Story/Art: Mitsutoshi Shimabukuro
Translation: Christine Dashiell
What They Say
When battle breaks out at the Cooking Festival, it’s Toriko vs. Starjun, Sunny vs. Tommy, and an assembly of world-class chefs and Gourmet Hunters against Gourmet Corp’s vile monsters and souped-up villains. But when Toriko stumbles in his battle to the death against Starjun, Komatsu witnesses the unthinkable! Is this the end of Toriko?
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
Though Tommyrod strikes quite an imposing figure and messed up Toriko pretty badly in the past, Sunny is still able to face him down confidently. Thanks to the boost given by the four-beasts, Sunny’s own demon awakened, and as a result he’s able to chop off Tommy’s arm and put him on the ropes. However, as he’s still having difficulty controlling this new power, Tommy still has a chance to strike back. Even so, Sunny’s true power turns out to be more frightening than his enemy imagined, and the fight ends with the hero’s hair literally devouring the menacing foe.
After some suspicious bits about a third group, the new food utopia Neo, we join Brunch. His opponent is a strange centaur man named Elg, who gained immortality by fusing with the offspring of the Nightmare Herac. Though Brunch’s electrical abilities pack a definite punch, Elg’s immortality proves frighteningly strong, even allowing him to regenerate new bodies from damaged cells! How can the limited power of electricity possibly overcome such a limitless ability?!
Finally, the group from Neo makes their move, assaulting Setsuno and even making her bleed! However, she proves plenty resilient and even a little frightening, simply outclassing the powerful traitors. Finally, Komatsu arrives just in time to find Toriko impaled by Starjun. Even if Toriko can recover, does he have a chance against this overwhelming enemy?
This volume is absolutely packed to the brim with action, and as a result it’s a thrilling read from beginning to end that ranks amongst the best in the series. In Sunny’s fight he gets a chance to show off his growth, and the ending to the battle is actually a bit horrifying in its own way. Brunch’s fight is actually the real surprise of the volume though, as it’s a little more unorthodox and makes for quite an interesting match. Add in a surprise twist midway through and an ending with a serious punch, and you get a book that’s sure to leave fans drooling for more!
Content Grade: A
Art Grade: B+
Packaging Grade: B+
Text/Translation Grade: B+
Age Rating: 13+
Released By: Viz Media
Release Date: February 3rd, 2015