Akira Toriyama

Akira Toriyama

Born April 5, 1955 in Nagoya, Aichi

Toriyama is regarded as one of the artists that changed the history of manga, as his works are highly influential and popular, particularly Dragon Ball, which many manga artists cite as a source of inspiration.

He earned the 1981 Shogakukan Manga Award for best shōnen or shōjo manga with Dr. Slump, and it went on to sell over 35 million copies in Japan. It was adapted into a successful anime series, with a second anime created in 1997, 13 years after the manga ended. His next series, Dragon Ball, would become one of the most popular and successful manga in the world. Having sold more than 230 million copies worldwide, it is the third best-selling manga of all time and is considered to be one of the main reasons for the “Golden Age of Jump,” the period between the mid-1980s and the mid-1990s when manga circulation was at its highest.

Works

Manga

Name Year Notes
Awawa World (あわわワールド Awawa Wārudo) 1977 Unpublished, submission for Monthly Young Jump Award. Printed in 1983 in Toriyama’s fan club newsletter, Bird Land Press # 5 & 6.
Mysterious Rain Jack (謎のレインジャック Nazo no Rein Jakku) 1978 Unpublished, submission for Monthly Young Jump Award. Printed in 1982 in Toriyama’s fan club newsletter, Bird Land Press # 3 & 4.
Wonder Island 1978 One-shot in Weekly Shōnen Jump 1978 #52
Wonder Island 2 1978 One-shot in Weekly Shōnen Jump January 1979 Special Issue
Today’s Highlight Island 1979 One-shot in Weekly Shōnen Jump April Special Issue
Tomato, Girl Detective 1979 One-shot in Weekly Shōnen Jump August Special Issue
Dr. Slump 1980–1984 236 chapters in Weekly Shōnen Jump 1980 #5/6 – 1984 #39, assembled into 18tankōbon, reassembled into 9 aizoban in 1990, 9 bunkoban in 1995, 15kanzenban in 2006, and 9 digital volumes in 2013
Pola & Roid 1981 One-shot in Weekly Shōnen Jump 1981 #17; Toriyama’s prizewinning entry in the 1981 “Jump Readers’ Award” competition
Escape 1981 One-shot in Shōnen Jump January 1982 Special Issue
Mad Matic 1982 One-shot in Weekly Shōnen Jump 1982 #12; Toriyama’s entry in the 1982 “Jump Readers’ Award” competition
Pink 1982 One-shot in Fresh Jump December 1982 issue
Hetappi Manga Kenkyūjo 1982–1984 1 tankōbon originally serialized in Fresh Jump, drawing lesson co-authored with Akira Sakuma
Chobit 1983 2 one-shots in Weekly Shōnen Jump and Fresh Jump
Dragon Boy (騎竜少年 Doragon Bōi) 1983 2 one-shots in Fresh Jump
The Adventures of Tongpoo (トンプー大冒険 Tonpū Dai Bōken) 1983 One-shot in Weekly Shōnen Jump
Akira Toriyama’s Manga Theater Vol.1 1983 1 tankōbon, collects previously published one-shots
Dragon Ball 1984–1995 519 chapters and one extra chapter in Weekly Shōnen Jump 1984 #51 – 1995 #25, compiled into 42 tankōbon, reassembled into 34 kanzenban in 2002 with an altered ending
Mr. Ho (Mr.ホー) 1986 One-shot in Weekly Shōnen Jump 1986 #49
Lady Red 1987 One-shot in Super Jump #2
Kennosuke-sama (剣之介さま?) 1987 One-shot in Weekly Shōnen Jump 1987 #38
Sonchoh 1987 One-shot in Weekly Shōnen Jump 1988 #05
Mamejirō (豆次郎くん Mamejirō-kun) 1988 One-shot in Weekly Shōnen Jump
Akira Toriyama’s Manga Theater Vol.2 1988 1 tankōbon, collects previously published one-shots
Clear Skies, Karamaru (空丸くん日本晴れ Karamaru-kun Nihonbare) 1989 One-shot in Weekly Shōnen Jump
Rocky 1989 One-shot in Dōjinshi Neko Jū Jisha to Sono Yūjin-tachi (猫十字社の同人誌), a collection of works by different artists.
Wolf 1990 One-shot, published in the art book Akira Toriyama: The World
Cashman – Saving Soldier (貯金戦士 CASHMAN) 1990–1991 3 one-shots in V Jump
Dub & Peter 1 (ダブとピーター1 Dabu to Pītā 1) 1992–1993 4 one-shots in V Jump
Go! Go! Ackman 1993–1994 11 one-shots in V Jump
Alien X-Peke (宇宙人ペケ Uchūjin Peke) 1996 Two chapters in Weekly Shōnen Jump
Tokimecha 1996–1997 Three chapters in Weekly Shōnen Jump
Bubul and the Majin Village (魔人村のBUBUL Majin Mura no Bubul) 1997 One-shot in Weekly Shōnen Jump
Akira Toriyama’s Manga Theater Vol.3 1997 1 tankōbon, collects previously published one-shots
Cowa! 1997–1998 14 chapters serialized in Weekly Shōnen Jump, collected in 1 tankōbon
Kajika 1998 12 chapters serialized in Weekly Shōnen Jump, collected in 1 tankōbon
Mahimahi the Lungfish (ハイギョのマヒマヒ Haigyo no Mahimahi) 1999 One-shot in Weekly Shōnen Jump
Neko Majin 1999–2005 3 one-shots in Weekly Shōnen Jump and 5 one-shots in Monthly Shōnen Jump, collected into 1 kanzenban
Hyowtam (ヒョータム Hyōtamu) 2000 One-shot drawn entirely on a computer for E-Jump, a special edition of Weekly Shōnen Jump focusing on electronics.
Sand Land 2000 14 chapters serialized in Weekly Shōnen Jump, collected into 1 tankōbon
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 Kochira Namekku-sei Dragon Kōen-mae Hashutsujo) 2006 1 chapter of Super Kochikame (超こち亀 Chō Kochikame), Kochira Katsushika-ku Kameari Kōen-mae Hashutsujo and Dragon Ball crossover with Osamu Akimotofor 30th anniversary of Kochikame.
Cross Epoch 2006 One-shot in Weekly Shōnen Jump, Dragon Ball and One Piece crossover withEiichiro Oda
Dr. Mashirito – Abale-chan (Dr.MASHIRITO ABALEちゃん) 2007 One-shot in Monthly Shōnen Jump
Sachie-chan Gū!! (さちえちゃんグー!!) 2008 One-shot in Jump SQ, art by Masakazu Katsura
Delicious Island’s Mr. U (おいしい島のウーさま Oishii Shima no Ū-sama) 2009 One-shot in the pamphlet Saishū Senryaku Biosphere (最終戦略 バイオスフィア)for 2030 Magazine
Jiya (JIYA -ジヤ) 2009–2010 3 chapters in Weekly Young Jump, art by Masakazu Katsura
Kintoki (KINTOKI-金目族のトキ- Kintoki – Kinmezoku no Toki) 2010 One-shot in Weekly Shōnen Jump
Jaco the Galactic Patrolman 2013 11 chapters serialized in Weekly Shōnen Jump, collected into 1 tankōbon

Art books

  • Akira Toriyama: The World (鳥山明 the world, January 10, 1990)
  • Akira Toriyama: The World Special (鳥山明 THE WORLD SPECIAL, September 19, 1990)
  • The World of Akira Toriyama: Akira Toriyama Exhibition (鳥山明の世界 AKIRA TORIYAMA EXHIBITION, 1993)
  • Dragon Ball Daizenshū 1: The Complete Illustrations (ドラゴンボール大全集1 COMPLETE ILLUSTRATIONS, Japan: June 20, 1995; North America: October 21, 2008)
  • Dragon Quest Monsters: Akira Toriyama Illustrations (ドラゴンクエストモンスターズ 鳥山明イラストレーションズ, December 18, 1996)
  • Dragon Ball Chōgashū (ドラゴンボール超画集?, May 9, 2013)

Anime

  • Dr. Slump – Arale-chan (TV anime, 1981–1986) – original concept, based on his manga Dr. Slump
  • Crusher Joe (1983 film) – space station design
  • Dragon Ball (TV anime, 1986–1989) – original concept, based on the first half of his manga Dragon Ball
  • Kosuke & Rikimaru: The Dragon of Konpei Island (小助さま力丸さま -コンペイ島の竜-, original video animation, 1988) – direction, script and character designs
  • Dragon Quest (TV anime, 1989–1991) – original character designs
  • Dragon Ball Z (TV anime, 1989–1996) – original concept, based on the second half of Dragon Ball, title
  • Pink: Water Bandit, Rain Bandit (PINK みずドロボウ あめドロボウ Pinku Mizu Dorobō Ame Dorobō, 1990 film) – original concept, based on his manga Pink
  • Kennosuke-sama (剣之介さま, 1990 film) – original concept, based on his manga of the same name
  • Go! Go! Ackman (1994 film) – original concept, based on his manga of the same name
  • Imagination Science World Gulliver Boy (TV anime, 1995) – mechanical designs
  • Dragon Ball GT (TV anime, 1996–1997) – character designs, title and logo
  • Doctor Slump (TV anime, 1997–1999) – original concept, based on his manga Dr. Slump
  • Dr. Slump: Dr. Mashirito – Abale-chan (Dr.SLUMP Dr.マシリト アバレちゃん Dokutā Suranpu: Doctor Mashirito Abare-chan, 2007 short film) – based on his manga of the same name
  • Blue Dragon (TV anime, 2007–2008) – character designs
  • Dragon Ball Kai (TV anime, 2009–2011, 2014–2015) – original concept, based on the second half of Dragon Ball.
  • Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods (2013 film) – original concept, screenplay and character designs
  • Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’ (2015 film) – original concept, screenplay, character designs and title
  • Dragon Ball Super (TV anime, 2015–present) – original concept, character designs and title

Video games

Other works

  • Fuel Album (George Tokoro album, 1981) – insert illustration
  • “Fire! Staff Tripper” (燃えよ!フトリッパー, Akira Sakuma single, 1982) – album cover
  • Polkadot Magic (Mami Koyama album, 1984) – album cover
  • Higashiyama Zoo and Botanical Gardens (1984) – designed the logo for the zoo’s koala exhibit
  • Apple Pop (アップルポップ?, short film shown on Hirake Ponkikki TV show, 1988) – character designs
  • Fine Molds (1991) – designed the model maker’s mascot
  • Super Sense Story (Honda road safety brochure, 1991) – character designs
  • V Jump (1994) – designed the magazine’s V Dragon (V龍) character.
  • Fine Molds (1994) – designed several of their World Fighter Collection line of models
  • Bitch’s Life (art book, 2001) – 1 illustration
  • Toccio the Angel (てんしのトッチオ Tenshi no Totchio, children’s book, 2003) – wrote and illustrated the book.
  • QVOLT (electric car, 2005) – designed the automobile
  • Jump Shop (2005) – designed Weekly Shōnen Jump’s online shop’s Janta (ジャンタ?) character
  • Rule/Sparkle” (Ayumi Hamasaki single, 2006) – an illustration of Ayumi Hamasaki as Son Goku printed on the single’s CD and DVD
  • Weekly Shōnen Jump (2009) – designed the magazine’s website’s Kaizo-kun (KAIZOくん) character.
  • Invade (Jealkb album, 2011) – album cover
  • Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons (2014) – an illustration of Sun Wukong for a poster for the film’s Japanese release.

Source: Wikipedia