March 4, 2012
A manga which targets teenagers and still remain fun for adults to read is truly rare, Toriko is that manga. The level of creativity featured in this manga is outstanding! Kudos to the mangaka, but what also makes this manga great is that the mangaka allows the fans to submit ideas for his manga by helping create food monsters, which makes this manga different from all other mangas.
In a world where food ingredients, culinary skills and tastes weigh heavier than the likes of money, people who obtain more knowledge about food are more powerful and respected. There are hunters who hunt around the globe looking for rare ingredients and rare animals to complete their ‘Dinner Course’, and restaurants hire these hunters to help seek out and obtain these ingredients. Toriko is one of these hunters called the Bishokuya, and with his ridiculous strength and power, he is able to capture many rare animals and obtain many covet ingredients. Toriko’s partner, Chef Komatsu, is a timid, low self esteem individual but he has an amazing talent for cooking. He can communicate with the ingredients, making him a genius (so the speak). Together they become a dream team traveling around the world in search for legendary ingredients.
This series is still ongoing and I patiently await it’s release every week, because it is really fun and entertaining to read. Give it a go and let your imagination run wild with food ingredients that you would never expect to exist!
Manga by Mitsutoshi Shimabukuro
Genre: Action, fantasy, shounen
Released Date: 2008 – ongoing
Over all: 8/10
See you all next week Ciao~
Fat Jenga signing out!