The artist best known as toyotaro is one of the most important instrumental pieces in the present of the franchise of Dragon Ball Super. Since we could consider him as its second architect and the one who keeps the production machinery running for each new episode.
From there it is explained that each new announcement or creation by the drawing acquires a special relevance for lovers of this saga that is resuming the publication of new adventures in printed format.
Today we could say that Dragon Ball Z It is one of the most beloved anime by the community of fans of Japanese animation and the general work of Akira Toriyama. But it is undeniable that it is a series with many episodes and filler subplots.
At the time, the mangaka did his best to keep up and get as far away from the anime as possible, to give them enough time to produce the new chapters.
But the reality is that many times the people of Toei were forced to produce multiple episodes, arcs and filler subplots to buy time and give Toriyama enough leeway to finish drawing the canonical adventures.
In the midst of this dynamic, one of the most beloved “unofficial” characters of this franchise emerged: Icarus, Gohan’s friend purple dragon.
Toyotaro shows Icarus inside the Dragon Ball Super world
There is a curious tradition on the part of Toyotaro, where each month it uses its social networks to launch a call among its community and from the interaction make a special illustration of a character from this saga.
We must remember that this mangaka had its origins as an illustrator dedicated to the creation of Fan Art inspired by the original style of Akira Toriyama and this custom derives precisely from those days.
Toyotarou mentions that this was a request and he drew Icarus how he thought it would look in the current time.
If it comes in a future story, there’s a chance that it might not be this big at all. https://t.co/RHEiE4ywxE
— SUPER クロニクル (@DBSChronicles) January 24, 2023
In it latest tribute From the cartoonist, the request of some fans was heard and he created an illustration of the dragon Icarus, showing how he would look in the current world of Dragon Ball Super.
Icarus He was originally born as a filler character in an unofficial Dragon Ball Z arc, Garlic Jr. Immortal, from there he appeared intermittently in three non-canon films and was even mentioned in the official Majin Boo arc.
But since then nothing has been heard from him. So Toyotaro’s work is special, creating this illustration that shows him already developed as an adult in the world of Dragon Ball Super:
In the end we are facing an illustration that for now will not appear in the manga and therefore does not make the dragon part of the canon. But the work of this Fan Art is adorable.