthly Shonen Jump.

Takeda Fuyuto, editor from the appearance of fully transformed Cell to the end of Dragon Ball. He became the model for the first Majin Buu (which is a striking resemblance because he is stout.)
As of June 1995, Takeda was still Akira Toriyama's editor.

Assistant: Matsuyama Takashi
Nature: Shy, and prefers the country atmosphere over the city.
Hobbies: In his free time, he enjoys being with his family, building models, playing video games, and riding on motorcycles.
Influences: As a child, he liked drawing and was greatly inspired by Disney's "101 Dalmations".
Friends: Katsura Masakazu, creator of Wingman, Video Girl Ai, Shadow Lady, and I's. Toriyama and Katsura have been long-time friends. Toriyama even included Katsura in a Dr. Slump story, where the author of Wingman shows up to steal background design ideas from Toriyama.
Self
References:
In his manga, Toriyama will portray himself as either a small wind-up robot, a man with a mask, or a bird smoking cigarettes. He made numerous appearances in Dr.Slump, and showed up twice in Dragon Ball as a robot.


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Bibliography / Events Timeline

1955: Born, on April 5

1974: April Graduated from the design department of the "Prefectural Industrial High School"
(???) He went on to an advertising design company (Need name of company)

1977: (???) Quit the design company
(???) Started working at "Shueisha", a manga publisher, as an artist

1978: December Debuted as a manga artist with the publication of Wonder Island in the #52 issue of Shonen Jump

1979: January Wonder Island published in Shonen Jump #25
April Today's Highlight Island published in Shonen Jump #20
August Tomato, Girl Detective published in Shonen Jump Special #15

1980: January Dr. Slump started with issue #5/6 of Shonen Jump
August Dr. Slump vol. 1 published
October Dr. Slump vol. 2 published
December Dr. Slump vol. 3 published

1981: March Pola & Roid, published in Shonen Jump #17
April Dr. Slump TV series started
April Dr. Slump vol. 4 published
July Movie premiere of Dr. Slump Arale-chan - Hello! Wonder Island
August Dr. Slump vol. 5 published
December Dr. Slump vol. 6 published

1982: January Escape, published in Shonen Jump Special #10
February Mad Matic, published in Shonen Jump #12
May Dr. Slump vol. 7 published
July Movie premiere of Dr. SLUMP
August Dr. Slump vol. 8 published
December Dr. Slump vol. 9 published
December Pink, published in Fresh Jump

1983: February Chobit, published in Fresh Jump.
March Movie premiere of Dr. Slump Arale-cha - Hoyoyo! The Great Around the World Race
May Dr. Slump vol. 10 published
June Chobit 2, published in Fresh Jump
July Marusaku-gekijo (one-shot collection) vol. 1 published
August Dragon Boy 1, published in Fresh Jump
September Dr. Slump vol. 11 published
October Dragon Boy 2, published in Fresh Jump
December Dr. Slump vol. 12 published
December The Adventure of Tongpoo, published in Shonen Jump #52

1984: March Dr. Slump vol. 13 published
June Dr. Slump vol. 14 published
August Dr. Slump weekly manga ended
October Dr. Slump vol. 15 published
November Dragon Ball manga burst into Shonen Jump, in issue #51
December Movie premiere of Dr. Slump Arale-cha - Hoyoyo! The Secret Treasure of Nanaba Castle

1985: January Dr. Slump vol. 16 published
March Dr. Slump vol. 17 published
May Dr. Slump vol. 18 published
May Crummy Manga Lab (How to Draw Manga) published
November Movie premiere of Dr. Slump Arale-cha - Hoyoyo! Mecapolis, Dream Capital
December Dragon Ball vol. 1 published

1986: January Dragon Ball vol. 2 published
February Dr. Slump TV series ended
February Dragon Ball TV series started
May TV game Dragon Quest goes on sale (Toriyama in charge of character design)
June Dragon Ball vol. 3 published
October Dragon Ball vol. 4 published
December Movie premiere of Dragon Ball - The Legend of Shenlon
December TV game Dragon Ball, The Mystery of Shenlon goes on sale
December Mr. Ho, published in Shonen Jump #49

1987: January Dragon Ball vol. 5 published
January TV game Dragon Quest II goes on sale (Toriyama in charge of character design)
March Dragon Ball vol. 6 published
April Lady Red, published in Super Jump #10
May Dragon Ball vol. 7 published
July Dragon Ball vol. 8 published
July Movie premiere of Dragon Ball - The Sleeping Princess of Demon Castle
September Dragon Ball vol. 9 published
September Kennosuke-sama, published in Shonen Jump #38
November Dragon Ball vol. 10 published

1988: February Dragon Ball vol. 11 published
February Sonchoh, published in Shonen Jump #5
February TV game Dragon Quest III goes on sale (Toriyama in charge of character design)
March Marusaku-gekijo (one-shot collection) vol. 2 published
April Dragon Ball vol. 12 published
April Airing of Apple Pop puppet theater on "Hirake! Ponkikki" children's TV (Toriyama in charge of puppet design)
June Dragon Ball vol. 13 published
July Movie premiere of Dragon Ball - Mysterious "Maka" Adventure
August Dragon Ball vol. 14 published
August TV game Dragon Ball - The Return of the Great Demon King goes on sale
September Anime feature Kosuke and Rikimaru in 30 theaters across Japan (Toriyama as director)
September Mamejirou, published in Shonen Jump #38
December Dragon Ball vol. 15 published

1989: February Dragon Ball vol. 16 published
March Clear Skies, Karamaru, published in Shonen Jump #13
April Dragon Ball TV series ended
April Dragon Ball Z TV series started
May Dragon Ball vol. 17 published
July Dragon Ball vol. 18 published
July Movie premiere of Dragon Ball Z
October TV game Dragon Ball Z - The Legend of Gokuu goes on sale
November Dragon Ball vol. 19 published
December Dragon Quest TV series started (Toriyama in charge of main character design)

1990: January Dragon Ball vol. 20 published
January Collection of drawings Toriyama - The World published
January Wolf published (Toriyama - The World) published
February TV game Dragon Quest IV goes on sale (Toriyama in charge of character design)
March Movie premiere of Dragon Ball Z - This World's Strongest Guy
April Dragon Ball vol. 21 published
July Movie premiere of Toriyama - The World
Dragon Ball Z - Earth's Ultimate Deciding Battle
Pink
Kennosuke-sama
July Dragon Ball vol. 22 published
September Collection of drawings Toriyama - The World Special published
September Dragon Quest TV series ended
October Dragon Ball vol. 23 published
October TV game Dragon Ball Z - Power Attack! Saiyan goes on sale
October Airing of the TV Special Dragon Ball Z - Lonely Final Battle
December Cashman, Savings Soldier ep. #1, published in V-Jump #12

1991: January Dragon Ball vol. 24 published
January Dragon Quest II TV series started (Toriyama in charge of main character design)
March Movie premiere of Dragon Ball Z - This is the Super Saiya-jin, Son Gokuu
March Dragon Ball vol. 25 published
April Dragon Quest II TV series ended
June Cashman, Savings Soldier ep. #2, published in V-Jump #7
June Dragon Ball vol. 26 published
July Movie premiere of Dragon Ball Z - Fantastic Ultimate Strength vs. Ultimate Strength
August Dragon Ball vol. 27 published
August TV game Dragon Ball Z II - Freeza, Earth-Shaking God! goes on sale
November Dragon Ball vol. 28 published
November Cashman, Savings Soldier ep. #3, published in V-Jump #11

1992: January TV game Dragon Ball Z - The Tale of the Ultra Saiyans goes on sale
March Movie premiere of Dragon Ball Z - Crash! The 10 Billion-Power Fighters
March Dragon Ball vol. 29 published
June Dragon Ball vol. 30 published
July Movie premiere of Dragon Ball Z - Battle Limit! Three Super Saiya-jin
August Dragon Ball vol. 31 published
August TV game Dragon Ball Z III Cyborg: Battle to the Finish goes on sale
August Trunks the Story published in Weekly Shonen Jump No. 36/37
September TV game Dragon Quest V goes on sale (Toriyama in charge of character design)
October Dragon Ball vol. 32 published
November Dub & Peter 1 ep. 1 published in V-Jump #11.
December Dragon Ball vol. 33 published
December TV game Dragon Ball Z - The Fierce Battle of the Tenka-ichi Budoukai goes on sale
December Dub & Peter 1 ep. 2 published in V-Jump #12.

1993: February The New Dr. Slump manga started in V-Jump #2
February Dub & Peter 1 ep. 3 published in V-Jump #2.
February Airing of the TV Special Dragon Ball Z - Resist Dispair!! The Ultimate Surviving Fighters: Gohan and Trunks
March Movie premiere of Toriyama - The World 2
Dragon Ball Z - Burn Your Spirits to the Max!! A Close Battle, Violent Battle, Super Bloody Battle
Dr. Slump Arale-chan - Ncha! Penguin Village, Clear Skies
March TV game Dragon Ball Z - Super Battle Stories goes on sale
March Dub & Peter 1 ep. 4 published in V-Jump #4.
May Go! Go! Ackman manga started in V-Jump
June Dragon Ball vol. 34 published
July Movie premier of Dragon Ball Z - The Strongest Guy in the Universe!
Dr. Slump Arale-chan - Ncha! With Love from Penguin Village
August TV game Dragon Ball Z Chronicles - The Plan for Exterminating the Saiyans goes on sale
September Dragon Ball vol. 35 published
September TV game Toruneko's Great Adventure goes on sale (Toriyama in charge of character design)
November Dragon Ball vol. 36 published
December The Toriyama, The World museum exhibit began its tour of museums in Japan

1994: March Movie premiere of Dragon Ball Z - The Dangerous Pair! The Super Fighter Can Not Sleep
April Dragon Ball vol. 37 published
July Movie premiere of Dragon Ball Z - Super Fighter Shootout!! I'm the One Who Will Win
August Dragon Ball vol. 38 published
December Dragon Ball vol. 39 published

1995: March Dragon Ball vol. 40 published
March Movie premiere of Dragon Ball Z - The Fusion of Revival! Gokuu and Vejiita
June Dragon Ball vol. 41 published
June Weekly Dragon Ball manga ended
July Movie premiere of Dragon Ball Z - Dragon-Fist Explosion!! If Gokuu Can't Do It, Who Can?
(???) Dragon Ball Z TV series ended
August The Toriyama, The World museum exhibit finished its run of 6 cities

1996: February Dragon Ball GT TV series started on the 7th
June Tobal #1 went on sale for the Sony Play Station (Toriyama in charge of character design)
July Movie premiere of Dragon Ball - The Road to Greatest Strength
August Uchuujin Peke, eps. 1 and 2 published in Shonen Jump #37/38, and 39
September The New Dr. Slump manga ended
(???) Go! Go! Ackman manga ended
December Toki Mecha, eps. 1, 2 and 3 published in Shonen Jump #3/4, 5/6, and 7

1997: March Airing of the TV Special Dragon Ball GT - Gokuu's Biography! The 4-Star Dragon Ball is the Proof of Courage
April Tobal #2 went on sale for the Sony Play Station (Toriyama in charge of character design)
April Bubul of the Magical Village, published in Shonen Jump #22/23. Won the Reader's Cup Contest for 1997.
May Cashman manga resurrected as a series in V-Jump, starting with #6
May Dragon Ball GT: Perfect File published as a Jump Anime Comic, Jr. release
July March Dragon Ball GT: Special published as a Jump Anime Comic
August Dragon Ball: Final Bout game released for the Play Station
August Marusaku-gekijou (one-shot collection) vol. 3 published
October The New Dr. Slump manga returns to V-Jump, in issue 12
October The Cowa! manga begins its run in Shonen Jump, issue 48
November Dragon Ball: GT TV series ends on Nov. 19.
November The New Dr. Slump anime series returns to TV on Nov. 26
December Dragon Ball GT: Perfect File, vol. #2 published as a Jump Anime Comic, Jr. release


Dragon Ball and Dr. Slump have both been animated as TV series, TV specials, and theatrical movies. The movies have been released on video tape, but the TV series hasn't.


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Bibliography Addition 1: Manga Descriptions

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Bibliography Addition 2: Manga Collections


Jump Anime Comics (JAC)


Dragon Ball: Complete Illustrations


Dragon Ball GT: Perfect File


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Revision History


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Sources for the Above Information

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