RIP Akira Toriyama

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#1  Edited By uninspiredcup
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Akira Toriyama, primarily known for Dragonball, but worked on alot of other stuff like Dr. Slump and Dragon Quest has passed away.

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#2 DEVILinIRON
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I've been playing Chrono Trigger during lunch breaks. Seems like a decent game so far. Never really got into Dragonball nor Dragon Quest. RIP

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That's terrible. Not only did I like Dragon Ball, but also the the games that he was involved such as Dragon Quest and Chrono Trigger.

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I'm pissed..

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@sargentd said:

I'm pissed..

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R.I P

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Still upset

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This guy really made a mark on my childhood and I didn't see that coming

Pissed

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#7 johnd13
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Very sad news. I grew up watching DBZ and there was a time Goku was my favorite character.

@uninspiredcup: Great choice of picture in OP btw.

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His work inspired millions and left their mark on history and culture, may he rest in peace.

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Damn it felt like a knife just went through my chest when I saw the headlines. I was just looking up the newest Dragon Ball Super chapters. It felt so out of nowhere with all the projects he had going on.

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#10 Nirgal
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The dude was a hero. Dragon ball, Chrono trigger. He defined the modern shounen manga. His drawing style unforgettable.

And died so Young!

What a pity!

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RIP Toriyama-san.

One of the most influential creators in the history of pop culture.

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#13  Edited By appariti0n
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That sucks. 68 isn't exactly young, but it's not that old either. Always hoped he'd be around longer to continue making masterpieces.

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#14  Edited By uninspiredcup
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@sargentd said:

Ignoring this person, as it's social media clout chasing, but in the West some of his designs could be construed as racist. Namely Mr.Popo, which they turned blue in Kai, and it just looked stupid.

Probably the great irony of that is that Dragonball has massive, massive appeal to black people and generally POC. Latin countries are basically a meme at this point.

Fun fact, when Super aired 5 years go (which again le_ironically had very little to no involvement from Toriyama other than basic input), they held illegal events on the streets for the final episodes.

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This had a reactive effect on the teams in Japan (including Toriyama) where they inserted chanting into the Broly movie in response to Latin America.

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RIP

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@uninspiredcup said:

Ignoring this person, as it's social media clout chasing, but in the West some of his designs could be construed as racist. Namely Mr.Popo, which they turned blue in Kai, and it just looked stupid.

Probably the great irony of that is that Dragonball has massive, massive appeal to black people and generally POC. Latin countries are basically a meme at this point.

Fun fact, when Super aired 5 years go (which again le_ironically had very little to no involvement from Toriyama other than basic input), they held illegal events on the streets for the final episodes.

Most of Black Twitter is defending Toriyama from racism accusations. Some are saying that Mr. Popo is based on a Hindu god. While others are saying his art style evolved and the way he drew black people changed in the '90s.

I've seen black DBZ fans say they see parallels between the Saiyan story and their own history. Basically, a white slave owner (Freeza) enslaves a race of people (Saiyans), uses derogatory racial slurs to dehumanize them, and eventually a Saiyan rises up to whoop his arse.

Dragon Ball is a piece of art that transcends cultural boundaries. It's loved almost everywhere in the world, whether it's Asia, Europe, North America, South America, Africa or Australia... Well, everywhere except Antarctica.

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#17  Edited By DEVILinIRON
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I don't know Dragonball, but I'm pretty sure I like the green guy best.

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#18 uninspiredcup
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@DEVILinIRON: Fun fact, the guy who voices him in The West also voices Vegeta.

He's talking to himself here.

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@DEVILinIRON: Fun fact, the guy who voices him in The West also voices Vegeta.

He's talking to himself here.

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Chris Sabat a beast

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@uninspiredcup said:
@sargentd said:

Ignoring this person, as it's social media clout chasing, but in the West some of his designs could be construed as racist. Namely Mr.Popo, which they turned blue in Kai, and it just looked stupid.

It looks stupid and is stupid.

Mr. Popo isnt even a human... people looking for problems that aren't even there.

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#23  Edited By uninspiredcup
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@sargentd said:
@uninspiredcup said:
@sargentd said:

Ignoring this person, as it's social media clout chasing, but in the West some of his designs could be construed as racist. Namely Mr.Popo, which they turned blue in Kai, and it just looked stupid.

It looks stupid and is stupid.

Mr. Popo isnt even a human... people looking for problems that aren't even there.

As I said, this person should be ignored, it's easy baiting from a nobody trying to piggyback a legend.

Kai is ok. It's good in the sense it's condensed for quick re-watches after a few years, and has some nice new tracks of its own, but aside from that don't like it much. It adds a bunch of digital effects and cleans up the images too much and removes a lot of the filler to a detriment.

The original one we grew up on as well has it's own problems in that, they purposefully never allowed any scenes to be silent, always dialogue/music inserted where otherwise there was none. Certain scenes like Trunks arriving is miles better in the Japanese OG.

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He was also known for the art of Dragon Quest and Chrono Trigger. R.I.P.

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Not into anime myself but realise the impact he has worldwide.

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@angeldeb82 said:

He was also known for the art of Dragon Quest and Chrono Trigger. R.I.P.

Blue Dragon on 360 too, underated

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#27 Jag85
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In honour of Akira Toriyama, there's going to be a Dragon Ball theme park... in Saudi Arabia.

Dragon Ball: First theme park to be built in Saudi Arabia

Goes to show Toriyama's impact. Dragon Ball is a household name across the world.