Toriko – First Impressions

If that yellow stuff is honey, I bet that pig would taste delicious when roasted.

What would I give to live in a world where everything is about food? Maybe, everything I have. On second thought, no. I don’t want Kyubey appearing and offering to grant me that wish. But you get the point. I would love to live in the world of Toriko.

Toriko - the new crocodile hunter?

I decided not to write about episode one since that was a special between Toriko and One Piece. The series began with episode two, where you are introduced to our two main protagonists, Toriko and Komatsu, and the antagonists. Komatsu, a five-star hotel chef, requests Toriko, a Gourmet Hunter, to hunt for this special ingredient (aka animal/plant) – the Galala Crocodile. The two then set off on an adventure to find this ingredient. To wrap this up quickly, they found the crocodile, killed it, and then ate it. The end.

Toriko is an adventure story where the protagonists grow and have to fight against some antagonistic organization. There is food involved, but I feel that it’s more like icing on the cake. Toriko’s characters are your typical Shounen Jump characters. They’re young, talented male characters who seek adventure and grow mentally and physically from their encounters/trials.

Fork & Knife.. Very fitting weapons for humans who see these animals as food.

The anime follows the manga well. It may not follow it frame for frame, but it gets the general gist of it. I will definitely be following this series this season. I love a good adventure story. I love food as well. If you can combine the two together wonderfully, you have then successfully sold that story/series to me. Toriko does just that.

2 Replies to “Toriko – First Impressions”

  1. I was guffawing most of the way through this (especially the OP: “Any dream can be eaten!) until I realized the search for food and the “full course” of Toriko’s life was all just a metaphor for taking initiative and leaving a legacy in life you are proud of.

    Then the ED came and seeing Toriko with all the animals and knowing he’s not exactly Dr. Doolittle made me guffaw again.

    Seriously I was just waiting for them to juxtapose shots of him playing with various animals with shots of him cooking them up on a grill.

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