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"I Didn't Want to Draw Manga": Dragon Ball Only Came To Be For a Shocking Reason
2024/04/11

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Dragon Ball creator Akira Toriyama stumbled into the manga business by chance rather than passion, he revealed in a 2018 interview. After quitting his design job, Toriyama saw a contest for new manga authors with a cash prize and decided to give it a shot. Despite missing the deadline for the contest, Toriyama found another opportunity in Weekly Shonen Jump. This led to the creation of Dragon Ball, a wildly successful franchise spanning manga, anime, and video games. Toriyama's journey from unemployed designer to legendary mangaka shows how random events can shape monumental developments. Dragon Ball, starting with a serialized manga in the 1980s, quickly became a global phenomenon beloved by fans worldwide, leading to numerous adaptations and spin-offs.

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