If PETA ever came across this show, I’m sure it would wind up right on top of one of their shit lists...
My gripe with BLACK BUTLER was that I felt it unnecessarily “weaponized” a non-action-oriented concept and, for that same reason, I was a little skeptical of this show for seeming to do the same thing with cooking. I’ll let you lunatics work out your own analogy about how different ingredients and preparation techniques can yield different quality dishes… but, without that, I’ll state simply that TORIKO worked for me.
Maybe the difference is that it appends the unconventional weaponization stuff (for lack of a better term) onto a general fantasy adventure scenario. It’s less a case of “preposterone” being the featured ingredient on IRON CHEF and more a case of Goku trying out some tricks he learned from EPIC MEAL TIME in between bouts with Frieza. There’s something morbidly brilliant about a twist on the usual giant killer premise that has the hero aiming is to cook and eat the giants he’s slaying. That the intro and outros sound vaguely like Andrew WK ditties walls up the fourth corner of this show’s outrageous masculinity.
My only real criticism of the show is that the precise ratings of the various monsters got a little too RPG-like for my taste. It’s a delicate balance to build a fantasy world with a clear set of rules for its fantasy, sure, but once stats start getting thrown out, I really hate feeling like I need a 12-sided-die to get the fullest enjoyment out of a show. I don’t think I’ve ever gotten over how RECORD OF LODOSS WAR felt when it was putting such serious concern into how many points of a damage fireball spell would inflict.
Watch this episode, “The Undiscovered Giant Beast Toriko Capture A Gararagator!” below and decide for yourself.