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A Tribute To The Legendary Akira Toriyama.

Since childhood, I’ve been captivated by the artistry of this master Akira Toriyama. It all began with Dragon Ball. 

I was always watching young Goku embark on his quest to find the seven legendary dragon balls with his comrades Bulma and the gang.

The series clearly drew inspiration from the fabled legendary journey to the west.

I would spend countless hours in front of the TV, witnessing this young hero mastering martial arts and achieving incredible feats.

Feeling a deep connection to the series, I was deeply affected by the news of his passing. It felt as though a piece of my childhood had slipped away with him. His creations were not mere stories; they helped shape my identity.

In fact, this inspiration led me to get a tattoo in tribute to the legendary artist.

Akira Toriyama’s influence

Akira Toriyama’s influence deeply permeates my appreciation for his work, inspiring me to honor his legacy with a tattoo.

Let’s explore his extensive portfolio.

In “Dragon Boy,” the seeds of the iconic “Dragon Ball” series take root, as evidenced by character parallels. TangTong mirrors Son Goku’s nemesis in notoriety and conflict. PrincessKa’s striking resemblance to the ingenious Bulma stands out, while BinYaoRiceBall embodies traits seen in both Puar and Master Korin.

Characters like Master draw inspiration from villains like Tao Pei, a formidable adversary to Goku.

The Water Demon and Soldier Robot are reminiscent of adversaries faced by Goku and creations of the Red Ribbon army, respectively.

Tori-Bot, a whimsical self-portrait by Toriyama, adds a touch of controversy to his repertoire.

In his earlier work, “Mysterious Rain Jack,” Toriyama playfully parodies “Star Wars” with characters that foreshadow those in “Dr. Slump.”

Speaking of which, “Dr. Slump” introduces us to the delightful Arale, a precursor to Android No. 8, also known as Eighter. This humanoid android, akin to Frankenstein’s creation, embodies Toriyama’s penchant for quirky characters with a twist.

Akira Toriyama’s Works: A Journey Through Creativity

1977 

  • Awawa World (あわわワールド)

1978 

  • Mysterious Rain Jack (謎のレインジャック)
  • Wonder Island (ワンダー・アイランド)
  • Wonder Island 2 (ワンダー・アイランド2)

1979 

  • Today’s Highlight Island (本日のハイライ島)
  • Tomato the Cutesy Gumshoe (ギャル刑事トマト)

1980

  • Dr. Slump (Dr. スランプ)

1981

  • Pola & Roid
  • Escape

1982

  • Mad Matic
  • Pink
  • Hetappi Manga Kenkyūjo

1983

  • Chobit
  • Chobit 2
  • Dragon Boy (騎竜少年)
  • The Adventure of Tongpoo (トンプー大冒険)
  • Akira Toriyama’s Manga Theater Vol. 1

1984

  • Dragon Ball

1986

  • Mr. Ho (Mr.ホー)

1987

  • Lady Red
  • Young Master Ken’nosuke (剣之介さま)
  • The Elder (そんちょう)
  • Little Mamejiro (豆次郎くん)
  • Akira Toriyama’s Manga Theater Vol. 2

1988

  • Karamaru and the Perfect Day (空丸くん日本晴れ)

1989

  • Rocky

1990

  • Wolf
  • Soldier of Savings Cashman (貯金戦士 CASHMAN)

1992

  • Dub & Peter 1

1993

  • Go! Go! Ackman

1996

  • Alien X-Peke (宇宙人ペケ)
  • Tokimecha

1997

  • Bubul and the Majin Village (魔人村のBUBUL)
  • Akira Toriyama’s Manga Theater Vol. 3
  • Cowa!

1998

  • Kajika

1999

  • Mahimahi the Lungfish (ハイギョのマヒマヒ)
  • Neko Majin

2000

  • Hyowtam (ヒョータム)
  • Sand Land

2006

  • This is the Police Station in front of Dragon Park on Planet Namek (こちらナメック星ドラゴン公園前派出所)
  • Cross Epoch

2007

  • Dr. Mashirito – Abale-chan (Dr.MASHIRITO ABALEちゃん)

2008

  • Sachie-chan Good!! (さちえちゃんグー!!)
  • Akira Toriyama Mankanzenseki Vol. 1
  • Akira Toriyama Mankanzenseki Vol. 2

2009

  • Delicious Island’s Mr. U (おいしい島のウーさま)
  • Jiya (JIYA -ジヤ-)

2010

  • Kintoki (KINTOKI-金目族のトキ-)

2013

  • Jaco the Galactic Patrolman

2014

  • Katsura & Akira Short Stories (桂正和×鳥山明 共作短編集 カツラアキラ, Katsura Masakazu × Toriyama Akira Tomosaku Tanpenshū: KatsuraAkira)

2015

  • Dragon Ball Super

Akira Toriyama’s Interpretation

Akira Toriyama Self Portrait Akira Bot
Akira Toriyama loved painting/ depicting himself as one of his characters

Akira Toriyama’s storytelling is a rich tapestry woven with recurring themes that resonate deeply with audiences, adding layers of depth to his narratives. Let’s delve into the thematic landscape of Toriyama’s work, exploring how these motifs contribute to the enduring appeal of his stories.

**Friendship**: As we can see in Toriyama’s tales we can clearly relate with the theme of friendship, depicted through the bonds forged between characters like Goku, Krillin, and Vegeta. In “Dragon Ball,” these friendships are tested by adversity, showcasing the transformative power of camaraderie and loyalty.

**Adventure**: Toriyama’s stories are adventures through vibrant worlds, from the expansive universe of “Dragon Ball” to the quirky Penguin Village (Arale). These journeys ignite the viewers imagination and encourage readers to embrace the thrill of exploration.

**Perseverance**: Characters in Toriyama’s stories exemplify perseverance, pushing through challenges with unwavering resolve. Whether it’s Goku’s quest for martial arts mastery or Gohan’s determination to protect loved ones, the message is clear: resilience leads to triumph.

**The Pursuit of Strength**: Toriyama explores the pursuit of strength, both physical and inner, as characters like Goku and Vegeta strive for self-improvement. Their journeys inspire readers to seek their own sources of strength and resilience.

**Humor and Lightheartedness**: Amidst the action, Toriyama infuses humor, adding charm and levity to his narratives. Characters like Master Roshi and Oolong provide comedic relief, creating a balanced emotional experience for audiences.

In summary,I feel that  Akira Toriyama’s thematic motifs of friendship, adventure, perseverance, strength, and humor creating a captivating storytelling tapestry that continues to enthrall audiences worldwide. Through these themes, Toriyama imparts valuable lessons while inviting readers on unforgettable journeys of self-discovery and adventure.

In closing I believe that, Akira Toriyama’s profound impact on manga and anime culture is undeniable. His creations, from the likes of the iconic “Dragon Ball” series, have touched the hearts of fans worldwide, including mine. Toriyama’s passing was a moment of reflection, leading me to honor his legacy with a tribute tattoo.

His stories, filled with themes of friendship, perseverance, and humor, resonate deeply with audiences. Through characters like Goku and Vegeta, Toriyama teaches us about the importance of resilience and the pursuit of strength, both inner and outer.

Goodbye Master Akira Toriyama!

Fly High Master Toriyama
Goku Bidding Farewell to his beloved creator

Toriyama’s work isn’t just entertainment; it’s a journey of self-discovery and adventure for fans of all ages. His storytelling captures the essence of human experience, making him a legend whose influence will continue to inspire generations to.


So with a broken heart we bid adieu but cherish each moment of happiness this amazing artist created for us.


Yours truly, SenpaiRyūJinpō: Where Anime Dreams Take Flight.




 

One response to “A Tribute To The Legendary Akira Toriyama.”

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    John

    Awesome blog! ❤️

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