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Akira Toriyama’s birthday

Akira Toriyama’s birthday

Akira Toriyama’s birthday

Originally shared by Grand Comics Database

Akira Toriyama (鳥山 明, born 5 April 1955, Japan) is a comics and gaming artist.

He first achieved mainstream recognition for his highly successful manga “Dr. Slump” (1980–1984), and he won the 1981 Shogakukan Manga Award for best shōnen or shōjo manga for the series. 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” (1984–1995), was one of the most popular and successful manga in the world. Overseas, anime adaptations of “Dragon Ball” have been more successful than the manga and are credited with boosting anime’s popularity in the Western world.

Toriyama is regarded as an artist who changed the history of manga, as his works are highly influential and popular. Many manga artists cite “Dragon Ball” in particular as an inspiration.

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(Akira created the cover of “[Weekly Shōnen Jump]” #51/1984, 3 December 1984, with the first appearance of ‘Dragon Ball’)

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