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

March 10, 2013 by  



“Toriko: Part Three” features even more hardcore action!  The “Century Soup Arc” features plenty of intense battles and the most powerful rival that Toriko has faced so far!  Exciting, action-packed, a lot of fun and definitely recommended!

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DVD TITLE: Toriko: Part Three

DURATION: Episodes 27-38

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

COMPANY: FUNimation

RATED: 13+

Release Date: March 19, 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

Toriko, Komatsu, and a host of hopeful heroes bundle up and begin the treacherous trek into the chilling confines of Ice Hell! The prize that lies ahead, Century Soup, is among the rarest of gourmet treasures – and without a doubt, the most divine delicacy ever to grace a bowl and spoon. Once every hundred years this luxurious liquid forms at the center of a chilling continent crafted completely from ice!

Toriko and his culinarily-inclined sidekick Komatsu are determined to slurp up the sweet rewards of their journey, but something evil stands in their way. While Komatsu desperately seeks the soup, Tommyrod – a Gourmet Corps henchman with insects on the inside – pushes Toriko to the breaking point in a bugged out battle for the ages. Gourmet glory awaits, but only if they survive!

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”).

The series begins with a chef named Komatsu who is dispatched by the International Gourmet Organization (IGO) to find Toriko in order to capture a rare animal known as a Gararagator (level 8). When Komatsu arrives, he sees the gourmet hunter easily catching a Pincer Fish. When Toriko finds out that Komatsu is trying to catch a Gararagator, Toriko who loves the challenge, agrees.

While Komatsu is timid and often scared of the creatures in the swamp and jungle, they come across a Gararagator, which is a gigantic red alligator and Toriko manages to kill it with his “Fork and Knife” technique but instead of giving the Gararagator to Komatsu for his organization, his intention to catching it was for a full-course menu. Wanting to become a world-renown chef, Komatsu feels that by being with Toriko, he can achieve that. So he asks if he can accompany Toriko on his adventures capturing animals for gourmet and Toriko accepts.

But as the two embark on their mission, they are challenged by a rival organization known as the Gourmet Corps who are bent on controlling the world’s ingredients and wanting the two dead.

In part three of “Toriko”, the group head out in the cold, frigid weather to look for Century Soup.  Hard to find and very dangerous, Toriko and friends are ready to find the soup…but also searching for the soup is the evil Gourmet Corps and Gourmet Yakuza.

Who will get to it first?

“Toriko: Part Three” 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 27 – Toriko takes on a giant Silver Grizzly.
  • EPISODE 28 – Toriko’s hand is frozen solid during an encounter with the Gourmet corps.  Komatsu goes to find the Century Soup along with Tina.
  • EPISODE 29 – Toriko vs. Tommyrod, Takamaru vs. Bogie Woods.
  • EPISODE 30 – Takamaru vs. Bogie Woods, Match vs. Barrygamon.
  • EPISODE 31 – The battle between Toriko vs. Tommyrod continues!
  • EPISODE 32 – Teppei comes to help out, meanwhile Toriko’s battle against Tommyrod continues.
  • EPISODE 33 – The battle between Toriko and Tommyrod continues as Toriko unleashes his Thirteen-Fold Spike Punch.
  • EPISODE 34 – With Teppei coming to help, Tommyrod releases the Parasite Emperor.  Will Komatsu find the Century Soup.
  • EPISODE 35 – The Gourmet Corps has stolen the Century Soup and now Komatsu is devastated.  But Teppei comes up with an idea.
  • EPISODE 36 – Saved by Granny Setsu, Toriko and friends are taken to Life for some healing.
  • EPISODE 37 – As the group continues to heal, Toriko finds Sunny in the area.
  • EPISODE 38 – Toriko finds out that he may be able to grow a new arm.  Meanwhile, Komatsu tries to find the final ingredient to make “Century Soup””.

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 Three” comes with the following special features:

  • Episode 30 Audio Commentary – Featuring audio commentary by Ian Sinclair (Toriko), Jason Douglas (Match), Jerry Jewell (Bogie Woods).
  • Episode 34 Audio Commentary– Featuring audio commentary by Tyler Walker (ADR Director) and Dave Wall (Teppei).
  • Textless Opening and Ending Songs – Textless opening for “Gatsu Gatsu!!” by Akira Kushida and closing for “Deli-Deli*Delicious” by Sea A and “Sabrina” by Leo Ieiri.
  • U.S. Trailer – FUNimation trailer for “Toriko”.
  • Trailers – FUNimation trailers

The most intense “Toriko” arc yet!

In the first 25 episodes of “Toriko”, writers have used the episodes to introduce characters and also special abilities but to also how competitive things have been between the IGO and the Gourmet Corps.

Be episode 27, with the “Century Soup” arc, the action and fighting scenes have been increased considerably as Toriko and friends fight their greatest matchup yet.

The battle between Toriko vs. Tommyrod can be compared to epic battles such as Goku vs. Freezer (of “Dragon Ball Z”) but not as drawn out in dozens of episodes.  In the case of “Toriko”, the battle between the two show how far the two would go to win a battle and this includes the two prominent characters losing limbs.  Also, you have other characters involved in battle such as Takamaru vs. Bogie Woods and Match vs. Barrygamon going at the same time.  But if anything, grateful that these battles did not take nearly 20-episodes but half of that and we begin to learn that the rivalry between the IGO and Gourmet Corps is becoming more challenging, difficult and deadly.

There are more characters introduced in the “Century Soup” arc and the introduction of Teppei is pretty awesome as he not only heals, but he also fight!

While a more action-driven story arc, there is still quite a bit of humor and fun scenes included, especially as Komatsu tries to remake the Century Soup that he once tasted and seeing how things will develop for the next story arc involving the IGO taking part in the “Gourmet King Championship”.

While I have read many manga and watched many drama that had centered around food, “Toriko” is rather interesting in the fact that these surprising ingredients tend to be exotic fruit guarded by monsters or some type of behemoth or animals that look like they come out of the Jurassic age.

So far with the first 38 episodes, the adventures are quite enjoyable as Toriko and Komatsu are on various adventures commissioned by the International Gourmet Organization to find an exotic item for a dish or some dangerous animal. Toriko like Kenshiro of “Hokuto no Ken” is gifted with tremendous fighting ability, while Komatsu is well… a good companion and a chef that wants to be the world best.

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 three audio commentary from FUNimation English voice dub talent.

Overall, “Toriko: Part Three” is my favorite arc so far.  Action-packed, a lot of fun and exciting adventures that fans of action/adventure anime series will surely enjoy.  Recommended!






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