The Akira Toriyama Database: Contacting Toriyama
The Akira Toriyama Database: Contacting Akira Toriyama
For some reason, people seem to think that I have an inside connection
to Toriyama, or that I at least have his home address on file.
I don't. I have no way of contacting Toriyama any more than any other
western anime fan.
Usually, when someone wants Toriyama's e-mail address (he doesn't have
one - Toriyama has only recently started using a computer for making
artwork, and he doesn't have time to use the internet, or e-mail) the
expectation is that they can send him a story or game idea for review
This is like trying to make a cold-call to Madonna. Forget it -- it
doesn't happen that way.
Toriyama is not merely a silly little man sitting in a room somewhere
drawing funny little pictures. Toriyama is one part of a major manga
empire. When he draws character designs for a game, that game is
guaranteed to make BIG money. When he decides to work on a story idea,
it is HIS idea -- he doesn't need to buy ideas from other people. In
fact, Toriyama has specifically stated that he is not interested in
drawing manga based on someone else's concepts. If you want to try to
hire Toriyama to do character designs for your game, you better be
prepared to lay out the kind of money that you'd have to pay someone
like Steven Speilberg. And, if you want to ask Toriyama to look at your
artwork just to get his comments, don't expect him to get back to you.
Toriyama gets fan mail from millions of people around the world. He has
stated in one of the Complete Illustration books that he doesn't
have time to personally read fan mail, or to thank people for the
presents that they send him. Usually, that task goes to one of his
editors, or an editorial peon. So, sending a manuscript to Toriyama to
ask him for his opinion on it is a waste of time. He'd never see
With that all said and out of the way, there really is no reason to not
send fan mail, money, or your cute 16-year-old sister to Toriyama. Just
make sure that your cover letter, or fan letter, is written in Japanese.
Toriyama's editors apparently don't have time to try to read letters in
any other language. Then, pop over to the Shueisha web site, and click
on the link to send them your missive. (You need a web browser that
supports the Japanese character set.)
This Section of the Akira Toriyama Super Database is maintained by
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