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I am so completely happy for Akira Toriyama at once. The person behind Dragon Ball Z and the artwork of great RPGs like Dragon Quest and Chrono Set off has spent a long time drawing cartoony fantasy and sci-fi heroes as an alternative of placing all of his time and keenness into sketching his real love: automobiles. Throughout at the moment’s Summer season Game Fest stream, Bandai Namco revealed a brand new game, Sand Land, that places Toriyama’s cute, bubbly vehicles, tanks, and buggies entrance and heart.

Sand Land is predicated on a lesser-known comedian by Toriyama from the yr 2000, a brief story he did a number of years after ending with Dragon Ball (the manga, anyway). This is the pitch from the official site: “Dive right into a desert world where each people and demons endure from an excessive water scarcity. Play as and watch the Fiend Prince, Beelzebub, Sheriff Rao and demon Thief set off on an journey searching for a Legendary Fountain hidden within the desert.”

Sand Land is kinda like Mad Max with cuter automobiles, and this bit from the official site rightly places the emphasis where it ought to be: “Use your tact and creativeness to develop tanks and different automobiles in your adventures using a big selection of half mixtures. Construct up your base of operations right into a thriving metropolis with the assistance of the folks you meet alongside the best way within the huge desert.”

Customizable Akira Toriyama tanks, please and thanks 🙏.

When you’ve solely ever watched the Dragon Ball anime or performed Dragon Quest, you most likely have not picked up on fairly what a automotive fiend he’s. Or actually a car fiend: vehicles, scooters, bikes, Toriyama simply loves to attract something with a motor. Virtually each subject cowl of the manga has Goku or one in all his friends hanging out in some ridiculously detailed experience. Goku actually has no good purpose to drive round in a Volkwagen Beetle, however clearly Toriyama simply actually wished to attract a Volkswagen and no person was gonna inform him no.

A handful of my favourite examples: 

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Akira Toriyama vehicles

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These are simply covers—Toriyama’s additionally completed numerous sketches and manga panels with as a lot consideration (okay, most likely extra) paid to the automobiles than the characters in them. Even earlier than Dragon Ball Toriyama was clearly a giant fan of automobiles, as specified by this nice historical past of his mechanical designs. However his work on the automobiles in Sand Land has a fairly humorous (although additionally kinda unhappy?) story behind it. Considered one of Toriyama’s nice quotes:

“This was presupposed to be a brief, easy manga about an outdated man and a tank which I made for my very own private enjoyment. However the tank was more durable to attract than I anticipated, and I stubbornly insisted on drawing all of it myself, so I got here to remorse ever getting concerned with it. However the story was already plotted out to the tip, so I couldn’t change something, and I went by means of hell drawing the entire thing.”

It is tough being devoted to your work, huh? Hopefully he had extra enjoyable working with Bandai Namco on the game adaptation. We do not have a launch date, however I hope Bandai Namco’s savvy sufficient to have already got an artwork e-book filled with mechanical designs lined as much as launch alongside Sand Land at any time when it is out.

This is a number of extra of my favorites from Dragon Ball pulled from this assortment, as a result of I simply cannot resist:

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Akira Toriyama vehicles

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