Sunday, August 30, 2015

Manga Review: Toriko, Volume 29, Mitsutoshi Shimabukuro

Rating (Out of 5): ~3
Publisher: Shonen Jump (VIZ Media)
Release Date: August 4, 2015
Volumes: 35+
Spoilers?: No.
Volume: 1. 28. 30.

Goodreads Synopsis:

In a savage world ruled by the pursuit of the most delicious foods, it's either eat or be eaten! While searching for the tastiest foods imaginable, Gourmet Hunter Toriko travels the world with his bottomless stomach, facing every beast in his way.

The horrific conclusion of the epic battle between the heads of rival organizations the IGO and Gourmet Corp. spells disaster for the entire world, and the sun sets on the Age of Gourmet. Having lost his appetite for life, Toriko wanders the world. Meanwhile, Toriko’s chef partner Komatsu finds a new purpose…at Gourmet Corp.!


I went into this volume with zero knowledge of what I was getting. I knew it had something to do with food, and it was shonen, but that was it. I’d barely even looked at a previous volume.
It really reminded me of Dragon Ball, even if I’ve only read a volume or two of that series. The set-up for fighting, the actual fights, and the relationships between the characters seemed similar. Only, the main theme in this series, is food.
At first, this was a little comedic for me, and it still kind of confuses me. I had a brief understanding of the characters and their relationships, and very vaguely understood why they were fighting. I’m still mostly confused why they talked about food like it was their special powers and whatnot. I don’t get it.
But there’s a big fight, a couple fights end, and one of the characters make a feast. The world is in a crisis, and they’re trying to get what food they can, as there’s a scarcity of it.
I would definitely have needed to read from the beginning to understand the world and the relationships fully. But I would recommend this series to fans of Dragon Ball, and I liked the comedic elements. Like the made-up foods that the author used, and the inserts with descriptions, for example the boozy shark.

A review copy was provided by the publisher, VIZ Media, and Erik Jansen from MediaLab PR. Thank you so, so much!

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