The world of food is always an interesting one, filled with its rich flavors and mouthwatering aromas. While we still eye the waitress from across the room as they come out with our plates filled with rich foods. We can’t help but notice another world that has expanded in their culture of food and has gone even further by separating them into two people. A famous Gourmet Hunter and a novice Chef as they explore the world of food as they search for ingredients to make a full course meal. We welcome you to the world of the Gourmet World.
Toriko is known as one of the Four Heavenly Kings and nicknamed, “The Glutton,” by the other Four Heavenly Kings who each have their own nicknames. Toriko an enthusiastic man who is always hungry for food and to search for new dishes to consume. Loud and full of laughter, he is one to always seek adventure in the world that he is in and enjoys being able to fight for his food. Although he has a rule of never killing animals that he will not eat, during his travel he meets many people. Those are Chefs and Hunters also, competing with the Hunters at times to seek for the best of ingredients. Along the way, a timid Chef name Komatsu comes across Toriko fishing and there he asks the Hunters to help in finding a certain ingredient. During their travels, they become a duo that will always travel together, despite that Komatsu has a job as a Chef at Hotel Gourmet where he starts to make a name for himself. With the help of Toriko for always securing the best ingredients for Komatsu. While in the shadows of the Gourmet World, we see that evil lurks with Midora who owns Gourmet Corps. A rival against IGO a company that the Four Heavenly Kings seems to be associated with. While the fight for the best foods is being fought between the Hunters and the delicious foods that are being cooked. We can’t help but want to be in that same world.
The opening song “Guts Gut!” by Akira Kushida the opening is filled with plates of food being eaten by many of the characters that appear in the anime. Along with the animals and the adventures that both Toriko and Komatsu. The ending song is “Satisfaction” by F.T. Island another song that is filled with food and even more adventure that extends the friendship between Toriko and Komatsu. One that is fought to be kept as both seem to always have one another backs as they travel together. With Toriko keeping Komatsu safe and while the timid Chef cooks whatever Toriko catches. Along with helping Toriko to form his Full Course Menu, one that I would love to eat from if it would ever exist.
Toriko is a fun anime, filled with action and adventure along with the test of friendship and admiration between two friends. And like many food animes, this one will make you hungry and wanting more, and even wishing that some of the foods that they cook were real. Toriko is a one to add to your food anime list and one not to miss out on. However, don’t watch this anime if you haven’t eaten, you’ll end up even hungry when you first started out. You can find Toriko on Crunchyroll in only sub version, however, if you have the DVD’s, you will know that Toei was only able to dub the first 50 episodes. There seem to be no plans in continuing the dub version as Toei announced on their Facebook page. For those holding out for a dub version, it might be a very long time before that ever happens.
Toriko: Food is Life
Writing - 8/108/10
Plot - 8/108/10
Character Development - 9/109/10
Production - 8/108/10
Music - 7/107/10
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