Dragon Ball Creator Explains The Hardest Part About Drawing Villains

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Dragon Ball is known for its powerful villains, and the franchise has introduced some of the most popular ones but those designs come with their fair share of challenges.

During a conversation with Dragon Ball Super manga illustrator Toyotaro, series creator Akira Toriyama explains why he feels villains are hard to draw.

In the conversation that from the fourth volume of the Dragon Ball Super manga (shared by @Kanzenshuu on Twitter), Toriyama and Toyotaro talked about the lack of conflict in the Majin Buu arc compared to Zamasu's villainy of the Future Trunks arc. According to Toriyama, it was easier during the Cell arc because "it's easier to depict enemies when they are pure evil. You just have to kill them, so it's easy to draw."


It sounds like Toriyama is having a harder time with the psychology of the villain's actions rather than the character design of the villains itself. Even though he admits struggling with that, many fans would agree that he nailed both design and psychology.

Toriyama adds: "I think shojo manga is difficult to draw too. Those manga artists have to keep depicting the psychology of the girls in their art over and over. There is no way I can do that!"

Dragon Ball Super: Broly is now showing in Japanese theaters and will hit U.S. theaters on January 16. Dragon Ball Super currently airs on Adult Swim during Toonami's Saturday evenings at 11 p.m.

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