|Relatives||Ichiryu (adopted son),|
Jiro (adopted son),
Midora (adopted son)
|Manga Debut||Chapter 50|
|Anime Debut||Episode 15|
|Japanese Voice||Hideyuki Tanaka|
|English Voice||Chuck Huber|
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|“||Continuing to live... means continuing to eat things... And continuing to eat things.. means to keep killing things... Nature is always... giving life to us... That is why we share. Food... and life...||”|
—Acacia's last words to his beloved Froese over her grave.
Acacia (アカシア Akashia) is the greatest Gourmet Hunter in history and is renowned and worshiped as the holy "Bishokushin" (美食神) by the people of the Human World. Throughout his life and career, he discovered countless ingredients all over the world, including the Gourmet Jellyfish from which he discovered the Gourmet Cells, and is the first and only person to find the holy and phantasmal ingredient GOD, taking most of his life to do so and was only able to discover it in his final years. With GOD he was able to stop the great war that nearly destroyed the Human World centuries ago and begin the bright new Gourmet Age that would be based entirely around his philosophies on food. He was also the combo partner of the legendary "Chef Goddess", Froese.
Acacia is a tall and muscular light-skinned man with long brown hair which he kept tied in a ponytail, his eyes appeared to have white or very light-colored pupils with very large eyebrows and under his eyes he had very pronounced tear-troughs. He is shown to have a large gash on his forehead when he is not wearing his turban.
For his attire, Acacia favors loose, athletic maroon and purple clothing which featured numerous purple bands and a pink turban, somewhat similar to Coco's attire. During the Gourmet War, he sported a goatee and had gained a few wrinkles.
Acacia is a brilliant and enlightened man of selflessness and great wisdom who only desired peace and food for all in the world. He is an intelligent man who had a great understanding of both science and spiritual philosophy, and he used these skills to help bring peace to all. He seemed cheerful and happy during his life, even having a sense of humor to annoy Jiro in his youth, however he shows a very serious persona when danger comes close, making no light of any danger that comes or when a serious situation such as PAIR's warnings comes into a conversation. Acacia cared deeply for Froese as well as their adopted children, possessing a close and loving bond with his family. When she passed away he was gravely saddened to the point of tears, but tried to stay strong for his family and the world.
It was mentioned that he was mindful of Jiro's great physical power and brutal personality so he sealed his "strength" and gave him "technique" which exhibits his intelligence in teaching and restraint. It was also revealed that Acacia had apparently made a secret arrangement with the Blue Nitro after having saved, and was saved by in return, the Blue Nitro PAIR when they were both on the verge of dying. The deal would allow Acacia to find out how to reach the Ends of the Earth while also helping the Blue Nitro to get there. He also planted unknown "seeds" that would ensure his success in the worst case scenario, such as when Froese unexpectedly became ill, he purposely made sure that Midora went in search of the Cure Water to heal her despite the incredible danger of doing so. These decisions may show that Acacia could choose an action that could be perceived as questionable for the sake of the greater good.
However, within Acacia lay a dark side born from his own Appetite Demon, a being that the Gourmet Nobles had been searching millions of years for and would be the key to finishing their goal of cooking the Earth. It is unknown how much influence this demon had over Acacia or what their relationship was like.
Powers and AbilitiesEdit
Acacia is widely renowned as the greatest Gourmet Hunter to ever live, great enough to be called the Gourmet God and is considered the founder of the Gourmet Age. He was capable of pursuing many high level ingredients, particularly those in the notorious Gourmet World. He is also a brilliant individual with advanced knowledge of biology and fauna as shown with his extensive research of Gourmet Cells and many species of animals. Acacia also had extreme longevity, as he is said to have discovered Gourmet Cells roughly 605 years prior to the current storyline, despite having disciples who are still alive. Another testament of his strength is that all his students went on to become legendary in their own rights. Through unknown means, Acacia was able to seal the enormity of Jiro's raw strength and gave him insight on "technique". This shows his capabilities of teaching is remarkable since Jiro went on to be known as "Knocking Master". Since he is the only one besides "Chef God" Froese that has eaten the phantasmal full course both together made, Acacia had full control over his gourmet cells. This accompanied by eating and doing "food breakdown on every ingredient of this world" (stated by Mitsutoshi). Acacia was also able to hear the voice of ingredients, which clarifies that it isn't specific to chefs. Based on all of this, it can be suggested that Acacia is unbelievably powerful and a force to be reckoned with.
During its travels, the Blue Nitro PAIR discovered that Acacia had been harboring an Appetite Demon within him. However, unlike any Appetite Demon which PAIR had encountered, Acacia's Appetite Demon was of a completely different level to any one could possibly imagine. The Appetite Demon lurking within Acacia is said that of the Demon King, however due to lack of knowledge, or even lack of information, no one truly knows the nature of Acacia's Appetite Demon.
Not much is known about Acacia's past, but at some point in his life he became a Gourmet Hunter and discovered many ingredients and made many miraculous and revolutionary discoveries. 600 years ago he discovered a creature known as the Gourmet Jellyfish, and through research he found that it possessed a unique breed of cells (that he named Gourmet Cells) which allowed it to regenerate its body from even the most severe wounds and any creature that would eat the Gourmet Jellyfish would end up becoming stronger and its flavor would increase. Acacia harnessed and used the Gourmet Cells to create and develop new breeds of creatures and flavors.
Five years later, he began studying a highly intelligent species known as the Nitro. This species eventually led him to discover the mystical ingredient known as GOD which possessed the essence of all the flavors in the world, making it the greatest main dish in the world, he would then make it his goal to add this dish into his Full Course Menu. He would also come across the mysterious talking Nitro known as PAIR (the Blue Nitro named after Area 7's Food Treasure), during one of his dangerous travels. When he and PAIR met one another, the consumed each other for energy as well as to fulfill the recent methods of capturing the Food Treasure, PAIR. After their encounter, the Blue Nitro would share a vast amount of knowledge with Acacia relating to future events, such as the appearance of GOD and the coming of the Four Beast. Some time possibly after his meeting, Acacia had apparently encountered the mysterious Blue Nitros, that would make a secret and unknown arrangement with Acacia in exchange for helping him to obtain GOD.
500 years ago a devastating war had begun in the Human World known as the Gourmet War which lasted over 100 years and threatened to destroy mankind. The war began sometime after Acacia's discovery of Gourmet Cells which resulted in a higher demand for food and an intense struggle began over the few resources that the Human World had for the immensely high demand. For many years, Acacia began researching ways to attain GOD and use it in hopes of ending the war while Froese focused on producing enough ingredients to distribute to those affected by the war's continued onslaught and food shortages.
It was during this time that the young combo would discover two young orphans of incredible potential and adopted them as their own, naming them Ichiryu and Jiro. The family lived together for many years and eventually they would gain a third son, a young feral boy who Froese had saved from starvation, and they would name him Midora. The family lived happily for many years and Acacia taught his sons many secrets and techniques and shared with him his knowledge of Gourmet Cells, the Eight Kings and many rare ingredients such as the Cure Water that could instantly heal the body and spirit of Gourmet Cell users.
Many years later, once their children had reached adulthood, Acacia and Froese were sought out by the Blue Nitro who had been sent by PAIR to bring the two humans to it. Acacia and Froese warned their sons to not battle the Blue Nitro as their power was too great and they left that night for the Gourmet World.
Much time passed after that with even the Gourmet Solar Eclipse appearing during this time, but Acacia would eventually return however with a gravely ill Froese in his arms. He explained that Froese had become weak due to overusing her "Cooking God" technique and needed rest. Knowing that she would likely not heal, Acacia had apparently made sure that an unknowing Midora would seek out the Cure Water and use it to restore Froese, as she would be necessary to reach the Ends of the Earth and obtain GOD. However, obtaining the Cure Water proved too much for Midora and he was left gravely wounded, forcing Froese to enter her Cooking God mode one last time in order to save him. This would prove to be her demise, and her family would find her limp body in the arms of her tearful son Midora. The following day, Froese was given a proper funeral by her family and Acacia tearfully said farewell to Froese and apologized that he could not stay as he had to leave on his journey and leave her behind.
At an unknown point, either taking place before he left on his journey or came back from it, Acacia would distribute GOD to the leaders of every nation of the world, allowing them to become enlightened by its divine taste and cease their hostilities, thus bringing an end to the dreaded centuries-long world war, and beginning what would currently be known as the Gourmet Age. An age that would mark the beginning of peace and unity in the world that solely focused on helping produce and provide food to everyone in the world.
While Acacia did teach his sons many hunting techniques and shared with them vast knowledge that were to become the basis of their greatness in the future, he told them nothing about GOD, sensing that in the same way how it was used to end a war, it could be used to begin another. However out of his three disciples, he entrusted Ichiryu with the most amount of information and even entrusted him with the task of continuing to research the Nitro. Acacia also wrote many of his findings and knowledge into a special notebook which he apparently hid at an unknown point.
Being called the "Bishokushin", or "Gourmet God", Acacia is revered by the people of the world, and his achievements and gourmet discoveries continue to inspire the current generation. His golden statue is located in a gigantic temple called the "Gourmet Temple", which is visited by roughly 9 billion people every day, trying to get lucky and successful in their lives. His Full Course Menu is seen as a thing of legend in modern day and many of the world's people dream of tasting these miraculous ingredients, and currently many groups, such as the IGO, the 0th Biotope and the Four Heavenly Kings are seeking out these fabled ingredients in hopes of tasting them first and prevent them from falling into the wrong hands, such as those of the Gourmet Corp. and NEO.
Toriko's Break ArcEdit
During Toriko and Komatsu's trip to the Gourmet Temple, they completed Acacia's "Full Course Pilgrimage" and payed their respects to Acacia and his ingredients. Afterwards Komatsu and Toriko were fortunate enough to win the Foodman Competition which required a great deal of good fortune. This made the temple's caretaker Pahpoh wonder if the two had been chosen by Acacia, he then looks back on Acacia's statue which almost appears to be giving a "smile" of approval.
Cooking Festival ArcEdit
During the Cooking Festival, the ominous Dark Chef Joie refers to the legendary "Gourmet God" when he experiences first hand, the devastating power of Jiro's knocking abilities. Joie states that due to Jiro's monstrous strength, the Gourmet God decided to seal a part of the Knocking Master's strength and teach him technique in the process.
As PAIR and "Kaka" of the Gourmet Nobility talk about the recent events in Area 7, PAIR reminds "Kaka" that they must acquire the recipes to the Holy Ingredients soon before the next and last Gourmet Solar Eclipse which will signify the end of the world, a day that he remarks that Acacia has been waiting for as well.
When Kaka continued her story in regards to the Earth's current situation, she reveals the true nature of the Blue Nitro's goals. This goal was discovered to be the revival of an Appetite Demon which lurked within Acacia himself. She states that the Blue Nitro have been searching for millions of years to discover the location of the Appetite Demon and have been preparing ingredients as they wait in patience. It is when Acacia and PAIR met, the true goals of the Blue Nitro can finally become a reality. Chichi, Jiji and Kaka betrayed the Blue Nitros upon the discovery of their true goals and Acacia's true involvement with the Blue Nitros.
Following Kaka's kidnap by the notorious leader of NEO, Joie, Kuriboh comes and joins the Heavenly Kings as well as the Human World's skilled personnel to confirm the true goals of NEO. When asked about the credibility of Kaka's story about Earth's destruction, Kuriboh states that it is very credible due to the spaceship which NEO had been building in order to escape Earth. Shocked by the information, Kuriboh then states that when Acacia originally shared his Main Course, GOD, he was hailed as a hero that stopped the Gourmet War, however he had an ulterior motive for his actions. He only shared GOD with the wealthiest and most influential people during the Gourmet War in order to gain financial support from their descendants. This, along with the founding of NEO, were pre-planned by Acacia long ago. Sunny believes that due to the current events as well as the information gathered that Acacia is possibly alive. When Toriko asks about whether Earth's destruction is connected to Acacia's Appetite Demon, Kuriboh couldn't confirm however Toriko states that if it is indeed Acacia's Appetite Demon that would cause the destruction of Earth then the only plan is to stop Acacia's Appetite Demon from awakening. According to Kuriboh, Acacia's Fish Dish, ANOTHER, holds a vital key to reviving Acacia's Appetite Demon.
Full Course MenuEdit
|Acacia's Full Course Menu|
Eating Acacia's full course menu allows perfect mastery of one's Gourmet Cells as alluded to by Toriko's Demon and stated by Jiro. The ingredients of Acacia's full course are so difficult to obtain that it requires the combined efforts of the 0th Biotope, individuals renowned in power and specialized occupations. It took months of preparation to know how to get them, but most likely far longer to actually find them, which even for people of their strength and skill is considered extremely difficult. It has been revealed by Joie that the location of this menu leads to the Ends of the Earth. Just a tiny portion of its smell is able to make the Four Heavenly Kings' Gourmet Cells jump right out and show their face before they could even make judgement. This also happened to Coco when he touched the "mysterious rock object" during his fight with Grinpatch underground.
These ingredients are also known to not only be Acacia's Full Course Menu, but also the Full Course Menu of the whole world itself. It is believed that these ingredients are not simply ingredients that grow on the planet but is actually part of the planet itself. With the Earth itself being cooked as stated by Kaka, these ingredients are formed from Earth's own Good Taste, seeping out from within the planet to the outer surface, forming themselves into unique, extremely high quality ingredients every few hundred years. Their capture methods can change drastically if an unforeseen event occurs (such as PAIR being drunk dry by Bambina's Ancestor).
An interesting point of note is that the ingredients seem to require being captured in a specific order, as stated by Toriko. This is reinforced by how PAIR is situated in an environment with zero oxygen which requires the one searching for it to be able to survive without oxygen for extended periods of time. This coincidentally is an ability bestowed upon someone who has previously consumed AIR, which helps to support Toriko's statement.
- Acacia is the scientific name for a genus of trees and shrubs commonly known as the thorntree, whistling thorn or wattle.
|Known Gourmet Hunters||Toriko • Coco • Sunny • Zebra • Acacia • Ichiryu • Jiro • Midora • Atashino • Buchichupon • Brubo • Chin Chinchin • Drunker • Guemon • Hatch • Manan • Morijii • Nosh • Peck • Penpen • Rapp • Renalle • Ryoutei • Starjun • Safla • Sakura • Thor • Tsurara Mama • Yocchi • Zongeh • Manabu Sakamaki • Shusaku Shirakawa • Makky|
|Groups||Four Heavenly Kings • Gourmet Corp. • Gourmet Yakuza • Gourmet Knights • Hex Food Beast Knights • Underground Heavenly Kings|
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