Kendo Kobayashi, a comedian, got a chance to ask former Dragon Ball editor Torishima’s opinion on the longevity of the series and when he thought it should have ended. Torishima responded by saying it should have ended with the Frieza Saga. He then expands on the Cell Saga by saying, “If you're going to have an old fart like Dr. Gero fight ladies, then it's best to call it a day.”
Torishima also insists that if Toriyama had retired the series after the Frieza Saga, then he would have had a better chance at producing another hit.
I’m sorry, but I completely disagree with Torishima. In my eyes, Dragon Ball becomes even better after the Frieza Saga. Frieza’s Saga is a fan-favorite and, I admit, it was an engaging arc, however, it paled in comparison to the Cell and Majin Buu Sagas. The character development present in those arcs, especially for characters such as Vegeta and Trunks, would have never existed if Toriyama had stopped. Heck, there would be no Goten, The Great Saiyaman, Gotenks or Vegitto; that doesn’t sound like a complete series to me.
Toriyama has admitted that the Dragon Ball series has tired him and taxed his interest on fighting manga series, but I greatly admire him for producing two of my favorite arcs. I appreciate his hard work and Dragon Ball Z would definitely not be the same without the sagas after Frieza’s.
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