A short film was created by Ufotable for the Jump Super Anime Tour 2009, with another created for the 2010 tour. The manga has also been adapted into an anime television series produced by Toei Animation, which was broadcast in Japan from 2011 to 2014. Additionally, Toei developed a 2011 animated 3D short film and a 2013 feature film. The manga series has been licensed for an English-language release by Viz Media in North America and Madman Entertainment in Australasia. Madman also licensed the anime series in Australasia, while Funimation licensed it in North America. In June 2014, Shueisha announced in volume 29 of Toriko that the series had more than 20 million volumes in print.
A short film simply titled Toriko, directed by Mitsuru Obunai and produced by Ufotable, was shown on October 12, 2009 at the Jump Super Anime Tour 2009. It was streamed on Weekly Shōnen Jump’s English website one month later. A second short, titled Toriko: Capture the Barbarian Ivy!, was shown at the following year’s Jump Super Anime Tour on October 23, 2010.
An animated 3D film short, Toriko 3D: Kaimaku! Gourmet Adventure!!, produced by Toei Animation, was released in Japanese theaters on March 19, 2011 as a double feature with the One Piece film One Piece 3D: Mugiwara Chase.
A feature-length film, Toriko the Movie: Bishokushin’s Special Menu, was released in theaters on July 27, 2013.
In December 2010, it was announced that Toei Animation would be adapting Toriko into an anime television series in 2011. It is directed by Akifumi Zako and began broadcasting in Japan on Fuji Television on April 3, 2011. It took over Dragon Ball Kai’s 9:00 am slot on Sunday in the “Dream 9” time-slot, airing before One Piece. A cross-over special between Toriko and One Piece, considered episode 1 of Toriko and episode 492 of One Piece, aired as the series’ premiere, with another between the two series airing on April 10, 2012, episode 51 of Toriko and episode 542 of One Piece. A two-part hour-long crossover special between Toriko, One Piece and Dragon Ball Z aired on Fuji TV on April 7, 2013. Referred to as Dream 9 Toriko & One Piece & Dragon Ball Z Super Collaboration Special!!, the parts are considered episode 590 of One Piece and episode 99 of Toriko respectively. The Toriko anime ended with episode 147 on March 30, 2014, being replaced by the return of Dragon Ball Kai.
In 2011, Funimation announced that it licensed Toriko for streaming in North America within four days after the Japanese broadcast. It premiered on Hulu and Funimation’s official website on April 14. Eventually, the series was rescheduled to stream within three days after the Japanese broadcast. Funimation began releasing the series on DVD with an English dub from January 8, 2013, which abruptly stopped on May 7, 2013, for unknown reasons. Madman Entertainment announced they licensed the anime for Australasia on February 3, 2013.
The planet of Toriko is separated into two parts; the Human World and the Gourmet World). The Human World is where modern civilization exists and occupies just 30% of the planet, the rest is the Gourmet World, which is inhospitable to most humans due to the strength of the wild life and extreme climate changes. In the Gourmet Age, which began five centuries ago at the end of the hundred-year war, the taste and texture of food is extremely important. The International Gourmet Organization (IGO), maintains order and defends civilians from dangerous animals and gourmet criminals. Originally set-up by the United Nations, the IGO is now independent from them and holds more influence as it is composed of 360 nations. They apply a numerical rating from 1 to 100, referred to as Capture Levels, to most ingredients based on the difficulty of acquiring it. The IGO has a group of seven individuals with highly sensitive taste, called the Gourmet 7 or G7, that are in charge of assigning the star ranking of restaurants and the ranking of chefs.
Individuals known as Gourmet Hunters, who have usually trained their abilities to that of superhuman, are regularly hired by restaurants and the rich to seek high-level ingredients and rare animals. One can also increase their strength by implanting Gourmet Cells into their bodies. Gourmet Revivers are those who dedicate themselves to protecting ingredients from extinction or exhaustion, and who can also arrest people that partake in the transaction of illegal goods, violate poaching laws, or causes extinction of an entire species.
is a Gourmet Hunter and the title character of the series. He has blue hair and wears an orange vest and short pants. He is one of the Four Heavenly Kings (also The Legendary Four), and his nickname is “The Glutton.”
Toriko’s hunting rule to only kill animals he is hunting, and to “knock” (immobilize) the rest. His regular technique is called “Fork and Knife” where he forms one of his hands as a claw (fork) and the other in a chop position (knife). His “Spiked Punch” attack is a series of punches to the same location that he employs to break through walls or defeat opponents.
He has immunity to 70 different poisons and also has an animal-like sense of smell. He adopts a Battle Wolf’s newborn pup and names it Terry.
Toriko has been featured in a crossover TV specials with One Piece‘s Monkey D. Luffy and Dragon Ball Z‘s Goku.
It is revealed that Starjun is his brother and his father is none than the great Gourmet God Acacia and his mother is the Chef Goddess Froese.
is a master chef at the Hotel Gourmet, which is part of the IGO (International Gourmet Organization). He is timid, but greatly interested by what he finds in his travels with Toriko. As a result, he tries to overcome his fear and does his best to help. He is a highly skilled and competent chef and has a large knowledge of foods that he knows which foods would work well. He is the only chef in the world who knows the complete recipe of the Century Soup. He keeps a baby Wall Penguin as a pet, which is also a key element of the soup. Toriko decided on Komatsu as the chef in his bishoku-ya and chef combo, which Komatsu accepted, (though Zebra and Sani have also indicated a desire for Komatsu to form a combo with them). Despite Komatsu’s small stature, he has shown remarkable courage in situations in which he might very well be killed. It is also revealed that despite his looks, he and Toriko are of the same age. He is also one of the few people who is able to get along amicably with all four Heavenly Kings. After gaining global recognition for finding a simple method to prepare Yuda’s “Medical Cooking Mochi,” Komatsu was put into the list of top 100 chefs in the world, ranked at 88.
- Century Soup: This legendary soup causes anyone who eats it to form a silly smile of utter satisfaction. Komatsu manages to recreate it after half of a year of experimentation. He decides not to apply to patent the recipe because the Wall Penguins would become over-hunted.
- Derous Knife: A knife made by Melk II. Using a Derous Fang and Komatsu’s broken knife, she made this knife that Komatsu uses to prepare countless dishes, as its sharpness has the potential to reach even legendary ingredients. Due to being created from Komatsu’s broken knife, he is able to handle its unbelievable sharpness.
- Food Luck: Apparently Komatsu has the ability to listen to the ‘voice’ of ingredients, thereby determining their whereabouts and how to prepare them. His Food Luck is so high that he is able to sense extremely hard to find, high-level ingredients instinctively.