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TORIYAMA Akira    [Edit]
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Associated Names
Akira Toriyama
Bird Studio
ТОРИЯМА Акира
とりやまあきら
乌山明
鸟山明

Name (in native language)
鳥山明

Birth Place
Nagoya, Aichi, Japan

Birth Date
April 5, 1955

Zodiac
Aries

Last Updated
August 4th, 3:46am PST

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Creator of the legendary series Dragon Ball that would inspire an entire generation of Shonen mangaka.

He was working as graphic designer at a small advertising firm in Nagoya for two and a half years before participated in a contest by Shonen Jump in 1977. He submitted a gag manga because the prize money was the same while had fewer pages. He initially wanted to submit his work to Shonen Magazine but didn’t meet the deadline.

Married shoujo mangaka MIKAMI Nachi in 1982.

Close friends with fellow mangaka KATSURA Masakazu, who was also under Torishima Kazuhiko’s editorial team on Weekly Shonen Jump. TANAZONO Shoichi once went to his house and meet him.

He only employed one assistant on every serialization, which usually assisting on drawing backgrounds. His assistants were TANAKA Hisashi & MATSUYAMA Takashi. Tanaka was his assistant on first half of Dr. Slump, while Matsuyama was on the second half and during entire Dragon Ball.
From the 2010s his main collaborators on Dragon Ball manga are Toyotarou & OOISHI Naho.

Toriyama once had a meeting with SAKUMA Akira and TAKAHASHI Rumiko about a collaboration but it seems ended up with no result.

Received the 27th Shogakukan Manga Award in Shounen and Shoujo Category for Dr. Slump in 1981.
Received the 4th Japan Media Arts Festival Interactive Category Grand Prize for Dragon Quest VII Warriors of Eden in 2000.
Dragon Ball placed 3rd in 100 selections of Japanese media art in 2006.
French government’s Ordre des Arts et des Lettres knighted Toriyama & Nagai Go for their contributions to the arts in 2019.

Blood Type
A

Gender
Male

Genres
Comedy(22)  Shounen(22)  Action(19)  Adventure(16)  Fantasy(15)  Sci-fi(15)  Drama(3)  Slice of Life(3)  Ecchi(2)  Supernatural(2)  School Life(2)  Seinen(2)  Romance(1)  Mature(1) 

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Series Title (Click for series info)
Genre
Adventure, Comedy, School Life, Sci-fi, Shounen, Slice of Life
1994
Comedy, Shounen, Slice of Life
2006
Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Shounen, Supernatural
1997
Action, Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Shounen
2006
Adventure, Comedy, Ecchi, Romance, School Life, Sci-fi, Shounen, Slice of Life
1980
Action, Adventure, Comedy, Sci-fi, Shounen
2007
Action, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Sci-fi, Shounen
1984
Action, Drama, Fantasy, Sci-fi, Shounen
2011
Action, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Sci-fi, Shounen
2015
Action, Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Sci-fi, Shounen
2010
Action, Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Sci-fi, Shounen, Supernatural
2016
Action, Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Sci-fi, Shounen
2015
Action, Comedy, Fantasy, Sci-fi, Shounen
2009
Action, Comedy, Fantasy, Sci-fi, Shounen
2013
Action, Comedy, Sci-fi, Seinen
2009
Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Shounen
1998
Action, Adventure, Comedy, Sci-fi, Seinen
2014
Action, Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Shounen
2010
Comedy, Ecchi, Mature
1987
Action, Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Shounen
2005
Action, Comedy, Sci-fi, Shounen
2008
Action, Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Shounen
2000
Action, Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Sci-fi, Shounen
1983
Comedy, Shounen
1985
Comedy, Shounen
1990
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