Toriyama in his studio

Bird Studio is a manga and design production studio created by Akira Toriyama that is based in Nagoya, Japan. The studio was founded in 1983, following the success of Toriyama's Dr. Slump series.



Matsuyama and Toriyama working in the studio (1983)

The name of the studio is a play on Toriyama's name, tori meaning "bird". Toriyama created this working studio because he wanted more than anything to keep some independence. Toriyama does almost all of the work in Bird Studio; his assistant Takashi Matsuyama doing mostly backgrounds. Most notably, in Bird Studio, Akira Toriyama worked on the Dragon Ball manga with the manga publishers Kazuhiko Torishima, Yū Kondō, and Fuyuto Takeda for Shueisha.


Bird Studio in 1990 (Toriyama - The World)

Other than manga, the studio realized scale models in collaboration with Fine Molds, a company created in 1991 by one of Akira Toriyama's friends, Kunihiro Suzuki. In collaboration with Kunihiro Suzuki, Toriyama realized the design of the box and the assembly instructions for the scale models called LISA (1986) and Scout Mobile Tong Poo (1987). He then created the logo for the Fine Molds company in 1991, and gave it a facelift in 1999. Between 1992 and 1994, Akira Toriyama created seven models (the same number as the Dragon Balls) for Kunihiro Suzuki's company as part of a collection called "World Fighter Collection".

The studio has not been very active after the end of Dragon Ball in 1995, and has only done occasional one-shots such as Cowa! (1997-1998), Kajika (1998-1999), Sand Land (2000), Nekomajin (1999-2005), and Kintoki (2010).


QVolt, car designed by Bird Studio

In 2005, Bird Studio designed an original electric car, the QVolt. Only nine copies of the car exist in the world, but numerous QVolt figurines are sold in Japan. In 2008, Toriyama drew two covers for the magazine specialized in scale model Armour Modelling, as well the design and implementation of a model for a contest Armour Modelling held in collaboration with Fine Molds. The result of this work was shown at the Model Hobby Show 2008.

Manga created at Bird StudioEdit

Dragon Ball Production Staff
Companies Bird StudioShueishaToei Animation
Authors Akira ToriyamaNaho Ooishi*
Assistants Hisashi TanakaTakashi Matsuyama
Editors Kazuhiko TorishimaYū KondōFuyuto Takeda
Directors Daisuke NishioMitsuo HashimotoYoshihiro Ueda
Producers Keizo ShichijoChiaki ImadaRikizō KayanoSeiichi HirutaJames Wong
Screenwriters Takao KoyamaToshiki InoueBen Ramsey
Anime designers Minoru MaedaKatsuyoshi NakatsuruTadayoshi Yamamuro
Music composers Shunsuke KikuchiAkihito TokunagaKenji YamamotoBruce FaulconerMark MenzaAndy Baylor
Vocalists Hironobu KageyamaTakayoshi TanimotoAyumi Hamasaki
Voice actors

Japanese voice actorsBlue Water voice actorsOcean voice actorsFUNimation voice actors

Series Dr. SlumpDragon Ball mangaDragon Ball animeDragon Ball ZDragon Ball GTDragon Ball KaiRelated MangaDragon Ball video games
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