The world of manga and anime has been dealt a devastating blow with the passing of Akira Toriyama at the age of 68. Toriyama’s impact on the industry cannot be overstated – from his creation of the legendary Dragon Ball series to his character designs in video games like Dragon Quest, Chrono Trigger, and Blue Dragon, he was a true icon.

At the time of his passing, Akira Toriyama still had several works in progress, including the upcoming anime Dragon Ball Daima and a video game adaptation of his manga Sand Land. It is a tragic loss for the industry to lose such a creative mind with so much left to contribute.

In a statement shared by the official Dragon Ball account, it was revealed that Toriyama’s funeral service has already been held with his family and very few relatives. Plans for a commemorative gathering are still being considered, but in keeping with his wishes for tranquility, the family has requested that no flowers, condolences gifts, or offerings be sent. They have also asked for privacy and requested that interviews with the family be refrained from.

Akira Toriyama leaves behind a rich legacy of creativity that will continue to be cherished by fans for years to come. His unique world of creation has captured the imaginations of people around the world, and his impact on the manga and anime industry will never be forgotten.

As we mourn the loss of a true creative genius, we can take solace in the fact that Akira Toriyama’s work will live on for generations to come. His contributions to the world of manga, anime, and video games have left an indelible mark, and his influence will continue to inspire artists and fans alike. Akira Toriyama may be gone, but his legacy will endure.

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