Akira Toriyama was born on April 5th, 1955. He is the creator of the DragonBall mangas. His previous work includes the Dr. Slump mangas. He is also the creator of the Kajika manga and the Cowa manga. When Dr. Slump's popularity started to "slump", Toriyama was in search of something new. His passion for Jacky Chang movies somewhat inspired him to do the DragonBall story. It started off as DragonBoy and the main character was a...DragonBoy. He didn't expect DragonBoy to be so popular so he finished the Dr. Slump mangas and that was the birth of DragonBall. Akira Toriyama was also involved in the character design of Chrono Trigger, in my opinion, the best SNES game.
Crono from the SNES game Chrono Trigger on which Akira Toriyama aided with the character design.
Kajika, another one of Toriyama's many mangas.
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