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"He is a guy who does not hide anything, but this also means he says whatever he feels like saying. I think we are suited for each other. People who hold things in are hard for me to figure out, so I would not be able to work with someone like that."
— Akira Toriyama about Kazuhiko Torishima, Dragon Ball: Bouken Special, 1987

Kazuhiko Torishima (鳥嶋和彦; born on October 19, 1952, in Ojiya, Niigata) is a Japanese editor and producer. He works for Shueisha, and was Akira Toriyama's first editor.

Biography

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Kazuhiko Torishima in 2012

Torishima attended high school in Ojiya, and graduated from Keio University in 1976. The same year, he joined Shueisha editorial department and was assigned to the Weekly Shōnen Jump. Kazuhiko Torishima recruited Akira Toriyama after the latter made it to the final of the Monthly Young Jump Award 1978 with a one-shot titled Mysterious Rain Jack. He was impressed by Toriyama's particular lettering and onomatopoeia similar to that of the Western comics. Torishima was involved with Toriyama's work for the Dr. Slump and Dragon Ball manga. He is said to be Toriyama's inspiration for the villainous Dr. Mashirito (they have the same name but with the syllables reversed) and King Piccolo. A reference to this is made in the video game Jump Super Stars, in which Dr. Mashirito and Piccolo can fuse to form a character whose special ability is yelling at his opponent.

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Kazuhiko Torishima in the Dr. Slump manga

After he left as Toriyama's editor, Kazuhiko Torishima went on to become head editor of V-Jump in 1993. In 1996, shortly after Dragon Ball ended, he became editor-in-chief of the Weekly Shōnen Jump. Under his leadership, the magazine began coming out with new hits like Yu-Gi-Oh!, One Piece, and Naruto. In 2001, Torishima was the head editor of Weekly Shōnen Jump, Monthly Jump, and V-Jump. In 2004, he joined Shueisha's board of directors. In 2011, he produced the anime adaptation of Naho Ooishi's Dragon Ball: Episode of Bardock.

Torishima also worked on the TV series adaptation of Blue Dragon, a video game for which the character were designed by Akira Toriyama.

Outside of Toriyama's manga series, Kazuhiko Torishima has also worked on Akikan!, Bakuen Campus Guardress, Black Cat, Bleach, Death Note, Denpa teki na Kanojo, Gantz II, Gintama, Hatsukoi Limited, Kurenai, Naruto, One Piece, Pokemon, Prince of Tennis, and To Love-Ru. Direct parody characters of him appear in Kinnikuman written by the duo Yudetamago, and Bakuman by Tsugumi Ohba.

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Dr. Slump Production Staff
Authors Akira Toriyama
Assistants Hisashi TanakaTakashi Matsuyama
Editors Kazuhiko Torishima
Directors Tokizō TsuchiyaMinoru OkazakiAkinori NagaokaKazuhisa TakenouchiDaisuke NishioMitsuo HashimotoShigeyasu YamauchiYoshihiro UedaYoshiki Shibata
Producers Keizo ShichijoMatsuji KishimotoKōzō MorishitaTomio AnzaiTsutomu TomariTan TakaiwaSeiichi Hiruta
Screenwriters Satoru NishizonoMasaki TsujiMichiru ShimadaShunichi YukimuroYasushi HiranoTomoko KonparuTakao KoyamaToshiki InoueKeiji TeruiYoshifumi YukiAya Matsui
Art directors Mitsuo ShindōHiromitsu ShiozakiYuji IkedaShigenori Takada
Anime designers Toyoo AshidaSachio EbisawaMinoru MaedaKatsuyoshi NakatsuruTadayoshi YamamuroShinji Koike
Key Animation Masayuki UchiyamaHiromi MatsushitaMamito TayamaYasuhiro Nakura
Special Effects Hidenori Arai
Music composers Shunsuke KikuchiTakeo Watanabe
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Members Dr. MashiritoDr. Mashirito Jr.King NikochanKing Nikochan's servantRobot Poop
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Related articles Dr. Mashirito's labUnnamed fusion of Piccolo and Dr. MashiritoPlanetary Defense Academy

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