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Toriko: Part Four (a J!-ENT Anime DVD Review)

April 17, 2013 by  



“Toriko: Part Four” is about partnerships but Toriko knowing that from here on in, Komatsu is going to be his partner and he must do all he can to protect him and that is by getting stronger.  So, Toriko must undergo training and prepare himself for dangers that lie ahead.  A fun and crazy volume of “Toriko” that anime fans and foodies will enjoy!  “Toriko: Part four” is recommended!

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DVD TITLE: Toriko: Part Four

DURATION: Episodes 27-38

DVD INFORMATION: 4:3, Bilingual Japanese & English, Subtitles: English

COMPANY: FUNimation

RATED: 13+

Release Date: May 7, 2013

Originally created by Mitsutoshi Shimabukuro

Directed by Akifumi Zako

Series Composition by Isao Murayama

Script: Isao Murayama, Tomoko Taguchi, Yoichi Takahashi

Music by Hiromi Mizutani

Character Design by Hisashi Kagawa

Art by Masanobu Nomura

Anime Production by Toei Animation

Featuring the following voice talent:

Romi Park/Josh Grelle as Komatsu

Ryotaro Okiayu/Ian Sinclair as Toriko

Akio Ohtsuka as Livebearer

Akira Ishida as Tommyrod

Asami Tano/Leah Clark as Rin

Kokoro Kikuchi/Heather Walker as Cruppo

Banjou Ginga as Yosaku

Hideyuki Tanaka/Chuck Huber as Acacia

Hiro Yuuki as Ootake

Juurouta Kosugi as Mansam

Kenji Matsuda as Zebra

Kenjiro Ishimaru/Chris Guerrero as Narrator

Kenyuu Horiuchi as Ichiryu

Kokoro Kikuchi as Kruppoh

Masahito Yabe as Bei

Masaki Terasoma as Midora

Masaya Onosaka/David Wald as Teppei

Mitsuo Iwata/Aaron Robers as Sani (Sunny)

Nana Mizuki/Morgan Garrett as Tina

Sakiko Uran/Juli Erickson as Setsuno

Shinichiro Miki/Scott Freeman as Stajyun (Starjun)

Shinji Kawada/Robert McCollum as Johannes

Takahiro Sakurai/Jarrod Greene as Coco

Tetsuya Kakihara as Tom

Toshiyuki Morikawa/Philip Weber as Jirou

Yuji Mitsuya/Chris Rager as Grinpatch

Get ready for the next great anime adventure from TOEI, the legendary force behind Dragon Ball Z and One Piece! Welcome to the Gourmet Age, a time when the world is full of deliciously deadly ingredients that the wealthiest appetites in existence can’t wait to devour. But only a mighty masticating mercenary like Toriko can track down the rarest animals on the planet and put them on a plate! This gluttonous gourmet hunter is one of the four Legendary Kings, superhuman warriors born to battle the likes of Troll Kongs, Gararagators, and Devil Pythons! Accompanied by his loyal Battle Wolf and the promising young chef Komatsu, Toriko will circle the globe in search of the mouthwateringly lethal ingredients that will one day make up his Full Course Menu of Life! The more ferocious the beast the bigger the feast, but never forget the code of a true gourmet hunter: You gotta eat what you defeat!

The pursuit of for culinary delights continues in “Toriko: Part Three” as Toriko and Komatsu search for the “Century Soup” but unbeknownst to the group, someone powerful named Tommyrod a Sous Chef and members of the Gourmet Corps go after them.

Find out in “Toriko: Part Three” from FUNimation!

What is “Toriko”?

In Japan, we have seen Shonen Jump series that have had a long life, not just as manga but as anime series. From the “Dragon Ball” series, “One Piece”, “Naruto”, “Bleach” and another series that has captivated readers and viewers is “Toriko”.

Created by Mitsutoshi Shimabukuro in 2008, the manga series has been published on “Weekly Shonen Jump” and is currently on 22nd tankobon volume, while the anime series produced by Toei Animation is still being broadcast since 2011 on Fuji TV. And now the third part of the anime series will be released in the U.S. courtesy of FUNimation in March 2013.

The series is directed by Akifumi Zako (“Fresh Pretty Cure”, “Ashita no Nadia”, “Ojamajo Doremi Na-i-sho”), series composition by Isao Murayama (“Saint Seiya Omega”, “Kaidan Restaurant”), music by Hiromi Mizutani (“Hell Girl”, “Hyakko”), character designs by Hisashi Kagawa (“Bomberman Jetters”, “Hataraki Man”, “Fresh Pretty Cure”) and art direction by Masanobu Nomura (“Blue Drop”, “The Big O”, “K”, “The Idolm@ster”, “Gurren Lagann”).

It’s important to note that in Japan, the first episode was a cross-over special with “One Piece”. For the U.S. DVD release, this cross over episode is not included.

Toriko takes place during a time where gourmet is important. The taste, the texture of food and rare ingredients are what chefs seek for, but in order to get rare ingredients and animals, major organizations hire Bishokuya (which are “gourmet hunters”).

After the last volume of Toriko losing an arm and now going through a process that may regenerate his arm, Komatsu has been trying to find the necessary ingredients to complete the Century Soup and it appears that he has found it and may be able to help Toriko, grow back his arm.

Meanwhile, more adventures await Toriko but he needs to undergo major training in order to compete against significant foes.  But the IGO President gives him advice that from here on in, he will be best to partner with a chef for his adventures and with Toriko and Komatsu having endured several adventures, the question is if Komatsu is ready to put his life on the line for the ultimate ingredients.

Will Komatsu join Toriko in his next quest, this time to find the Ozone Grass that will put them in harms way but also to test out their partnership?

“Toriko: Part Four” features the following episodes (Note: Just to remind everyone that the episode 1 special featuring “One Piece” is not included. So, episode order is an episode off compared to what was shown in Japan.)

  • EPISODE 39 – Komatsu finds the final ingredient to complete the Century Soup!
  • EPISODE 40 – With the final ingredient, Toriko may get his arm back. Will it work?
  • EPISODE 41 – Toriko contacts his architect Smile to build him a candy house.
  • EPISODE 42 – Toriko, Sunny and CoCo look for the Seven-Color Nessie!
  • EPISODE 43 – The group continues on their quest to find the Seven-Color Nessie.
  • EPISODE 44 – Toriko wants to test his out his fighting technique against the IGO President.
  • EPISODE 45 – Toriko and Komatsu go on a mission to find the delicious Ozone Grass.
  • EPISODE 46 – Toriko and Komatsu continue on their perilous quest to find the Ozone Grass.
  • EPISODE 47 – Toriko and Komatsu find the Ozone Grass but also something sinister is also there.
  • EPISODE 48 – Toriko and Komatsu spy on what appears to be a GT Robot near the Ozone Grass.  Why is it there?
  • EPISODE 49 – Toriko goes on another training adventure!
  • EPISODE 50 – Toriko goes to the Underground Forest for training.

The main characters of “Toriko” are:

  • Toriko – A gourmet hunter and one of the “Four Heavenly Kings” who loves to eat! Toriko does not kill and just eat any animal, he only will kill those that he wants to eat. A man with animal-tracking senses, superhuman strength, fighting skills and immunity to many poisons.
  • Komatsu – A five star chef who works for the Hotel Gourmet, a prestigious restaurant owned by the International Gourmet Organization. A highly skilled chef who wants to get better and that is why he wants to join Toriko on his mission to find rare ingredients and become the best chef in the world.
  • Coco – One of the “Four Heavenly Kings” who is a fortune teller and has exceptional stealth techniques and a wonderful animal tracker who is also immune to many poisons.
  • Sunny – One of the “Four Heavenly Kings” and the older brother of Rin. He has a talent of sensing ones physical state.
  • Zebra – One of the “Four Heavenly Kings” and is the most powerful of the four. Often angry and has a short-temper.
  • Rin – A member of IGO who is tomboyish in nature, she has a major crush on Toriko and the younger sister of Sunny.
  • Mansam – The IGO Development Bureau Director and Gourmet Research Facility Chief. An old friend of Toriko.
  • Tina – A television reporter for “Gourmet News” who is following Toriko and Komatsu.
  • Takimaru – A member of the Gourmet Knights and is able to dislodge an opponents bones and joints.
  • Setsuno – The Gourmet Living National Treasure and one of the top five chefs in the world.
  • Match – The Chief of the Gourmet Yakuza and a close friend of Toriko.
  • Teppei – A famous healer working for Yosaku and the grandchild of Jiro.
  • Yosako – Runs a revival institute in Mother Wood. Wears clothes stained in blood.
  • Grinpatch – An evil sous chef for the Gourmet Corps, best known for his black teeth, four arms and giant straw.
  • Tommyrod – An evil sous chef for the Gourmet corps. Able to shoot out parasitic bugs from his body and has no need for a GT Robo.
  • Barrygamon – 4th Branch Head of the Gourmet corps. Known for wearing special armor made from the shell of a Crush Turtle.
  • Bogie Woods – 5th Branch Chief of the Gourmet corps. Able to manipulate his bones and joints.

VIDEO & AUDIO:

“Toriko” is an anime series that is full of detail for a TV series. Produced by Toei Animation, the animated series has a style of a classic old school anime series in terms of character design but what catches your eye is the detailed art backgrounds which are fantastic. Some scenes are in CG (such as water effects) but I really enjoyed the animation for this series.

As for audio, “Toriko” is presented in English 5.1 surround and in Japanese stereo. The English 5.1 soundtrack has better dynamic range when it comes to use of the surround channels but both are well-acted. For the English dub, both Ian Sinclair and Josh Grelle are both FUNimation veterans who are well-known for their voice work on series such as “Black Butler”, “Bird the Mighty” and “Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood”.

For the Japanese soundtrack, you also get to hear veterans Romi Park (best known as Edward Elric for the “Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood” series and Toushiro Hitsugaya in “Bleach”) as Komatsu and Ryotaro Okiayu (Katsuhiko Jinnai in “El Hazard”, Scar on “Fullmetal Alchemist” and Kunimitsu Tezuka of “Prince of Tennis”) and Park’s delivery of the constant fear that Komatsu is often encountering is well-captured in her voice.

Subtitles are in English.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

“Toriko: Part Four” comes with the following special features:

  • Episode 40 Audio Commentary – Featuring audio commentary by Ian Sinclair (Toriko) and Jarrod Greene (Coco).
  • Feast with the Cast of Toriko: Episode 42 Video Commentary – Featuring a video commentary by Ian Sinclair (Toriko), Jarrod Greene (Coco), Aaron Robers (Sunny) and Morgan Garrett (Tina) as the four have cooked and brought their own dishes and each tries each other’s food.
  • Episode 46 Audio Commentary– Featuring audio commentary by Ian Sinclair (Toriko) and Josh Grelle (Komatsu).
  • Textless Opening and Ending Songs – Textless opening for “Gatsu Gatsu!!” by Akira Kushida and closing theme “Sabrina” by Leo Ieiri.
  • U.S. Trailer – FUNimation trailer for “Toriko”.
  • Trailers – FUNimation trailers

The fun adventures of Toriko and friends continue in “Toriko: Part Four”!

With the last volume being action-packed, the storyline begins to take a breather as Toriko has to get better after his last fight and recuperate from losing an arm but knowing that he must get more training in order to prepare himself for more of these perilous adventures.

While the first half of the series deals with Komatsu finding the ingredients to complete the Century Soup and Toriko feeling good about his new attacks, he finds out quickly that it’s not even enough to go against the IGO President.  Knowing this, he needs more training.  And what best than to go on adventures with his brothers but also another adventure with Komatsu.

But most importantly, knowing that any adventures in the future, he will need to bring a partner who is a chef and what best than to put his trust into Komatsu.  The question is…with so much danger, will Komatsu want to be involved in these adventures.

For the second part of the series, it focuses on Toriko and Komatsu’s quest to find the Ozone Grass but knowing that an ominous presence is also there looking for it.  Knowing what is at stake and knowing he must do all he can to protect Komatsu in the future, Toriko knows he needs more training and to become more powerful.  Can he do it?

As for the DVD, the picture quality is pretty cool with the old school style of animation in combined with modern style of detailed art backgrounds and CG use. The series looks very good and it’s a colorful anime series that doesn’t look too soft. And for special features, you get two audio commentary from FUNimation English voice dub talent but possibly the wildest video commentary is featuring four of the voice talent cooking their own food and everyone partaking in the meal.  The video commentary was a wonderful addition to part four and I hope this become a permanent feature for each “Toriko” DVD release because not only does it makes sense, but it’s just so much fun to watch and listen to.

Overall, “Toriko: Part Four” is about partnerships but Toriko knowing that from here on in, Komatsu is going to be his partner and he must do all he can to protect him and that is by getting stronger.  So, Toriko must undergo training and prepare himself for dangers that lie ahead.

A fun and crazy volume of “Toriko” that anime fans and foodies will enjoy!  “Toriko: Part four” is recommended!






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