Ahhh, Toriko, this anime has to be my current favourite shounen anime. This movie takes place before the series itself because of this toriko isn’t really that powerful yet but he is already a famous food hunter. So your usual gang isn’t available, well if you haven’t watch toriko series before you’re in luck! you should really watch this to start you off. Right now there are 34 episodes in the tv series and they follow the manga closely.
Sometimes, I just find it amusing when the “real world” is bitching about smoking. Here we have Toriko, an anime for kids, promoting smoking. Now i am a smoker myself so i do not find it “repulsive” like those anti-smoking evangelist and I would like to try that cigar Toriko is smoking as well. Maybe cigars are alright, at least it is not cigarettes which is very much frown on.
Anyhooo, the movie did not try shove in the gourmet world idea in your face that much. Because you have to remember, Toriko is set in a different world than ours. In toriko’s world, cooked food literally grow on trees and there are monsters that taste so heavenly, it is worth searching the world’s end for them. The movie is introducing you to the concept of gourmet world slowly as the movie progresses. Which is good.
You will see marbled meat as the default awesome tasting meat drawing. What is marbled meat you ask? Go fucking wikipedia or google it dammnit. ! Have you not tried marbled meat? If you do, you will know why this anime is always promoting top quality meat as being marbled. I knew i shouldn’t talk about toriko during lunch time. Now i am as hungry as fuck. Well, I shall go make some food first.
—– 20 mins later —–
My life sucks, i do not have marbled meat in my fridge and i cannot go out to hunt for it. It is expensive beyond my reach and australia do not have proper japanese marbled meat nor does toriko world exists. Fuck.
Despite Toriko being an anime for kids. I think older folks can enjoy it as well. I am 24 personally and i really enjoy this anime. It brings back the old school shounen feeling where the are positive messages being put across besides smashing your enemy with overwhelming power or eating so much that your belly swell up.
Toriko is always pushing the value of life, how food should be shared and the happiness obtain simply by having friends and good food. Of course, Never give up is the default shounen anime messages.
You get “epic” fights in toriko, again you have to remember this is an anime for the kids and family so do not expect over the top gurren lagann style fights. But having said that, you do get scenes like this which reminds me of gurren lagann ,
Another concept the movie have not touched on is the “power” toriko and other hunters have. Which is gourmet cells and with those special cells, you can have awesome and epic demonic aura like this ,
Having aura isn’t enough for shounen anime, no no no, you need to physically power up as well!
Because this is a kids show, having power up like that sends a easy message to the kids. Bigger arms = more power. But of course you and i know that if you have arms that big, you don’t really have that much mobility. Logic do not exists in toriko’s world. Which is why this is a kids show. Again i stressed, Kids show.
You might think i do not like shounen anime or something. Truth be told, i love this genre the most. I fell in love with it as a kid and i still do. It captures what every kid wants or imagines, being a super-hero/character or have imaginary worlds that destroys all logic. I feel toriko really capture this feeling really well.
The artist always portray people in tears when they have really fucking awesome tasting food. These days, it is pretty difficult to have food that is so good that you will be in tears. This movie isn’t really that long. They fought a few monsters and ate them, introduced you to the Toriko lore and finally this ,
This is the start of the series first episode. Like i said if you haven’t watched the series before. This movie is a great starting point. I’m not going to rate this movie but i personally enjoyed it. If you are looking for a shounen anime to watch, give this a try.