Akira Toriyama’s manga theater is perfect preparation for the new Dragon Ball movie
Akira Toriyama is one of the most beloved and well-known mangaka of all time. Burst into popular consciousness with Dr. Slump in 1980, Toriyama achieved legendary status when he released dragonball in 1984, spawning a massive franchise that is still going strong today. He did much more than these series, however, and Manga Theater by Akira Toriyama shows just how talented the legendary mangaka truly is.
Manga Theater by Akira Toriyama collects several of its shorter series and one-shots into an anthology, making these otherwise rare stories easier to find. It was released in three volumes in Japan: volume one arrived in 1983, volume two arrived on the shelves in 1988, and the third and last one came out in 1997. Then in 2003 and 2004, these books were republished with slight modifications such as Manga Theater Kai by Akira Toriyama.
However, the series didn’t have a proper release in North America until recently. In December 2021, Viz Media released a collection that combines all three volumes into one book, making now the perfect time to dive into these works that cover the early years of Toriyama’s manga career and show how he and his style have changed and evolved over time. .
The collection contains 20 different stories, including Toriyama’s first manga, The island of wonders and wonder island 2which was launched in 1978. The first chapter follows Petty Officer 2nd Class Furusu, who crashed his plane during World War II only to wake up on a strange island called Wonder Island – which would later appear in the breakout series of Toriyama. Dr Slump. wonder island 2meanwhile, is a benchmark game filled with pop culture parodies.
Also included in Manga Theater by Akira Toriyama is To go! To go! Acman from 1993. This story follows Ackman, a young demon who awakens after a 50-year slumber. Ackman’s parents inform him that they have to kill people so they can sell the souls to their Dark Lord. However, this plan is not as simple as it seems, as Ackman’s old enemy Tenshi is still around.
Another highlight is that of 1982 Pinkwhich became an animated film called Pink: Water Bandit, Rain Bandit in 1990. The story follows Pink, a girl who steals water from the Silver Company, an evil corporation taking advantage of a year-long drought. However, the company quickly sets its sights on the titular head, forcing her to work harder to solve the mystery behind the situation.
The best part is that all of this only scratches the surface of what the collection contains. There are many interesting stories in the three volumes, all of which retain Toriyama’s special charm as well as his sense of humor and adventure. It means for a long time dragonball fans will find the collection easy and enjoyable to read.
Manga Theater by Akira Toriyama is a fantastic release that once again highlights Toriyama’s talent. While it might seem strange to say that a legendary name like Toriyama is overlooked, this collection proves he’s so much more than Dragon Ball. In fact, it shows Toriyama’s reach as he can create compelling worlds and memorable characters in just a few short pages. With a few months to wait Dragon Ball Super: Super heroes hits screens, it’s the perfect time to dive into Manga Theater by Akira Toriyama and appreciate how talented the legendary creator is.
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