Dragon Ball creator Akira Toriyama dies at 68

Dragon Ball Creator Akira Toriyama Dies At 68 Dragon Ball Creator Akira Toriyama Dies At 68

Unfortunately, sad news hit the world of manga and all fans at the beginning of 2024. Renowned manga creator Akira Toriyama passed away on March 1st due to an acute subdural hematoma. He was 68 years old.

His family held a private funeral. Toriyama’s family is not accepting gifts, visits or offerings, and is also not granting interviews. Bird Studio, Toriyama’s design and production studio, is planning to hold a celebratory gathering in the future.

Toriyama began his first serialized manga, Dr. Slump, in 1980, and it inspired two television anime and several films. Toriyama followed with Dragon Ball, which aired from 1984 to 1995, and still inspires manga and anime sequels and spin-offs today. The anime adaptation of the Dragon Ball manga, its sequel Dragon Ball Z, and its numerous other anime sequels and films are equally well-known, and its hero Goku has become a well-known character throughout the world.

Toriyama is also known as the character designer for the games Dragon Quest, Chrono Trigger and Blue Dragon.

More recently, Toriyama was working in collaboration with the production of the Dragon Ball Daima anime series, the most recent anime series based on Dragon Ball, and is credited for the new anime’s story and character designs. His Sand Land manga also recently inspired an anime film adaptation that premiered in Japan in August 2022, an anime series that will premiere worldwide on March 20, and a game that will release on April 26.

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