On this episode of Manga Mavericks, Colton & Lum are joined by Mike (VegettoEX), one of the founders of the biggest Dragon Ball fansite on the internet, Kanzenshuu, as well as Darren Vogt, artist extraordinaire and one of the hosts of the Comics on the Spot podcast, to discuss Akira Toriyama’s Manga Theater! A collection of comics from Akira Toriyama spanning across multiple decades of his career from before the start of Dr Slump to near the end of Dragon Ball! Toriyama is one of our favorite manga artists of all time, so there was no way we wouldn’t cover more of his comics at some point, especially with a new collection of his stories that have never been released before officially in English until recently! We cover this collection of over 20 stories as exhaustively as possible, as Mike provides a lot of much needed context for the publication of a lot of them and pinpoint where Toriyama was in his career at the time of each of them, while Darren provides his perspective as a fellow artist and what makes Toriyama’s comics craft so interesting even as far back as his pre-Dr Slump days! Join us as we rediscover our love of Toriyama’s works and reevaluate why he’s simply one of the best at what he does!
Special thanks to Darren for providing the thumbnail image for this episode of the podcast! Be sure to follow him on Twitter for more of his great artwork!
00:00 – Intro
06:26 – Akira Toriyama Manga Theater discussion
17:33 – Everyone’s history with Toriyama’s works
31:06 – Our thoughts on Viz’s release
40:06 – Wonder Island 1 & 2
53:48 – Tomato The Cutesy Gumshoe
57:11 – Today’s Highlight Island
1:01:23 – Pola and Roid & Mad Matic
1:08:48 – Chobit
1:17:18 – Escape
1:21:29 – Pink: The Rain Jack Story
1:27:57 – Dragon Boy
1:34:39 – The Adventure of Tongpoo
1:41:08 – Mr. Ho
1:46:27 – Young Master Ken’nosuke
1:49:00 – The Elder
1:54:04 – Little Mamejiro
1:56:02 – Karamaru and the Perfect Day
1:59:16 – Cashman
2:07:12 – Dub & Peter 1
2:11:59 – Go! Go! Ackman
2:23:58 – Our final thoughts on the collection
2:35:52 – Which stories would we want to see more of?
2:38:25 – Why is Pink the best one?
2:39:43 – What’s the relationship between Toriyama’s writing in his one-shots and Dragon Ball film scripts?
2:42:15 – Guest Plugs
2:49:56 – Community Shout-outs!:
- Comics on the Spot
- We Gotta Pod on Plan to Eradicate the Saiyans, the original DBZ dub, & Fan Favorites
- Simpsons Theory on Simpsons Comics
- The RealJims on Simpsons Comics
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