Akira Toriyama Interview by Nirazaki Tihashiberi
Super Otaku Magazine Issue #297
Toriyama-san has agreed to answer some questions for us today. Much thanks to Toriyama-san after the craze on the Majin Buu period. (Do note that this was not a cover story, and thus, short).
Nirazaki: Many fans have given positive feedback over the Majin Buu period. The inclusion of fusion was an unexpected twist. What gave you the idea?
Toriyama-san: Well in order to have a villain with so much strength, you need someone around that can rival him. Majin Buu is incredibly strong. Its not easy to create a character that can keep up. So I thought of making the characters fuse to create new characters without taking the focus off the main characters.
Nirazaki: There have been many changes since the Saiya-jins came to earth. Do you ever think about the progress?
Toriyama-san: Yes I do. Doragonboru has come a long way. They went from running at super speed to moving at the speed of light! (Laughs)
Nirazaki: There was uproar over the rematch between Son Goku and Bejita. Were you planning this the entire time?
Toriyama-san: (Laughs) It was more of a crowd pleaser. Son Gokuu and Bejita didnt have the opportunity to fight in the Seru period, and with a new saga to start with, it would not be hard to work in that kind of battle.
Nirazaki: Youve been telling everyone how this is the end. Will Doragonboru really end after Majin Buu?
Toriyama-san: Yes. Ive put so much time on Doragonboru I cant do much else. I never expected Doragonboru to be this long in the first place. I think its been concluded on a high note. After all, if I had my way, Id of ended the manga after the Freeza period! (Laughs)
Nirazaki: You like to laugh about this a lot. Will parting with Doragonboru be difficult?
Toriyama-san: On one side, Im relieved. On the other side, its like seeing a child move away.
Nirazaki: I know that a lot of people want to hear more about fusion. With Gotenkusu now in the story, will he play that big of a role? And most of all, is he stronger than Son Goku himself?
Toriyama-san: Well I dont know yet. Ive planned some things with Gotenkusu, but he wont be the focus of the entire saga. Youll see as things develop. As for their strength, Gotenkusu is a little bit stronger, but you wouldnt notice a difference. Still, Son Goku will always be the most skilled martial artist! (Smiles) But Gotenkusu will not be the only person to go higher than son Goku
Nirazaki: What does that last part mean?
Toriyama-san: Youll find out.
Nirazaki: Ill remember that! One last question.
Toriyama-san: Make it good, you wont get a second chance! Kidding, Ill see you again.
Nirazaki: Is Son Goku dead forever? He has come back before, but it looks like hes out of lives.
Toriyama-san: I dont want to shift the focus, so I have to keep certain things close to their roots. Son Goku will have his day, but right now its up to "Super Gotenkusu!".