Last week’s issue of Weekly Shōnen Jump in Japan kicked-off a brand new series of Q&As — “Super Long Interview!! Please Tell Us, Akira Toriyama-sensei!!” — with the original Dragon Ball author himself.
While last week’s question was about the plot for the upcoming film, Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods, this week’s question is about the design for one of the movie’s new characters: “Birusu”, God of Destruction.
What is the secret of the design for Birusu, God of Destruction?
Because there are so many gods in my work… (laughs), I figured, ‘something humanoid might be difficult, now,’ so I thought I’d make him a cat. Thinking, ‘Speaking of feline gods…’ I went with an Egypt-esque costume. It gives off a bit of an ominous air, as well, so I’m really pleased with it!
Toriyama had expanded upon this answer back in his Chōzenshū 1 Q&A session (“We Asked Akira Toriyama! 2013“), explaining how Birusu is modeled after the 14-year-old Cornish Rex that he currently owns.