Dragon Ball creator, Arika Toriyama, was knighted with the “Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres” (Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters) medal by the French government during a ceremony on May 30 at the French Embassy in Japan.
Mr. Toriyama did not attend the ceremony, but the medal was received by his publisher Akio Iyoku.
Mr. Toriyama is always very grateful to his French fans who have appreciated his works since the early days of his career. Unfortunately, Mr. Toriyama almost never attends ceremonies and so I have the honor of receiving this award in his place. He instructed me to tell you how honored he is to receive this award from your country,” Iyoku said when apologizing for the manga creator absence.
Toriyama launched Dragon Ball manga series in Weekly Shōnen Jump from 1984 to 1995. Dragon Ball was based on the classical Chinese novel Journey to the West, as well as Hong Kong martial arts films. A TV anime series adaptation of manga series produced by Toei Animation: titled Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z, aired from 1986 to 1996.
Dragon Ball Super the anime series sequel to Toriyama’s original Dragon Ball manga and the Dragon Ball Z premiered in Japan in July 2015 and ended its television broadcast run in March 2018. The anime show featured the first new storyline of the franchise in 18 years. Dragon Ball Super follows Goku and gang four years after defeating Majin Buu. The manga series has adapted 20 animated feature films.