Akira Toriyama

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Akira Toriyama (鳥山 明 Toriyama Akira, born April 5, 1955) is a Japanese manga artist.

He debuted in 1978 with the Wonder Island story published in Weekly Shonen Jump, and gained fame for Dr. Slump, serialized weekly in Shonen Jump from 1980 to 1984.

He is probably best known for the Dragon Ball series (the second part of the manga in the United States is known as Dragon Ball Z to reduce confusion for American audiences). This series was one of the linchpins for what is known as the Golden Age of Jump. Its success "forced" Toriyama to work on Dragon Ball from 1984 to 1995. During that eleven-year period, he produced 42 volumes. Each volume has an average of 200 pages, so the entire Dragon Ball storyline extends to almost 9,000 pages. Moreover, the success of Dragon Ball led to an animated television series, feature-length animated movies, video games, and mega-merchandising.

His clean line and design sense led to jobs designing characters for the phenomenally popular Dragon Quest series of role-playing game (called Dragon Warrior in the United States). He has also served as the character designer for the Super Famicom and SNES RPG Chrono Trigger and the popular fighting game Tobal No. 1 for the PlayStation, and continues to produce the occasional manga story. His works after Dragon Ball were short (100-200 pages) stories, including Cowa!, Kajika, Sandland, and one-shots, like the spoof Neko Majin Z.de:Akira Toriyama es:Akira Toriyama fr:Akira Toriyama it:Akira Toriyama ja:鳥山明 pl:Akira Toriyama pt:Akira Toriyama zh:鳥山明

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