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|Japanese||四獣 (しじゅう), Shijū|
|Capture Level||310~350+ (Unmeasurable)|
|Location||Gourmet World (Extinct)|
|Abilities||Controlling other beasts and creating them through its roots. Efficiently adapting to its opponents abilities and high level of intelligence.|
|Manga Debut||Chapter 198|
|Anime Debut||Episode 117|
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The Four Beast (しじゅう, Shijū, also meaning "Death Beast") is a monstrous beast with a Capture Level of 350 (although its capture level can increase over time) that invades the Human World once every few centuries, to devour the humans.
The reason for its name is that it can grow four beasts in its limbs every few hundred years, to invade the Human World, with capture levels above 100 at the same time.
The Four Beast is a gigantic plant-like creature that resembles a bulb, with many protruding root like appendages that can stretch for miles in all directions. It has a face with sunken in black holes where eyes should be and a large grinning mouth with numerous teeth like protrusions. It is shown to have multiple faces throughout its root structure.
The Four Beast is so massive that its main body is easily bigger than skyscrapers and is almost as big as Gourmet Town (excluding its roots which can stretch for miles).
Upon reabsorbing its "limbs" the Four Beast bulks up with a humanoid appearance. It becomes heavily muscled with smooth skin, veins popping out all across its body and the multiple root-like limbs it had before are reduced to only two strong arms with human-like fingers. However, it can still regrow thick tentacle like roots that sprout large bulbous eyes.
The Four Beast seems to have an imbalanced diet and a taste for human flesh, and thus, once every few hundred years, it enters the Human World, whether or not the population has increased, and consumes as many humans as it can find while its "limbs" wreck havoc. It is stated that a single one of its "limbs" would be enough to wipe out all of humanity in the Human World. It has a huge appetite, as it is said that even if it were to absorb hundreds of millions of humans with its "limbs", it would still just be a small amount and not enough to satisfy its hunger.
According to Ichiryu, it is a Special Preparation Ingredient. The beast has a special ability which allows it to take damage and to make it flow through its body from the inside to the out. However, in the process of doing so, it creates a special kind of amino acid that amplifies the flavor of its meat, making it more mature every time it does so. In other words, the more damage it takes the more delicious it becomes. Its meat is a true Gourmet World-level dish of absolutely divine flavor. Its meat is reddish, soft and chewy and can be eaten like doughy dumplings and its shines like a gem. It can even be eaten raw.
Powers and Abilities
The Four Beast has the ability to grow multiple Capture level 100+ beasts inside of its body like bulbs. Once every few hundred years, when the beasts are ready, the main body sends them to the human world to capture humans. After they are finished it calls its' limbs back to absorb the energy of the eaten humans.
The Four Beast seems to be very intelligent and to possess a strong memory, as it remembered that the last time it sent its limbs into the Human World they came back heavily wounded from battle with Ichiryu, and altered its plans to compensate. It can also remember things from before it was knocked or killed,(since its always been revived according to Ichiryu ) such as previous battles against the Battle Wolf, Emperor Crow, and an adult Mother Snake. All of the Four Beast's "limbs" have incredible power and are shown to be able to brush off or evade military-grade weaponry, including a barrage of satellite lasers able to demolish 10 million square kilometers of land. In the process of entering the Human World, they completely demolished a number of extremely dangerous natural environments such as Ice Hell, Wul Jungle, Baron Archipelago, Gourmet Pyramid, the Sandy Beach in the Cave, and the 1st and 8th Biotopes with relative ease. Another shown of intelligence is that it was able to counter the abilities of the Four Heavenly Kings, by learning about those abilites from the limbs which had fought them before.
The Four Beast's root-like main body is incredibly strong, being able to destroy several skyscrapers with one swipe of its tentacles. It is also able to grow a large amount of tentacles from any point on its body to grapple, pierce or beat enemies, and can regenerate damage its body has take relatively quickly. The Four Beast can even grow other organs (such as eyes) on these tentacles.After achieving full power by reabsorbing its limbs, the main body bulks up significantly and demonstrates a number of abilities. It can release toxic cloud from it's mouth which can cover the area above the Central Human World quickly. The cloud releases Green Rain, also known as 'Illness Rain,' which is toxic to the human body and upon contact can kill it within the hour. It also is able to release a cloud of adhesive particles, which is able to restrain the movement of Sunny's "touches". Furthermore, it can also shoot a barrage solid projectiles out of its mouth.
The Four Beast also has incredible control over its body and is capable of transferring the force of impact to any other point on it or anything its in contact with, such as when it prevented Zebra's Beat Punch from hurting it by sending it out its back or channeling Sunny's attack into Quinn. It also has incredible strength, being measured with a capture level of 350 (its level is still getting bigger with time) which allows it to easily overpower the Four Heavenly Kings.
It has a lot of experience, having been around since ancient times, and in the past faced a fully grown Emperor Crow, Mother Snake and a Battle Wolf (all infamous and powerful Gourmet World beasts) thousands of times and somehow surviving the encounters.
The Four Beast's Limbs
|Gaoh||Invite Death||King Octopus Kong||Mount Turtle|
It is a fearsome beast that originated from the Gourmet World and whose presence has been around since ancient times, even having fought ancient beasts of epic proportions. Once every few centuries it "awakens" and enters the Human World using four powerful beasts that it grows from its own limbs.
It is said that the last time it and its "limbs" appeared was more than 200 years ago, having been controlled by the Nitro race at the time to collect a large amount of humans for an unknown purpose, however Ichiryu, the future President of the IGO, was the one who drove the limbs back to Gourmet World leaving them with serious wounds and with little humans consumed, then his brother, the "Knocking Master" Jiro used his powerful knocking techniques to seal away the Four Beast's main body to keep it from ever attacking the Human World again.
In recent times, the Four Beast had been revived from its sealed state by the master saiseiya Mohyan Shaishai and was being monitored by the "Dark Chef" Joie, and once more it planned to invade the Human World and consume all the humans it could with its new set of beasts. While Ichiryu was in the Gourmet World, the Four Heavenly Kings had been given their final task, as their final ingredients on Ichiryu's List, to defeat each of the "limbs", the Four Beast, and its controller. However, it devised a new strategy after it was defeated by Ichiryu last time. It instead went to the center of the Human World and uses its "limbs" to invade the Human World from the outside, the Gourmet World, so it could drive all the humans to the center of Human World and eat all of them at once.
Four Beast Arc
The Four Beast's puppets came from each of the cardinal directions. Invite Death came from the North, swimming down Death Falls. Mount Turtle approached from the South, destroying the continent of Ice Hell on the way. King Octopus Kong came from the West, annihilating Wul Jungle and the Gourmet Pyramid while doing so. Finally Gaoh originated from the East, crushing the Baron Archipelago, the Sandy Beach in the Cave, the 8th and then the 1st Biotopes, while killing a 1500 meter Regal Mammoth as it passed through. The Four Beast's limbs encountered resistance in the form of the full force of the Allied Army Forces, using the most advanced human technology. However, all the beasts managed to easily defeat the human forces without slowing down. They only stopped their progress when the Four Heavenly Kings with their Animal Partners appeared in their path. Invite Death encountered Coco and Kiss, Mount Turtle faced Zebra and the Dharma Horse, King Octopus Kong was up against Sunny and Quinn, while Gaoh ended up against Toriko and Terry Cloth.
After the Four Beast arrived underground in the center of the Human World, it then extracted its "limbs" that were defeated by the Four Heavenly Kings to replenish its energy. The Four Beast surfaced above ground, towering over the standing crowds of shocked people. The Four Beast started its rampage in the city and started gorging up humans, until it started sensing the intimidations of the Four Heavenly Kings behind it and swiped out several skyscrapers, that were protected by Teppei's "Protect Tree", realizing nothing was behind it. Its limbs reach the center of the Human World and began absorbing through the roots and bulked up. It then released a large green cloud, that poured down "Green Rain" that could kill the Humans within one hour. It then stood in front of the Four Heavenly Kings who arrived.
The four attempt to assault it individually as its poisonous cloud rapidly fills the sky apparently spreading to every corner of the city and beyond. Despite their best efforts, they are beaten back quite easily by the monster who quickly adapts to each of their techniques, shrugging off each attack and striking back at them with even greater force. During the battle, Rin was able to get close enough to the Four Beast undetected to get a reading of its capture level, which reveals its monstrous growth. Later on, after Komatsu finished creating a method to simplify the preparation of the Purple Mochi so as to cure all those infected by the Green Rain, the Four Beast is shown hollering in victory as the Four Heavenly Kings lay defeated.As it saw them recovering, it tried to attack, but Zebra managed to dodge it with his Jet Voice. When it began its second assault, Terry, Kiss, and Quinn protected the Four Heavenly Kings, while they prepared their ultimate combo technique, the Ou Shoku Bansan that was taught to them by Ichiryu when they were younger. As the Four Beast was battling its new opponents, it remembers fighting their ancestors in the past and quickly defeated them knowing that they had dangerous potential. As Quinn was about to be ripped in half by it, it senses the Four Heavenly Kings' new attack and tried to finish them off, but realized it was too late and it could only look on in horror as their power easily overwhelmed it with fear. All the Appetite Energy they held was released in that single attack which took on the form of a fanged orb of energy that quickly devoured the powerless Four Beast, leaving not a single shred or remain of the beast behind, even its fearsome Green Rain faded with it. All its meat remained within the pure orb of energy created by the Four Heavenly Kings' appetite. They soon noticed a smaller orb next to it, which Coco and Zebra discovered that it actually contained the human victims that were swallowed alive by the Four Beast, much to everyone's excitement. The orb soon popped, releasing thousands of humans in an instant which were all safely caught by Sunny's "Hairnet". Just then, the orb containing the Four Beast's meat fell to the ground and released its sparkling meat everywhere. The Four Heavenly Kings and the IGO then gathered all the rich meat and prepared a great feast within the city, where they freely distributed the Four Beast's meat to all the millions of humans there and the rest of the Human World population worldwide, everyone then rejoiced over the wondrous blessing of food. Ironically in the end, the creature that had been trying to eat all of humanity for so long was in the end eaten by humanity itself (and their pets).
Three days later humanity continued to celebrate their survival, but elsewhere a conversation between Teppei and his fellow saiseiya Pukin indicates that the Four Beast was a revived beast and that only her master, Mohyan Shaishai, the greatest saiseiya in the world could revive.
Cooking Festival Arc
The beast is mentioned on Midora's memories of his childhood, where PAIR told Acacia that the Four Beast would become active and that the Gourmet Eclipse would occur. Curiously, the beast would be controlled by someone else like it has always happened, in this case the Nitro planned in using it to kidnap a large number of humans. It was then revealed by Kaitora, that the one who revived it was Mohyan Shaishai when he was questioned by Yosaku.
Appearances in Other Media
Toriko: Gourmet Battle
The Four Beast and its limbs appear in Toriko: Gourmet Battle as enemy beasts and collectible cards in the game. Its card's statistics classify it as a "Power" class beast.
Toriko: Ultimate Survival
- All the beasts created by the Four Beast are designed by Japanese fans from different prefectures.
- The Four Beast's story is used as a "demon coming for a meal" story to frighten children, much like the tales of the Boogeyman.
- Its name is plausibly a pun on the fact that in Japanese, Shi can mean both Four and Death, which means that its name can also be translated as "Death Beast".
- Yellow rain, similar to the Four Beast's "Green rain" was a suspected chemical agent that may have been used in the Vietnam war.
- So far, the emergence of this beast is orchestrated by someone else, since it's always mentioned that it is a controlled creature. On its first known appearance it was used by the Nitro to kidnap humans, and on the recent events it was manipulated by Joie for unknown purposes.
- Four Beast's roar was the same of Rodan from Godzilla series.