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Toriyama Expresses Dissatisfaction With Dragon Ball Adaptations

posted on by Eric Stimson
Interview, rough drafts, sketches, guest drawings, scathing comments, and more

On January 21, the editors of the magazine V Jump published Dragon Ball 30th Anniversary Super History Book, a look back at 30 years of one of Japan's most famous comics. The book contains a commemorative manga, sketches, a long interview with Akira Toriyama (Dragon Ball's creator), Weekly Shonen Jump magazine covers, comments from other people related to Dragon Ball such as Masako Nozawa (Goku's voice actress) and the producer of Dragon Ball Z, the rough draft of the manga's final chapter, and content relating to Dragon Ball Carddass trading cards and video games.

It also includes appreciative illustrations by Toriyama's fellow manga artists: Eiichiro Oda (One Piece), Takehiko Inoue (Slam Dunk), Osamu Akimoto (Kochira Katsushika-ku Kamearikouen-mae Hashutsujo), Masashi Kishimoto (Naruto), and Yoshihiro Togashi (Hunter &215; Hunter). That last one prompted a commotion on the Japanese Internet, as Togashi still has not resumed work on Hunter &215; Hunter, which is on hiatus.

Notice was also taken of these remarks by Toriyama included in the book:

Inside me, Dragon Ball became a thing of the past, but later I got upset at the live-action film, revised the script for the anime film, and complained about the quality of the TV anime. I guess at some point it became a work that I like so much that I can't leave it alone.

These comments were generally interpreted as a swipe at the poorly received Dragonball: Evolution and the recent series Dragon Ball Super, which has suffered from animation errors.

Dragon Ball 30th Anniversary Super History Book is sold in a shiny box with two posters included for the price of 3,500 yen ($30).

[Via Yaraon! and Otapol; Images from QQ and Kai-You]

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