Akira Toriyama at Shonen Jump launch party, New York (2002)
April 5, 1955
Nagoya, Aichi, Japan
|Residence||Kiyosu, Aichi, Japan|
|Occupation||Manga artist, game artist, artist, writer, character designer, art director|
|Employer||Shueisha, Bird Studio|
|Notable work(s)||Dragon Ball, Dr. Slump, Dragon Quest (character designer)|
|Influenced by||Osamu Tezuka, Walt Disney|
|Influenced||Eiichiro Oda, Masashi Kishimoto, Hiro Mashima, Tite Kubo, Seishi Kishimoto, Toyoo Ashida, Oh! great, Mitsutoshi Shimabukuro, Yoshihiro Togashi|
|Spouse(s)||Nachi Mikami (aka Yoshimi)|
|Awards||Shogakukan Manga Award (1981)|
Akira Toriyama (鳥山 明 Toriyama Akira , born April 5, 1955) is a Japanese manga artist and game artist best known for his manga series Dr. Slump (1980) and Dragon Ball (1984), as well as character designer for the Dragon Quest video games. He 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.
Dr. Slump earned Toriyama the 1981 Shogakukan Manga Award for best shōnen or shōjo manga and has sold 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 second best-selling manga of all time and is considered one of the linchpins for what is called the "Golden Age of Jump" (mid-1980s to mid-1990s), where manga circulation was at its highest. Overseas, Dragon Ball's anime adaptations have been more successful than the manga and are credited with boosting Japanese animation's popularity in the Western world. Japanese fans voted Dragon Ball third on a list of the Top 10 Manga of all time at the Agency for Cultural Affairs's Japan Media Arts Festival.
Akira Toriyama entered the manga industry by submitting Mysterious Rain Jack to an amateur monthly contest in a Jump magazine. While it did not win, Kazuhiko Torishima contacted him and gave encouragement. Toriyama debuted in 1978 with the story Wonder Island, published in Weekly Shōnen Jump. But he catapulted to popularity with the comedy series Dr. Slump, which was serialized in Weekly Shōnen Jump from 1980 to 1984 and follows a perverted professor and his small super-strong robot Arale. He began the series at age 25 while living at home with his parents, but when the series ended he was a "manga superstar". In 1981, Dr. Slump earned him the Shogakukan Manga Award for best shōnen or shōjo manga series of the year. A very successful anime adaptation aired on TV from 1981 to 1986, with a remake series airing from 1997 to 1999. By 2008, the series had sold over 35 million copies in Japan.
In 1984, Weekly Shōnen Jump began serializing Toriyama's Dragon Ball, which became an instant hit. To date it has sold over 156 million copies in Japan, making it Shueisha's second best-selling manga of all time. It began as an adventure/gag manga but later turned into a martial arts fighting series, considered to be the most "influential shōnen manga". Dragon Ball was one of the linchpins for what is accepted as the "Golden Age of Jump", where the magazine's circulation was at its record high of 6.53 million copies (1995). The series' success encouraged Toriyama to continue working on it from 1984 to 1995. At the series' end, Toriyama said that he asked everyone involved to let him end the manga, so he could "take some new steps in life". During that 11-year period, he produced 519 chapters that were collected into 42 volumes. Moreover, the benefit of the manga led to three anime adaptations, several animated movies, numerous video games, and mega-merchandising. The third anime adaptation, Dragon Ball GT, was not based on his manga; however, Toriyama was still involved by coming up with its name and designing the main cast. Aside from its Japanese fame, Dragon Ball was equally successful internationally as well, including in Europe and North America, with a collected 230 million copies of the manga sold worldwide.
Toriyama's clean line and design sense led to jobs designing characters for the phenomenally popular Dragon Quest series of role-playing video games (formerly called Dragon Warrior in North America). He has also served as the character designer for the Super Famicom RPG Chrono Trigger, and the fighting games Tobal No. 1 and Tobal 2 for the PlayStation.
Recent work 
Toriyama's own studio is called Bird Studio, which is a play on his name; "tori" (鳥) meaning "bird". Toriyama does almost all of the work at Bird Studio, with his assistant doing mostly backgrounds. The studio has not been very active over the last few years and has only done occasional one-shots and some other design work. Toriyama's manga after Dragon Ball tend to be short (100–200 page) stories, including Cowa!, Kajika, and Sand Land, as well as one-shots, like Neko Majin. He worked on a 2006 one-shot called Cross Epoch, in cooperation with One Piece creator Eiichiro Oda. The story is a short crossover that presents characters from both Dragon Ball and One Piece. In 2008, he collaborated with Masakazu Katsura, his good friend and creator of I"s and Zetman, for the Jump SQ one-shot Sachie-chan Good!!. It was published in North America in the free SJ Alpha Yearbook 2013, that was mailed out to annual subscribers of the digital manga magazine Shonen Jump Alpha in December 2012. The two worked together again in 2009, for the three-chapter one-shot Jiya in Weekly Young Jump.
On December 6, 2002, Toriyama made his first and only appearance in the United States at the launch of Weekly Shōnen Jump's North American counterpart, Shonen Jump, in New York City. Toriyama's Dragon Ball and Sand Land were published in the magazine from the first issue, which also included an in-depth interview with him.
On March 27, 2005, CQ Motors began selling an electric car designed by Toriyama. The one-person QVOLT is part of the company's Choro-Q series of small electric cars, with only 9 being produced. It costs 1,990,000 yen (approx: $19,000 US), has a top speed of 30 km/h (18 mph) and was available in 5 colors. Designed to look like an American street rod, with the original feature of the top and door opening by pulling a cord, Toriyama stated the car took over a year to design, "but due to my genius mini-model construction skills, I finally arrived at the end of what was a very emotional journey."
Toriyama was the character designer and artist of the 2006 Mistwalker Xbox 360 exclusive RPG Blue Dragon, working with Hironobu Sakaguchi and Nobuo Uematsu, both whom he previously worked with on Chrono Trigger. He announced that his help with the making of the Blue Dragon anime may very well be his final assistance in anime. In his own words, he said:
The offer to direct an animated version of Blue Dragon came in February of last year . Studio Pierrot approached me regarding it. I knew that Sakaguchi had been working on assembling staff to produce a game, although at the time Blue Dragon hadn't yet been formally announced. According to the materials, it was to be a fantasy world like Lord of the Rings, with a detailed world view and story. This may be my final anime, I'm a little worried (about it). There's incredible pressure, but at the same time, there's a sense of accomplishment — that it's worth doing. Blue Dragon will be a masterpiece, not simply because I'm working hard on it, but because the staff is expecting nothing less.
Avex Trax commissioned Toriyama to draw a portrait of pop singer Ayumi Hamasaki, it was printed on the CD of her 2009 single "Rule/Sparkle", which was used as the theme song to the American live-action Dragonball Evolution film. He collaborated with Shōnen Jump to create a video to raise awareness and support for those affected by the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami on March 11, 2011. Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods, the series' first theatrical film in 17 years, opened on March 30, 2013 and marks the first time Toriyama has been deeply involved in an animation, in this case as early as the screenwriting stages. A special "dual ticket", that is acceptable to see both Battle of Gods and One Piece Film: Z, was created with new art by both Toriyama and Eiichiro Oda.
His most recent manga, Kintoki, a one-shot published in 2010, was released in North America's online manga anthology Weekly Shonen Jump on January 28, 2013. On March 27, the "Akira Toriyama: The World of Dragon Ball" exhibit opened at the Takashimaya store in Nihonbashi. The exhibit is separated into seven areas; one providing a look at the series' history, another showing the 400-plus characters from the series, the third displays Toriyama's manga manuscripts from memorable scenes, the next showing special color illustrations, another displaying rare Dragon Ball-related materials, the sixth is about the anime and includes design sketches and animation cels, and the last section screens Dragon Ball-relates videos. It was there until April 15, when it moved to Osaka from April 17 to 23, and then Toriyama's native Nagoya from July 27 to September 1.
Style, influence and accolades 
Toriyama admires Osamu Tezuka's Astro Boy and was impressed by Walt Disney's One Hundred and One Dalmatians, which he remembers for the great art. Jackie Chan's early movies also had a noticeable influence on his stories, particularly Drunken Master.
Dr. Slump was mainly a comedy series, filled with puns, toilet humor and sex jokes. But it also contained many science fiction elements; aliens, anthropomorphic characters, time travel, and parodies of works such as Godzilla, Star Wars and Star Trek. Toriyama also included many real-life people in the series such as his assistants, wife and colleague friends (such as Masakazu Katsura), but most notably his editor Kazuhiko Torishima as the series' main antagonist.
Dragon Ball began being loosely based on the classic Chinese novel Journey to the West, Goku being Sun Wukong and Bulma Xuanzang. It continued Toriyama's comedic style, but over its run this slowly changed, becoming a "nearly-pure fighting manga" later on. Toriyama is known for having not planned out in advance what would happen in the series, drawing as he went. This, coupled with his simply forgetting something that he earlier drew, finds him in situations that he has to write himself out of. In a rare 2013 interview, commenting on Dragon Ball's global success Toriyama admitted "Frankly, I don't quite understand why it happened. While the manga was being serialized, the only thing I wanted as I kept drawing was to make Japanese boys happy." Speaking of his manga in general, he said "The role of my manga is to be a work of entertainment through and through. I dare say I don't care even if [my works] have left nothing behind, as long as they have entertained their readers."
Toriyama was commissioned to illustrate the characters and monsters for the Dragon Quest video game in order to separate it from other role-playing games of the time. He has continued to work on every installment of the series. Yuji Horii first sends rough sketches of the characters with their background information to Toriyama, who re-draws them, with Horii approving the finished work. Besides the character and monster designs, Toriyama also does the games' packaging art and, for Dragon Quest VIII, the boats and ships. The series' Slime character, which has become a sort of mascot for the franchise, is considered one of the most recognizable figures in gaming.
Jason Thompson declared Toriyama's art influential, saying that his "extremely personal and recognizable style" was a reason for Dragon Ball's popularity. Pointing out that popular shōnen manga at the time had "manly" heroes, such as City Hunter and Fist of the North Star, whereas Dragon Ball starred the cartoonish and small Goku, starting a trend that he says continues to this day. Toriyama himself said he went against the normal convention that the strongest characters should be the largest in terms of physical size, designing many of its most powerful characters with small statures. Thompson concluded with; at the time only Akira Toriyama drew like this, Dragon Ball is "an action manga drawn by a gag manga artist." An art shift does occur, pointed out by James S. Yadao, author of The Rough Guide to Manga, that gradually the characters "lose the rounded, innocent look that [Toriyama] established in Dr. Slump and gain sharper angles that leap off the page with their energy and intensity."
Many manga artists have named Toriyama and Dragon Ball as influences, including One Piece creator Eiichiro Oda, Naruto creator Masashi Kishimoto, Hiro Mashima of Rave and Fairy Tail fame, and Venus Versus Virus Atsushi Suzumi. In 2010, Oricon conducted a poll on the Mangaka that Changed the History of Manga. Toriyama came in second, after only Osamu Tezuka, due to his works being highly influential and popular worldwide. Toriyama won the Special 40th Anniversary Festival Award at the 2013 Angoulême International Comics Festival, honoring his years in cartooning. He actually received the most votes for the festival's Grand Prix de la ville d'Angoulême award that year, however the selection committee chose Willem as the recipient. Due to his video game design work, IGN named Toriyama number 74 on their list of the Top 100 Game Creators of All Time.
Selected works 
|Awawa World (あわわワールド)||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||1978||Unpublished, submission for Monthly Young Jump Award. Printed in 1982 in Toriyama's fan club newsletter, Bird Land Press # 3 & 4.|
|Wonder Island||1978–1979||2 One-shots in Weekly Shōnen Jump|
|Today's Highlight Island||1979||One-shot in Weekly Shōnen Jump|
|Tomato, Girl Detective||1979||One-shot in Weekly Shōnen Jump|
|Dr. Slump||1980–1984||18 Tankōbon, reassembled into 9 aizoban in 1990, 9 bunkoban in 1995 and 15 kanzenban in 2006|
|Pola & Roid||1981||One-shot in Weekly Shōnen Jump|
|Escape||1981||One-shot in Weekly Shōnen Jump|
|Mad Matic||1982||One-shot in Weekly Shōnen Jump|
|Pink||1982||One-shot in Fresh Jump|
|Hetappi Manga Kenkyūjo||1982–1984||1 Tankōbon, drawing lesson co-authored with Akira Sakuma|
|Chobit||1983||2 One-shots in Weekly Shōnen Jump & Fresh Jump|
|Dragon Boy||1983||2 One-shots in Fresh Jump|
|The Adventures of Tongpoo||1983||One-shot in Weekly Shōnen Jump|
|Akira Toriyama's Manga Theater Vol.1||1983||1 Tankōbon|
|Dragon Ball||1984–1995||42 Tankōbon, reassembled into 34 kanzenban in 2002 with an altered ending|
|Mr. Ho||1986||One-shot in Weekly Shōnen Jump|
|Lady Red||1987||One-shot in Super Jump|
|Kennosuke-sama (剣之介さま)||1987||One-shot in Weekly Shōnen Jump|
|Sonchoh||1987||One-shot in Weekly Shōnen Jump|
|Mamejirō (豆次郎くん)||1988||One-shot in Weekly Shōnen Jump|
|Akira Toriyama's Manga Theater Vol.2||1988||1 tankōbon|
|Clear Skies, Karamaru (空丸くん日本晴れ)||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, 1 tankōbon in 1998|
|Dub & Peter 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)||1996||One-shot in Weekly Shōnen Jump|
|Tokimecha||1997||One-shot in Weekly Shōnen Jump|
|Bubul and the Majin Village (魔人村のBUBUL)||1997||One-shot in Weekly Shōnen Jump|
|Akira Toriyama's Manga Theater Vol.3||1997||1 Tankōbon|
|Haigyō no Mahimahi (ハイギョのマヒマヒ)||1999||One-shot in Weekly Shōnen Jump|
|Neko Majin||1999–2005||5 One-shots in Weekly Shōnen Jump & Monthly Shōnen Jump, 1 tankōbon/kanzenban|
|Hyowtam (ヒョータム)||2000||One-shot drawn entirely on a computer for E-Jump, a special edition of Weekly Shōnen Jump focusing on electronics.|
|Sand Land||2000||1 Tankōbon|
|Kochira Namekku-sei Dragon Kōen-mae Hashutsujo (こちらナメック星ドラゴン公園前派出所)||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 Akimoto for 30th anniversary of Kochikame.|
|Cross Epoch||2006||One-shot in Weekly Shōnen Jump, Dragon Ball and One Piece crossover with Eiichiro Oda|
|Dr. Mashirito - Abale-chan (Dr.ましりとあばれちゃん)||2007||One-shot in Monthly Shōnen Jump|
|Sachie-chan Good!! (さちえちゃんグー!!)||2008||One-shot in Jump SQ, art by Masakazu Katsura|
|Oishii Shima no Ū-sama (おいしい島のウーさま)||2009||2 One-shots 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||2010||One-shot in Weekly Shōnen Jump|
Video game designs 
- Dragon Quest series: a role-playing game (RPG) series published by Enix (now Square Enix).
- Dragon Quest Monsters series: an RPG series published by Enix (now Square Enix).
- Chrono Trigger: an RPG developed by Square (now Square Enix) for Nintendo's Super Famicom/Super NES. Toriyama appears in an alternate ending to the game along with all the other developers.
- Tobal No. 1 and Tobal 2: Fighting games for Sony's PlayStation developed by Square (now Square Enix).
- Blue Dragon: an RPG for Microsoft's Xbox 360 developed by Artoon for Mistwalker studio based on a design by Final Fantasy originator Hironobu Sakaguchi.
- Blue Dragon: Awakened Shadow: an RPG for Nintendo DS developed by Mistwalker and tri-Crescendo and published by Namco Bandai in Japan and D3 Publisher in North America and Europe. Toriyama also voices the character Toripo, which is modelled after his "Toribot" self-insert.
- Dragon Ball Online: a massively multiplayer online role-playing game based on Dragon Ball.
Art books 
- Akira Toriyama: The World (鳥山明 the world, January 15, 1990)
- Akira Toriyama: The World Special (鳥山明 THE WORLD SPECIAL, September 24, 1990)
- The World of Akira Toriyama: Akira Toriyama Exhibition (鳥山明の世界 AKIRA TORIYAMA EXHIBITION, 1993)
- Dragon Ball: The Complete Illustrations (ドラゴンボール COMPLETE ILLUSTRATIONS, Japan: June 25, 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 23, 1996)
Other work 
- "Fire! Staff Tripper" (燃えよ!フトリッパー, Akira Sakuma single, 1982) - album cover
- Crusher Joe (animated film, 1983) - space station design
- Polkadot Magic (Mami Koyama album, 1984) - album cover
- Higashiyama Zoo and Botanical Gardens (1984) - designed the logo for the zoo's koala exhibit
- Dragon Ball: Shenlong no Nazo (video game, 1986) - designed the Kuririan (クリリアン) character
- 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) - script and character designs
- 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
- Famicom Jump II: Saikyō no Shichinin (video game, 1991) - boss monster design
- Super Sense Story (Honda road safety brochure, 1991) - character designs
- V Jump (1994) - designed the magazine's Dragon V (V龍) character
- Fine Molds (1994) - designed several of their World Fighter Collection line of models
- Imagination Science World Gulliver Boy (anime, 1995) - mechanical designs
- Bitch's Life (art book, 2001) - 1 illustration
- Toccio the Angel (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
- Super Dragon Ball Z (video game, 2006, PS2 version) - designed the Mecha Freeza (メカフリーザ) 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
- "ドラゴンボール 冒険SPECIAL". Weekly Shōnen Jump (in Japanese) (Shueisha). 1987-12-01.
- Toriyama, Akira (2009). Dr. Slump, Volume 18. Viz Media. p. 178. ISBN 978-1-4215-2000-1.
- "Top 10 Anime and Manga at Japan Media Arts Festival". Anime News Network. 2006-10-04. Retrieved 2012-11-17.
- Shonen Jump (Viz Media) (1). 2002-11-26.
- Thompson, Jason (2011-03-10). "Jason Thompson's House of 1000 Manga - Dragon Ball". Anime News Network. Retrieved 2013-03-24.
- "小学館漫画賞: 歴代受賞者" (in Japanese). Shogakukan. Retrieved 2007-08-19.
- "Top Manga Properties in 2008 - Rankings and Circulation Data". Comipress. 2008-12-31. Retrieved 2013-03-29.
- "Top 10 Shonen Jump Manga by All-Time Volume Sales". Anime News Network. 2012-10-23. Retrieved 2012-11-17.
- Ibaraki, Masahiko; Ohara, T. (translator) (2008-03-31). "The Reminiscence of My 25 Years with Shonen Jump". ComiPress. Retrieved 2012-11-15.
- "The Rise and Fall of Weekly Shonen Jump: A Look at the Circulation of Weekly Jump". ComiPress. 2007-05-08. Retrieved 2012-11-15.
- Toriyama, Akira (1995). Dragon Ball, Volume 42. Shueisha. ISBN 978-4-08-851090-3.
- Dragon Ball GT Dragon Box: Dragon Book (in Japanese). Pony Canyon. 2005. p. 1.
- "2013's Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods Film Story Outlined". Anime News Network. 2012-12-03. Retrieved 2012-12-06.
- "DB's Toriyama, I's Katsura to Team Up on 1-Shot Manga". Anime News Network. 2008-02-05. Retrieved 2012-11-17.
- "Bokurano's Kitoh to Draw One-Shot Manga in Jump Square". Anime News Network. 2008-03-03. Retrieved 2012-11-17.
- "Dragon Ball's Toriyama, DNA²'s Katsura to Launch Jiya Manga". Anime News Network. 2009-12-01. Retrieved 2013-02-04.
- "Akira Toriyama To Appear At Shonen Jump Launch Party". Anime News Network. 2002-12-02. Retrieved 2013-03-24.
- "Shonen Jump #1 Contents". Anime News Network. 2002-10-03. Retrieved 2013-03-24.
- "Akira Toriyama Car". Anime News Network. 2005-01-31. Retrieved 2012-11-17.
- "Toriyama to work on Xbox 360 game". Anime News Network. 2005-05-17. Retrieved 2012-11-17.
- Brian Ashcraft (2007-03-27). "Blue Dragon, Toriyama's Final Anime?". Kotaku. Archived from the original on 2011-07-13.
- "Dragonball's Toriyama Sketches Ayumi Hamasaki as Goku". Anime News Network. 2009-02-03. Retrieved 2012-11-17.
- Warren, Emily (2011-03-16). "Manga and Anime industries react to earthquake crisis". Asia Pacific Arts.
- "2013 Dragon Ball Z Film's Full Teaser & English Site Posted". Anime News Network. 2012-08-07. Retrieved 2012-11-17.
- "One Piece/Dragon Ball Z Ticket Set Illustrated by Creators". Anime News Network. 2012-11-14. Retrieved 2012-11-17.
- "Viz Media to Release Akira Toriyama's 'Kintoki' 1-Shot Manga Next Week". Anime News Network. 2013-01-21. Retrieved 2013-01-21.
- "'World of Dragon Ball' Exhibit to Open in Japan in March". Anime News Network. 2013-01-21. Retrieved 2013-03-02.
- DRAGON BALL 大全集 2: STORY GUIDE (in Japanese). Shueisha. 1995. p. 261. ISBN 4-08-782752-6.
- Kido, Misaki; Bae, John (2012). "EXCLUSIVE: Masakazu Katsura Spotlight". Viz Media. Retrieved 2013-02-04.
- Wiedemann, Julius (2004-09-25). "Akira Toriyama". In Amano Masanao (ed.). Manga Design. Taschen. p. 372. ISBN 3-8228-2591-3.
- Clements, Jonathan; Helen McCarthy (2001-09-01). The Anime Encyclopedia: A Guide to Japanese Animation Since 1917 (1st ed.). Berkeley, California: Stone Bridge Press. pp. 101–102. ISBN 1-880656-64-7. OCLC 47255331.
- Iwamoto, Tetsuo (2013-03-27). "Dragon Ball artist: 'I just wanted to make boys happy'". Asahi Shimbun. Retrieved 2013-04-16.
- Nintendo Power 221. Future US. November 2007. pp. 78–80.
- "Yuji Horii interview". Play. Archived from the original on 2006-03-25. Retrieved 2013-03-26.
- Maragos, Nich (2005-05-19). "Previews: Dragon Quest VIII". 1UP.com. Retrieved 2007-04-21.
- "Interview with Yuji Horii". IGN. 2007-03-26. Retrieved 2013-03-26.
- "Interview with the Majin! Revisited". Shonen Jump (Viz Media) 5 (11): 388. 2007-11. ISSN 1545-7818.
- Yadao, James S. The Rough Guide to Manga. Penguin Books, 2009-10-01. p. 116-117. ISBN 1-4053-8423-9, 9781405384230. Available on Google Books.
- One Piece Color Walk 1. Shueisha. 2001. ISBN 4-08-859217-4.
- Uzumaki: the Art of Naruto. Viz Media. 2007. pp. 138–139. ISBN 1-4215-1407-9.
- Hodgkins, Crystalyn (2011-11-08). "Interview: Hiro Mashima". Anime News Network. Retrieved 2013-03-24.
- "Seattle's Sakura-Con Hosts Manga Creator Atsushi Suzumi". Anime News Network. 2011-03-11. Retrieved 2013-04-16.
- "『日本の漫画史を変えた作家』、"漫画の神様"手塚治虫が貫禄の1位". Oricon (in Japanese). 2010-07-16. Retrieved 2013-01-03.
- "Akira Toriyama Wins Anniversary Award at France's Angoulême". Anime News Network. 2013-02-04. Retrieved 2013-02-04.
- Melrose, Kevin (2013-02-04). "Robot 6 Willem and Akira Toriyama win top Angoulême honors". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved 2013-02-04.
- "ANIME NEWS: 'Dragon Ball' creator Akira Toriyama honored at Angouleme comic festival". Asahi Shimbun. 2013-02-13. Retrieved 2013-04-18.
- "74. Akira Toriyama". IGN. Retrieved 2013-03-26.
- Further reading
- Richard, Olivier (2011). Akira Toriyama: le maître du manga (in French). 12 bis. ISBN 978-2-35648-332-4.
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