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Akira Toriyama dies: “Dragon Ball” father was 68

The world of manga and anime is in mourning following the passing of Dragon Ball creator Akira Toriyama on 1 March 2024 in Tokyo due to a subdural haematoma.
The news has shocked fans and colleagues alike, marking the end of an era in global pop culture.

Born on 5 April 1955 in Kiyosu, Aichi, Japan, Akira Toriyama began his career in the manga industry in the late 1970s.
His first major success came in 1980 with the Dr. Slump series, a comic story that laid the foundation for what would become his narrative and graphic style.

However, it was with the creation of Dragon Ball in 1984 that Toriyama achieved worldwide fame. Combining martial arts, adventure and a deep sense of friendship and sacrifice, the series not only revolutionised the shonen genre, but also became a cornerstone of anime and manga.

The mangaka did not think that the anime of the monkey boy “Son Goku” would be so popular, in fact it is the most recognised of his creations worldwide.

Over the years, this franchise has expanded to include 5 animes, 21 films and over 50 video games.
Endless battles, hilarious situations and lots of supernatural power are just some of the characteristics of this famous anime and manga, which is still developing new stories and the series “Dragon Ball Daima” is about to be released.

Toriyama drew inspiration from a variety of sources, including films, books and traditional Japanese culture, as well as the work of the legendary Osamu Tezuka.

His distinctive style, with memorable characters and imaginative settings, has influenced generations of artists and storytellers.

He got his first chance to write manga professionally in 1977, when an editor at Shueisha – a manga publisher in Japan – hired him after seeing his work in an annual competition to find new talent in the monthly magazine Shonen Jump.

In addition to Dragon Ball, Toriyama has worked on popular video games such as the Dragon Quest series and contributed character designs to games such as Chrono Trigger and Blue Dragon.

His passing is a great loss to the industry and to the fans who grew up admiring his work.

Akira Toriyama will be remembered not only for his contribution to art and culture, but also for the passion and heart he put into each of his projects. His legacy lives on in the works he left behind and the countless lives he touched through his creativity and vision.

Sayonara sensei!
We send you a “kamehameha” to heaven.

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