Akira Toriyama's Original Pen
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Toriyama (Pictured) with the pen in question, Mid-1970's


Akira Toriyama


Writing Apparatus


Allows the user to gain substantial talent. Unlimited ink.


Self-pressure increases. Addiction is too great. Can only be rendered moot after fifteen years of use.


Drawing or Writing

Collected by

Claudia Donovan, in a rare case of involvement during the later years of Warehouse 13







Date of Collection

December 3rd, 2059


Origin[edit | edit source]

Akira Toriyama (鳥山 明 Toriyama Akira, born April 5, 1955 in Nagoya, Aichi) was a Japanese manga and game artist, most notable for the highly successful Dragon Ball manga, which lasted for over a decade, creating characters for the long-lasting Dragon Quest RPG series, and animating sequences in Chrono Trigger, amongst other things. His work has been influential, especially in the Western Hemisphere as many tropes of hi works are seen in many modern works, animated and live-action.

This pen was the pen he used to draw his first manga, Awawa World, back in 1977. His work was highly appraised with this artifact, but as his fame and talent grew, so too did the pressure put on him. He became too tired, and so could not publish most of his work. He was nearing bankruptcy until he found the perfect story in Dr. Slump, a manga about a small female robot called Arale. It would go on to be the stepping stone that would fully launch him into the status of a cultural icon.

Toriyama was getting frustrated with the pen, as more pressure was put on him. Then, in 1992, his pen's effect's wore off, removing any pressure he had, so he bought  new pen, as the highly-beloved Dragon Ball manga was reaching the Cell Saga. He had his pen replaced and all the effects on him were gone, yet his talent remained. He no longer needed this pen, so he moved on.

Effects[edit | edit source]

The pen has an interesting quality: It has an unlimited supply of ink. That means that theoretically a person can write and draw with this particular pen for the rest of their life. To compliment this, the user gains a massive amount of talent in their field, which can benefit them in the long run.

Unfortunately, as the talent grows, so does the anxiety produced by growing pressure, which could lead to self-harm and anxiety-induced suicide. Fortunately, the pressure goes away when the pen is no longer used. However, the pen's powers are addictive, and do not wear off until the end of the fifteenth year after first usage, even with other pens being used.

Collection[edit | edit source]

Toriyama died a peaceful death in his residence in Kiyosu, Aichi, Japan, on November 18, 2037. He was 82 years old. One of his children took the pen and donated it to a charity. In 2059, reports came in on a mad person massacring people in Japan. Claudia Donovan, the caretaker, got said pen and took it to Warehouse 13. It currently resides in the Artifact Atelier where no being may touch it.

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