Dragon Ball Creator Akira Toriyama Officially Knighted by France
A new proof that the manga has found a place apart in France. Akira Toriyama, the creator of "Dragon Ball", was nominated May 30 Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters by the Ministry of Culture during a ceremony at the Embassy of France in Japan.
Dragon Ball is arguably not just one of the most popular franchises in manga and anime, but one of the most popular franchises ever. Akira Toriyama, creator of the series, brought Dragon Ball to life in Shonen Jump in 1984, following his manga series titled "Dr. Slump". While he has received numerous awards and recognition throughout his career for his art, France decided to ramp things up a notch and offer Toriyama knighthood.
Attached to remain discreet, the author appears only very rarely in public. So his publisher Akio Iyoku was awarded the medal in his place, while apologizing for the absence of his creator: "Mr. Toriyama is always very grateful to his French fans, who began to appreciate his works early in his career. Unfortunately, Mr. Toriyama almost never attends ceremonies and I have the honor of receiving this award in his place. He instructed me to tell you how honored he is to receive this reward from your country. "
"Dragon Ball" popularized the manga in France
Impossible to have never heard of this manga. If anime from Japanese culture were broadcast before "Dragon Ball", it is this comic strip that popularized the manga in France in the late 1980s through the broadcast of his animated in the "Club Dorothée". Marketed by Glénat editions in 1993, the manga quickly became a cultural phenomenon. Many movies, video games and other products derived from it.
"Dragon Ball" is still the second best-selling manga in the world (with around 300 million copies sold) behind "One Piece".