Renowned worldwide for his playful, innovative storytelling and humorous, distinctive art style, Akira Toriyama burst onto the manga scene in 1980 with the wildly popularDr. Slump. His hit series Dragon Ball (published in the U.S. asDragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z) ran from 1984 to 1995 in Shueisha'sWeekly Shonen Jump magazine. He is also known for his design work on video games such asDragon Quest, Chrono Trigger, Tobal No. 1 and, most recently,Blue Dragon. His recent manga works include COWA!, Kajika, Sand Land, Neko Majin, and a children's book,Toccio the Angel. He lives with his family in Japan.
R to L (Japanese Style). The Fearsome Power of Piccolo
The Great Demon King Piccolo is all set for world domination--but first, he needs to gather the seven Dragon Balls to restore his youth and power. Son Goku and his friends pit themselves against this heartless monster, but it's looking more and more grim for the side of good as Piccolo picks them off one by one...Their only hope is a martial arts move known as the Mafu-Ba, a technique that managed to imprison Piccolo many years ago. Unfortunately, the move is so powerful that it killed the last person who used it. That won't deter Kame-Sen'nin and Tenshinhan from trying the killer move though, even if it means forfeiting their own lives in the process!