Akira Toriyama (1955-) Cartoonist and screenwriter, Akira Toriyama was born on April 5, 1955, in Kiyosu, a Japanese city located in Aichi prefecture. Since he was a child, he was an avid consumer of comics and cartoons, stating in interviews that his compatriot Osamu Tezuka’s manga works have influenced him as much as the animation films produced by Walt Disney. His imaginative stories are not without absurd and parodic humor, mixing comedy with action, science fiction and Akira Toriyama’s net worth is enough high than others.
Akira Toriyama Net worth and Biography
Toriyama studied Graphic Design before starting his work in the late 1970s as a manga author for Shonen Jump magazine. Some of his first creations were “Wonder Island” (1978) and “Tomato Girl Detective” (1979). Shortly afterward she achieved success with “Dr. Slump ”(1980-1984), a manga starring the infant humanoid robot Arale and Professor Sembei Norimaki (among many other peculiar characters) who also met a television adaptation.
Although the international significance of “Dr. Slump ”should not be underestimated, Akira Toriyama’s greatest triumph as an author is“ Dragon Ball ”(1984-1995), the story of Son Goku and his legendary search for dragon balls that also found enormous resonance in his anime version. Akira Toriyama’s net worth is about 45 million US dollars.
Akira Toriyama in Dragon Ball
After “Dragon Ball”, the Japanese author continued to create new manga, such as “Kajika” (1998), “Cowa” (1997-1998) or “Nekomajin” (1999-2005). He has also put his talent in drawing and graphic design to collaborate in the creation of video game characters, including those of the famous “Dragon Quest”.
Dragon Ball is the most important anime franchise in existence, but Akira Toriyama’s work was not born out of anywhere, according to the same author, he had several inspirations that led him to create the story of Goku and his friends.
As he pointed out earlier this year in an interview, sometime before creating Dragon Ball, Dr. Slump had finished, with which he was thinking about his next serialized job. “I had a lot of meetings with my editor at that time Torishima,” said Toriyama.
According to the author, “At that time I loved Jackie Chan movies and had seen The Drunk Master dozens of times” adding that “since I liked that kind of thing, Torishima advised me to try making a Kung-fu manga type shonen. ”
This advice did not lead directly to Dragon Ball, as Toriyama previously made a one-shot called “Dragon Boy”, which had a very positive reception and served as the basis for some of the main Dragon Ball characters.
But Toriyama did not want to perform an action shonen like so many others, he wanted the adventure to be memorable, so he decided to base it on the traditional Chinese tale ‘Journey to the West’, although clearly taking a much greater focus on the fighting.
This is why a large part of the towns and scenarios that can be seen in Dragon Ball has an atmosphere that is more similar to China than to Japan. It is in Journey to the West where Son Wu-Kong is introduced, who is also known as Son Goku and who would serve as inspiration for the protagonist.
Beyond Goku’s monkey tail and his martial arts skills, this is where the Nyoibou (or as we knew it in Latin America, holy staff) also comes from, which has the ability to grow at the whim of the owner.