New Translations: April 2014 Akira Toriyama Obi Comments
Published by 08 April 2016, 11:52 AM EDT

Back in April 2014, in celebration of the Jaco the Galactic Patrolman collected manga volume release, Shueisha began including new comments from Akira Toriyama on the obi (paper band surrounding the book, generally promotional in nature) of his seven other (non-Dr. Slump and non-Dragon Ball) manga volumes. While each comment was only a short few lines, they provide a quick insight into the mind of the man himself, with the occasional nod or comparison to Dragon Ball. Toriyama also contributed a new illustration for each comment which showcases a representative character crossing their arms. These comments were also briefly archived on Shueisha’s promotional Jaco the Galactic Patrolman website.

For Neko Majin in particular — a series that he sporadically worked on over the course of 1999 to 2005 — Toriyama commented on the absurdity of the series and how he enjoyed putting together the early chapters:

Bursting with stupidity!
I love light stuff like this.
The early part of Neko Majin in particular, I enjoyed drawing.
For me, that’s rare.
—Akira Toriyama


These comments have been archived in our “Translations” section.

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