Akira Toriyama, “Arale-chan alone ranks No. 1 on the list of the world’s richest men”, has a “dedicated road” from his house to the airport, an “urban legend” of an extraordinary scale. | FRIDAY DIGITAL

Akira Toriyama, “Arale-chan alone ranks No. 1 on the list of the world’s richest men”, has a “dedicated road” from his house to the airport, an “urban legend” of an extraordinary scale.

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Akira Toriyama’s masterpiece “Dragon Ball” was very popular around the world. The main character Son Goku and voice actress Masako Nozawa (second from left)

The news of the passing of Akira Toriyama, creator of such masterpieces as “Dragon Ball” and “Dr. Slump,” came as a shock to the world.

He passed away on March 1 from an acute subdural hematoma, too soon at the age of 68. Takashi Yanase, the creator of Anpanman, remained active until the age of 94, and many fans must have felt that Toriyama should continue to create new works.

On March 4, Toriyama just held a presentation of his “SAND LAND” project, which is a compilation of his read-out works. He also announced plans to release a completely new anime series, “Dragon Ball DAIMA,” this fall.

In addition to Dragon Ball and other works, he is also known for his character designs for the Dragon Quest series. Since the composer Koichi Sugiyama, who worked on the music for Dracula, passed away in 2009, people on SNS and other social networking sites have been asking

Some people on social networking sites are wondering what will happen to the new Dracula series in the future.

Some people are concerned about the future of new Dracula titles.

Toriyama rarely appeared on stage, and most people have never seen his face, but in 1983 he appeared on “Tetsuko’s Interview” (TV Asahi).

It is reported that he got married the year before and was ranked No. 1 on the list of the richest men in Japan. Since the serialization of “Dragon Ball” began in 1984, it is clear that Arale-chan of “Dr. Slump” alone had already amassed a “huge fortune” before the birth of Son Goku.

Because he did not appear on the stage, urban legends of his “staggering” wealth spread. For example, Mr. Toriyama had his Bird Studio in Aichi Prefecture, his hometown, and used to send his manuscripts by air to Tokyo.

However, because he was on deadline and it was difficult to deliver manuscripts to the airport, Dr. Toriyama was thinking of moving to Tokyo. Then, in order to prevent the super-high taxpayer from moving out, the local government built a straight road, “Toriyama Road,” from in front of his house to the airport, according to an urban legend.

Manga artist Masakazu Katsura, who is a close friend of Toriyama, answers this urban legend with the truth. Katsura, who also serialized “Denei Shoujo” in Shonen Jump during the heyday of Dragon Ball, was so close to Toriyama that he frequently called him in Aichi Prefecture to “interrupt” his work.

When Katsura was asked about the truth behind “Toriyama Road” during his appearance on the YouTube program “Hatsumimi Kaiwa” in November 2010, he replied, “That’s a lie, of course.

He replied, “That’s a lie, of course! It’s hard to live there.

He simply denied the urban legend. In fact, Toriyama himself drove the car to the airport to deliver the manuscript to the airport, although he was dizzy after an all-nighter.

There is another urban legend that Shueisha had Toriyama work on an island called “Toriyama Island” to keep him in the fold, but he said that is also a hoax.

The “legendary manga artist” is the reason for the many extraordinary urban legends that have attached themselves to him. These episodes may have been caused by the “genius Akira Toriyama,” who was loved by people all over the world. ……

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