Viz Media Interview with Dragon Ball Super Mangaka Toyotaro

Members of Japanese-American manga/anime/entertainment company Viz Media sat down for an interview with Toyotaro, who is the mangaka/illustrator of the Dragon Ball Super manga and chosen successor to Dragon Ball creator Akira Toriyama.

The interview was posted today on Viz Media’s YouTube channel, however, it seems it was conducted in the Summer of 2016 as Toyotaro mentions the Universe 6 arc coming to an end and the Future Trunks arc to follow soon after.

In the interview, Toyotaro mentions he spends between 18 and 22 hours drawing in the last week of the month. One of the questions Viz Media asks Toyotaro is what he he thinks makes Dragon Ball an appealing series. Toyotaro mentions Goku because he is very nice and caring. However, it is not limited to just that. Goku is a unique hero as his motivation comes from a different place than the traditional hero. As we all know, Goku’s motivation is to fight the strongest warriors available and to test his limits.

Toyotaro also shares in the interview that Toriyama-sensei watched Bruce Lee movies as a reference to action sequences. Toyotaro says does the same and also watches American comic-based movies a lot too. You can take a look at the video of Viz Media’s interview with Toyotaro below.

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  • Rojai

    ……

  • Anthony_weaver86

    Not even going to lie I didn’t even read what the topic was about lol

  • The Real Tobi (Cana)

    Don’t worry bout him, he’s just a tracer that got really really lucky

  • ®CodeBreaker™

    A tracer who tricked the world into believing his fan art manga, Dragon Ball AF, was real. lol

  • ®CodeBreaker™

    Totally forgot they posted up this interview so late ’cause the dub version is way behind. Hasn’t even reached U6 VS U7, right? I’m actually looking forward to the Future Trunks arc in dub version. Should be chill.

  • Ahtma ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ᵉᵖᶦᵗᵃᵖʰ

    Not really a tracer. To Toyotaro’s credit, he’s an okay artist. He’s definitely no MastarMedia.

  • Ahtma ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ᵉᵖᶦᵗᵃᵖʰ

    It took Toyotaro saying that for you to realize that? Toriyama literally BS’d the entirety of Dragon Ball.

  • Anthony_weaver86

    In tge near future for super heroes movies, what do you want marvel and DC to make?

    I would like to see the Ultimates, Illuminati, and Spider verse for a future marvel films.

    As for DC I would like a Bat-family (yes that sounds pretty stupid) a teen Titans movie, JLU, Martian manhunter, JLA, and a Vixen movie *cause after black panther i feel like dc is gonna be like we need to match that*

  • Christopher Cannon Jr.

    Unlike Toei, Toyotaro KNOWS how to write Goku right and not make him a complete retard.

  • Christopher Cannon Jr.

    This’ll be no time soon, but Batman Beyond and Spider Girl.

  • Linger

    It really doesn’t.

  • Rojai

    You mean the Youtuber who recycles Dbz footage

  • Yomi

    Yes, Tracers.

  • ChocolateCricket

    Tricked yourself**

  • Hider Xera

    Would’ve had to have been a kid to think that was real. Well not even. I was like 7 and knew that ssj5 Goku was fake.

  • Rojai

    He rakes in the views tho

  • Gent

    But Toyotaro doesn’t know how to draw necks

  • Anthony_weaver86

    I would love a batman beyond movie

  • Linger

    That was’t him actually.

    He just picked it up because it was famous and he liked the way SS5 looked probably.

  • Tsuna Sawada

    Spiderman: the sinister six

  • Hider Xera

    I think they’re refering to the fact that Toyotaro reuses a lot of the shots from the original manga instead of drawing his own stances and such. Like when he just redrew Super Buu’s extinction attack when Zamasu was shooting a bunch of blast and when he redrew the scene where Cell was missing half his torso after getting hit with the final flash except he used Zamasu instead. Now that I think about it he does redraw a lot.

  • BatmanDaGAWD

    wait, i’m confused, he talks about the future trunks arc, but that already happened?

  • Linger

    This interview is a year old apparently but it was just now released.

  • Hider Xera

    Linger.

  • Linger

    Yes.

  • Hider Xera

    How do you feel about Toyotaro reusing a lot of the panels from the original manga?

  • Linger

    It’s pretty lame.Especially considering that Toyotaro is pretty decent at making story boards(even if his art isn’t good enough to accompany them)

  • Anthony_weaver86

    I feel like that will never be dome seeing as the amazing spiderman never finish

  • Hider Xera

    He’s too concerned with making references and call backs.

  • uhMayzedHD

    I just thought of something just imagine they just using 17 and 18 names in Super?! That would be cringy day
    I think Akira forgot about that made up name on he did on the spot in that interview if he did this moment in time I’m happy he so forgetful.

  • The Real Tobi (Cana)

    XD

  • The Real Tobi (Cana)

    Well, I meant when he did AF he was a tracer XD. He’s gotten better now, and true

  • Ahtma ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ᵉᵖᶦᵗᵃᵖʰ

    Did he trace in his AF?

  • ®CodeBreaker™

    You bugging. Never said I believed it you dumbass.

  • ®CodeBreaker™

    I didn’t believe it, but I know for a fact people moved on thinking it was real for a good minute. It was funneh.

  • ®CodeBreaker™

    It was him, though. Doubt he had any choice in anything when he picked up Dragon Ball Super. He was chosen because of what he did in the past and he said yes like anyone else would.

  • Linger

    He simply picked up AF.AF was a thing before Toyotaro made his AF manga.

    And according to Toyotaro himself they didn’t chose him, he asked them to draw Dragon Ball and they let him draw a DB Heroes manga.And he was Toriyama’s favorite official Dragon Ball artist at the time so he ended up drawing Super too.

  • The Real Tobi (Cana)

    Quite a bit.

  • ®CodeBreaker™

    I think there were 2 or 3 different people who called their manga AF. Not surprising, either way. It stands for April Fools, after all. lol Well, I like the artist right now as it’s very good. Why couldn’t they do the same with Boruto? Instead, they get some guy who can’t draw to save his life. His art is complete and utter crap. I thought it would get better by now, but it hasn’t. Makes it hard to enjoy the chapters. He needs to get better, but I don’t see any progress happening.

  • Linger

    I know of two people who were doing a DBAF manga at some point.Toyotaro and Young Jiji(i’m not sure if that’s his real name)

    I don’t have much of a problem with Toyotaro myself.Sometimes he screws up anatomy but when he’s good it’s quite a treat.What i will give him is that some of his stuff is super dynamic even if the proportions are sometimes off.

    And yeah i don’t know what went through Kishimoto’s head when choosing the artist for Boruto.

  • ®CodeBreaker™

    Nothing. Nothing was going through his head. What an idiot for someone who created something so good. I like the Super art as it closely resembles the artist himself. I’m sure most won’t be able to tell the difference, too.

  • Tsuna Sawada

    What about Spiderman homecoming

  • Anthony_weaver86

    Seeing as its a reboot and has nothing to do with the amazing, not to mention that requires a ton of characters including possibly the venom being involved

  • Ahtma ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ᵉᵖᶦᵗᵃᵖʰ

    I didn’t know that actually. I thought his stuff in AF was mostly original.

  • AsurasPath22

    Which is better than the sh*tty DBS anime.

  • AsurasPath22

    Manga is just so much better than the anime.

  • Hider Xera

    Ok

  • The Real Tobi (Cana)

    I think it was a mix there is a lot of obvious traced stuff but some new stuff. Like I mean he had to do the new designs but they were layered over older things.

  • nemesis

    Seriously i think Toyotaro love Goku way too much. The manga is all about Goku. Unlike the anime version, at least there are a lot of character development for character other than Goku. I love how there are interaction between Future Trunks and Gohan. Even in this Trunks arc with Black Goku, Trunks seems like he didnt even have any other role other than his healing. Zamasu’s hate for Trunks is better in anime. What i like in manga is how they made Trunks have healing power…that is better than super saiyan rage, but Goku’s perfected ssb and Goku copying Beerus’s Hakai is kind of stupid tho.

    This is just my opinion.

  • BatmanDaGAWD

    ohhhhh

  • GokuTheKingofSaiyans

    I agree the manga has a lot more added detail to it, which makes it better. I love the anime though, very fun show so far I love the franchise as a whole.

  • Error404

    Goku is this fight crazed lunatic. He is so freaking 1-dimensional now
    it’s not even funny. This whole Super series is such a disappointment.
    Manga not only exceeds in every category but it takes the DBS anime
    through piss and crap, freaking unacceptable to what they’re doing to
    the anime.

  • Christopher Cannon Jr.

    Really?
    I never noticed, I’ll have to check that out.