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In the world filled with mysterious and truly delicious foods and ingredients, Restaurant Owners and affluent people hire "hunters" who specialize in the art of obtaining the most exquisite ingredients from the most dangerous environment in the world. These people are known worldwide as "Gourmet Hunters".
Toriko is action shonen series created by writer and illustrator, Mitsutoshi Shimabukuro. It has been serialized in Weekly Shonen Jump and its tankobon has been released by Shusisha. Toriko was revealed at 2009's Comic Con by Viz Media. Viz had revealed that Toriko was be shown in their Shonen Jump magazine. Toriko would be placed in the magazine the following year, 2010, and he appeared in February's edition of the magazine. In Toriko's first print appearance, Viz decided to place Toriko in a volume format book.
Toriko, a legendary Gourmet Hunter, has spent his life searching for the most luxurious foods and ingredients in order to perfect his Full-Course Menu. A man with inhuman strength and power, he uses it and his insight and knowledge of the animal kingdom to capture rare and powerful beasts in order to extract the delicious and mouth-watering ingredients that they hold. A young Chef named Komatsu joins him on his epic quest in order to improve his culinary skills and learn all about the new and exotic ingredients that he could only dream of. Along the way they will meet old friends and enemies as well as clash heads with the fearsome Gourmet Corps (Bishokukai), who seek to take control over the entire food supply and network and create a “Gourmet Empire” by finding the most highly sought after ingredient in the world, GOD, first discovered by the famous and legendary Gourmet Hunter Acacia who used its power to stop the terrible Gourmet War 500 years before the start of our journey.
Toriko is the main protagonist of the series and one of the best Gourmet Hunters in the world. He is known by many as one of the "Four Heavenly Kings", a man with an almost insatiable appetite and immense power and strength that serves him well on his personal quest for the best foods and ingredients to add to, and finally finish, his full-course menu. Toriko is one half of the combo that he has formed with his friend and chef, Komatsu.
Coco is a good friend of Toriko and one quarter of the Four Heavenly Kings. Like Toriko, he is a powerful Gourmet Hunter with a large appetite and impressive full-course menu to go with it. Unlike Toriko who uses his superior strength to overwhelm foes, Coco uses his very unique abilities in conjunction with cunning and strategy to bring down his foes.
Sunny is one of the Four Heavenly Kings, and a friend of Toriko and Coco. A man with a strange fixation on "Beauty", he hates it when anything appears to be ugly or not to his liking, made clear when his entire full course meal is built around Skin Care and Nutritional Value. Sunny bands together with his three brothers, for all intents and purposes, and is hoping that along the way he finds the final ingredient for the desert dish of his full-course menu, EARTH.
Zebra is the final member of the Four Heavenly Kings, and regarded as both the strongest and the most savage of all four. His relationship with the other Four Kings is rocky, as he only tends to get along with Toriko who seems to understand him the most out of the other two. Zebra has never seen the point in creating a full-course menu simply saying that he will eat anything as long as its tasty, but after some persuasion from Komatsu, he begins to select his own ingredients and dishes to add to his menu.
Ichiryuu is the president of the entire International Gourmet Organization (IGO for short), one of the disciples of the legendary Gourmet Hunter Acacia, the man who trained the Four Heavenly Kings since they were children, and considered to be one of the most powerful men in the world. Ichiryuu was a quirky yet light hearted old man who cared very deeply for his family and friends. His full-course menu is comprised of rare and extremely hard to acquire ingredients, which are all contained in near unbreakable chests located in all 8 levels of the Biotope. The Ingredients are so rare that he has never found a chef capable of actually preparing his full-course menu, and has instructed his "sons" with not only acquiring the ingredients out of the chests, but finding a chef who is able to cook and prepare them.
Mansam is the Development Bureau Director and the Gourmet Research Facility Chef for the IGO, this makes him one of the highest ranking members in the entire IGO. Mansam is an old friend of Toriko and the other Four Heavenly Kings, and treats them much like he would family. However, he always seems to be drunk, most likely as a result of his full course menu which contains a very high alcohol content, so high that few manage to make it through to the final dish, however he is a generally happy man and cares about protecting his friends.
Beast Tamer Rin
Rin is the younger sister of Sunny, one of the famed Four Heavenly Kings. She is employed at the Gourmet Coliseum where she uses different fragrances and perfumes to manipulate the animals state of mind, hence her title of Beast Tamer. Rin also appears to be infatuated with Toriko, having girly outbursts around him and generally fawning over him when he is near her, and oddly enough she also seems to get along well with Zebra because he tends to be very civil around her. Sunny has noted that she tends to favour sweet foods when he used his unique ability on her.
Komatsu is a timid yet enthusiastic young 5 star Chef who joins Toriko on his journey to acquire and cook the most exquisite foods and ingredients in the world. Previously he was the Head Chef of Hotel Gourmet owned by the IGO. Komatsu bands together with Toriko and his allies in an effort to improve his own skills as a chef, and experience all the wonders this world of exquisite food has to offer. Komatsu is one half of the Combo he has formed with his friend and ally, Toriko.
Midora, is the leader of the Bishokukai, and the primary antagonist of the series. In the past he was one of the disciples of the legendary Gourmet Hunter Acacia, and the "brother" of both Ichiryuu and Jirou. Midora created the Bishokukai no long after the death of his adoptive mother Frohze. Having been deeply saddened by her passing he refocused himself and created the Bishokukai, whose primary goal is to find the main dish of his adoptive father Acacia's full-course menu, GOD. And use its power to take control over the entire food industry, and in effect deprive and rid the world of the food his adoptive mother and father had given to them.
Starjun is a Sous Chef of the Bishokukai and one of the main antagonists of the series. Oddly enough despite his status as a criminal, he has taken up work as a Gourmet Hunter in order to find an, as of yet, unknown ingredient. Starjun has enlisted assistance with his quest to find the ingredient in the form of his combo partner and old friend of Komatsus, Ootake.
"Gourmet God" Acacia
The legendary Gourmet Hunter Acacia, the man credited with the discovery of numerous ingredients over the world. Worshiped as the "Gourmet God" by people the world over, he is regarded as the most powerful Gourmet Hunter in history and ended the 100 year Gourmet War with the legendary ingredient GOD, 500 years before the start of the series. His full-course menu is filled with the most exotic and rare ingredients the world has to offer, and is highly sought after by the many people. Acacia formed a combo with the legendary Chef Frohze.
"Chef Goddess" Frohze
The Legendary “Chef Goddess” Frohze, noted to be the second half of the combo team with the "Gourmet God" Acacia. Regarded as the most skilled and powerful chef in history, and the woman who prepared and cooked Acacia's entire full-course menu. She is noted to be a very kind and generous person, especially to her adoptive children, Ichiryuu, Jirou, and Midora.
"Knocking Master" Jirou
Jirou is one of the disciples of the Gourmet God Acacia, and regarded as one of the three most powerful men in the world, sharing the title with his two brothers, Ichiryuu, and Midora. Jirou is famed for his excessive skill in the art of Knocking, so much so that no other person in the world can equal him when it comes to Knocking. Acacia even feared his power so much that he sealed off a good portion of his strength in order for Jirou to learn technique. He spends most of his time relaxing, due to having retired long ago, but on occasion he goes out to gather ingredients for his own personal pleasure. His full-course menu is filled with the rarest, most exotic, and hardest ingredients to acquire on the planet, some of which are so rare that people have questioned if they even exist at all.
Beyond the Anime, Manga, and Films for Toriko. There have been a few video games that include the series as a focus such as:
Toriko: Gourmet Survival (2011) and Toriko: Gourmet Survival 2 (2012), which were both released on the Playstation Portable
Toriko: Gourmet Monsters! (2012) and Toriko: Gourmet ga Battle! (2013), which were both released on the Nintendo 3DS
Toriko is also going to be a part of the new Weekly Shonen Jump crossover fighting game J-Stars Victory Vs. on the Playstation 3 and Playstation Vita, in which the main character, Toriko, is a playable character.