Viz Media Interview with Dragon Ball Super Mangaka Toyotaro

Posted on June 16, 2017

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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