Toriko Vol. 29 – Story and Art by Mitsutoshi Shimabukuro (a J!-ENT Manga Review)
August 13, 2015 by Dennis Amith
“Toriko” vol. 29 continues the action-packed storyline and we get to see the most powerful leaders of both IGO and Gourmet Corp. organizations taking on each other, while Toriko tries to find himself after his loss and loss of power.
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MANGA TITLE: Toriko Vol. 29
STORY AND ART BY: Mitsutoshi Shimabukuro (古味直志)
FIRST PUBLISHED IN JAPAN: SHUEISHA, Inc.
PUBLISHED IN USA BY: VIZ Media, LLC/Shonen Jump Manga
RATED: T for Teen
RELEASE DATE: August 4, 2015
The horrific conclusion of the epic battle between the heads of rival organizations the IGO and Gourmet Corp. spells disaster for the entire world, and the sun sets on the Age of Gourmet. Having lost his appetite for life, Toriko wanders the world. Meanwhile, Toriko’s chef partner Komatsu finds a new purpose… at Gourmet Corp.!
Toriko has lost against Starjun and also has lost his powers. Meanwhile, IGO President Ichiryu takes on Gourmet Corp. boss, Midora, Two brothers of Acacia, who have become enemies.
But it is revealed that a third organization exists and they have double agents who were working for both IGO and Gourmet Corp.
Find out who wins between Ichiryu vs. Midora and what will happen with Toriko and Komatsu?
Find out in vol. 29 of Mitsutoshi Shimabukuro’s hit manga series, “Toriko”!
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 28th tankobon volume, while the anime series produced by Toei Animation is still being broadcast since 2011 on Fuji TV.
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 and eventually the two become great friends and a team. As Toriko evolves in power and technique, Komatsu has evolved as a chef.
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 to do all they can to hinder or even kill both Toriko and Komatsu.
But the two have endured and Komatsu has managed to cook exciting dishes thanks to Toriko’s ability to find these hard to get ingredients, sometimes both braving the most difficult missions to get the best ingredients, which typically have a high capture rate.
In vol. 24, Komatsu has gone through major training thanks to his adventures with Toriko and the Four Kings. After creating the medicinal mochi that have saved countless lives, his quick preparation and cooking skills has led him to be #88 on the World Chef Ranking and the right to take part in the Cooking Festival, which is held every four years.
For every chef, the dream is to become the “Super Cook” and only five chefs have received that title.
Featuring 100 contenders who must create a full-course meal, but not all will succeed. How far will Komatsu go?
In volume 25, Komatsu has made it into the the finals but unfortunately, as the chefs prepare for the final competitions, Starjun and the Gourmet Corps begin their attack at the Cooking Festival in order to kidnap the top chefs.
In volume 29, the aftermath of the battle between the IGO vs. Gourmet Corp. Meanwhile, the battle between the head of both IGO (Ichiryu) and Gourmet Corp. (Midora) are the last ones left standing and now it’s a battle of the death between the two brothers.
As the last four volumes have been action-packed as the IGO vs. the Gourmet Corp., and Toriko’s fight against Starjun having come to an end and leaving Toriko now without power, Toriko has lost his passion for fighting and searching for the best food on the planet. Can the people who depend on him help get Toriko back on his feet?
Meanwhile, it comes down to the final matchup between IGO bossman Ichiryu taking on Midora of Gourmet Corp. One man will live and the other will die?
Which one of these two superpowers will live a next day?
As always, the story for “Toriko” is far-out but so much fun and creative! The artwork by Mitsutoshi Shimabukuro is well-done as the detail of each panel is amazing and there is no doubt that he is one of the few manga artists that really goes all out in his artwork.
Overall, “Toriko” vol. 29 continues the action-packed storyline and we get to see the most powerful leaders of both IGO and Gourmet Corp. organizations taking on each other, while Toriko tries to find himself after his loss and loss of power.
With a lot of humor and delightful storytelling, fans of the manga/anime series will no doubt enjoy this action-packed volume of Mitsutoshi Shimabukuro’s “Toriko”!
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