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He is probably best known for the Dragon Ball series (the second part of the manga in the United States is known as Dragon Ball Z to reduce confusion for American audiences). This series was one of the linchpins for what is known as the Golden Age of Jump. Its success "forced" Toriyama to work on Dragon Ball from 1984 to 1995. During that eleven-year period, he produced 42 volumes. Each volume has an average of 200 pages, so the entire Dragon Ball storyline extends to almost 9,000 pages. Moreover, the success of Dragon Ball led to an animated television series, feature-length animated movies, video games, and mega-merchandising.
His clean line and design sense led to jobs designing characters for the phenomenally popular Dragon Quest series of video games (called Dragon Warrior in the United States). He has also served as the character designer for the Super Famicom and Super Nintendo RPG Chrono Trigger and the popular Tobal No. 1 PlayStation fighting game, and continues to produce the occasional manga story. His works after Dragon Ball were short (100-200 pages) stories, including Cowa!, Kajika , Sandland, and one-shots, like the spoof Neko Majin Z.
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