|Aliases||Bizarre Cooking Tengu Brunch, Bura, Buranchi|
|Manga Debut||Chapter 214|
|Anime Debut||Episode 126|
|Game Debut||Toriko: Ultimate Survival|
|Japanese Voice||Tomoyuki Dan (Eps 126 - 128) & Ultimate Survival|
Konishi Katsuyuki (Eps 129 onwards)
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"Bizarre Cooking" Tengu Brunch (ブランチ Buranchi?) is a genius chef and somewhat of a problem child, who, in the chef world, is a delinquent comparable to Zebra of the Bishokuya world. He has appeared only once in a Cooking Festival, but won it by a good margin. He currently holds the Number 3 spot in the IGO Chef Ranking, making him the third greatest chef in the world. He is from the "Bewitching Food World" located in the Gourmet World and is the head chef and owner of the Bizarre Dining Hall "Tengu Castle".
He is a tall red-skinned man with long white hair that he keeps combed back but also tied into a wild bushy ponytail. He has a somewhat sinister-looking appearance, such as fierce-looking eyes and sharp pointy teeth. His most notable trait is his very long nose which resembles that of a Japanese Tengu's, hence his name. He wears a black shirt and white pants along with a white chef's jacket. For footwear, he uses one-tooth tengu-geta. He appears to have a large mole or piercing embedded in his forehead and strangely enough, two small rectangular covers on his neck which conceal small battery slots, indicating that he may have some sort of cybernetic implants.
He appears to have quite the problematic personality and a careless approach to life, as he is willing to pretended his foot slip to hide the fact he broke a bridge and pick a fight with Setsuno. Despite his uncouth behavior, he takes his job as a chef seriously, and is usually seen as weird by others. He is shown to have a love for food as when he dropped down to the Four Heavenly Kings' table without moving the plates or bottles that had food or wine in them, and can also hear the "Voice of Ingredients" showing just how much he values and respects food. Brunch seems to have formed a friendly rivalry with Komatsu after having been declined as a partner by Zebra and hearing about him from the Four Heavenly Kings. Brunch is also an understanding and sympathetic individual who does not hold grudges towards foes and does not judge others based on their looks.
Powers and Abilities
Brunch's restaurant, Tengu Castle, is located in the Gourmet World, proving that he is an individual of great power. Coco commented that he has very strong electromagnetic waves and that a life force like his can't be seen too often. He managed to dispel Zebra's Intimidation, projected through a Sound Bullet, without too much effort.
Brunch, like the latter, has a powerful voice, capable of breaking the spotlights in the Cooking Stadium from a far distance. He has an impressive sense of balance as well, moving and fighting with his one-tooth tengu-geta.
Brunch has demonstrated to possess incredible speed and jumping power even without resorting to his electricity, as first shown when he instantaneously leapt on and off the Four Heavenly Kings table in a matter of instants, despite it being very far from his initial position. Then, hopping from rooftop to rooftop, he cleared the swim by running on the water, which he did faster than the monstrous Setsuno. Finally, he outran her when she was about to cut the finish line, in spite of him starting late and stopping to talk with Komatsu. Having sustained such an astonishing speed for the whole Triathlon without getting tired indicates that he has a high level of stamina as well. His strength is also remarkable, proof of it is the fact that he was able to crush a stone bridge with a foot stomp. In terms of durability, he managed to stand back after being hit by Elg's powerful Herak Kick and later sustain a beating by his clones, winning the fight nonetheless.
Brunch is very knowledgeable in various branches of science, especially in the fields of physics concerning electricity and how to produce or absorb it and in genetics, as he formulated accurate hypothesis on Elg's abilities. Furthermore, he knows names and specific features of rare and mythichal Ingredients from the Gourmet World, as well as unique and obscure biological phenomena. With his intelligence, Brunch was able to overcome Elg's immortality by using a non-ending electrical attack that forced Elg's Gourmet Cell's to his limit, eventually leading to his demise.
Brunch has also shown the ability to stick to vertical surfaces without falling, as shown when he stood erect on the side of a building.
Owing to his respect for food, he managed to direct the shockwave produced by one of his leaps so that it wouldn't damage full glass and dishes.
Being ranked number 3 on the rankings, he is a chef of tremendous skill likely equal to that of Chef King Zaus or Setsuno, which is made all the more impressive considering the vast age difference between him and the other top 4 chefs. His ability to hear the "Voice of Ingredients" also appears to be as good as Komatsu's which is even greater than Setsuno's and this gives him a great advantage in cooking, naturally knowing what preparations are best for the ingredients. Being from the Gourmet World, he likely has tremendous skill and can prepare even ingredients from there. His position in the IGO Chef Ranking suggests that he may be able to use Food Honor, a feat that, despite his harsh and cocky personality, is not so surprising, seeing his love for food. He also won the title of Super Cook and what's more he won that title in the first Cooking Festival he entered. It was also noted in several instances that he specializes in Mysterious art of Bizarre Cooking which very little is known about.
Brunch has a very strong Intimidation aura that resembles a hairy, mustached tengu, apparently capable of terrifying many of the chefs participating in the Cooking Festival. The color of his aura is dark green.
In the anime, two of his cooking tools are revealed, one of which is a Feather Fan, a common tool of the Tengu yōkai in legends used to create great winds and change the size of people's noses, however it is unknown if the fan possesses either of the abilities of its mystical counterpart. His second cooking tool appears to actually be a Kasa-obake, a tsukumogami yōkai that are said to actually be umbrellas that come to life on their 100th year and then grow an eye and a mouth and their handles turn into a leg, but like the Feather Fan it is unknown if this tool is actually a living thing or just designed to resemble it. He appears to use both of these items to fan the mysterious green flames he uses when he cooks.
Brunch has the ability to generate and control large amounts of electricity. It is strong enough to completely incinerate the Bishokukai's Beasts, and even scorch and stun Elg, hinting it would be fatal to the latter if he were not immortal. Brunch's body contains electricity-producing organs like an electric eel, but each of his cells also act as amplifier circuits. He can produce over 100,000 amperes of electricity with an average potential of 100 million volts, rivaling the power of a lightning. Since the time needed for discharging it is only 0.1 seconds, his attacks are virtually unavoidable. When preparing a long-distance attack, he first makes the path in the air, the Stepped Leader, to lock on his targets, then unleashes the offensive discharge, the Return Stroke. While the first part goes at the speed of 200 Km/s (Mach 600), the second is much faster, traveling at 10,000 Km/s (Mach 30,000).
He can use electricity to boost his already impressive speed and reactions to unthinkable levels, as shown during his confrontation with Elg, to the point that most attacks look "stopped" to him. He claims that, although lasting for a very short time and not reaching the speed of light, no living creature can measure up to it. While Brunch can produce electricity naturally, he finds using batteries that he inserts into his neck most convenient. However, he can also generate it from other sources, including solar, wind, thermal, water or even kinetic energy received from physical blows, making his body a virtual power plant.
- Parallel Electric Punch (並列エレキパンチ Heiretsu Ereki Panchi?): Brunch throws a punch that sends an electric charge in the air through multiple opponents, destroying every cell in their bodies thanks to its high voltage.
- Electric Thrust (unnamed): While electrocuting and having left paralyzed some enemies, Brunch grabs and tosses them to a target to cause an electrical overload ending in an explosion, a technique that could burn them down to the bones.
- Parallel Electric Chop (並列エレキチョップ Heiretsu Ereki Choppu?): Brunch raises his hand and generates a parabolic bolt that rains down onto his opponent, crushing the ground in the process. This discharge is equivalent to that of a natural lightning strike.
- Lightning Kitchen Knife (稲妻包丁 Inazuma Bōchō?): By producing a large, concentrated burst of electricity, Brunch can create and hold a large blade made out of it. Conjuring this weapon takes a large amount of Brunch's power and is enough to wipe out his batteries.
- Spiral Lightning Fine Cut (渦雷微塵切り Uzurai Mijin Giri?): Using his Lightning Knife, Brunch makes one large, spinning cut that fries and tears apart an opponent at the cellular level. Thanks to his speed, the technique is also very hard to dodge, proving lethal to most targets. With this attack, Brunch was able to obliterate Elg's body, but the Bishokukai's regenerative and cloning powers saved him.
- Stepped Ladder (先駆放電(ステップドリーダー) Suteppudo Rīdā?): Brunch creates a path in the air that concentrates an electrical current on multiple opponents to lock them on for an attack.
- Parallel Electric Cutter (並列エレキカッター Heiretsu Ereki Kattā?): After using Stepped Leader, Brunch discharges electricity in such a way that it burns the target like multiple blades. Beside inflicting damage through high voltage, the attack is also useful to draw out blood, which is an excellent conductor.
- Electric Knife (エレキナイフ Ereki Naifu?): Brunch uses his hand as a blade to stab his opponent while it is electrically charged.
- Wind Thunder Sickle Weasel (風雷鎌鼬 Fūrai Kamaitachi?): A much larger, faster version of the Parallel Electric Cutter, Brunch blows past his opponents and tears them up with electric blades.
- Secret Technique: Series Great Electrification Attack (奥義:直列大体電撃 Ōgi: Chokuretsu Daitai Dengeki?): After absorbing a large amount of energy, Brunch converts it into electricity and channels it into a massive, pillar-like blast. The attack, while being incredibly powerful, also has a special effect of electrically charging its targets, meaning that even if they regenerate they will still be electrocuted in a seemingly endless loop.
Brunch appeared once in a Cooking Festival a few years ago, and at that time he was the far-and-away champion of it. Since then he hasn't participated in Cooking Festivals for what seems to be either carelessness or disinterest. It is revealed by Munageh that Brunch comes from the “Bewitching Food World” which Sunny states is located in the Gourmet World.
Cooking Festival Arc
Entering the Race
After drinking too much Kappa Fin Sake the night before the 50th Cooking Festival, Brunch wakes up on the top 55th floor in a special suite room in Cooking Stadium's 10-star Hotel, Hotel Cooking. He complains that he missed the beginning of the Fest and even bothered to sleep at the hotel in order to be ready on time, however he brushes off the minor setbacks and simply claims that all he needs to do is get ahead of everyone starting as of now.
Brunch later leaves his suite to participate in the Cooking Festival as he stands vertically on the windows of Hotel Cooking. Getting annoyed from all the talking, he releases a powerful shout telling everyone in the stadium to shut up. Zebra then uses his Sound Bullet to shut him up, surprising Brunch; however, he quickly disperses Zebra's Sound Bullet and goes down to the Four Heavenly Kings' table to see Zebra face-to-face. After looking Zebra over he mentions that he's everything the Dharma Hermit described, he then mentions how Zebra is well known for not wanting to form a Combo “even if it killed him”. Zebra then tells him that Komatsu will become his Combo partner to the disapproval of the other Kings. After learning that Komatsu is actually Toriko's combo, he gets interested and after hearing from all the Heavenly Kings that he doesn't have a chance, he decides to go and see Komatsu by himself.
Sparking a Friendship
With his incredible speed, he is able to catch up to Komatsu, who is last and just got out of the water. Learning that the the small person before him is Komatsu, he quickly becomes disappointed with his appearance, saying that he though he would look more brutish, but instead looked like a kid. Thinking Komatsu is not even a challenge, he continued the event and commented that most of the remaining ingredients are not usable, but got interrupted by Komatsu, who said that all ingredients are usable. In that moment, the ingredients started glimmering and Brunch realized that Komatsu too can hear the voice of the ingredients and that he is kind of interesting. He agrees with Komatsu, that it would be waste to leave all those ingredients and decides to take and cook all of them. Fully packed with all the remaining ingredients, Komatsu and Brunch start the second part of the Triathlon.
Winning the Preliminaries
During the second part of the triathlon he easily shoots past the other competitors while carrying Komatsu and all the ingredients, and even sending intimidation to them to clear his path. And after passing a rock cliff bridge, he pretends to slip his leg to break the bridge while some of the competitors are still on it. In that moment, Komatsu told him, that he must compete fair and square. Brunch admits that he is right and that he kind of pretended that his leg slipped and says that next time, he will push them off the cliff fair and square.
At the third part of the triathlon, right before the finish line, he outruns Setsuno, Zaus and Yuda, reaching the goal first in the Triathlon with Komatsu coming second as he's been carrying him. Brunch quickly provokes Setsuno and Zaus, calling them elderly problems and hindrances for dominating the industry for so long, and even calling Zaus a "beard face". The crowd quickly supports him and Toriko comments that he isn't really afraid of anybody, if he picks a fight with Setsuno.
After passing the Triathlon Cooking, he also gets through the 2nd Scale Death Cooking and 3rd Entire Island Cooking preliminaries to reach the Championship Tournament, where his first opponent is Livebearer. Later on as he is putting in some fresh batteries to compete in the finals, he notices something is wrong in the area. Seeing that the Bishokukai came, Brunch gets angry and claims he wants to kill them for trying to ruin the fest. With his electric powers, he quickly takes down a Bishokukai beast that was attacking the visitors and lines up with the rest of the chefs to fight back.
He is targeted by Elg, who proclaims how amused the boss would be if he knew Brunch is there. Brunch however does not hesitate to attack Elg a moment, stunning him for a while. As Brunch tells the centaur to be quiet and tell him who he is, Elg's eyes menacingly start glowing through his bandages. Brunch is later seen casually asking Elg about his identity as the centaur's bandages begin to fall.
Tengu Brunch vs Immortal Elg
When they completely fall off the Bishokukai attempts to properly introduce himself, but again is struck by Brunch before he can finish. Elg then stands up once more completely unscathed and prepares for his counterattack. Elg and Brunch continue to exchange blows, with Brunch dodging and Elg taking them head-on, but each hit leaves no impression on Elg. After lunging at Brunch at an inhuman speed, he scolds him for not letting him finish his introduction, revealing to him his full title and that he is in fact immortal, meaning none of Brunch's attacks will work on him. He then reveals that this is due to his fusion with the body of the legendary and mythical Heraku, thus regenerating from any wound and becoming ageless and incapable of dying no matter what Brunch tries. After the chef uses his Lightning Kitchen Knife, Elg regenerates and clones himself from his remains and uses his Herak Kick to knock down Brunch. Elg then mocks him for his weakness.
However, Brunch stands back up and resume fighting, unleashing a series of devastating attacks and grasping the true mechanics behind Elg's cloning ability, which is the Nou-Darake Gene. He then lures his opponent into pummeling him. The Bishokukai, believing his body's electric resistance has risen almost to immunity, eagerly fullfills his expectations, beating him extremely hard. However, Brunch readies his Ougi: ChokuRetsu Daitai Dengeki and strikes all the clones. While his opponents are in pain, he explains that, due to the wounds inflicted by the Heiretsu Eleki Cutter, their own blood is lowering their electrical resistance. He finally says the attack will continually flow into Elg and his clones until they are burned to a crisp. Since they continually regenerate, the electrical current will continue to flow without end. While an enraged Elg shouts Brunch's name in anger, the chef looks back and taunts him by declaring to not remember what he is called.
The Better Man
As Brunch walks away, Elg is no longer able to regenerate himself due to his gourmet cells finally giving up. This causes his body to weaken dramatically and it also reveals that the face seen was a fake which melted away due to the electrocution, thus revealing the true form of his 200-year old self. He then proclaims that he hid his true face to avoid upsetting Midora and showed sincere disgust at his own appearance which has been ridiculed since he was a child.
Brunch then comforts the dying opponent and tells him that his face is perfectly normal, telling him that where he comes from, his village is filled with all manner of odd creatures and monsters and that Elg would've been considered a good looking fellow there and that even the Dharma Hermit would be jealous of him. Elg is then greatly moved by Brunch's kind words, as no one had ever been so kind to him before and he expresses how stimulating his words are and prepares to memorize them so he can cherish his final moments for all eternity. Elg then happily dies as he crumbles away. As his opponent vanishes, Brunch comments on how dangerous the Bishokukai are and walks away to recharge himself. He later notices Joa's dark presence near the stadium like many other ones.
Full Course Menu
- ↑ Chapter 214
- ↑ Chapter 215
- ↑ Chapter 215 - Zebra rejects Brunch in favor of Komatsu
- ↑ Chapter 215 - Brunch reveals his ability to hear the voice of the ingredients.
- ↑ Chapter 216 - Brunch shows off his intimidation.
- ↑ Episode 136
- ↑ Gourmet 215
- ↑ Chapter 220 - Brunch and the chefs prepare for battle.
- ↑ Chapter 228 - Brunch and Elg's battle.
- ↑ Gourmet 229 - Brunch walking away from the defeated Elg.
- ↑ Gourmet 230 - The end of Elg and Brunch's victory.
- ↑ Gourmet 240 - Tengu Brunch notice Joa presence above Cooking Stadium.
- Despite being one of the most powerful chefs seen, he was not listed by Joejoe as one of the chefs that would be hard to capture. This may be due to his restaurant being located in the Gourmet World along with the Bishokukai Gourmet World HQ, and not in the Human World.
- Both Stepped Leader and Return Strokes are actual terms use in describing the mechanics behind lightning strikes.
- His arrogant behavior may be a nod to the japanese idiom "Hitori Tengu" (lit. Lonely Tengu), which is used to describe an arrogant and self-conceited person.
- Some of his techniques are named after the two simplest ways to connect the components of an electronic circuit, series and parallel.
- Brunch scored 9 in Power, 10 in Speed, 3 in Intelligence, 8 in Appetite and 10 in Special Abilities on his Capture Ability Data of Volume 26, by the events of Cooking Fest.
- His voice actor, Tomoyuki Dan, died some weeks prior to Brunch's first appearance, and could only voice Episodes 126 to 128, and his role in the game Toriko: Ultimate Survival. He was replaced by Konishi Katsuyuki since Episode 129.
|Chef Goddess||Frohze (deceased)|
|Top 100 Chefs (current)||Zaus • Setsuno • Brunch • Damala Sky XIII • Yuda • Anyo Jr. • CM Goron • Pippi • Kurakage • Sumire • Mitsurou • Klaraman • Three Eyes Horis • Wabutora • Chiru • Yuuji • Livebearer • Reishun • Tairan • Gen-chan • Lulubhu • Kopuriko • Darin • Koyubi • Appolo • Mami • Rikiya • Moh • Tsurara Mama • Ton • Kamizaru • Makubee • Granny Kama • Nerimaru • Ahn • Komatsu • Ega • Niis • Muhan|
|Bishokukai Chefs||Dores • Kuromado • Kariu • Boneless • Starjun • Grinpatch • Tommyrod (deceased) • Ryoutei • Chiyo • Ootake|
|Others||Atashino • Meria • Ume • Joa • Nono • Pen • Tacchino Kawagoe • Koryou • Cumin • Monchy|