On Akira Toriyama

Earlier this month, the renowned manga artist Akira Toriyama, creator of Dragon Ball, passed away. Dragon Ball Z was my first introduction to anime, and I have fond memories of watching it on Friday evenings as a child while my mom baked Pilsbury cookies for me and my sister.

Dragon Ball is a cultural icon that has inspired millions worldwide. Even if you haven’t watched it, you’d instantly recognize its main character, Goku. The show laid the foundation for other popular Shonen manga series such as Naruto and One Piece.

When I consider Toriyama’s life and work, he is my inspiration. Can I ever create something that can match the magic and impact of Dragon Ball? I doubt it. Even achieving just 1% of its impact would be good enough for me.

Rest in peace, Toriyama-san. Thank you for creating Dragon Ball and inspiring a generation.

March 30, 2024

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