Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Manga Review: Toriko, Volume 37, by Mitsutoshi Shimbukuro

Rating (Out of 5): ~3
Publisher: Shonen Jump (VIZ Media)
Release Date: February 2017
Volumes: 43.
Spoilers?: No.
Volume: 1. 36. 38.

Goodreads Synopsis:

Toriko is a Gourmet Hunter out to eat the world!

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.

Komatsu and the gang dive under the sea and reach Blue Grill, and it’s more intense than any of them could have ever imagined! The underwater civilization is full of master chefs with amazing talents and everyone is eager to put their skills to the test! But this Giant Clam is rotten at its core, with a lot of shady business going on behind the scenes. To enter the Back Channel and reach Another, Komatsu and the gang must defeat the masked rulers of Blue Grill, the Five Ten Shell Masters, to prove their worth—or literally die trying.


The main group gets to start in the cooking competition, Yuda being the first to fight this planet's chef. It's a life-or-death kind of competition, apparently. In the midst of all this, we also get to see what everyone else is doing. Each small group moving around and finding the other key ingredient creatures. There's a fight with a spider creature, and we see Midora fighting off with a known enemy (I guess).
The most interesting part of the volume, to me, was seeing Komatsu and the boy that found him. He's separated from everyone else, and he meets a boy who lets him stay the night. Only, this shows Komatsu what is really happening to people on this planet. It's rather creepy, and we get left in the dark for the rest of the volume.
This volume was actually a little boring to me, but maybe I just wanted to see more of Komatsu's current plot.

A review copy was provided by the publisher, VIZ Media, for an honest review. Thank you so, so much!

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