The world of anime has been hit by the loss of a legend, Akira Toriyama.

The creative genius behind the iconic Dragon Ball series, has died at the age of 68.

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Toriyama’s impact on the anime industry is immeasurable, and his creations have left an unfading mark on fans worldwide.

Dragon Ball creator Akira Toriyama passes away at 68

Goku and Dragon Ball creator Akira Toriyama
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Born in Nagoya, Aichi, Japan in 1955, Toriyama first introduced the world to the Dragon Ball universe in 1984.

The epic tale of Goku and his companions quickly captivated audiences, turning Dragon Ball into a cultural phenomenon that has endured for decades.

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Toriyama’s visionary storytelling and unique character designs revolutionized the anime landscape, elevating the medium to new heights.

His contributions extended beyond Dragon Ball, creating other successful works such as Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball Super, Sand Land, and more. With each creation, Toriyama showcased his unparalleled ability to craft compelling stories and unforgettable characters.

A letter from Bird Studio announcing the passing of Akira Toriyama
Credit: Bird Studio

News of Toriyama’s passing was confirmed by Bird Studio, a manga and design production studio created by Toriyama, and was shared on the Dragon Ball Twitter/X account.

The anime community and fans around the world are expressing their grief and gratitude for the legacy Toriyama leaves behind.

Dragon Ball Daima, an upcoming animated series wherein Toriyama was heavily involved with the production, is expected to come out in Fall of this year.

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