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Akira Toriyama with his pet cat, Koge (1987)

Toyotarou (とよたろう Toyotarō) (born May 17, 1978) is the author of the spin-off manga Dragon Ball Heroes: Victory Mission and the illustrator of Dragon Ball Super. He is Akira Toriyama's chosen successor.[1][2]


Toyotarō's self-portrait

Toyble announces he can not work on Dragon Ball AF anymore because he is working on another project

Toyotarou has drawn Dragon Ball ever since he was young, always drawing it after breakfast.[3] Toyotarou was likely the dōjinshi artist working under the name Toyble (といぶる Toiburu), and notable for creating a Dragon Ball AF manga in the year 2000.

He was hired by Shueisha in 2012 when he requested being the one to draw Dragon Ball Super[3] and debuted his career as an official manga artist under the name Toyotarou. He initially worked as the author of Dragon Ball Heroes: Victory Mission before moving on to move important subjects. He created the manga adaptation for the Dragon Ball Z anime 2015 film, Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’, the Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’ manga. Toyotarou drew two pages of Dragon Ball Super as demonstration, and Toriyama chose him as his successor.

Toyotarou is the official artist of the manga version of Dragon Ball Super. As of the Universe Survival Saga Toyotarou has also become a character designer for Dragon Ball Super, creating designs either by himself or by working together with Toriyama. He also drew Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 The Manga.

Special Project: Toyotarou Drew It!!

Below are the drawings for the Special Project: Toyotarou Drew It !! (ス ペ ャ ル 企 画 き か く と よ た ろ う が 描 い み が 描 い Supesharu Kikaku Toyotarō ga Kaitemita !!) with which Toyotarou publishes one design per month on the official Dragon Ball website, portraying mostly characters who do not properly appear in Dragon Ball Super.

Characters designed by Toyotarou

Dragon Ball Super
Video games


  • Toyotarou's favorite scene from Dragon Ball was when Goku turned into a Super Saiyan for the first time against Frieza.[3]
  • Toyotarou likes to draw Super Saiyan 3 and Super Saiyan 4, but he can draw regular Super Saiyan best - so his favorite form to draw is Super Saiyan Blue.[3]
  • Toyotarou's favorite manga is Dragon Ball.[4]
  • Toyotarou's favorite video game is the Kingdom Hearts series.[4]
  • Toyotarou's favorite character is Goku.[4]
  • Toyotarou's favorite attack is the Kamehameha.[4]
  • If Toyotarou was not a manga artist, he would still be a TV director.[5]
  • Toyotarou likes Disney and Marvel movies, especially the ones with action scenes between the heroes and villains.
  • Toyotarou likes My Hero Academia.[3]



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