Friendly reminder:>What surprised you the most about working with him?
First of all, to be honest, I'm surprised that he's okay with someone like me carrying on his work! The other thing…I thought Toriyama would be more particular about the story, but he's actually more particular about the gags and the comedic moments! I can tell that he really loves those parts.>You have a little freedom to suggest changes to Toriyama's outline, so what's the biggest alteration you've made?
Fundamentally, I don't deviate from the major plotlines that Toriyama's laid down. As far as the plot getting from A to B, that's written as Toriyama it lays down. But as far as the details between those plot points, I'm free to fill them in myself.>Between getting the outline and the final phase, what is the most difficult part of making the manga?
What I receive from Toriyama is literally words on paper, without drawings or anything. So when I'm reading it, I have to fill in the blanks as far as the specifics are concerned. I think of what kinds of expressions the characters wear, which way they're looking when they say a certain line. Many times, Toriyama-sensei doesn't give me specific feedback on the details that I fill in, so I put a lot of thought into those aspects, knowing that my interpretation is what the readers will see.
I would love to have Toriyama just sit next to me so I could ask him questions all the time, but unfortunately, I can't!>>https://web.archive.org/web/20170629131638/http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/interview/2016-10-26/dragon-ball-super-toyotarou/.107579