Akira Speaks Out
Brendan    2006-12-20, 04:04 am.

The concept artist for the recently announced Dragon Quest IX: Defenders of the Sky, as wells as Draqon Quest Swords: The Masked Queen and the Tower of Mirrors, spoke out about his thoughts on the game, his input, and expresses his renewed interest the series. At 51 years old, Toriyama is one of the oldest concept artists out there.

Here is a translation of what he said, courtesy of neoGAF.com:

Congratulations on the announcement of Dragon Quest IX!

So the next Dragon Quest is coming to the DS! That was a surprise to me. Surprised you too, right?

But this is really good news to me. I had gradually been losing my enthusiasm, but this makes me feel as if we'll be able to make a bit of a return to the good old days. "Wow!" I thought, "Horii's the man! He's really done it!"

This may just be the nostalgic ramblings of an old man, but back then I really enjoyed making concept art for games. I feel I can proudly say "now those were games!" This time I want to absolutely give it my all to produce fun, simple and impactful new designs.

I'm getting on in my years, but for just a little bit longer, I'm going to give it my best!

Expect big things!

Akira Toriyama

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