Thank you, Akira Toriyama, and your art collection.

Second son is a middle-aged man over 50, but he still occasionally indulges in manga and anime.

Most of the time, it’s due to the influence of 2-1 and his wife, being invited to watch together rather than immersing himself as he did in childhood.

However, he recalls spending countless hours on anime and manga as a child, often getting scolded by his parents to study. During his elementary and middle school years, he also played a lot of video games, much to his parents’ chagrin (laughs).

Nevertheless, he believes he devoted more time to enjoying manga, which provided entertainment without the need for a TV.

March 1, 2024. Unexpected news hit him hard.

The news of the death of Japanese manga artist Akira Toriyama. His works have been a part of his life for over 40 years, ever since he first watched the TV anime as a first-grader.

When he was hospitalized in 6th grade, he asked his brother to bring him Dragon Ball manga, and as a junior high school student, he was glued to the TV every Wednesday night at 7 p.m. for the airing of Dragon Ball anime.

He owned many volumes of manga besides Dragon Ball, and although he stopped watching TV anime after becoming an adult, he never missed reading the weekly serialization of Dragon Ball in magazines.

Gradually, he drifted away from weekly manga magazines after the serialization of Dragon Ball ended. The images he is sharing are from an art book by Toriyama that he purchased during that time.

He bought it impulsively after being drawn to it in a bookstore. Upon hearing the news of Toriyama’s death, he strangely remembered this art book first, and after more than a decade, he opened it again to admire the illustrations with his children.

Thank you, Akira Toriyama.