An image of Akira Toriyama’s rumoured controversial statement in an interview regarding lack of black people in his Dragon Ball series has taken social media platforms by storm.
The alleged interview was titled, “Dragon Ball Creator Akira Toriyama Fires Back At Haters Criticizing Lack of black Characters in the Series,” putting Toriyama in a bad light.
The interview claimed that Toriyama, when asked about the reason for the lack of black people in his series, said that “this is a Japanese Franchise. Made by Japanese people. Its not your show, its ours”. He apparently further added that “the things people complain about continue to change over time, but Japanese demographics do not. They (black people) do not live here”.
Checkout the image in question below:
Since matter of representation is a hot topic in the anime community, this news was consumed by all fans alike, some of who supported Toriyama’s statement without checking the authenticity of the source.
On the other hand, there were others who were quick to catch the fakeness of this alleged interview. They came in aid of the author saying that anime fans would know that Toriyama is a secluded man who hardly does any interviews.
Fans also went to the lengths to find out the mastermind behind the creation of the baseless image.
Turns out Toriyama, being the person he is, is no exception from getting strangled in controversies. And in this case a fake one that blew out of proportion.