Akira Toriyama is an absolute living legend for all manga and anime lovers today. The work of his summit of him, dragonball it has been a brutal and undeniable influence for a good part of the works created during the last 38 years. And that includes, without question, Naruto.
Masashi Kishimoto, creator of this epic ninja adventure, today can also be considered as one of the most beloved figures in this industry. And to the delight of the community it turns out that this mangaka has a close cordial relationship with the teacher Toriyama.
There are plenty of stories of camaraderie and courtesies, both artistic and personal, between the two authors. Like that occasion where each one drew the protagonist of his stellar manga with the respective style of his own strokes.
In fact, curiously, the relationship between Naruto and Goku is much closer than most consider. Casual fans may not have noticed it, but there are stark parallels between the two characters, beyond the color of their clothing.
It is a fact that Toriyama was an inspiration for the conception of this manga. But what not many know is that there is actually a vital lesson that Kishimoto learned from Toriyama and that he ended up permeating every page of the original manga,
Masashi Kishimoto reveals what he learned from Akira Toriyama and Dragon Ball to create Naruto
It was the year of 2015, when Masashi Kishimoto attended the New York Comic-Con as a star guest. The artist participated in a panel but did not miss the opportunity to give some interviews to local media.
It was there that Anime News Network He managed to arrange an interview with the teacher to talk about his work and legacy. The question about his artistic influences was inevitable and Kishimoto was transparent, marking Akira Toriyama’s Dragon Ball as one of his biggest sources of inspiration.
But perhaps no one expected that in the talk he would share with us the secret of the lesson he learned from this work that has marked entire generations:
“What Dragon Ball taught me is the fun of manga, what makes a story fun in a manga. In fact, I was reading it as it was coming out in weekly installments in Weekly Shonen Jump, so it really taught me what entertainment is and how to keep an audience captivated, and of course the art of the illustrations influenced me as well. .”
As recalled by colleagues from LooperToriyama’s work would have been a learning axis to tell entertaining stories with that essential degree of narrative simplicity that distinguishes both franchises.
On more than one occasion, he has spoken before about how Dr. Slump and Dragon Ball were works that he enjoyed in his childhood and it seems that the seed that turned him into the artist he is today arose there.