Top 100 Akira Toriyama Quotes of 2020

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“A number of years ago, when I had an exhibition of my work, the people in charge who came to pick up my manuscripts saw them piled up haphazardly in the garage and were shocked. ‘What? They’ll grow mold like this!’ they said. People who do things properly apparently make a dedicated manuscript room, where they can control humidity.”

― Akira Toriyama

“There’s how, basically, Son Goku from ‘Dragon Ball’ doesn’t fight for the sake of others but because he wants to fight against strong guys. So once ‘Dragon Ball’ got animated, at any rate, I’ve always been dissatisfied with the ‘righteous hero’-type portrayal they gave him.”

― Akira Toriyama

“I think it’s best to know about lots of different things besides comics. I don’t think you can become a cartoonist if you look at nothing but cartoons.”

― Akira Toriyama

“In manga, nothing actually moves, and you just have to draw the poses in each panel, but in anime, you have to draw the movements between those poses.”

― Akira Toriyama

“At one point, I had close to 100 birds.”

― Akira Toriyama

“I’m not good at doing the same thing over and over again.”

― Akira Toriyama

“I like Piccolo about the same as I like Goku.”

― Akira Toriyama

“A good aspect of me is that I’m not too particular about things. A bad aspect is that I’m indecisive.”

― Akira Toriyama

“When I draw, I always recall my mindset when I was a child.”

― Akira Toriyama

“If you want to depict something exactly the way it is, it takes a tremendous amount of time. If you don’t get the details right, the inaccuracies will accumulate somewhere.”

― Akira Toriyama

“With enemies, it’s easier to just have them be straight-up bad guys so they can just get beaten up.”

― Akira Toriyama

“It’s been a habit of mine since childhood to always be looking around. When I go shopping, I have more fun observing the town than shopping.”

― Akira Toriyama

“It’s a pain to draw different-looking humans.”

― Akira Toriyama

“I’d want to be born once more as myself, but more talented.”

― Akira Toriyama

“The nice thing about gag manga is how it has this aspect where, at the very least, you’re permitted to come out with anything. In my case, anything can talk. Like the mountains.”

― Akira Toriyama

“In spite of being so absorbed in comics when I was in primary school, for whatever reason, I stopped reading them that much once I started junior high. I think it’s probably because I got caught up in movies and TV.”

― Akira Toriyama

“When I look at it, I don’t really like people, and socializing is really awful. Outside of my family, friends, and those connected to my job, I don’t think I actively want to meet anyone. I’ve always lived in the country, after all.”

― Akira Toriyama

“Weekly, monthly, or whatever, I’m just not good with being told I have to finish up according to a set schedule.”

― Akira Toriyama

“I am not at all particular about things like hair styles and colors. Especially with women, changing their hairstyle or color is a bit too commonplace, don’t you think?”

― Akira Toriyama

“Back before I entered primary school, I liked to draw, even though I was a brat. I especially liked animals and vehicles, and I drew that sort of thing constantly.”

― Akira Toriyama

“It was very easy to convince me to take on the job of character designer for ‘Dragon Quest.’”

― Akira Toriyama

“Designing characters for ‘Dragon Quest’ is fun but difficult work.”

― Akira Toriyama

“I’m personally not terribly interested in designing wholesome characters, so I don’t have many variations to offer.”

― Akira Toriyama

“Since I’m a contrarian, I don’t want to go along with what everyone else thinks.”

― Akira Toriyama

“I guess I like Piccolo the most after all. Out of all the enemies, Piccolo Daimao is the one I like most, and even after that, I like Piccolo the most.”

― Akira Toriyama

“I’m not very good at depicting the characters’ psychology on the page.”

― Akira Toriyama

“In the beginning, I was planning to end ‘Dragon Ball’ when all seven Dragon Balls had been collected.”

― Akira Toriyama

“I’m always impressed with the work of animators. You have to be able to draw the scenes in between movements. I’m impressed with the way they can do that – I don’t think I could.”

― Akira Toriyama

“I really like the story of Bardock, Goku’s father. It’s quite dramatic and the kind of story I absolutely wouldn’t draw if it were me. It was like watching a different kind of ‘Dragon Ball’ in a good way, so I thought it was nice.”

― Akira Toriyama

“I’ve always liked to draw.”

― Akira Toriyama

“The method of producing comics in Japan is very hectic, but it’s also rewarding because it’s possible to do both the story and art all by yourself.”

― Akira Toriyama

“I probably have the most fun thinking up original vehicles. I usually consider details such as how to get into them and where their engines are. When you draw a real-world car, you have to obtain some references. I’d hate to have someone point out that I’m wrong. But if it’s something I invented, I can have it my way.”

― Akira Toriyama

“Do you remember ‘Super Saiyan 3?’ I forgot about it, and I thought that was ‘Super Saiyan 2,’ even though I created those characters.”

― Akira Toriyama

“Saiyans don’t have much of a concept of ‘family.’”

― Akira Toriyama

“Most Saiyans are born with a talent for battle, but they still need to be taught the trick behind flying and stuff like that.”

― Akira Toriyama

“Inside me, ‘Dragon Ball’ became a thing of the past, but later, I got upset at the live-action film, revised the script for the anime film, and complained about the quality of the TV anime. I guess, at some point, it became a work that I like so much that I can’t leave it alone.”

― Akira Toriyama

“I like efficient people. I’m pretty impatient, so I can’t stand people who putter around.”

― Akira Toriyama

“After graduating from high school, I worked at an advertising agency as a designer. After I left, I spent a year doing nothing in particular. At age 23, I drew my first comic.”

― Akira Toriyama

“I’m an economic human without any likes or dislikes!”

― Akira Toriyama

“I love girls, whether they wear glasses or not!”

― Akira Toriyama

“I prefer things nice and simple.”

― Akira Toriyama

“I liked how ‘Star Wars’ felt both old and new. I even built a model of R2-D2, taking about two months mixing two kits to make one that looked just like the real thing. I’m the kind of person who gets really into it when I do something like that.”

― Akira Toriyama

“I have memories of reading comics when I was in primary school, but that’s about it.”

― Akira Toriyama

“I’m not the kind of person who enjoys big crowds very much.”

― Akira Toriyama

“There have been times when I didn’t quite make my deadline.”

― Akira Toriyama

“I’ve been really frugal with money since way back, so I can’t buy something if it’s too expensive. I’m not that brave.”

― Akira Toriyama

“I wanted to change up the tempo and setting of my comics in the sense of giving them some variety, for one thing. So where, for ‘Slump,’ the art was very America-esque, in the case of ‘Dragon Ball,’ I made it as Chinese as could be.”

― Akira Toriyama

“I’m flying by the seat of my pants, never creating with a thought to what’s up ahead!”

― Akira Toriyama

“Back when I watched ‘Future Boy Conan,’ I thought I might like to try my hand at animation, but now, not at all.”

― Akira Toriyama

“It’s a secret, but when I decided to apply to ‘Shonen Magazine,’ it was already past the deadline, so I had no choice but to go with ‘Shonen Jump.’ My motivation for becoming a cartoonist was… to put it bluntly, the Â¥100,000 prize money.”

― Akira Toriyama

“The setting of ‘Dragon Ball’ has a sort of Chinese feel to it, but it’s not necessarily limited to China. For the time period as well, exactly when it takes place is indeterminate.”

― Akira Toriyama

“If you make friends with dogs, they can be really cute!”

― Akira Toriyama

“Since I liked to draw, I entered a design-oriented high school.”

― Akira Toriyama

“I was one of the more talented ones at the design firm I joined, so I conducted my work pretty shrewdly. Except I wasn’t a morning person, so I was quite frequently late for work. On top of that, it was a fairly big company, they were fussy about the dress code, and I got chewed out quite often.”

― Akira Toriyama

“If you’re doing gags, I think it’s important to have characters who are as strong-willed and impactful as possible.”

― Akira Toriyama

“Rather than deliberately trying to draw something, use something you yourself like and want to draw, and I think the characters that come out of that will really have their own individuality.”

― Akira Toriyama

“I usually live an extremely normal life, since I live in the countryside. Even when people call me ‘famous’ and such, I can’t really fathom it, even now.”

― Akira Toriyama

“I felt that working at an office from the early morning was impossible for me. Anyway, I wanted to be free from that lifestyle as soon as possible. I wanted to take it easy.”

― Akira Toriyama

“I say that I’ve never been late with a manuscript, but I don’t mean to be arrogant; it’s that I simply want to get it done as soon as possible so I can be set free.”

― Akira Toriyama

“Maybe I’m just like a child. I’m full of curiosity about things, and it’s fine as long as it’s fun at that time, yet at the same time, I hate things that are tough.”

― Akira Toriyama

“When I got into the second half of ‘Dragon Ball,’ I had already become more interested in thinking up the story then in drawing the pictures. Then I started to not place much emphasis on the pictures.”

― Akira Toriyama

“I generally leave the television on while I’m working.”

― Akira Toriyama

“When I draw something, the incredibly annoying thing is that it doesn’t come out like I pictured.”

― Akira Toriyama

“It’s too bad that ‘Dragon Ball,’ which I drew for a very long time, has ended. Just kidding. I’m incredibly glad. Now I can just leisurely sit around!”

― Akira Toriyama

“I’m a lazy person, but if I’m not absent-mindedly doing something, I can’t really relax. I can’t just veg out.”

― Akira Toriyama

“When I’m out and about, it’s rare for me to be recognized. But for some reason, every now and then, someone will know who I am. It might be because my picture occasionally appeared in ‘Weekly Jump.’”

― Akira Toriyama

“I’m just a manga artist, so I can’t stand being scrutinized.”

― Akira Toriyama

“Both my assistant and my wife tell me that during battle scenes, when a character is making a ‘guwaa’ sort of face, my face also ends up going ‘guwaa.’ So afterwards, my whole face is tired. I guess it’s because I’m the kind of guy who gets caught up in his own work.”

― Akira Toriyama

“In the second half of primary school, I liked live-action shows and giant-monster movies, and then in junior high, I got into regular movies.”

― Akira Toriyama

“I don’t remember the very first animation I saw, but the one that stays deepest in my memory is definitely ‘Astro Boy.’”

― Akira Toriyama

“Basically with everything, I choose my criteria based on what can be easy. If I made the real world the setting, I’d have to draw looking at reference materials for stuff like buildings and vehicles. When you do that, people complain even if it’s just a little bit off.”

― Akira Toriyama

“I guess that if I was a normal cartoonist who did things properly, I’d think up the background information first and then come up with the story. Saying that, you’d think that I don’t really think through anything.”

― Akira Toriyama

“I use a G-Pen from Zebra. Different people have different preferred pen nibs. I don’t put much force on it when I draw, so I’ll generally use a single nib for about three chapters.”

― Akira Toriyama

“I use Pilot’s document ink, but their drawing ink is OK, too. It’s just that I don’t like the impression that clings to the pen tip.”

― Akira Toriyama

“I believe that comics are entirely for entertainment.”

― Akira Toriyama

“I used to play role-playing games a lot when I was younger, but once you start an RPG, it takes a lot of time. So I like things like action games you can just pick up and play.”

― Akira Toriyama

“I’m always going to the toy store; I even have a room full of plastic models.”

― Akira Toriyama

“For characters where, in a comic, I’d avoid using screen tone because it’s such a bother, I’d deliberately use it in animation in order to highlight their individual characteristics.”

― Akira Toriyama

“So many, many people have helped me out with ‘Dragon Ball’ through the years. Obviously, there are the fans from all over the world who’ve cheered me on.”

― Akira Toriyama

“Come to think of it, even though I’ve received tons of fan letters and presents from everyone, I’ve never written anyone back. How rude of me!”

― Akira Toriyama

“I’m entirely of the mindset that when it comes to books, they’ve got to be paper.”

― Akira Toriyama

“Basically, I’m always coming up with ideas for mixing the things I want to draw with things targeted at children.”

― Akira Toriyama

“For a long time, I’ve loved the kind of characters who are boastful yet petty. I was originally a gag manga artist, after all.”

― Akira Toriyama

“Awww, I was so shy about watching my own work broadcast on TV.”

― Akira Toriyama

“The women I draw all have the same sort of personality. I can’t draw gentle girls; I only know how to draw ones who are strong-willed.”

― Akira Toriyama

“’Dragon Ball”s villains were easy to draw: Piccolo, Freeza, Majin Boo.”

― Akira Toriyama

“I think comics are faster to draw with a pen and then fill and tone by computer. But my illustrations are all done via computer. I even draw the lines on a tablet.”

― Akira Toriyama

“I was a mischievous child. I was also on the tall side.”

― Akira Toriyama

“There was a manga boom, so I read ‘Astro Boy,’ ‘Osomatsu-kun,’ and such. But what influenced me the most were things like ‘Popeye’ and Disney animation.”

― Akira Toriyama

“What I regret most after becoming a cartoonist is having used my real name. At first, I figured there was no way I’d sell anyhow, so I didn’t even consider using a pen name.”

― Akira Toriyama

“I would often draw in my sleep. That alone made for twice the work… I couldn’t use the weird stuff I drew while dozing off, so I’d end up having to draw it all over again.”

― Akira Toriyama

“I have absolutely no preferences when it comes to food.”

― Akira Toriyama

“I don’t like music that much… I put on the TV. But I often play things like fast-tempo disco or Queen. I’ve liked those since way back when.”

― Akira Toriyama

“A teleporter would be nice. There are lots of places I want to go, but getting there is a pain.”

― Akira Toriyama

“Ever since I was little, I’ve shied away from romance. It’s not that I dislike women, but I’m not good with them.”

― Akira Toriyama

“If I had moved to Tokyo, I might even have become a completely different person… although, ever since the start, I’ve never wanted to move to Tokyo. I just can’t handle there being so many people.”

― Akira Toriyama

“I’m good at – or, rather, I like – giving names to characters.”

― Akira Toriyama

“With manga, in my art style, I don’t do much in the way of techniques to create depth. But even though I don’t do depth techniques through my art, I am conscious of depth itself.”

― Akira Toriyama

“With things like ‘Dragon Ball,’ in the case of fight scenes, I’d take the panel layout across two pages when the book is opened and alter it by angling them, and making them bigger or smaller, to give movement to the panels themselves.”

― Akira Toriyama

“Lumped in as a hobby, I don’t really like drawing pictures all that much, but thinking of it as work, it’s the greatest.”

― Akira Toriyama
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