Wir suchen mit euch die Beste Episode aus Staffel 5! Wer ist euer Wochenfavorit?
Die gesamte Story von Dragon Ball Super stammt von Akira Toriyama. Sagen wir zu 98%. Toyotarou zeichnet nur und orientiert sich am Skript.
It sounds like you have a pretty close working relationship with Akira Toriyama. He gives you the outline and you make changes. What is the most interesting thing about working with him?
Every month, I'll create a storyboard for him to review, and then he'll give me input and suggest changes. When I'm working with Toriyama, there are many portions he gives me props for coming up with, but he is very particular about other things and always points them out for me to correct. And when he corrects me, I think “Wow, I guess I don't completely understand the way he looks at things,” so his corrections and feedback are incredibly accurate and helpful. It's a lot of fun to be able to get closer to his way of thinking.
What surprised you the most about working with him?
First of all, to be honest, I'm surprised that he's okay with someone like me carrying on his work! The other thing…I thought Toriyama would be more particular about the story, but he's actually more particular about the gags and the comedic moments! I can tell that he really loves those parts.
You have a little freedom to suggest changes to Toriyama's outline, so what's the biggest alteration you've made?
Fundamentally, I don't deviate from the major plotlines that Toriyama's laid down. As far as the plot getting from A to B, that's written as Toriyama it lays down. But as far as the details between those plot points, I'm free to fill them in myself. The Trunks arc within Dragon Ball Super will hit the U.S. soon, and while a certain reveal is the same in the manga, anime, and Toriyama's outline, both the anime and manga have different ways of getting there, each taking advantage of the unique aspects of their medium, so I hope everyone enjoys comparing them. The parts I really want my fans and readers to look at are the comedic gags, because I'm pretty free to create those!
Between getting the outline and the final phase, what is the most difficult part of making the manga?
What I receive from Toriyama is literally words on paper, without drawings or anything. So when I'm reading it, I have to fill in the blanks as far as the specifics are concerned. I think of what kinds of expressions the characters wear, which way they're looking when they say a certain line. Many times, Toriyama-sensei doesn't give me specific feedback on the details that I fill in, so I put a lot of thought into those aspects, knowing that my interpretation is what the readers will see.
I would love to have Toriyama just sit next to me so I could ask him questions all the time, but unfortunately, I can't!
Speaking of the manga, I want to ask you two about how you put the manga together. I hear Toriyama-sensei checks the storyboards for each chapter.
Since Chapter 1 I’ve used Toriyama-sensei‘s plot as a basis, but have been allowed to expand on it.
It’s better that way.
Was passiert eigentlich, sollte Gosho Aoyama nicht mehr in der Lage sein, sein Werk fortzuführen? Aufgrund von gesundheitlichen Problemen oder Ähnliches.
Sowas wie bei HunterxHunter will bestimmt keiner, wäre echt schade um das Werk.
Ich denke schon, dass im Fall eines der großen Big 5 schon von jemand anderem übernommen wird. Selbst wenn nicht, hat Aoyama das Ende bereits aufgeschrieben, zumindest der Anime würde es dann 10 Jahre später umsetzen.