Welcome to the Gourmet Age, where happiness is measured by what you eat. In an era in which life revolves around fine cuisine, people will go to great lengths to procure special ingredients which have the power to turn a nice meal into a heavenly delight. However, since these delicious additives usually come from rare, powerful creatures, Gourmet Hunters are called upon to gather them.
The International Gourmet Organization has the utmost power in this world, and is responsible for maintaining the balance of the distribution of ingredients worldwide. One day, Chef Komatsu is sent on a mission to locate one of the most renowned Gourmet Hunters in existence, Toriko, and to hire him for a very special job.
However, astounded by Toriko's skill and unbelievable passion, what started out as a simple mission gradually grows into a deep friendship. Combine the talents of Gourmet Hunter Toriko, who dreams of creating the ultimate Full Course meal, and Chef Komatsu, who aspires to one day become a Master Chef, and the recipe for success may just be discovered.
The first episode is actually a two-part special called "Toriko x One Piece Collabo Special"—a crossover with One Piece. The first part aired during Toriko's timeslot at 9:00, and the second part aired during One Piece's timeslot at 9:30. That is also the reason why the second Toriko episode doesn't continue where the first one left off.
Episode 51 is the first part of a two-part special called "Toriko x One Piece Collabo Special 2"—another crossover with One Piece. The second part is One Piece episode 542. The first part aired during Toriko's timeslot at 9:00, and the second part aired during One Piece's timeslot at 9:30.
Episode 99 is the first part of a two-part special called "Dream 9 Toriko & One Piece & Dragon Ball Z Super Collaboration Special"—a crossover with One Piece and Dragon Ball Z. The second part is One Piece episode 590. The first part aired during Toriko's timeslot at 9:00, and the second part aired during One Piece's timeslot at 9:30.
#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) #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-???)
"Cooking is as masculine as judo, kickboxing or tae kwan do. Anyone can fight but it takes a special man to craft the perfect Bolognese sauce"
Quoted from a manly midget chef...
You know the first thing that crossed my mind when I read that quote was covering a cow with ketchup then proceed to pound the cow into bolognese sauce.
Im just kidding of course, that isn't call MANLY... that's called animal abuse...
So chances are if you stumble upon this anime, you're not watching it just to fill up your boring life with some boring junk. No.. You hunt for exotic food on a daily basis.
And you need an anime that teaches you the RIGHT way to do it...
Well, introducing Toriko, the only anime currently airing that will not only satisfy that hunger urge but will also teach you how to be more MANLY than you were before.
What would you say if I said that World Peace could be obtain if everyone in the world combined their powers to produced the most delicious full course menu in the universe?
You would probably say "BURRRRRP!!" Cause that's how the end of World Hunger sounds like. Now all that's left is the homeless people.
(Now people, feeding the homeless to the hungry would solve those two world problems, but we wouldn't want to resort to cannibalism now do we?)
Let's see how this anime can be used to solve other problems?
So you just opened up an art gallery and you're not raking any cash because an art gallery is partially a public good. (No duh..)
Open up a mini restaurant in your gallery. Watch Toriko (especially the one piece crossover) and get inspiration on drawing animals which apparently looks like it had sex with food and produced offspring. Make your visitors hungry and they'll pay a visit to your mini restaurant for brunch. Problem solved
Toriko has a huge variety of animal species, though not as much as Pokemon which has a total of 600++ up to date, but at least some of them are edible and each is designed with it's own unique features. The artwork for Toriko is similar to One Piece. If you like One Piece, then you definitely would love this. If you like Two Piece then go to the toilet... *crickets* Yeah, yeah lame joke... pfft...
So you work with a bunch of unmotivated voice actors who does english dubs for an anime.
And they sound horrible (more than usual anyways)
Get them to watch Toriko. The seiyuus for this anime are top notch. They portray their character well in the anime. It's like the directors forced the seiyuus to starve during the recording to make them sound like a bunch of hungry men. What can I say about the opening? One word... "GATSU!!" No seriously, it's like getting your guts punched with a thousand fists of manliness.
So you have a son, and he's a wimp. Nothing wrong about that, but he is due to national service soon. And you don't want the other kids to bully him.
Get him to watch Toriko. Make him into a man. Toriko is an exampled role model.He says his prayers before and after eating his meal. How often do you see people say their grace before they eat? Not only that, Toriko only kills animals that he deems worthy to be eaten. He does not just willy nilly kill any of God's creation. Only a REAL man could do that.
For every manly character, there will have to be a less manly guy to enhance the manliness of the main character.
For Batman, there is Robin. For Sherlock Holmes, there is Dr. Watson. In this case, for Toriko, there is Komatsu. Komatsu has his own set of special culinary abilities that furthur compliments Toriko's manliness. If Toriko was the fork and spoon, Komatsu is probably the condiments.
What about the wimpy son problem?
Heck, just show the government his MAL profile that he is currently watching "Toriko" He'll be exempted for life.
In fact, "Toriko" isn't really an anime.
The German government classified "Toriko" as "Handbuch für Männlichkeit"
Translation, Handbook for masculinity. Yeah, everything sounds manlier in German.
The only problem about this anime is that it was further degraded from its masculinity compared to the manga due to a significant degree of censorship. Lower your hopes for gore and blood. On the bright side, with the absence of graphic violence, how kids who haven't hit puberty can watch the anime and start training the the path of manliness...
Overall, as proven above, watching Toriko solves a whole tons of problems. I give this anime a rating of 8. Cause that's the number of packs you'll have after watching this anime. Yes, that's right, 8 packs! One more pack and you can play tick-tack-toe on your abs. How awesome is that? Not as awesome as Toriko though. Tough luck kiddo.
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.
Okay, so to start I originally watched the first 20ish episodes of Toriko a couple years ago but then put it down because it just wasn't that appealing to me. Two weeks ago I decided to pick up the manga because I heard it was better than the anime. Still skeptical I powered past what happened in the anime, in the manga. After that, it was all downhill for me.
I read through over 300 chapters of Toriko in a week. The characters and progressing story had me going through dozens of chapters a day. While the concept of a food world/combat may be a
turn off for some, Toriko utilizes this to a high degree making each arc dynamic and different. I would highly recommend anyone to read this shonen. And I also recommend people to stay away from the anime because of the inconstancies between the show and manga, lack of brutality (edited out for child viewers), and also length. The anime only goes up to the Gourmet Festival.
I am really enjoying Toriko and I feel it still has its best work ahead of it!
PLEASE READ THE MANGA!!! And if you do watch the anime first, then watch it, then pick up the manga. I promise you it is totally worth it.
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