Despite the popularity of such anime as One-Punch Man, Bleach, One Piece and so many more, Akira Toriyama's Dragon Ball franchise remains one of the most important and popular of all time. A big part of the series' popularity has to do with its compelling characters and storylines, and its influence on so many of the series that came after it. However, there's a lot that went into making the franchise so incredibly popular.
Created by Toriyama, the series grew out of the creator's boredom growing up in rural Japan. He turned to drawing in order to occupy himself and found he enjoyed the hobby. As he grew up, he came to combine the genres that he loved with his art. However, it took a lot of time and struggle for Toriyama to get his big break. That eventually came with 1978's Wonder Island, which was his official debut in Weekly Shonen Jump. This helped him to start building a fan base, eventually leading to Dr. Slump, which won a number of coveted awards. This then in turn led to the creation of Dragon Ball.
There's a lot more to the story after that, so check out the video below to find out how the Dragon Ball franchise became the most popular in all of anime.
Although Dragon Ball Super has finished its Japanese run, it seems unlikely that the characters will go anywhere anytime soon. Even now, the manga is running a new storyline centered on Moro, a demon with the power to absorb the energy of his foes. He has a close connection to Majin Buu and will likely reveal a lot about that beloved villain-turned-friend. Currently the Super Dragon Ball Heroes anime is running, which is set after the events of the most recent film, Dragon Ball Super: Broly.
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Newly translated episodes of Dragon Ball Super air on Saturdays at 11 p.m. ET/PT on Adult Swim.