Cover of the first tankōbon volume, released in Japan on November 4, 2008.
|Genre||Action, Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy|
|Written by||Mitsutoshi Shimabukuro|
|Magazine||Weekly Shōnen Jump|
|Original run||May 19, 2008 – ongoing|
|Directed by||Mitsuru Obunai|
|Written by||Masaki Hiramatsu|
|Released||October 12, 2009|
|Toriko: Capture the Barbarian Ivy!|
|Released||October 23, 2010|
|Toriko 3D: Kaimaku! Gourmet Adventure!!|
|Directed by||Junji Shimizu|
|Written by||Isao Murayama|
|Music by||Hiromi Mizutani|
|Released||March 19, 2011|
|Anime television series|
|Directed by||Akifumi Zako|
|Produced by||Makoto Seino
|Written by||Isao Murayama|
|Music by||Hiromi Mizutani|
|Network||Fuji TV (and other FNS stations)|
|Original run||April 3, 2011 – ongoing|
|Gekijō-ban Toriko Bishokushin no Special Menu|
|Released||July 23, 2013|
Toriko (トリコ Toriko ) is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Mitsutoshi Shimabukuro. It has been serialized in Weekly Shōnen Jump since May 19, 2008, and has been collected into 23 tankōbon volumes by Shueisha as of February 4, 2013. It follows the adventure of Toriko, a Gourmet Hunter, as he searches for rare, diverse foods to complete a full-course meal. On his journey, he is accompanied by a timid chef who wants to improve his skills.
A short film was created by Ufotable for the Jump Super Anime Tour 2009, with another created for the 2010 tour. The series has also been adapted into a television anime series produced by Toei Animation, which has been broadcast in Japan since 2011. Additionally, Toei developed a 2011 animated 3D short film and a feature film that well open in theaters on July 23, 2013. The manga series is 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 Entertainment licensed it in North America.
In a world where the taste and texture of food is extremely important, there exist individuals known as Gourmet Hunters (美食屋 Bishokuya ) who specialize in the acquisition of rare ingredients and animals. Toriko is one of these hunters and it is his dream to find the most precious foods in the world and create the ultimate dinner course. As one of the most skilled hunters in the world, he is regularly hired by restaurants and the rich to seek out new ingredients and rare animals. A man with inhuman ability, he utilizes his incredible strength and knowledge of the animal kingdom to capture ferocious, evasive, and rare beasts to further his ultimate goal. He is accompanied by a weak and timid chef named Komatsu who, inspired by Toriko's ambition, travels with him to improve his culinary skills and to find rare ingredients. An organization that seeks to take control of the world's entire food supply increases the struggle.
Written and illustrated by Mitsutoshi Shimabukuro, Toriko began serialization in the manga anthology Weekly Shōnen Jump on May 19, 2008. The individual chapters have been published into tankōbon volumes since November 4, 2008. As of December 4, 2012, the series spans over 200 chapters and 22 tankobon volumes. Readers and fans of the series can submit ideas and designs for monsters that appear in the manga.
Shimabukuro collaborated with Eiichiro Oda, author of One Piece, for a crossover one-shot of their series titled One Piece x Toriko: The True Food! Devil Fruit, which ran in the April 4, 2011 issue of Weekly Shōnen Jump. There is also a spin-off manga series of Toriko titled Gourmet Academy Toriko (グルメ学園トリコ), written by Toshinori Takayama and illustrated by Akitsugu Mizumoto. It has been serialized in Saikyō Jump since 2011, with three collected tankōbon as of February 4, 2013.
At San Diego Comic-Con International 2009, Viz Media announced they had licensed Toriko for an English-language release. The first collected volume of Toriko was released on June 1, 2010, and Viz has released fourteen volumes as of February 5, 2013. The manga premiered in the February 2010 edition of a digital supplement available only to subscribers of Viz's printed Shonen Jump magazine. When the printed magazine ended, Toriko was one of the launch titles of its digital successor Weekly Shonen Jump (originally named Weekly Shonen Jump Alpha), starting with chapter 171 in its debut issue on January 30, 2012. The Toriko and One Piece crossover was sent out free to annual subscribers of the magazine who signed up before April 30, 2012. Madman Entertainment released the first volume in Australasia on July 10, 2010, and have released fourteen volumes as of March 10, 2013.
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! (トリコ バーバリアンアイビーを捕獲せよ!), 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!! (トリコ3D 開幕!グルメアドベンチャー!! Toriko Surīdī: Kaimaku! Gurume Adobenchā!! ), 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, Gekijō-ban Toriko Bishokushin no Special Menu (劇場版トリコ 美食神の超食宝), will open 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, referred to as Dream 9 Toriko & One Piece & Dragon Ball Z Super Collaboration Special!!, aired on Fuji TV on April 7, 2013.
In 2011, Funimation Entertainment announced that it has 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. Madmen Entertainment announced they licensed the anime for Australasia on February 3, 2013. The anime began airing on Cartoon Network Korea in 2012.
Video games 
There have been four video games created based on Toriko. Two for the PlayStation Portable, Toriko: Gourmet Survival (2011) and Toriko: Gourmet Survival 2 (2012), and two for the Nintendo 3DS, Toriko: Gourmet Monsters! (2012) and Toriko: Gourmet ga Battle! (2013).
Toriko is currently enjoying considerable success. Readers have consistently ranked it among the top five Weekly Shōnen Jump titles in the magazine's popularity polls alongside the best-sellers like One Piece, Naruto, and Bleach. In 2009, Toriko was nominated for the second annual Manga Taishō award. The first and second collected tankōbon volumes, both released on November 4, 2008, were ranked 10th and 11th respectively on Oricon's manga chart for their first week, with nearly 70,000 and 67,000 copies sold. It was the 10th best-selling manga series during the first half of 2011, which counts from November 22, 2010 to May 22, 2011, with over 1.8 million copies sold. Toriko was the 11th best-selling series of 2012, with over 3 million copies sold between November 21, 2011 and November 18, 2012. By March 2012, total sales for the series have broken through 12 million copies.
See also 
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- "トリコ／23" [Toriko, Vol. 23] (in Japanese). Shueisha. Retrieved 2013-03-20.
- "Toriko Manga Accused of Including Dragon Quest Monster". Anime News Network. 2009-10-21. Retrieved 2013-03-20.
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- "Toriko, Volume 1". Viz Media. Retrieved 2011-05-12.
- "Toriko, Volume 14". Viz Media. Retrieved 2013-03-20.
- "Viz Announces Online Shonen Jump Supplement". Anime News Network. 2010-11-01. Retrieved 2013-03-20.
- "Viz's Shonen Jump Print Magazine to End Next March". Anime News Network. 2010-11-01. Retrieved 2013-03-20.
- "Viz to Launch Weekly Shonen Jump Alpha Digital Anthology". Anime News Network. 2011-10-14. Retrieved 2013-03-20.
- "Toriko (Manga) Vol. 01". Madman Entertainment. Retrieved 2013-03-20.
- "Toriko (Manga) Vol. 14". Madman Entertainment. Retrieved 2013-03-20.
- "Toriko, Yu-Gi-Oh! 10th Special Anime Shorts Announced". Anime News Network. 2009-07-05. Retrieved 2013-03-20.
- "Naruto, Toriko, One Piece Event Anime Shorts Streamed". Anime News Network. 2009-11-30. Retrieved 2013-03-20.
- "Beelzebub, Toriko Manga on Jump Super Anime Tour". Anime News Network. 2010-06-30. Retrieved 2013-03-20.
- "oriko, One Piece Get 3D Film Double-Billing". Anime News Network. 2010-09-29. Retrieved 2013-03-20.
- "New Toriko Film's Title, Opening Date, Visual Revealed". Anime News Network. 2013-03-04. Retrieved 2013-03-20.
- "Toriko Manga Gets TV Anime Series Next April". Anime News Network. 2010-12-14. Retrieved 2013-03-20.
- "TVアニメ『トリコ』2011年4月3日（日）朝9時よりフジテレビ系列にて放送開始！" (Press release) (in Japanese). Toei Company. 2011-03-04. Retrieved 2011-03-10.
- "Toriko Manga Gets TV Anime Series Next April". Anime News Network. 2010-12-14. Retrieved 2011-03-09.
- "「週刊少年ジャンプ」イチ押しの超大型作品『トリコ』が、2011年4月いよいよアニメ化！！". Fuji Television. 2010-12-18. Retrieved 2011-04-09.
- "Toriko, One Piece Get Crossover TV Anime Special". Anime News Network. 2011-03-02. Retrieved 2011-03-09.
- "Toriko, One Piece, Dragon Ball Z Get Crossover Anime Special". Anime News Network. 2013-03-20. Retrieved 2013-02-06.
- "Toei Animation Announces Online Streaming of Toriko". Anime News Network. 2011-04-13. Retrieved 2011-04-13.
- Rojas, Justin (2011-04-19). "Watch Toriko and One Piece Wednesdays on Hulu". Funimation Entertainment. Retrieved 2011-05-04.
- "Funimation to Release Wolf Children, Toriko on Home Video". Anime News Network. 2012-10-14. Retrieved 2012-10-15.
- "Madman Entertainment Panel from Wai-Con 2013". Anime News Network. Retrieved 2013-03-20.
- "Metal Gear Solid, Catherine, Toriko Game Promos Posted". Anime News Network. 2011-06-21. Retrieved 2013-04-16.
- "Toriko Gourmet Survival 2 Game Heads to PSP Next Summer". Anime News Network. 2011-12-09. Retrieved 2013-04-16.
- "Toriko Gourmet Monsters 3DS Game's Teaser Video Posted". Anime News Network. 2012-09-21. Retrieved 2013-04-16.
- "Toriko: Gourmet ga Battle! 3DS Game Announced". Anime News Network. 2013-03-19. Retrieved 2013-04-16.
- "10 Titles Nominated for 2nd Manga Taisho Awards". Anime News Network. 2002-01-18. Retrieved 2013-03-20.
- "Japanese Comic Ranking, November 4-10". Anime News Network. 2008-11-12. Retrieved 2013-03-20.
- "Top-Selling Manga in Japan by Series: 2011 (First Half)". Anime News Network. 2011-05-31. Retrieved 2013-03-20.
- "30 Top-Selling Manga in Japan by Series: 2012". Anime News Network. 2012-12-02. Retrieved 2013-03-20.
- Mentioned in Toriko chapter 178.
- Official manga website of Weekly Shōnen Jump
- Official anime website of Toei Animation
- Official anime website of Fuji Television
- Official manga website of Viz Media
- Official manga website of Shonen Jump
- Official manga website of Madman Entertainment
- Toriko (manga) at Anime News Network's Encyclopedia
- Toriko (anime) at Anime News Network's Encyclopedia
- Toriko Wikia, the Toriko Encyclopedia Wiki