Dragon Ball Author, Akira Toriyama Has Passed Away…

Key points for this aricle:

  • The article highlights Toriyama’s significant influence on a generation through iconic works like Dragon Ball Z, reminiscing about the impact his creations had on childhoods and the anime community.
  • Briefly detailing Toriyama’s life, from his humble beginnings and self-taught artistic journey to the creation of renowned manga like Dr. Slump and Dragon Ball, the article underscores his diverse contributions, including video games like Dragon Quest and Chrono Trigger.
  • The article mourns Toriyama’s recent death at 68, citing the cause as an acute subdural hematoma. It acknowledges the respect given by Japanese media to his family’s privacy and concludes with a sentiment of loss and gratitude for the legendary creator’s impact on childhoods and the world of anime.

It is not a stretch to say that this man’s work was truly generational. A whole generation of people, including me grew up watching Dragon Ball Z on Cartoon Network. I didn’t understand much of it back then but seeing Goku scream at the top of his lungs and blast someone into another galaxy was just so much fun. I remember how cool the first Frieza fight was and how much I talked about it with my friends at school. And it pains me to come to terms with the fact that the man who brought us all these iconic moments, Akira Toriyama is no more.

It is a sad day for all of us in the anime community as we collectively mourn the loss of one of the best to ever do it, Akira Toriyama. I write this article with a very heavy heart. I usually don’t cover topics like this but this is too close to my heart to not talk about. As if the loss of Miura wasn’t enough, now we have been robbed of another legend. Let’s talk about everything we know about this and highlight some of his life while we are at it.

GIF from Tenor, I think this is quite fitting for how everyone feels right now.

About Akira Toriyama

Toriyama was born in the Nagoya prefecture in April 1955. He graduated from the Aichi Prefectural Ichinomiya Institute of Technology High School in 1974. He was mostly a self-taught artist and his first success came in the form of the manga, Dr. Slump in 1980. In 1984 though, he introduced the world to the behemoth, Dragon Ball. Dr. Slump solidified his signature art style and humor and Dragon Ball ran with it. Going on to become one of THE most influential and iconic mangas of all time.

I don’t think a lot of people know this but he has also contributed significantly to popular video games like the Dragon Quest series and Chrono Trigger.

He passed away last week on 1st March 2024. Respect to Japanese media for allowing his family to have some privacy during the first week and not making the news public immediately. The funeral was also held privately by his family. The cause of death was revealed to be an acute subdural hematoma. From my understanding, that is some kind of swelling in certain parts of the brain/spinal cord. He passed away at just 68, I know people go a lot younger these days but still, 68 is no age to die.

Wrapping Up

That is all for now. Let me know what you guys think in the comments. This is a devastating loss and I think Oda’s words summed up all our feelings perfectly.

May you find peace, Akira Toriyama. You were a legend and we loved you for how influential you were for all our childhoods. Thank you.

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