Akira Toriyama, ‘Dragon Ball’ Manga Creator, Dies at 68

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Akira Toriyama, the brilliant mind behind the beloved Dragon Ball series, passed away at the age of 68 due to a brain condition called acute subdural hematoma.

'Dragon Ball' creator Akira Toriyama dies at 68
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His life and work have left an indelible mark on manga and anime enthusiasts worldwide. Born on April 5, 1955, in Kiyosu City, Japan, Toriyama’s journey as a manga artist began when he debuted Dragon Ball in the Weekly Shonen Jump magazine in 1984. This iconic series revolves around Son Goku, an extraordinary boy on a quest for the seven dragon balls, possessing superhuman strength and courage.

Japanese creator behind wildly popular Dragon Ball series has died aged 68
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Dragon Ball’s popularity transcended borders, becoming one of Japan’s most successful global hits. It was adapted into anime and even inspired a Hollywood action movie titled “Dragon Ball Evolution.”

'Dragon Ball' creator Akira Toriyama dies at 68
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Toriyama’s creativity extended beyond Dragon Ball, with other notable works including Dr. Slump and Sand Land. His contributions to the manga and anime industry have been immense, shaping the landscape for generations to come.

At the time of his death, Toriyama had several works in progress, showcasing his unwavering dedication to his craft. He leaves behind a rich legacy of manga titles and works of art that continue to inspire creators and entertain audiences worldwide.

The news of Toriyama’s passing triggered an outpouring of condolences from fellow artists and fans alike, reflecting the profound impact he had on countless lives. His spouse Yoshimi Katō and their two kids survive him.

In addition to his manga achievements, Toriyama’s involvement with video game series such as Dragon Quest and Chrono Trigger further solidified his status as a creative genius.

Despite his fame, Toriyama remained humble, preferring a quiet funeral service attended only by family and a few relatives, in line with his desire for tranquility.

As we bid farewell to Akira Toriyama, we remember not only the extraordinary storyteller but also the man whose imagination sparked joy and wonder in the hearts of millions around the globe. His legacy will continue to live on through his timeless creations, reminding us of the power of imagination and the impact of a single individual on the world stage.

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