Toriko Vol. 34 – Story and Art by Mitsutoshi Shimabukuro (a J!-ENT Manga Review)

April 25, 2016 by  


“Toriko” vol. 34 is about Toriko and the others racing against time to save Komatsu’s life.  Toriko and the four kings must defeat the Monkey King but can they do it?  If you love action and humor, Mitsutoshi Shimabukuro’s “Toriko” is recommended!

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MANGA TITLE: Toriko Vol. 34

STORY AND ART BY: Mitsutoshi Shimabukuro (古味直志)


PUBLISHED IN USA BY: VIZ Media, LLC/Shonen Jump Manga

RATED: T for Teen

RELEASE DATE: April 5, 2016

Toriko and the gang travel to Area 7 to capture Acacia’s Soup, Pair, to save Komatsu. There’s no room for monkey business, but what are they supposed to do when the Monkey King wants to play? Toriko and the gang must learn to unify their Gourmet Cells and best the playful monster at his own game to obtain Pair. There’s no foul play allowed, even if they have to reach below the belt for their prize.


The four kings (Toriko, Coco, Sunny and Zebra) have only 10 hours to get the ingredient to save Komatsu’s life.

And the ingredient is literally the balls of the Monkey King, the most powerful being in the region.

And when Toriko and others go against him, they learn of his great speed and strength.

Now the four kings (Toriko, Coco, Sunny and Zebra) must train in 100G settings in order

Find out what happens in vol. 33 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. 33, Komatsu and the four kings (Toriko, Coco, Sunny and Zebra) have rescue Area 8 and also, thanks to Komatsu, cook and prepare delicious meals made of Air.

But just when things were going great and everyone is celebrating, Teppei comes out of nowhere and rips Komatsu heart out of him, leaving him dead.  But the villagers managed to revive him temporarily and the only way to revive him is by finding Acacia’s Salad in Area 7.

But what will Toriko and others find waiting for them in the large continent?

In volume 34, the four kings (Toriko, Coco, Sunny and Zebra) must take on the Monkey King in order to revive Komatsu.

It won’t be easy as the Monkey King is incredibly powerful and quick, thanks to his training in 100G.  Knowing they don’t have much time to spare to save Komatsu, Toriko and the others must train for the biggest fight of their lives.


With the 34th volume of “Toriko”, needless to say, this is the wildest storyline by Mitsutoshi Shimabukuro.

Last volume, it was quite somber with the near death of Komatsu but with this latest volume, as they have ten hours to save Komatsu, the only way is by fighting the powerful and quick Monkey King and literally stealing the king’s balls (testicles).

And you can’t help but laugh because they know that they need to get them in order to save Komatsu, but when they start talking about the aroma and so forth, you can’t help but giggle because it’s so insane!

Needless to say, Toriko and the other kings must train until they become powerful enough to fight and defeat the Monkey King.

But can they do it?

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. 34 is about Toriko and the others racing against time to save Komatsu’s life.  Action-packed from beginning to end, Mitsutoshi Shimabukuro’s “Toriko” is recommended!

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