The new series of Q&As with original manga author Akira Toriyama — “Please Tell Us, Akira Toriyama-sensei!!” — continues on yet again for another week in today’s issue of Weekly Shōnen Jump (2013 #20) in Japan. This time around, Toriyama gives a couple brief thoughts on the type of open-ending used for the new movie, Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods:
What is the meaning of that conclusion…?
I suppose there might be a variety of impressions with regards to the battle’s conclusion…. As far as I’m concerned, I’ll be happy if I can get people to feel “an expansion into [something] afterwards”. Like, “Isn’t there still more to come?” (laughs)
Toriyama’s comments here are incredibly similar to what he wrote as the final compilation volume of the manga was being published back in 1995, with the possibility and open door of an ever-expanding world:
At long last, it’s the final volume! I deliberately made the end low-key, as though the story might still continue; what did you think of it?