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Akira Toriyama, Renowned Manga Artist, Dies at 68

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Akira Toriyama, famed “Dragon Ball” manga creator, died at 68 from a brain blood clot, confirmed by Bird Studio.

Born April 5, 1955, in Nagoya, Japan, he launched his manga career at 23 and swiftly gained industry fame.

Career and Legacy

Toriyama’s “Dragon Ball,” launched in 1984, boasts over 260 million copies sold globally and spans anime, films, and games. The series, rooted in “Journey to the West,” tracks Son Goku’s hunt for dragon balls. Beyond “Dragon Ball,” Toriyama created “Dr. Slump” and designed characters for “Dragon Quest” games.

Tributes and Impact

Toriyama’s passing prompted tributes from fans, creators, and Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary, Yoshimasa Hayashi, highlighting his impact on Japan’s soft power. “One Piece” creator Eiichiro Oda and “Naruto” creator Masashi Kishimoto thanked him for his inspiration. His impact is seen in many Japanese comics and endures among new fans and creators.

Personal Life and Work Ethic

Despite his fame, Toriyama maintained his privacy and let his work stand out. He had a wife and daughter and consistently demonstrated a strong work ethic, spending long hours perfecting his art.

Conclusion

Akira Toriyama’s passing marks the end of an era in manga and anime, but his iconic stories and characters continue his legacy. His work has entertained millions and enhanced the global appeal of Japanese media. As tributes keep coming, people will remember Toriyama’s impact on entertainment for years.

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