Akira Toriyama is one of the most popular and well-known mangaka of all time. bursting into the public consciousness dr slump 1980, Toriyama achieved legendary status upon its release dragon ball in 1984 and spawned a massive franchise that is still going strong today. He did a lot more than those series, however and Akira Toriyama’s Manga Theater shows just how talented the legendary mangaka really is.
Akira Toriyama’s Manga Theater collects many of his shorter series and one-shots into an anthology, making these otherwise rare stories easier to find. It was released in Japan in three volumes: volume one landed in 1983, volume two hit shelves in 1988, and the third and final was released in 1997. Then these books were re-released as re-released in 2003 and 2004 with minor changes Akira Toriyama’s Manga Theater Kai.
However, the series did not have a proper North American release until recently. In December 2021, Viz Media released a collection combining all three volumes in one book. Now is the perfect time to dive into these works, which 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 debut manga, wonder island and wonder island 2which came onto the market 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 later appeared in Toriyama’s breakout series dr slump wonder island 2meanwhile, is a reference-filled romp brimming with pop culture parodies.
Also included in Akira Toriyama’s Manga Theater is Go! Go! Ackman from 1993. This story follows Ackman, a young demon who wakes up after 50 years of sleep. Ackman’s parents inform him that they must kill humans so they can sell the souls to their Dark Lord. However, this plan is not as simple as it first seems, since Ackman’s old enemy Tenshi is still around.
Another highlight is 1982 pinkwho became famous an anime movie called Pink: Water Bandit, Rain Bandit in 1990. The story follows Pink, a girl who steals water from the Silver Company, an evil corporation profiting from a year-long drought. However, the company soon sets its sights on the title role, forcing her to work harder to solve the mystery behind the situation.
Best of all, all of this just scratches the surface of what’s in the collection. There are many great stories in the three volumes, all of which retain Toriyama’s special charm along with his trademark sense of humor and adventure. That means long term dragon ball Fans will find the collection an easy and enjoyable read.
Akira Toriyama’s Manga Theater is a fantastic release that once again underscores just how talented Toriyama is. While it may seem odd to say that a legendary name like Toriyama goes unnoticed, this collection proves there’s a lot more to it than just that dragon ball In fact, it shows how much reach Toriyama has, as he can create intriguing worlds and unforgettable characters within a few short pages. With a few months of waiting Dragon Ball Super: Superhero Hits screens, now is the perfect time to dive in Akira Toriyama’s Manga Theater and appreciate how talented the legendary creator is.
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