Synonyms: Toriko (2011), Toriko (TV), Toriko x One Piece Collabo Special
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 3, 2011 to Mar 30, 2014
23 min. per episode
PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
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Score: 7.871 (scored by 8244 users)
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SynopsisIn the world where the taste and texture of food are very important there is Toriko, a hunter of precious foods regularly hired by restaurants and the rich. A man with inhuman skills to capture the ferocious, evasive and rare animals to complete his ultimate dinner course and then the chef Komatsu, his current accomplice: a weak timid person who was inspired by Toriko's greatness and accompanies him on all his journeys on his quest for the course of his life.
Related AnimeAdaptation: Toriko
Character: One Piece, Dragon Ball Z
Alternative version: Toriko: Jump Super Anime Tour 2009 Special
Prequel: Toriko 3D: Kaimaku Gourmet Adventure!!
Other: Toriko: Barbarian Ivy wo Hokaku Seyo!
Side story: Toriko Movie: Bishokushin no Special Menu
Characters & Voice Actors
Warning: This is edited review after completing the series. My rating for this anime is based on comparison with other shounen for the sake of getting relatively more objective. In case you want to know how Toriko can be compared with all the anime out there, drop 2 points from each rating, its overall score is 6 (fine), above avarage but not great.
Toriko falls to shounen anime, which are generally very popular and most people outside Japan learn anime by watching shounen. However, although Toriko is on par with other successful shounen, it is not as popular as Naruto, Bleach, Fairy Tail or ohers. Main reason is the general settings of the anime, not its quality vis a vis so-called big three. And Toriko beats most shounen in terms of avoiding fillers. Total number of filler episodes is 18 (13% of all episodes) which is better than Fairy Tail (20%), One Piece (16%), Naruto Shippuden (39%) and Bleach (45%).
Story takes place in Gourmet age, people live to eat: wars can be started or ended with delicious food. Early episodes is all about these: Toriko and his partner travels all around the human world to find exquisite ingredients, Toriko hunts, his partner Komatsu cooks. This seemingly simple premise might draw away many fans, they might ask the question ‘why I am watching a bunch of people trying to find food to eat? Is not it dumb?.’ The answer is no, because the story unfolds itself and turns to be very complicated. And for the first time in any shounen anime, the main character’s voracious appetite has a convincing logical reason: people in this world can have gourmet cells which develop, evolve and ultimately level up as high quality food consumed. As these cells demand more energy, characters usually eat a lot. Therefore not only main characters, but also villains and the rest do not stand still, the world changes as people get more stronger, that makes the story even more interesting, and opens up possibilities of immense change. As they get more powerful, they search for an ultimate food, which can make them most powerful, however all with different motivations ranging from eating delicious things to world domination. Thus, many different groups, organizations, either righteous or evil clash with each other. As story progresses it gets very comlpex, yet nothing is out of control, it preserves its integrity. Overall the story as as good as the other main shounen anime, and even better than all, but One Piece. Overall the story has a straight-forward line, don't set your expectations high.
The animation creates its original world, as in all successful shounen anime. There are lots of talk on food, and the animals, plants they search are mixture of different species, makes one think it is childish. So, the basic premise appears plain and uniteresting, that is why many people dismissed Toriko after few episodes: the world is very colorful, generally bright colors are used. This adds another ‘childish aura’ to the anime. Nevertheless animation is well done, colorful scenes make fight scenes more fluid and add them an extra dimension. As all 100+ episodes anime series, it is apparent that budget for each episode is low, so top notch animated fights cannot be seen in each episodes. But when it comes to major fights it does not disappoint. Still we cannot compare it with Fullmetel Alchemist animation. Not top notch,yet well done. In short quality is at same level with other major shounen anime.
Sound is not exception either. Voice acting is well done, brings out what it aims to do. Music is not so great to make you remember. It still fits the general mood of the anime. You don’t feel like songs are out of place. Additional music in fights specific to some characters are nice, they fit with character’s personalities, but they don’t make a great impression, at most we can call it above ordinary, still there is nothing special about the sound.
After story, the best part of this anime is its characters. Though many are cliche, there are some positive peculiarities about them, so even overused characters do not bore you to death. Another thing to add is that the characters, main ones included, are all 18/21+, they usually consume a lot of alcoholic beverages. This is bad for marketing Toriko in the world, maybe a major setback , many companies are not enthusiastic to introduce Toriko to new markets. The fact that lead characters are not teens as in many shounen, also makes it less appealing for many anime fans. However, characters are nicely done. The main character Toriko is a great lead for shounen. What he lacks, his friend Komatsu has, so they fit each other. His friends Sani, Coco also shine in terms of power. So Toriko anime does not fall into the trap of overpowered main character who stand alone against the enemy and the rest are bunch of useless creatures which are there only to get impressed by the main character or just die. In short, charaters are well balanced, which is crucial for shounen. Female charaters do not have overgrown breasts, so instead of fanservice, they can shine as characters, which is a plus for Toriko. Character development is nicely done, but so far only main characters have some development, secondary ones still stand still but I have high hopes for them too.
Overall I enjoyed Toriko a lot, unlike other shounen it requires a little patience to immerse in its world. I recommend it to anyone who enjoys shounen. Although the anime ended, manga is still going, it is possible that new seasons will come. That is why the ending was not spectacular. The story is not ended yet, so think twice if you want to start watching.
WARNING: Anime doesn't cover all of the manga. Toriko is a series where MANLY MEN have gritty fights against villains & monsters for the sake of heroism & food.
Many people have told me how much they hated the anime & prefer reading its manga, which is fine but I'm here to give my honest opinions about the animes pros & cons.
Toriko's concept is one of hunting & cooking where our heroes "The 4 Heavenly Kings" (Toriko, Coco, Sunny & Zebra) explore the unknown lands of the Gourmet Age where exotic food stimulates power resulting into a war which purpose is to obtain "GOD"; the most sacred dish on the planet.
As a story, Toriko slowly builds up into hype moments where strength is taken to gargantuan levels & takes careful consideration of minor details which later deliver in the payoff in both exposition & combat. Most arcs can range from exploring, fighting or just eating which can vary per viewer but thankfully there aren't any major filler arcs that affect the overall story. (Most of them just range from stand alones or 2 eps)
Similar to Dragon Ball & One Piece, Toriko carries that same adventurous feel & welcomes its viewer into a imaginative world filled with unique animals & technology. A highlight of the series are its subtle references to Fist of The North Star with Toriko, Coco & Zebra being based on Kenshiro, Toki & Raoh among other things.
As expected of battle shonens the series does deliver on fights sadly most of these battles do contain watered down violence. This is the main reason why most people just ignore the anime yet the adaptation serves better as a gateway due to its few crossovers with One Piece along with its soundtrack & usage of atmosphere in either the laid back scenes or the intense ones.
Flaws of the anime include its later decrease in animation quality around the 100s & the filler ending to the series as the manga is still ongoing. Also I'm certain characters such as Komatsu & Tina will affect viewing experience in a negative way. While I suggest to do what you think is better (watching or reading) please give the series a chance as it was only recently in 2013 where people began to become fans of the series. While some scenes can feel dragged & its food concept ridiculous, don't forget that even Dragon Ball pokes fun in itself due its name choices (such as Trunks, Dr. Briefs, Tambourine, Drum & Piano).
Don't let misconceptions affect your judgement as you may end up liking the series whether you watch or read it. Toriko is not the greatest series but does pay tribute to shonens of the 80s & 90s where it follows a straight forward story that offers imagination, gritty battles, monstrous villains & heroic characters.
Toriko and One Piece share a massive world which is build up brilliantly. Both feature a great cast of shounen characters that develop strongly throughout the series in a series of adventures and missions.
both have a protagonist with godly appetite..both of them are strong from the beginning and live in a similar fantasy world with special creativity.also Toriko and Onepiece have a crossover as well.
Toriko captures the same spirit that makes One Piece so awesome.
Overpowered battles with Ridiculous attacks, colourful style with nice animation, Over the top personalities. Just pure awesome from start to finish.
They both eat a lot.
The settings are pretty alike, but Toriko is a bit modern than One piece.
They both have goals.
Epic Fight Scenes
Both are maked by the same editor.
Both are about age.(One piece - Age of pirates | Toriko - Age of gastronomic)
Both are with adventure.
Both main characters are simple-minded.
Both main characters are very strong.
Both main charachters are strange.
If you liked one piece then you definitely like Toriko too only differences is that the Toriko is bishokuya which want to collect all food recipes but in One Piece the crew is looking treasure called One Piece. And Toriko has an own so called group like One Piece has a Pirate Crew. Both of these anime have an Adventure's and humor too.
Imo if you like One Piece you will most certainly like Toriko just the environment and the feel of the characters are very similar so most people probably won't be disappointed with Toriko
-They both have some humor, but i Toriko have a lttle more though
-Both Toriko and Luffy loves food.
-Both are great shounen series with "fight for nakamas" plot, and goals characters have made their mind to accomplish.
-One of the biggest differences is that Toriko is about food, and One Piece is about Pirates
These two shows have pretty noticeable similarities. For one thing, Luffy and Toriko are practically the same. Both have excellent fighting skills, protect their nakama, unending appetites, ect. The other big similarity is that these shows both mainly focus on the adventures the characters take and the places they go. For that reason, both shows feature fun adventures with unique settings. They're both pretty enjoyable so give 'em a try.
they have both an epic storyline and plot abd the authors like to foreshadow things, the fights and worldbuilding are both great
Opening Theme#1: "Guts Guts!! (ガツガツ!!)" by Akira Kushida (eps 1-98)
#2: "Go Shock My Way!! (豪食マイウェイ!!)" by Akira Kushida (eps 99-)
Ending Theme#01: "Satisfaction" by F.T Island (eps 1-25)
#02: "DELI-DELI☆DELICIOUS" by Sea☆A (eps 26-38)
#03: "Sabrina (サブリナ)" by Leo Ieiri (eps 39-50)
#04: "Love Chase" by Tomohisa Yamashita (eps 52-62)
#05: "Samba de Toriko!!! (サンバ de トリコ!!!)" by Hyadain (eps 63-75)
#06: "Lovely Fruit" by Nana Mizuki (eps 76-87)more
#07: "Niji (虹)" by JUN SKY WALKER(S) (eps 88-98)
#08: "Akai Kutsu (赤い靴)" by Salley (100-111)
#09: "Tautology (トートロジー)" by The Dresscodes (112-123)
#10: "Believe in Yourself!" by palet (eps 124-135)
#11: "Mega Lover (メガラバ)" by Rurika Yokoyama (横山ルリカ) (eps 136-???)
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