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Toriko, Vol. 1 Paperback – June 1, 2010
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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.Read more ›
"Toriko" is most notable for its wildly outlandish action sequences involving the titular hero using his hands as a "fork" and "knife" during the battle. His exaggerated movement and facial expressions (when he enters the combat mode) might not be everyone's taste, and creator Shimabukuro's artwork, dynamic as it is, is not as stylized as that of, say, Hirohiko Araki or Tite Kubo, but still they are enjoyable.
The comic has been serialized in Shueisha's flagship magazine "Weekly Shonen Jump" since May, 2008, and 26 tankoubon volumes have been published. The comic's popularity may not be as great as that of the same magazine's "One Piece" or "Naruto," but considering the highly competitive market of the shonen manga, the success of "Toriko" is impressive.
In spite of the comic's unique setting and imaginative creatures, the straightforward story is that of a typical shonen manga featuring adventure and friendship. It's a fun read.
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!
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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"If a plate of food is put in front of me, I won't leave any left even if it kills me." -Toriko
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I don't read much manga -- I love certain anime series but have yet to get fully used to the style and layout of manga comics, and my first foray into the genre, "Angelic... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Kenya Starflight
The premise might seem ridiculous, but in the first volume of "Toriko," Mitsutoshi Shimabukuro creates an entertaining and well written shonen manga. Recommended.Published 17 months ago by Michael Czobit
this manga is weird. some of the jokes are kind of lame and the stories sometimes lack creativity. I think the manga tries to be too much like one piecePublished on July 26, 2014 by murderface
My brother was very happy with his choice. The book is exactly what he wanted and was very happy with the purchase.Published on February 20, 2013 by Laura
A story about a gourmet era seemed very interesting. I just didn't know that it would start off this good. It all begins with Toriko's awesome introduction. Read morePublished on August 21, 2011 by Lady R