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Legacy of Toriyama

Hanna Aggen


Akira Toriyama, the creator of “Dragon Ball”, a Japanese legend and inspiration to many, passed away on March 1, 2024. In Toriyama’s 68 years, he created one of the most famous and impactful manga series and animes. The creation of “Dragon Ball” and “Dragon Ball Z” inspired many other manga artists, including Eiichiro Oda, Masashi Kishimoto and Gege Akutami, the creators of “One Piece”, “Naruto” and “Jujutsu Kaisen” respectively. 


Many other manga and anime works have countless references to “Dragon Ball Z”, a testament to Toriyama’s greatness as a mangaka and storyteller. Oda said in his farewell message to Toriyama “You took the helm in an era when reading manga was considered a foolish waste of time. You forged an era where both adults and children could read and enjoy this medium. You showed me that manga could achieve such a thing. You made me dream that I could reach the whole world. You were my superhero”. 


This sentiment was also shared by Kishimoto, who also said “Thank you, Akira Toriyama-sensei, for all of your enjoyable works over the past 45 years”. Not only did “Dragon Ball” have an impact on other animes, but also many people’s personal lives. There have been many people coming out and talking about the impact “Dragon Ball” had on them. 


In some cases, it was an inspiration to start a better life. Some people used this inspiration to start working out and becoming a better version of themselves. Some people have even said that “Dragon Ball” saved their lives. 


As you can imagine the news of Toriyama’s death was felt across the world. There were social media posts, news articles and heartfelt letters to Toriyama all over the internet after it was announced. Many fans have continued to express their sadness throughout the month. It is obvious that this will have lasting impacts on the future of anime and pop culture.


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