|Birthday||March 31, 475 GA|
|Age||25 (start of the series)|
|Affiliation||IGO, Four Heavenly Kings|
|Occupation||Chef for Hotel Gourmet;|
|Japanese||Daisuke Kishio (OVA),|
Romi Park (Anime)
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Komatsu (小松(こまつ)) is the Head Chef working for the now ten-star restaurant in Hotel Gourmet, a hotel owned by the prestigious IGO and is the secondary protagonist of Toriko. He is Toriko's ever enthusiastic yet timid chef partner, who despite his weakness is greatly interested by what he finds in his travels with Toriko. As a result, he tries to overcome his fear and does his best to help. At the beginning of the series he was only a five-star chef of little to no recognition but upon making many gourmet achievements he rose to the rank of six-star and has made it into the prestigious IGO Chef Ranking at number 88, thus being recognized as one of the best chefs in the world.
Komatsu is a short, thin, and light-skinned young man with short black hair, large black eyes, and a rather wide nose with large nostrils. He generally wears khaki shirts and pants while traveling along with Toriko, though his clothing may vary given the conditions of the surroundings, like wearing a rider suit to Ice Hell and Vegetable Sky, and wearing a full body bullet proof suit in Death Falls. He also wears underwear that has a print on the front (either a knife or cooked meat). When at work, Komatsu wears a white chef uniform with a large toque and an apron.
After having been kidnapped by the Gourmet Corp., Komatsu's nose was drastically changed, becoming smaller, thinner and more pointed. He also became slightly taller, but not by much. He also briefly grew his hair out during his stay in Gourmet World, but was cut back to its normal length by Toriko.
Komatsu is a very friendly young man who cares deeply about his friends and his cooking, and always does his best to stay cheerful despite his natural cowardly disposition and highly emotional personality in most situations, because of this he often comes off as childish and innocent and some may even mistake him for a young child when these traits are combined with his small stature, but he always does his best to be brave and strong despite his nature. He also tends to break out in tears very easily even over simple matters or when happy, a clear sign of how emotional he can be. Because he is otherwise normal, he'll write a will whenever he comes along on one of Toriko's hunts. As time went by, he became braver with each new adventure, to the point where he was willing to fight Starjun even though the Sous Chef fought against and defeated Toriko.
He is shown to be a very calm and humble person who always tries maintain his composure when not in dangerous situations, but he is frequently surprised or shocked by Toriko's behavior, such as when Toriko always eats all of the food during a meal (a recurring gag in the series) and usually reacts in a rather comical fashion when he is shocked. He is influenced and inspired by Toriko and he is shown to have a goal of becoming the best cook, which is his motivation for going on adventures with Toriko. Despite appearing scared at times, he is actually very brave, brave enough to face life threatening beasts and will stand up for himself even in the face of death, such as demanding that Starjun give him his knife back and blatantly claiming that he believes Zebra shouldn't be pardoned so easily after bringing several species to extinction (albeit, before knowing they were all dangerous ecosystem destroying creatures) while knowing full well that Zebra could hear him.
It is shown that he is a highly skilled and competent chef, capable on carrying out delicate procedures such as the removal of a Puffer Whale's poison sack. He is also able to create delicious plates from any food given to him, and he has such a large knowledge of foods that he knows which foods would work well together. He is also very observant, being easily able to discover edible organisms in the area. He has also demonstrated the unique ability of making specially cooked ingredients easy to eat and make, showing his excellent talent in hearing the "voice of ingredients".
He has managed to impress all of the "Four Heavenly Kings" and all four have protected him and looked out for his well being. Toriko noted he has skills even higher than five-star chefs, Coco was surprised and stated that Komatsu's skill is most likely world class, Sunny seems to be in love with the way Komatsu works as a chef since it produces the "harmony" in food that Sunny holds in such high regard and even once tried to make him his combo partner, and Zebra is impressed with Komatsu's willingness to tell the truth despite being so afraid of him (as well as the food he cooks). Due to his overall open personality and honesty, Komatsu is one of the few people who is able to get along amicably with all Four of the Heavenly Kings, despite their differing opinions and ideals. In fact, three of the four have already shown interest in forming a combo with him, (Toriko, Zebra and Sunny). Toriko also stated that there is a possibility of the Heavenly Kings going on adventures together, but only if Komatsu is there with them. He also has managed to impress several people who have famous/infamous or legendary status with his skills as a chef and many have even acknowledged his great skill, such as Setsuno the Gourmet Living National Treasure, Ichiryu the President of IGO, Melk the First (not yet in person but through his knife) and Melk the Second, Smile the top class gourmet architect, even Starjun, one of the vice head chefs of the Gourmet Corp., Livebearer, the former boss of the Underground Cooking World and even some of the top 10 chefs in the world who have outright called him a genius.
As well as his skills as a chef and his courage in the face of danger, another strong factor of Komatsu's personality is his genuine kindness and consideration, he willingly came into close contact with Coco despite knowing of his poisonous body to alleviate Coco's sense of isolation, and showed to a self-conscious Melk the Second through his culinary skills and her knives that she was living up to her father's name as the world's best sharpener.
He is also currently the only chef to successfully recreate the Century Soup. He keeps a baby Wall Penguin which he has named Yun as a pet that contains the key ingredient for the soup in its saliva and he deeply cares for the little one like family.
In some ways, Komatsu is quite similar to Froese, with both always welcoming everybody to eat together.
Appearances in Other MediaEdit
Toriko Oneshot 2002Edit
Komatsu made his first original appearance in the pilot for the Toriko manga Oneshot 2002 which was released in January 23rd 2002. In it Komatsu is a simple employee of the IGO who hires Toriko to capture the fearsome Baron Bison. The plot of Oneshot 2002 greatly mirrors that of the Galala Gator Arc and may have inspired said arc.
Toriko Oneshot 2007Edit
Toriko Jump SpecialEdit
The Toriko Jump Special was an OVA animated for Shonen Jump's 2009 anime tour and it was the first time Komatsu and Toriko were seen in an animated format. The OVA is an animated adaptation of the Galala Gator Arc which stays mostly faithful to the manga until the near end where the fight between Toriko and the Galala Gator is extended and it becomes more graphic and violent, and ending with Toriko using a Nail Punch on the Galala Gator, blowing it to bloody bits. Unlike the anime, Komatsu soils himself in this special just as he did in the manga.
Toriko 3D MovieEdit
In Toriko 3D Movie: Kaimaku! Gourmet Adventure!!, Komatsu appears at the end of the film which is actually the beginning of the Garara Gator Arc, where he goes to hire Toriko to capture the Garara Gator. He is later shown in several scenes of the ending credits which are brief adaptations of arcs in the manga.
Toriko the Movie: Bishokushin's Special MenuEdit
Komatsu appears in the second Toriko film, Toriko the Movie: Bishokushin's Special Menu.
One Piece x Toriko CrossoverEdit
Toriko Gourmet AcademyEdit
Toriko: Gourmet SurvivalEdit
In his video game debut Toriko: Gourmet Survival, Komatsu, along with Toriko, Coco and Sunny are hired by the wealthy millionaire Fond De Bohno to capture ingredients for him on the dangerous Megamori Island.
Toriko: Gourmet Survival 2Edit
In Toriko: Gourmet Survival 2, Komatsu and Toriko are once again hired by Fond De Bohno to help him capture ingredients in the even more fearsome region of Gattsuki Continent where beasts from around the world and all capture levels reside.
Toriko: Gourmet MonstersEdit
In Toriko: Gourmet Monsters, Komatsu and Toriko take part in the Gourmet Royale beast bouts and visits several locations around the world looking for the strongest beasts they can find and tame for the bouts. Along the way, a legendary species of beast that once almost destroyed the planet's ecosystem in ancient times has somehow been revived and Toriko and the other Four Heavenly Kings are called in to deal with the reborn Death Gores.
Komatsu was briefly mentioned in the fellow Shonen Jump manga and anime series Gintama. In Chapter 443 and Episode 278 of Gintama, after Seita was unable to capture a Barara Gator, Tae noted that a capture level 8 beast was too high for him and suggested that he instead go after something "Komatsu Level" (a reference to Komatsu's notorious weakness) with Seita briefly shown with Komatsu's face, however Seita was befuddled as to who Komatsu was.
- Komatsu's name is spelled Komatu in cover of chapter 134.
- He ranked 3rd in the first Popularity Poll with 1930 votes.
- In the anime, Komatsu is depicted and voiced as a prepubescent boy; whether it is a medical condition, or this inhibited puberty is a feature of his genealogical line, is not disclosed.
- Komatsu scored 1 in Power, 1 in Speed, 5 in Intelligence, 5 in Appetite and 4 in Special Abilities on his Capture Ability Data of Volume 4, by the events of Regal Mammoth Arc.
- "Matsu"(松) is kanji for Pinaceae, it is one of "Three friends within winter" (歲寒三友) of chinese culture along with "Take"(竹) - Bamboo and "Ume"(梅) - Plum blossom, which represent strong characters and life force even in tough situations. They are also one of the ranks of japanese cuisine. This might be a reference to his friendship with Otake and Nakaume in the story as they survived many lethal situations as chefs.
|Four Heavenly Kings|
|Four Heavenly Kings||Toriko • Coco • Sunny • Zebra|
|Animal Partners||Terry Cloth • Ob • Kiss • Quinn • Dharma Horse (temporary) • Octo-chan • Denshark (temporary) • Crabbus (temporary) • Turtloon (temporary) • Battleship Pufferfish (temporary) • Walrhouse (temporary) • Submarjack (temporary)|
|Support Group||0th Biotope • Aimaru • Brunch • Chichi • Chin Chinchin • Chiru • Chiyo • Damala Sky XIII • Gourmet Knights • Gourmet Yakuza • IGO • Jiji • Jiro • Johannes • Kaka • Komatsu • Livebearer • Mansam • Match • Melk the Second • Morijii • Pukin • Rin • Setsuno • Shokurin Temple • Shuu • Starjun • Takimaru • Teppei • Tom • Tylan • Underground Cooking World • Wabutora • Yuda • Yun|
|Related Articles||Toriko's Sweets House • Coco's House • Sunny's Helicopter • Full Course Menus • Allies|
|Head Master||Chin Chinchin|
|Assistant Masters||Shuu • Koppowo • Wagon (deceased) • Chiyo (defected) • Susu|
|Locations||Shokurin Temple (main branch)|
|Disciples||Toriko • Komatsu • Chiru • Aimaru|
|Teachings||Food Honor • Food Immersion • Food Meditation|
|Ingredients||Bubble Fruit • Enamel Cabbage • Gratitude Cactus • Icefish Soumen • Rice Among Eggs • Rose Ham Flower • Torchorsetail|