Gourmet Casino (formerly)
Underground Cooking World (formerly)
Underground Cooking World Boss (formerly)
Gourmet Casino's owner (formerly)
|Manga Debut||Chapter 161|
|Anime Debut||Episode 88|
|Japanese Voice||Ootsuka Akio|
|[v · t · e]|
|“||To have your memories erased is equivalent to that person's life being taken... This is true victory...!.||”|
—Livebearer, conceiting over his believed victory.
Livebearer (ライブベアラー Raibubearā) is the former boss of the Underground Cooking World and the former owner of Gourmet Casino before having passed on his business to the Gourmet Yakuza's boss Match. Aside from this former occupation, he is also one of the top 100 chefs in the world, holding the 17th spot on the IGO Chef Ranking making him one of the top 20 greatest chefs in the world and due to the wealth of knowledge he's stolen throughout his former criminal career he is capable of almost any kind of cooking.
Livebearer is a very large, muscular man with short wavy hair. His hair is actually a wig concealing screw-like implants which can give him conscious control over his sense of pain and his digestive system. He has a very large chin and very small ears and eyes,and black teeth. His body (except for his head, hands and feet) is covered in what seems to be floral style tattoos (possibly paisley). On the back of his neck is a mechanism through which cables can be connected to his body. The cables are used to send Taste Data directly to his brain.
As the boss of a casino which bets people's lives and memories, Livebearer demonstrates little regard for the lives of others. He seems to have no sense of personal honor, as when he feigned at being a principled, honest gambler while secretly rigging the game from the start. Further, when he lost, he immediately ordered his men to forget the bet and attack Toriko and company. Livebearer has an insatiable appetite for delicious memories, which he combines with a perverse enjoyment of stripping them out of people (something he calls his "ultimate pleasure"). He frequently drools and ogles his opponents lasciviously at the prospect of removing and consuming their memories. Coco compares his obsessive, destructive appetites to those of a parasite. He reacted with delight at the news of the arrival of two of the Four Heavenly Kings in his casino, but soon became more interested in consuming the memories of Toriko's chef partner, Komatsu. Nevertheless, Livebearer is extremely cautious so as to never truly risk his memories; using trick cards and a stacked deck of dangerous foods that he knows how to prepare safely.
However, ultimately Livebearer still has pride and respect as a chef; in his youth he had always worked hard to find a way to cook an ingredient regardless of how difficult it was, a feeling he had since forgotten. Seeing this determination at work in Komatsu, Livebearer decides to assist him in the difficult preparation of the Meteor Garlic and upon eating it, remembers the joys of eating foods that have been lovingly prepared and cooked. Livebearer now realizes that he had lost his love of cooking; after meeting Komatsu, he resolves to return to living a respectable life as a chef.
Powers and AbilitiesAccording to Joejoe, besides being a "world ranker" chef, Livebearer is a "master in other ways". He is strong enough for the Bishokukai to include him as one of the World Ranker Chefs that would be difficult to capture. Furthermore, he was capable of taking down a Rockmadillo with ease and showed no fear at the idea of fighting a Wisdom Panda. Thanks to the memories he has stolen, he has a wide knowledge of ingredients and of the ways to fight them, plus intel precluded to most people, such as limited information about the Nitro.
It can be assumed by his physique that he possesses great physical strength. However, they do not appear to be top-notch, as he was easily defeated by Coco, though it is later revealed that Coco had used poison knocking on him to weaken him. He has a high tolerance to pain: he didn't faint despite having been bisected by a Nitro.
When battling he appears to wield long, curved knives similar to scimitars as part of his Capture Method. During the battle at Cooking Fest he was seen swinging them following unpredictable patterns.
It has been revealed that many of his cooking skills have been stolen from world famous chefs through the Food Concentration game. However, many of his own cooking skills appear to be genuine shown when he helps Komatsu in preparing the Meteor Garlic and Komatsu also claims that Livebearer's cooking skills are already "Ultra first-class". He has no problem cooking the Medicinal Mochi and is the head of 30,000 employees. Despite his great skills as a chef, he is incapable of hearing the "Voice of Ingredients", likely due to most of his skills actually being stolen from the memories of others and his lack of passion for food during his criminal career.
Aside from the knives he uses in battle, Livebearer has special device implants that can cut down his sense of pain and coat his digestive organs with a biodegradable plastic so he can eat lethal food without absorbing their harmful effects. He also uses Trick Contact Lenses to maintain an upper hand over his opponents in Food Concentration. On the back of his neck there is a sort of socket linked to his brain that he uses to access recorded memories.
- Doping Cooking (ドーピングクッキング, Dōpingu Kukkingu): A technique through which Livebearer appears to intoxicate himself. He then takes out two large blades which he swings insanely about, mincing everything in his path. It is likely this skill enhances his physical capabilities, but affects his mind negatively, as demonstrated by the ensuing blood frenzy.
- Brain Cut (ブレインカット, Burein Katto): Livebearer slashes his target's head with a knife multiple times. However, this attack was not strong enough to harm a Nitro.
Meteor Garlic Arc
Boss of Underground Cooking
He was first mentioned with "National Treasure" Setsuno, "Cooking King" Zaus, "Tray King" Yuda, "Ramen Master" Kurakage, "Oil User" Wabutora, "Iron Plate Magician" Moh, "Ethnic King" Klaraman and "Poison Cuisine" Tylan, when Joejoe was listing the top chefs that would be difficult for the Bishokukai to capture. He didn't make a physical appearance though until Chapter 161, when one of his underlings informed him of Toriko's and Coco's arrival at Gourmet Casino. He expressed delight when learning the news and even appeared drooling at the idea of adding the two to his collection.
A Deadly GameHe subsequently approaches Toriko's entourage upon its entry into the VIP area, inviting them to an area 'Beyond the VIP area'. He proceeded to explain that what was wagered in the premises was not ingredients, but rather, 'memories' of ingredients that people had consumed. Such a venue allowed extinct ingredients to be exchanged in the form of 'data' directly implanted into gamblers' minds, albeit at the risk of losing their own.
He verified the existence of the Meteor Garlic as a prize, albeit stored in his memory, and challenge Toriko and Coco to Food Concentration ; wagering their memories in exchange for the prize, an offer which Toriko quickly took up.
During the game, It was revealed that the secret to his winning streak were special Trick Contact Lenses that were used in conjunction with the Gourmet Casino's Gourmet Tasting Cards to enable the user to see in detail the flip side of the cards used in the game, hence granting him knowledge of all the ingredients and their point values. This allowed him to pick and eat the ingredients with the highest point values, contributing to a huge point difference between himself and Toriko's team.
As the game progressed, he became even more confident and revealed his true colors, gloating loudly when Toriko became heavily injured after eating the Nitro Cherry, giving up on the Wisdom Panda because he believed that he would win, and finally revealing that he knew how to capture and eat every single ingredient in the Gourmet Casino. However, he failed to realize that Coco was setting him up to eat ingredients that would be deadly when paired with the final ingredient that he was to eat, the Poison Potato.
Before his turn to eat the poison potato, Coco and Komatsu revealed their eating plan with each ingredient and how it greatly benefits them compared to his own reckless eating order. Despite learning of Coco and Komatsu's strategy, he still refused to accept the events that occurred and how they took advantage of each ingredients nutritional value to counteract and recover from eating the nitro cherry, as well as increase the lethality of the Poison Potato back to its highest potency. At first he believed that it made no difference, since he took precautions and coated his entire digestive system with a biodegradable plastic as well as cut off his sense of pain. But before he declared his intention to eat, Coco reveals that he already knew about the coating and that when Livebearer copied Toriko eating Cheese Chinese Cabbage, he made the fatal mistake of allowing the microbes from the vegetable break down the coating and render it useless.
The Casino Boss Falls
After declaring his second give up, Livebearer decided to just forget about the game and have his entire society take what he wants by force. He then fought against Coco, but was quickly defeated by his poison knocking, and Coco said that he might have had a better chance if he tried his luck at the game instead. After Toriko ate the Poison Potato Komatsu prepared, he walked up to him and said that despite being asked to form a combo together, he had already found a partner and the best possible combo.While still weak from the knocking, Livebearer took them to see the Meteor Garlic, sending Toriko, Coco and Match to be seated for the meal while taking Komatsu to prepare the garlic, he is shocked to see the young chef go so far into preparation for such a difficult ingredient, but notices the knocking wearing off. However instead of attacking Komatsu he helps him prepare the meal, inspired by the younger man's determination and seeing a younger version of himself in him. After preparing the Meteor Garlic, they bring it to the table, so they can eat it. After eating the Meteor Garlic, Livebearer explains that when he saw Komatsu's cooking skills, it reminds him of the joy of cooking and decides to quit his job as owner of the Gourmet Casino and offers it to Match. He explains to the group about a man who is able to remove the poison from the Poison Potato perfectly and has information about the ingredient, ATOM. He tells them that the man's name is Joie, the personal chef to the King of the Jidal Kingdom.
Bubble Fruit Arc
Four Beast Arc
He along with Tsurara Mama, Damala Sky XIII, Chiru, Sumire and Lulubhu are contacted by Johannes to gather at the Gourmet Towers' knife building to help provide an antidote for those who were poisoned by the Four Beast's Green Rain. In order to stall the poison's effects, Livebearer called his associate "Poison Cooking" Tylan to help the poisoned victims while the others prepared the special Medicinal Mochi to cure the victims.
Cooking Festival Arc
Livebearer entered 21st on the stage of Cooking Festival. He was able to pass the three preliminary events: Triathlon Cooking, Scale Death Cooking and Entire Island Cooking. And was able to reach the Championship Cooking, where his opponent would be Brunch.
However the tournament was soon invaded by the Bishokukai who had arrived to kidnap as many chefs as possible, thus postponing the tournament. As the Bishokukai's members and Scum Beasts entered the stadium, Livebearer along with other powerful chefs stood up to them and proceeded to take out as many as they could. He was taken out of the battle when a tough Nitro not only withstood his Brain Cut attack, but retaliated and bisected him. Thankfully, a pair of Sayseiya managed to stabilize him before the wound became fatal. He explained what the Nitro was, expressing wonder at their ability to subdue it. Then Chiru appeared and told him about the Bishokukai boss's monstrous power at being able to subdue the Nitro. When she removed her mask Livebearer commented about that being the first time he saw her face, surprised by the fact she was a girl, and smiled at the thought of seeing her true abilities.
A year and a half later, he was one of the many people who went to the World Kitchen to say their goodbyes to the Four Heavenly Kings and Komatsu before they set off to Gourmet World and he and his fellow chefs promised to cook all the ingredients that they send.
Livebearer has been featured on several trading cards of the Toriko Trading Card Game.
Anime and Manga Differences
Manga - Anime
In the anime, his elaborate body tattoos were changed to a simple black color with no designs on them, likely due to difficulties animating the tattoos frame by frame.
The scene where he ate the Electric Banana was changed as well. Rather than biting down on the banana in its raw form and becoming intoxicated, he prepares it properly by boiling it in sugar syrup and removes the toxins, thus removing any references to him being a junkie likely due to censorship. However this creates a large contradiction, as it was due to him eating the raw Electric Banana with all its toxins which made him unable to eat the Poison Potato, yet the anime still plays out the Poison Potato scene as though he had eaten the toxins of the Electric Banana.
- His voice actor also voices Ryoutei.
- Livebearer is a term that normally applies to fish that give birth to live young due to them carrying the eggs within their body rather than laying them.
- His appearance resembles Grinpatch's, especially in their face and black teeth.
- Livebearer scored 7 in Power, 4 in Speed, 7 in Intelligence, 8 in Appetite, and 8 in Special Abilities on his Capture Ability Data of Volume 19, by the events of Meteor Garlic Arc.
- ↑ Chapter 172 - Livebearer hands over his business to Match.
- ↑ Chapter 212 - Livebearer's introduction during Cooking Festival.
- ↑ Chapter 223 - Livebearer surviving a Nitro's attack.
- ↑ Chapter 171
- ↑ Chapter 177
- ↑ Chapter 203 - Livebearer arrives with fellow top chefs to help prepare Medicinal Mochi.
- ↑ Chapter 216 - Livebearer passes the preliminaries and makes it to the final round against Brunch.
- ↑ Chapter 223 - Livebearer survived a fatal attack against the Nitro and finds out Chiru's gender.
|Chef Goddess||Froese (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 • Tylan • Gen-chan • Lulubhu • Kopuriko • Darin • Koyubi • Appolo • Mami • Rikiya • Moh • Tsurara Mama • Ton • Kamizaru • Makubee • Granny Kama • Nerimaru • Ahn • Komatsu • Ega • Niis • Muhan • Hesokuri|
|Bishokukai Chefs||Dores • Kuromado • Kariu • Boneless • Starjun • Grinpatch • Tommyrod (deceased) • Ryoutei • Chiyo • Ootake|
|Others||Atashino • Meria • Ume • Joie • Nono • Pen • Tacchino Kawagoe • Koryou • Cumin • Monchy|
|Four Heavenly Kings' Allies|
|Individuals||Aimaru • Chin Chinchin • Chiru • Guemon • Ichiryu • Jiro • Johannes • Komatsu • Livebearer • Mansam • Match • Melk the Second • Morijii • Ob • Rin • Setsuno • Shuu • Takimaru • Teppei • Tom • Yocchi • Yosaku • Yuda • Yun • Tina and Kruppoh (anime only)|
|Groups||IGO • Gourmet Knights • Gourmet Yakuza • Chowlin Temple • Underground Cooking World|