Since 1984 and the publication of Dragon Ball in Weekly Shonen Jump, Akira Toriyama has offered the world a gallery of characters, each more popular than the next. But among his heroes, who is the favorite of the creator of DBZ?
How not to adore Son Goku, the most human of the Saiyans, as strong (very!) as he is kind? Some will say they prefer Vegeta, proud and ruthless, while others will show up so that we don’t forget the glories of the beginning of the manga, like Ten Shin Han or… Yamcha? On the occasion of the release of the last film in the universe of the seven crystal balls, Dragon Ball Super: Super Heroreleased late in French cinemas on October 15, Akira Toriyama revealed (once again…) who was his favorite character.
The many favorites of the creator of the DBZ
For great connoisseurs of dragonball and its author, this is not the first time that the father of Dr Slump introduces one of the characters he brought to life as his favorite. In various publications dealing with dragonball, Akira Toriyama has indeed already chosen Mister Satan (Hercule Satan in VF), for his fun cowardly side, but also Vegeta, for his funny character or even Ten Shin Han and his hero, Son Goku.
The favorite is (also) an alien
But at the latest news, and what is particularly good when promoting a feature film in which Son Gohan and Piccolo are the two protagonists, it is the Namekian born on Earth who is Toriyama’s darling!
Question: What was your goal in featuring Gohan, Piccolo and the Red Ribbon army?
Akira Toriyama: Gohan is actually stronger than anyone…or so they say, but lately he hasn’t really had a chance to shine. In order to motivate Gohan, it takes his revered teacher Piccolo rather than his father Goku. I thought I’d try to birth a new superhero, putting these two in the spotlight through their intense battles with the Gamma cyborgs.
Question: How do Gohan and his family view Piccolo?
Akira Toriyama: Gohan has always had a strong bond with Piccolo, ever since he trained with him as a young child. And Videl and Pan also see Piccolo as a family member they can rely on more than any other.
Question: Is there anything else you would like to say about Piccolo?
Akira Toriyama: Actually, Piccolo is my favorite character. He is usually very calm, but this may be the first time he will be so talkative and active.
(Thanks to db-z.com for the translation)
Considering the charisma and importance of Son Gohan’s mentor throughout the manga, it wouldn’t be surprising if Akira Toriyama actually had a soft spot for Piccolo, aside from any promotional considerations. But that, he is the only one to know.
And you? Who is your favorite character from dragonball, Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball GT and Dragon Ball Super ?