Masaski Sato is known by many in the anime/animation industry, as he was the main animator for both Dragon Ball, and it’s sequel series Dragon Ball Z. His character models and designs have resounded with many over the years. Which is no doubt the reason that Dragon Ball is still popular to this day, including having theatrical releases and the new anime series Dragon Ball Super.
In an interview with Hobby Consolas, Sato talked about his time on the series, including who his favorite characters were:
“My favorite character is Goku, of course!” he said. “Especially because of all the scenes I’ve created about him.”
But he also acknowledged that a lesser character also had gotten his affections, Tien.
“I also like Tien Shin Han with his energy cannon. In the Z stage, during the battle against Vegeta and Nappa, although Tien had gained power, he was beaten by Nappa, cutting his arm cleanly. My feeling was, “Wow, this is Tien! What a great force!’ It was fun to create that scene and surprising for Tien to see the huge difference in strength between the Saiyans and others. Tien, despite everything, managed to hurt Nappa even a little. I would like to Tien appear more in the future of the series!”