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Akira Toriyama was born on 5 April 1955, in Nagoya, Japan, and is a well known Japanese manga artist, as well as a game artist, character designer and art director, who began his career in his early 20s, and is probably best known for what is regarded as his finest work, Dragon Ball .

How rich is Akira Toriyama? Currently, Akira Toriyama’s net worth is estimated to be $45 million, accumulated mostly from his career as a manga artist, during a career spanning almost 40 years since his debut in this art industry in the late 1970s.

Akira Toriyama Net Worth $45 Million

Toriyama probably began his drawing career as early as elementary school, as a simple form of entertainment because there was apparently little else to keep young children amused and interested. Professionally his first job was working at an advertising agency in Nagoya, where he designed posters for almost three years. After quitting this job, Toriyama participated in an amateur contest named “Jump”, really in order to win money. Although Toriyama didn’t win the competition, he was later contacted and encouraged by Kazuhiko Torishima, who would later become his editor.

In 1978, Toriyama debuted with a series of two one-shot manga entitled “Wonder Land”, which was published in Weekly Shōnen Jump, a weekly manga anthology. Toriyama’s break-through occurred a couple of years later in 1980 with the publication of a manga series about a perverted professor and his robot Arale, entitled “Dr. Slump”. By the end of the series in 1984, Akira Toriyama had become a known name in the manga industry. In addition, “Dr. Slump” earned him a prestigious Shogakukan Manga Award in 1981, and was adapted into a series that aired on TV from 1981 to 1986.By the year 2008, “Dr. Slump” had sold over 35 million copies in Japan alone. Such a successful start in the manga industry heavily contributed to Akira Toriyama’s public recognition, as well as his net worth.

However, Toriyama’s most successful work to date was published in 1984 in Weekly Shōnen Jump under the name of “Dragon Ball”, which instantly caught the attention of the public. Initially an adventure/gag manga, “Dragon Ball” was later modified to represent a martial arts fighting series. Toriyama worked on this manga for 11 years, and produced 519 chapters, resulting in a total of 42 volumes. “Dragon Ball” has sold over 156 million copies in Japan, and a total of 230 million copies worldwide.

“Dragon Ball” soon began to be considered “the most influential shōnen manga”, as well as the “second best-selling manga of all time”. Eventually, this manga series was adapted into several TV anime, such as “Dragon Ball”, “Dragon Quest”, “Dragon Ball Z”, and “Dragon Ball GT”. “Dragon Ball Z” alone lasted for 291 episodes, and was yet again adapted into 16 films. Needless to say, Toriyama managed to gather a large sum of money from the sales. The popularity of “Dragon Ball” manga series spread worldwide, and was eventually turned into several video games, including “Dragon Quest Monsters”, “Super Dragon Ball Z”, and “Dragon Ball Online”.

A remarkably successful anime artist with a net worth of $45 million, Akira Toriyama became an influential person in the industry, and was even commissioned to illustrate characters for “Dragon Ball” games. Toriyama’s unique drawing style that defies the traditional conventions of manga series, his visually different characters and an interesting choice of alphabet to convey the message behind the pictures is what has drawn a large audience towards his work.

In his personal life, Akira is married to Yoshimi Kato, and the couple have two children.

Quick Facts

Birth date: April 5, 1955 age 60
Birth place: Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture, Japan
Profession:Mangaka, Designer, Game artist, Writer, Art Director
Nationality:Japan
Spouse:Nachi Mikami (m. 1982)
Children:Sasuke Toriyama
Books:Dragon Ball (3-in-1 Edition), Vol. 10
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Interesting Facts

#Fact
1In Japan, May 9 is officially known as Goku Day, after his hero Goku (May 9, or 5-9, can be written in Japanese as as "go"-"ku").
2He claims not to plan his stories in the long-term.
3He planned to end "Dragon Ball" with the Frieza saga (where Goku faces Frieza, the destroyer of his planet), but his publishers persuaded him to carry on the saga to include the Android, Cell and Buu sagas.
4His "Dragon Ball" protagonist Son Goku was voted in a 2009 poll by Mania.com as the most iconic anime hero of all time.
5His "Dragon Ball" manga extended only up to the end of the DBZ series and the third anime series Dragon Ball GT (1996), was an original work (and thus considered by some fans to be non-canon); however, Toriyama was involved in that series by supervising its production, although this was limited.
6He is a fan of Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) and would often listen to its musical scores while drawing.
7His favourite animated film is Walt Disney's 101 Dalmatians (1961).
8His favourite character from the "Dragon Ball" saga is Piccolo.
9He cites the works of cartoonists Osamu Tezuka and Walt Disney and kung-fu comedian Jackie Chan as an influence on his work.
10Has a son, Sasuke (born April 1987) & a girl (October 1990).
11Is friends with Eiichiro Oda, who credits Toriyama as an influence on his manga "One Piece". The two worked together on a crossover called "Cross Epoch", where both "Dragon Ball" and "One Piece" characters had to get to a tea party (but a series of misadventures kept getting in their way).
12He often carried out crossovers between his works "Dragon Ball" and "Dr Slump". In Dragon Ball (1986), Dr's Slump's home Penguin Village appears for a few episodes in the General Blue saga. Likewise, Arale Norimaki, Dr Slump's daughter, makes a few cameo appearances throughout the Dragon Ball saga; in a similar manner, when Toriyama started a new "Dr Slump" series following the end of "Dragon Ball", Goku made a cameo appearance.
13Contrary to popular belief, Toriyama DID have a role in anime-only material on Dragon Ball Z (1989). He created Bardock and Pikkon, and it was his idea to have Yamcha as a baseball player.
14His favourite PC game is Myst (1993).
15Enjoys watching movies starring Jackie Chan.
16Mostly known as the creator of the popular anime "Dragon Ball", the most popular series of which is Dragon Ball Z (1989) (released in the West as Dragon Ball Z (1996)).


Trademarks

#Trademark
1Characters drawn in a clean line and design.


Quotes

#Quote
1About Blue Dragon (2007): "This may be my final anime, I'm a little worried (about it). There's incredible pressure, but at the same time, there's a sense of accomplishment - that it's worth doing. Blue Dragon will be a masterpiece, not simply because I'm working hard on it, but because the staff is expecting nothing less."
2His favourite "Dragonball" character: I believe mine would be Piccolo. He was the first character in my manga where I was like, "He has a scary face, but he's so cool!" It really is cliché when bad guys turn into good guys, but it just feels great drawing it!
3About Drunken Master (1978): If I hadn't seen this movie, I would never have come up with Dragonball.


Filmography

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Dragon Ball Z: Lord Slug1991characters
Dragon Ball: The Magic Begins1991character
Deuraegon bol: Ssawora Son O-gong, igyeora Son O-gong1990original story - uncredited
Dragon Ball Z: Bardock the Father of Goku1990TV Movie manga "Dragon Ball" - Shûeisha [Weekly Shônen Jump] series
Dragon Ball Z: Tree of Might1990creator / story
Kennosuke-sama1990Short manga
Pink mizu-dorobô ame-dorobô1990Short manga
Dragon Ball Z: The World's Strongest1990story
Dragon Ball Z: Dead Zone1989Short character / story
Dragon Ball Z1989TV Series story
Dragon BallTV Series original manga - 153 episodes, 1986 - 1989 original author - 2 episodes, 1986
Dragon Ball1989original story
Dragon Ball: Mystical Adventure1988character / story "Weekly Shônen Jump serialization"
Dragon Ball: Goku's Fire Fighting Regiment1988Short story
Dragon Ball: Goku's Traffic Safety1988Video short story
Dragon Ball: Sleeping Princess in Devil's Castle1987Short character
Dragon Ball: Curse of the Blood Rubies1986original author / original manga
Dokutaa Suranpu Arale-chan1981TV Series comic
Ginga Patrol Jaco2016characters / story pre-production
The Fall of Men2015Short characters post-production
Dragon Ball SuperTV Series original author - 6 episodes, 2015 story draft - 2 episodes, 2015
Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection 'F'2015manga / screenplay
Dream 92013TV Movie characters
Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods2013manga / original author
DragonBall Z: The Saiyan Saga2013Video short manga
Dragon Ball: Episode of Bardock2011TV Movie creator
Dragon Ball Z Kai2009-2011TV Series manga - 98 episodes
Doragon Boru: Suupaa Saiyajin Zetsumetsu Keikaku2010Video short creator
Dragon Ball: Raging Blast 22010Video Game story
Dragonball Z Tenkaichi Tag Team2010Video Game story
Dragon Ball DS 2: Charge! Red Ribbon Army2010Video Game story
Dragon Ball: Raging Blast2009Video Game story
DragonBall: Revenge of King Piccolo2009Video Game story
Dragonball: Evolution2009novel series "Dragonball"
Dragon Ball Z: Infinite World2008Video Game story
Dragon Ball: Hey! Son Goku and Friends Return!!2008Short story
Dragon Ball: Origins2008Video Game story
Dragon Ball Z: Burst Limit2008Video Game story
Dragonball Z: Budokai tenkaichi 32007Video Game characters
Dragon Ball Z: Shin Budokai - Another Road2007Video Game story
Jump Ultimate Stars2006Video Game characters and universe: DragonBall, Dragon Ball Z, & Dr. Slump
Battle Stadium D.O.N.2006Video Game characters and universe: DragonBall Z
Super Dragon Ball Z2006Video Game story
Dragon Ball Z: Shin Budokai2006Video Game story
Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi2005Video Game story
Jump Super Stars2005Video Game characters and universe: Dragon Ball, Dragon Ball Z & Dr. Slump
Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 32004Video Game story
Dragon Ball Z1996-2003TV Series manga - 278 episodes
Dragon Ball1999TV Series character
Doctor Slump1997TV Series
Dragon Ball Z: The Tree of Might1997TV Mini-Series manga - 3 episodes
Dragon Ball GT: A Hero's Legacy1997TV Movie creator
Dragon Ball: The Path to Power1996character
Dragon Ball GT1996TV Series creator
Dragon Ball Z: Wrath of the Dragon1995character
Dragon Ball Z: Fusion Reborn1995character
Dr. Slump & Arale-chan Ncha! Wakuwaku Hot Natsu Yasumi1994Short manga
Dragon Ball Z: Bio-Broly1994character
Dr. Slump & Arale-chan Hoyoyo! Tasuketa Same ni Tsurerarete1994Short manga
Dragon Ball Z: Broly - Second Coming1994character
Go! Go! Ackman1994Video short original story
Kosuke & Rikimaru1993writer
Dragon Ball Z1993Video Game characters
Dragon Ball Z Gaiden: Saiya-jin Zetsumetsu Keikaku1993Video creator
Dragon Ball Z: Bojack Unbound1993character
Dragon Ball Z: Broly - The Legendary Super Saiyan1993character
Dragon Ball Z: The History of Trunks1993TV Movie character
Dragon Ball Z: Super Android 131992character
Dragon Ball Z: The Return of Cooler1992creator
Dragon Ball Z: Gather Together! Goku's World1992Video short story
Dragon Ball Z: Cooler's Revenge1991characters

Animation Department

Animation Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Dragon Ball SuperTV Series original character designer - 2 episodes, 2015 character designer - 1 episode, 2015
Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection 'F'2015character designer
Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods2013character designer
Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies2009Video Game character designer / monster designer
Blue Dragon2007-2008TV Series original character designer - 49 episodes
Dragon Quest Swords: The Masked Queen and the Tower of Mirrors2007Video Game character & monster design
Blue Dragon2006Video Game character designer
Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King2004Video Game character designer
Dragon Warrior VII2000Video Game animator: character and monster
Tobal No. 11996Video Game character designer
Doragon kuesuto VI: Maboroshi no daichi1995Video Game character designer / monster designer
Chrono Trigger1995Video Game character designer
Dragon Quest V: Hand of the Heavenly Bride1992Video Game character designer / monster designer
Dragon Warrior IV: The Guided Ones1990Video Game character designer / monster designer
Dragon Warrior III1988Video Game animator / character/monster designer - GBC 2001 release/Original Japanese Release
Dragon Warrior II1987Video Game character designer / monster designer
Dragon Warrior1986Video Game character designer / monster designer
Crusher Joe1983special character designer: "MAX 310"

Art Director

Art Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies2009Video Game
Torneko III: Mysterious Dungeon2002Video Game
Dragon Warrior VII2000Video Game
Torneko: The Last Hope1999Video Game
Tobal No. 21997Video Game
Numamonjaa: Time and Space Adventures1996Video short
Doragon kuesuto VI: Maboroshi no daichi1995Video Game
Torneko Quest1993Video Game
Dragon Quest V: Hand of the Heavenly Bride1992Video Game
Pink mizu-dorobô ame-dorobô1990Short
Dragon Warrior IV: The Guided Ones1990Video Game
Dragon Warrior1989TV Series

Costume Designer

Costume Designer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Torneko III: Mysterious Dungeon2002Video Game
Dragon Warrior VII2000Video Game
Torneko: The Last Hope1999Video Game
Tobal No. 21997Video Game
Doragon kuesuto VI: Maboroshi no daichi1995Video Game
Torneko Quest1993Video Game
Dragon Quest V: Hand of the Heavenly Bride1992Video Game
Kennosuke-sama1990Short
Pink mizu-dorobô ame-dorobô1990Short
Dragon Warrior IV: The Guided Ones1990Video Game
Dragon Warrior1989TV Series

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Kosuke & Rikimaru1993

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Dragonball: Evolution2009executive producer

Production Designer

Production Designer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Chrono Trigger1995Video Game

Set Decorator

Set Decorator

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Chrono Trigger1995Video Game

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The History of Trunks Abridged2015TV Short special thanks
Bardock: Father of Goku Abridged2009TV Short special thanks

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