What were the first designs that Akira Toriyama thought of for the Dragon Ball Z anime?
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Dragon Ball is a complex work that has stood the test of time thanks to its many moments full of emotion and for having several of the most famous and beloved characters in anime history. They were joined by several openings at the height of the quality of the series, being the most popular of all those of Dragon Ball Z, perhaps the highest peak of the franchise.
He was also accompanied to the opening the legendary logo of the Z series, which remained throughout all the chapters that made up this stage of the series and that for many fans is a clear synonym of nostalgia. As with many other elements that we saw in the series, it was necessary to make several different sketches until we got the most appropriate logo for the anime and in the next few lines we will share with you the first designs we never saw of the Dragon Ball Z logo.
Some first sketches made by Toriyama himself
Dragon Ball fans will know the great value of these sketches drawn by Akira Toriyama himself, which also served to graphically reflect the cover letter of his most important work to date.
In these sketches Toriyama demonstrates the great priority he gave to Z in the series title from the first moment. It is also curious that among these discarded designs we can see some extremely simple and others very close to how the logo used for this anime finally ended up being.
Of the 5 sketches The one that includes Shenlong’s head in the title is especially striking, one more icon of a franchise full of them and a character of great importance as he is the invocation that brings with it the use of the famous dragon balls, objects that gave name to the franchise from the first moment.
Akira Toriyama has proven to be an author who has no qualms about sharing this type of discarded material, He also did not hesitate to make known the meaning of the Z in the name of the series and even give a subjective opinion of several of the most important characters in his work. One of the most surprising opinions of him has to do with none other than Goku, who is not able to consider him a hero despite saving humanity on several occasions for reasons related to the Saiyans.
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