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Dragon Quest character designer Akira Toriyama shares a special message

Posted on January 3, 2017 by (@NE_Brian) in General Nintendo, News

During NHK’s Dragon Quest program which aired last week, character designer Akira Toriyama – who is also the creator of Dragon Ball – shared a special message. He reflected on originally getting the job, working on the series in general, and a bit on the upcoming Dragon Quest XI.

Crunchyroll has now gone to the trouble of translating Toriyama’s message in full. You can read it below.

Hello, this is Akira Toriyama.
I’m terribly sorry that I can’t appear in person, because public exposure is NG (no good) for me.

It was very easy to convince me to take on the job of character designer for Dragon Quest.
“What the heck is a role-playing game?”, I thought.
That was the sort of time it was.

Really, if I had known that it would still be going on after 30 years,
I don’t think I would have taken the job!
Honestly, if I had known how long it would last, I would have politely declined.
I’m not good at doing the same thing over and over again.

Designing characters for Dragon Quest
is fun but difficult work.
Nowadays, there are a lot of people working on the series,
and all of the ones responsible for designing characters are good and serious people,
so I don’t have to do as many designs.
I’m personally not terribly interested in designing wholesome characters,
so I don’t have many variations to offer.

Also, because the series is a fantasy, there is a certain established time period and setting
that you can’t remove for your design work.
Every time we return to that period, it gets harder and harder,
and it becomes a situation where we have to use every trick in the book.

To have such a highly specific design setting limits your artistic options,
and since I like to create fanciful designs every once in a while,
I created tons of designs that were rejected,
back in the old days, but I got to paint countless small-fry monsters
which is what I love to do do,
And sometimes I get nostalgic for that.

But don’t worry.
I’ve undertaken this work with the full principle of my being,
and so this time with Dragon Quest 11,
I’m also endeavoring to design with all of my might.

It will be a little while still before it’s ready to be released into the world,
But please look forward to it.

Akira Toriyama.


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  • StuOhQ

    Much love to Toriyama. I just recently replayed the first game and will be dropping a YouTube review soon!

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  • halcyon

    i kind of wish he’d quit just to see a new art style. DBZ is popular enough as it is.

  • JJ

    Unless this game is turn-based (as in all DQ games up till 9), I have no interest in it. The videos recently of the PS4 version have me worried, though I will definitely get it on 3DS.

  • Mohammed Allha

    Did he just throw some shades on the DQ games??!!