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74. Akira Toriyama

Best known for his creation of the insanely popular Dragon Ball Manga series, Akira Toriyama's unique illustrative style has powered some of the most important videogame RPG franchises since the 1980s.

Following up on the success of his blockbuster comic, Toriyama was hired as the character and monster designer for Enix's now-legendary Dragon Quest line of videogames more than two decades ago. The combination of Toriyama's artistic prowess and Yuji Horii's scenario designs was a winning formula -- producing what has now become one of the best-selling gaming IPs ever in Japan.

In 1994, Toriyama and Horii teamed up with Hironobu Sakaguchi (the man behind the wildly successful Final Fantasy franchise) for what was hailed as Toriyama's best designs since Dragon Ball. The project? The critically acclaimed Chrono Trigger, which is still considered not only one of the best RPGs of all-time, but also one of the greatest games ever made. Toriyama's work on CT not only gave the game its own distinctive look, but it also introduced gamers to what would be the first of many spiky-haired, sword-wielding protagonists to come.

Following Chrono Trigger, Toriyama oversaw the artistic design of the combatants for the somewhat-obscure Square fighter Tobal No. 1, as well as its cult favorite sequel, Tobal 2 (which never saw a US release) while also continuing his work on Dragon Quest. In 2007, Blue Dragon was released on the Xbox 360 console, and once again, the world took notice of Toriyama's distinct visual approach. Blue Dragon's release reaffirmed Toriyama's position as one of the best videogame artists on the planet, and may have also helped to set a record for Akira-san, who probably has an association with more original franchises with the word "dragon" in it than anyone else.

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