In a world where the taste and texture of food are an extremely important part of life, a man with superhuman skills is regularly hired by restaurants and the rich as a hunter of precious foods. With the "help" of his timid accomplice, inspired by Toriko's greatness to accompany him, he travels to capture the evasive and ferocious animals he needs to create the ultimate dinner course.
In 2009, Toriko was nominated for the 2nd Manga Taisho Award.
The manga has been published in English by VIZ Media under the Shonen Jump imprint since June 1, 2010; in Brazilian Portuguese by Panini Comics/Planet Manga since April 2013; and in Spanish by Planeta Cómic since November 2012.
This series is something that I will always have fond memories of. I read this all the way through high school and it was possibly one of my favorite series ever. Bursting with character, creative ideas both by the SHIMABUKURO and his fans, and really AWESOME fights, Toriko is definitely something to behold.
Food is not just food in this series. SHIMABUKURO, throughout the series, shows the importance that food can have on society and the individuals that inhabit it. It is used not only to give sustenance, but it can be used to make economies thrive and helps us
create deep, lasting relationships with others. Meals bring family's and friends together, and no matter how small or big the meal is, no matter how well it's cooked, it'll always be tastier when you and your loved ones are around the same table.
Though this series does have it's flaws (similar character designs, underdeveloped characters, a rushed final arc, etc.), I think it's still worth checking out.
Two words describe this manga, "Potential" and "Disappointment" The first half of the series is the potential and the second half is where it gets disappointing, the potential comes from the amazing world building, attention to detail, the trials and tribulations the characters face and the authors patience when it comes to the characters overcoming these trials. The second half however is very rushed and devoid of any real substance, a lot of important plot points are skipped over and not even shown, the world building that makes this manga is sacrificed for "Hype" and pacing is just way too fast and thus every positive
quality I listed previously is gone, there's also some really convoluted concepts introduced and some of the powers are very contrived, especially one particular power that involves the character "Komatsu"
When it comes to excitement though the manga doesn't regress in any way, in fact it increases in that aspect so basically if you want really exciting fights and you don't mind bad writing then this manga is recommended.
Another negative point I want to mention is the characters, of the main five characters the characterisation is very limited, they don't really go through any real conflicts and they appear extremely two dimensional, when it comes to the second half of the manga all of these main characters except Toriko start to slowly become irrelevant and are very easily made useless by Toriko surpassing them in leaps and bounds and by their limited screentime.
To essentially summarise, the first half of this manga is One piece/Hunter x Hunter, the second half is Naruto/Bleach/Fairy tail
This Review is for those who are intending on reading toriko so its About time someone gave an honest objective reason as to why someone should read the Manga without any spoilers...
So let me give you Toriko's main Pros & Cons:
+ World Building
This is where Toriko has an obvious advantage over the typical battle shounens. The sheer scale and diversity of the planet in which the story is set is awesome!.
The fights in Toriko highlight the "battle" in being a battle shounen. More often than not, in head to head fights there are no holds barred. Characters just don't give a flying F
about themselves during battle and risk it all - not going into any spoilers here, but manga readers will understand which greatly improves the intensity of each fight.
The added gore helps too, SO Much helpful than the anime version which never does it Justice Despite getting the push by the crossover with Dbz and One Piece in an anime special earlier.
Sometimes overlooked, but the author does manage to describe characters abilities and their concepts, giving a better understanding of the situation where things maybe seem a bit messy at first glance.
Admittedly Shima's story does deliver some impressive and unforeseeable events which leave the reader completely bemused.
+ Sheer Power
What I like a lot is The strength of some of the characters in this series can make the jaw drop...
Not to mention the creativity of some abilities are unique in its own way for a shounen its like a influence of Hokuto no ken, Dbz and Asura's wrath (Yes I mention Asura's wrath the video game in terms of all the Beasts and creatures called gohma that asura fights against,) Anyways what I will say is that The power scheme within this manga series is Damn Good.
- Slow Starter
The first 25-50 chapters of Toriko are rather vague as to what the series wants to achieve. The premise of being in a Gourmet Age where food (quality food) is the most valuable asset, and only capable hunters can procure the higher quality ingredients doesn't motivate the story until later on- where Acacia's full course is introduced. Only when all the heavenly King's are introduced fully does the story's momentum pick up.
Throughout the manga, especially in the earlier chapters, the story seems a little inconsistent, jumping from an epic, well foreshadowed battle to consecutive chapters of extensive dialogue which serves little purpose. The latter has been rare as of late, and it does seem like Shima has improved in this area greatly.
- Lack-luster characters
Hate to admit it, but it's true. Some of the characters, relatively speaking, are as bland as a slice of bread despite how their personality come across. Not trying to be harsh but I think they could be better Just saiyan.
Overall: Major stuff happen much Later on and let me tell you It gets even more Crazier. The Manga has so much going for it than the anime itself. All-in-all, I'd say give it a go especially if you are keen on it, again it might not be for everyone but for a battle shounen its up there along side Hokuto No ken, Dbz, one piece, Jojo Bizarre adventure Etc.
Ah, Toriko. One of the manga series that have actually made me want to eat more....and increase my stomach capacity.
Toriko is a manga that is all about food. I don't mean just cooking. I mean hunting and then eating the food! The art indeed makes the food in the manga that it has very juicy and very good looking that sometimes you'll be salivating to the picture!
Ugh, I'm hungry now, but lets move on to the story!
I have little to say about the story. It has a good concept with the whole "Gourmet Era" or should I say, the
era where food is highly praised and you can practically eat anything you hunt. This juicy story brings us around a bishoku-ya or some kind of extreme monster hunter that hunts for food and is on a quest to make their own personal courses.
I like this story. Not just because it has food around every corner but because it has a nice concept that revolves around food and hunting. Nothing much here, except the more you go along the manga, the more you learn about the world of food.
The art of Toriko indeed makes me hungry to the point of drooling and hungry for some fresh meat. The food looks very appetizing and I enjoy every look of it. Like one chapter for instance, there was a burger that looked absolutely delicious.
Time for characters. It's revolves around your old centric art, rather, the main character is very muscular and tall to the point of that he has to use a bucket as a regular wine cup. Several monsters look very, very nice designed, but there is a downside to this all.
That is the monsters to say. Despite how many ways they can cook them after they kill them, they look rather unappetizing when alive. Like a certain monster that is later introduced.
Overall, it's very nice art. Not overly shaded or over-toned. Feels very naturally drawn
To let you all know, I'm just being lazy right now so don't expect an indepth character review.
As far as I have read, I have thoroughly enjoyed the antics of Toriko and his near unstoppable hunger and power.
Now the other character introduced in the beginning was a man named Komatsu. Is it Komatsu? I think it is...Well anyways, he's a chef of a top grade restaurant. He's your guy that follows the other main character. Annoying at first, but you get used to him later.
Later, we get introduced with several other characters and the concept of Four legendary kings of Gourmet.
To keep it short. I have enjoyed this manga as much as Busou renkin. It's a really good read for those aiming for the shonen types
Again to keep it short, It is one good manga that is pretty much a must read if you enjoy shonen adventure stories like One Piece, Dragon Ball or Monster Hunter Orage. It's a type of manga that will get you hungry. A definite must read.
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