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Akira Toriyama (鳥山 明, born 5 April 1955) is the main character and monster designer of the Dragon Quest series. He is otherwise known for creating manga series.

He debuted in 1979 with the story Wonder Island, published in Weekly Shonen Jump, and first gained popularity for the anime and manga series Dr. Slump, originally serialized weekly in Shonen Jump from 1980 to 1984. In 1982, he won the Shogakukan Manga Award for Dr. Slump for best shonen or shojo manga series of the year. After that, he penned Dragon Ball, which ran from 1984 to 1995, becoming one of the most influential and popular manga of all time, worldwide, which receives an anime adaptation which ran from 1986 to 1996.

Akira Toriyama 2002-12-06

Toriyama in 2002

Toriyama's clean line and design sense led to jobs designing characters for the phenomenally popular Dragon Quest series of role-playing games (formerly called Dragon Warrior in North America). Toriyama has also served as the character designer for the Super Famicom RPG Chrono Trigger, the fighting game Tobal No. 1 for the Playstation (as well as its sequel, Tobal 2, released only in Japan), and the Mistwalker Xbox 360 exclusive RPG Blue Dragon.

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