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Remembering Akira Toriyama

As you guys may know or don’t know Akira Toriyama is a key figure in the anime and video games world. His influence has affect the industry tremendously in a positive way and with this article I will show you what he has created in the video game and anime world. Let us begin!!

Chrono Trigger (1995)

Chrono Trigger is a game that was release on the SNES in 1995 by Square(Now Square enix). This game has been regard as the best JRPG of all time due to it turn based combat, music, story, character design, multiple endings and a lot more. Akira Toriyama worked on the character design of the game and having travel to the United States to study Computer graphics, he ended up meeting Hironobu Sakaguchi and Yuji Horii. Hironobu created the Final Fantasy series and Yuji Horii created the Dragon Quest series. With all three of them working together, square dubbed them as the Dream team due to there ability to make money making video game series. All three of them were brain storming ideas that would eventually be about time travel and ideas that would be included in other JRPGs games like adding New Game Plus.

Chrono Trigger is also available on the Nintendo DS and has spawned another game set in the same universe called Chrono Cross on the PS1.

Dragon Quest Series (1986-Present)

As previously mention, Akira Toriyama worked on the Dragon Quest series as a character design. Dragon Quest is a series that is not widely known outside of Japan. Like Chrono Trigger, Dragon Quest is a JRPG that features elements of religious overtones like battling the demon lord or sidequest going against God. At the time, computers were not as advance as it is today so the creator Yuji Horii wanted to make the game accessible to both hardcore and casual fans with his story in the game. The Dragon Quest series is now a big mega hit franchise and with the character Hero being in the new Super Smash Bros Ultimate. We can see Akira Toriyama artwork being influenced by other developer as well.

Dragon Ball Series (1984-Present)

Kamehameha! The Dragon Ball series has been a popular anime since it’s introduction. The first Dragon Ball was released in Japan only in 1986 called “Dragon Ball: Dragon Daihikyou.” The game is a overhead shoot’em up that allows the player to control the main character Goku riding Nimbus while firing blasts at enemies. This was the only game release by a company name Epoch, which is a private video game company that used to create video game consoles all way up until 1981. Now, the vast majority of the Dragon Ball games have been produced by Bandai Namco since 1986 starting with Dragon Ball: Shenlong no Nazo and has continue to grow in popularity ever since. The current game announced is called Dragon Ball: Sparking! Zero  for the PlayStation 5, PC, Stream and Xbox Series X/S however, the release date has yet to be announced.

Blue Dragon Series (2005-2009)

This series is very underrated compare to the other entries on our list. Blue Dragon is turn base JRPG game that focus on  exploration like walking to different location in the Overworld and fighting various monster. Akira was the artist of this project, designing different characters and monsters in the game. At the time of development, it was proven to be very difficult for Akira to implement his ideas into the game due to him using older technology than the current one, but with a little help from the game director Hironobu Sakaguchi, it proven to be possible. The game span two more games on the Nintendo DS and has yet to make a comeback, but who knows with game getting more sequels and remaster now anything could be possible.

Tobal No.1 (1996-2007)

Tobal No. 1 is fighting game that was created in 1996 by DreamFactory. It was Square’s first fighting game on a CD console running in 60 frames per second and offering players the variety of fighting styles including throwing and counter moves. Akira was the character designer of this project while Seiichi Ishii was the game designer. Although this game isn’t as unique compare to other fighting games, Square utilize this game to prep gamer for the release of Final Fantasy VII as there was a demo disc included for gamers who was anticipating the game arrive in a couple of months. The game also spawned a sequel called Tobal 2, which was created in 1997 and  re-release in 2007 (Only in Japan).


Let us honor Akira Toriyama for his work and if you have not checked out these games feel free to try them out! Until next time I will see you in the next article, thanks for reading!!

“Rest in Peace”


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