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Gr 7 Up–Komatsu, International Gourmet Organization's chef, must prepare dishes that “boldly explore the frontiers of exotic taste.” This assignment requires the assistance of Toriko, the gourmet hunter who is able to track down the most ferocious ingredients. Toriko is a larger-than-life figure who lives in the wild, chomping on huge cigars that he lights with a snap of his fingers and relishing mammoth meals of unbelievable proportions. Contracted by IGO, he battles the eight-legged garara gator and then braves the four-armed troll kongs to obtain the succulent rainbow fruit. The comedy arises from the contrast between the supersized gourmet hunter and the diminutive, overanxious chef. Readers view his constant distress as Toriko encounters epic-sized challenges that encompass full-page images of the creatures and the battles that ensue. The book is filled with wordplay. The gabara is subdued with two weapons: a knife and...a fork, which are in reality special body attack positions. Volume one concludes when Toriko is seated at IGO, enjoying the gourmet meal created by chef Komatsu. There is nothing subtle about this shonen title. It features big guys, grotesque oversized creatures, highly physical action, and plenty of slightly crass “potty humor.”–Barbara M. Moon, Suffolk Cooperative Library System, Bellport, NYα(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

About the Author

Mitsutoshi Shimabukuro made his debut in 1996 in Weekly Shonen Jump and received the Akatsuka Award for best new comic manga writer. He is best known for Seikimatsu Leader den Takeshi! (1997-2002, 24 volumes), for which he won the 2001 Shogakukan Manga Award for children's manga.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 and up
  • Series: Toriko (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: VIZ Media LLC (June 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1421535092
  • ISBN-13: 978-1421535098
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.7 x 5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #130,707 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Zack Davisson HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 4, 2010
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What would happen if you crossed Junichiro Tanizaki's The Gourmet Club with Ishiro Honda's kaiju flick All Monsters Attack, and then bound them together as a Shonen Jump comic? Well, you might not exactly get "Toriko" but you would get something pretty close.

In the future Gourmet Era, when the quest for exotic flavors is the primary drive of people everywhere, and when the rich and powerful will spare no expense to bring the rarest and most delectable treats to their plate. Of course, most of these exotic tastes come in the form of giant monsters such as the Baron Tiger (capture level 3) or the massive Swamp Snake (capture level 5) who have no intention of winding up on anyone's plate.

Each monster-type is assigned a capture level, starting with capture level 1 which is defined as an animal so large it would require ten professional hunters armed with shotguns. When a five-star hotel sets their sites on a 300-year old Garara Gator (capture level 8) they can only rely on one man to bring it in, Gourmet Hunter Toriko! Accompanying Toriko is the meek Komatsu, a chef at a 5-star hotel who wants to study with Toriko and get to know ingredients in their natural form, instead of as pre-packaged ingredients delivered to his hotel. Together they go off in search of not only the Garara Gator, but also the mythical Rainbow Fruit, said to be the single most delicious desert on the planet.

"Toriko" combines two of Japan's obsessions; gourmet dinning and monsters.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tristan A. Hayes VINE VOICE on September 2, 2010
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Toriko is another series serialized in our monthly Shonen Jump recently that was pretty adventurous. Unlike the other shonen manga it diversifies itself from the others by not having epic and huge fights involving pirates, ninjas, or shinigami (soul reapers) but instead focusing on the world of gourmet and finding all of these delicious and simply stunning foods. It is pretty nice in what it sets out to accomplish because it seems to be something that could be within everyones imagination. Who would not want to live in a house of sweet candy and honey and what not?

The cast is currently interesting and keeps me laughing, especially the head chef Komatsu, the hunter Toriko, and other people in the International Gourmet Organization. Rather than spoil the story why not give this volume a try and definitely enjoy it.

It is read in the traditional style of most Japanese manga these days read from left to right panel style, there are two bonus fun chapters included and occasional definitions of high level terminology.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr.Jones on October 14, 2010
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For those who hate Shonen manga cause it's just not awesome enough. Or it takes too long for it to get awesome. Or the characters aren't manly enough. Then TORIKO is the solution . In the first volume it has gators the size of tanks.Fly fishing with flies the size of a bus and killing two birds with the fly, Giant monkeys who are 3 stories tall called "Troll Kongs". Guys who smoke cigar trees and lights them by drinking a crapton of Alcohol and beat these animals with their BARE HANDS!. With the shonen power creep in effect, I'll bet by the end There will be guys who be fighting plant-sized Cyborg Nazi Dinosaurs with a Fork and a knife. Toriko, Its mere existence in shonen jump has made Da Wardo a better place and reading it will make you a better person. It will also make you very hungry, so read it while eating your favorite food.
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The debut volume of Toriko collects the unflipped, black-and-white Shonen Jump manga (Japanese comics) adventures of Gourmet Hunter Toriko, a man dedicated to combating and hunting the most preternaturally fierce creatures, in order to supply the most upscale gourmet restaurants with the finest delicacies! Gourmet Hunter Toriko is a superlative master of martial arts and survival skills, capable of defying gargantuan behemoths that could take down a tank! And what is the passion that drives this greatest of all gourmets? Why, to assemble nothing less than the greatest full-course meal that ever was, or will be - a meal so heavenly that he has not yet figured out what mortal ingredients could possibly compose it! With the aid of a relatively ordinary yet surprisingly courageous young follower, Toriko is out to see his dream made real regardless of the risk, in this high-spirited, exuberantly drawn and wildly action-packed manga recommended for teen and older readers.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Chelsea on June 6, 2012
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I read the first 3 chapters in Shonen Jump and I can definitely say that it's unique! I've read other mangas that are based on food, but none like this.
In a brief summary, Toriko is a gourmet bounty hunter in a world controlled by the desire to acquire the greatest tastes/food. Toriko's goal is to find the best tastes in the world for his full-course menu. On the way, he meets a little chef by the name Komatsu who joins Toriko on his journey.
The packaging and condition of the manga was perfect!
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