Toriyama’s Best Top 5 Dragon Ball Fights Of All Time. Toriyama has been known to say wacky things from time to time, throughout all the interviews.
He’s had in his illustrious career but one thing you can’t deny is that the guy knows how to draw great Dragon Ball Fights in his manga.
I think that even though Dragon Ball has many reasons to love it The Great Character that unique designs the comedy aspect the Epic Story.
The science fiction or so many things love all Dragon Ball. I think what hooked a vast majority if not all of us on this series has kids was the awesome and epic fights that you saw throughout dragon ball.
In this post, I will tell you Toriyama’s Top 5 favorite Dragon Ball Fights right from his mouth.
Now, before we start the list, I want to clarify that these are Toriyama’s choices for his favorite fight from the original manga.
So it only fights that he drew fight from Dragon Ball super and fights from the movies will not be included.
Plus, this is from the Dragon Ball exciting guide Story Volume which came out before super.
These are Toriyama’s Top 5 five favorite fights from the guidebook interview?
5. Goku Vs. Frieza on Planet Namek
This one is actually a lot of people’s number 1 Goku vs Frieza manga chapters 308 – 237 the battle on Namek.
Toriyama himself says and I quote. “It’s where the Super Saiyan appears, to say the least. The time had come when I was finally able to follow through on my promise, to assist and on top of that I was able to express it very effectively”
I have nothing else to add. Goku vs Frieza Dragon Ball Fight was a ridiculously popular fight among all Dragon Ball fans, so he’s very proud of it.
Just to clarify what he’s talking about when he says his promise to his assist. Toriyama is kind of being funny.
He ran away and the promise he’s referring to. It has to do with the fact that when Toriyama was first drawing the manga originally, he only had one assistant.
The assistant used to always take up extra time to fill up Goku’s hair black. So, the assistant would come in after Toriyama would do the initial sketches.
The assistant would color in the dark part and it became an incredible strain on the assistance wrist, having to do this all the time.
So, like a joke Toriyama said well we’re going to power Goku why not make it easier so you don’t have to do the black fill in.
That’s where it came up with the idea of giving Goku a lighter colored hair when he transformed.
Now, I want people to understand who doesn’t know is that most of the time when you’re dealing with manga these manga writers have multiple assistance.
However, back in the day, they only had one and their job was typical to finish up the initial drawings.
They had to fill some background stuff, some colors here and there just kind of help things out to make it look a little bit better before it goes to publication.
So there’s always going to be deadlines and these things take time.
Toriyama thought hey, let’s kill two birds with one stone. Let’s show Goku getting a new power a new transformation by having his hair turned to gold.
That way it’s easy for everybody reading the manga to know right away that Goku is at a different level.
Now that he’s changed and let’s give a little bit of relief his one and only assistant at the time.
4. Krillin Vs. Bacterian
Number 4 on the list is actually a tie between two Dragon Ball fights. One is Krillin vs Bacterian from Manga chapter 36 the 21st Tenkaichi Budokai tournament.
Which of course, is redundant because Budokai means tournament, but anyway and then the second fight is one that is a bit controversial Gotenks vs. Majin Buu.
Chapters 489-495, Toriyama says, “To be honest, I greatly prefer these sorts of silly fights over a serious battle. What I found truly enjoyable while drawing the series stories full of this sort of idiocy at the top.”
If you read Dr. slump you know that Toriyama loves to have wacky and Goofy battles in without question.
Gotenks vs. Majin Buu fit into that category but it was also a fight that maybe came with a bit of total issue. Why? Because by the time we got to the Buu saga things have become pretty deadly serious.
Especially with the whole creation of Majin Buu and you know his murderous Rampage upon the world.
So, I find it interesting that Toriyama would put in such a comedic fight in the middle of this Dreadful time. But hey, he enjoyed writing it and that’s important if you ask me.
3. Goku Vs. Recoome
Number 3 Toriyama’s third favorite Dragon Ball fight of all time is from manga chapters 279 and 280 Goku vs Recoome.
The Ginyu Force: Here’s what Toriyama says between showdown of this Dragon Ball Fight. “I like how Goku who we’ve been waiting for this whole time has finally arrived to exaggerate things a bit. It would be fair to say that I drew out the Frieza arc for so long just for the sake of this scene“.
So, I love how Toriyama pretty much admits that the Frieza Saga is drawn out like crazy. However, I have to be honest.
I agreed even though the whole fight is just one elbow and it’s definitely not my personal third favor fight in the series.
The epic tone of this, especially in the anime, is something I’ll never forget. Goku appears in the battlefield confront Recoome, who tears through Vegeta and actually broke Gohan’s neck.
Goku literally shows that even if you have more power if someone else trains hard enough they can beat you, and not just beat you, but beat you with one elbow.
So, even though I don’t necessarily agree that it’s a great fight with Toriyama.
I think it’s definitely a great moment and that would, of course, let Vegeta suspecting that Goku may be more than meets the eye.
He may be the legendary Warrior that he’s heard about for so many years.
2. Kid Trunks Vs. Mr. Satan
Now, speaking of One-Shots another surprising number to Kid Trunks vs Mr. Satan Dragon Ball fight Manga chapter 436.
Toriyama says “The character who is my personal favorite Mr. Satan appears I enjoy his cheapness and the brevity of the fight”
Toriyama throughout the years has said that several different characters are his favorite. Goku being his favorite, Piccolo at one time, and of course Mr. Satan.
Later on, when he introduced Mr. Satan this was a total Oneshot fight but unlike the previous Dragon Ball fight.
The one with Recoome vs Goku was meant to Showcase Goku’s powers. This fight was completely played up for last, and to give us a funny moment.
The build-up to it was great because Mr. Satan assumes it’s just a kid, what can he do.
Mr. Satan says “Go ahead kid hit me” Trunks knocks him across the arena because he is the son of Vegeta.
He’s more than just a kid and it was a great Dragon Ball Fight moment. Again, I don’t know if I put it as my number 2 greatest fight in Dragon Ball history, but this is Toriyama’s list.
He said he had fun doing it and you could tell that as much as the Buu Saga may have some story issues.
You can tell that Toriyama really loves Mr. Satan he made him stay in character because remember he kept him alive for the entire Arc.
He was there all the way until the end with Kid Buu. So Toriyama really loves writing for Mr. Satan and that’s why this is number two.
1. Kid Goku Vs. Demon King Piccolo
What is Toriyama’s favorite Dragon Ball Fight that he ever Drew in his manga? That’s Chapter 142 – 161 Goku vs. Demon King Piccolo.
No not Goku vs Piccolo jr. from the 23rd tournament that’s actually one of my favorite from the original manga.
One that I think everyone should revisit because it was the first time, I would say that there were truly high-stakes in this series.
Demon King Piccolo had already taken over the world and was already in the process of killing innocent people.
So the only people left to stop him were Goku and Tien. Tien was having tons of trouble against Piccolo and his minions until Goku appeared to set the record straight.
Now, it’s unclear as to whether or not it was actually him coming up with the entire backstory of Planet Namek and Planet Vegeta.
We know that this is when he slowly started to kind of understand where he was going. This took the story that would have cost lead into what would be known as Dragon Ball Z.
So that is it. My question to you is which fight is your favorite Dragon Ball Fight? Leave, your comments down below and let me know.