In a world where the taste and texture of food is extremely important, there exist individuals known as Gourmet Hunters (美食屋 Bishokuya) who specialize in the acquisition of rare ingredients and animals. Toriko is one of these hunters and it is his dream to find the most precious foods in the world and create the ultimate dinner course. As one of the most skilled hunters in the world, he is regularly hired by restaurants and the rich to seek out new ingredients and rare animals. A man with inhuman ability, he utilizes his incredible strength and knowledge of the animal kingdom to capture ferocious, evasive, and rare beasts to further his ultimate goal. He is accompanied by a weak and timid chef named Komatsu who, inspired by Toriko's ambition, travels with him to improve his culinary skills and to find rare ingredients. An organization that seeks to take control of the world's entire food supply increases the struggle...
Toriko began serialization in the manga anthology Weekly Shōnen Jump on May 19, 2008. The individual chapters have been published into tankobon volumes since November 4, 2008. As of January 28, 2013, the series spans 232 chapters and 23 tankobon volumes.
At San Diego Comic-Con International 2009, Viz Media announced they had licensed the manga for an English-language release in their Shonen Jump imprint. The manga premiered in the February 2010 edition of Shonen Jump. The first volume of Toriko was released on June 1, 2010, and Viz has released thirteen English-language volumes as of December 4, 2012.
Toriko was one of the 10 nominated for the 2nd Manga Taisho 2009 awards (マンガ大賞2009, Cartoon Grand Prize 2009) and ended up taking the 9th position. The nominating committee is composed mainly of bookstore staffers and any manga title that was released in 2009 and has eight volumes or less was eligible.
Toriko is currently enjoying a great deal of success. Readers have consistently ranked it among the top five Shōnen Jump titles in the Shōnen Jump popularity polls alongside the likes of best sellers One Piece, Naruto and Bleach. As of December 2011 the total sales for the series has broken through 11 million copies.
Summary: This is the great era of gourmet food! And only Toriko can hunt down the ferocious ingredients that supply the world's best restaurants. As a gourmet hunter, Toriko tracks and defeats the tastiest and most dangerous animals with his bare hands. But has he met his match with an eight-legged alligator the size of a tank?
Summary:When Toriko is hired to capture the rare and delicious Puffer Whale, he's going to require some help. In order to remove the Puffer Whale's poison Toriko will need to track down his old friend and fellow gourmet hunter, Coco, but will this team be enough to beat the other dangerous hunters to the prized ingredient?
Summary: Toriko may have succeeded in capturing the Puffer Whale, but removing its poison is a whole other challenge. His friends Coco and Komatsu better use their delicate skills with a knife to remove the poison pouch, or Toriko's never going to get to enjoy the delicious spoils of a successful hunt. But what is the mysterious creature that has appeared to ruin all the fun...?
Summary: The GT Robot sent by the Bishokukai has Toriko seeing red. But can Toriko defeat this bionic brute and protect the injured Battle Wolf? And when the gigantic Regal Mammoth is the next target of the IGO, Toriko's going to need the help of another old friend.
Summary: Toriko and friends continue their search for the Regal Mammoth and the delicious “jewel meat” found deep in the creature's body. Toriko can handle the wildest beast that nature has to offer, but the team may be in some serious trouble when more robots from the evil Bishokukai join the party.
Summary: The battle between the IGO and Bishokukai heats up as Toriko and his friends face off against the powerful GT Robots. In order to find the precious Jewel Meat buried deep inside the enormous Regal Mammoth, Toriko has ventured into the beast's body. But can he locate and eat this delicious treat before it's too late?!
Summary: Having survived the battle for the enormous Regal Mammoth, Toriko and Terry head for a new adventure. This time Toriko seeks out the rare king of all corn, BB Corn! But while the corn isn't going to fight back, Toriko and Terry will have to enter a dangerous jungle filled with vicious beasts and man-eating plants in order to locate it!
Summary: Toriko and Terry succeed in getting their hands on the delicious BB Corn, but a new challenge is just beginning. Next on the menu is a legendary soup that only appears once every one hundred years. But Toriko will have to get by the fiercest enemies he’s ever faced if he hopes to be sipping this soup.
Summary: Toriko and company reach the freezing continent known as Ice Hell. There they face dangerous new beasts and an even more dangerous environment. And standing in the way of their getting the Century Soup is another powerful member of Bishokukai!
Summary: The battle for the Century Soup continues as Toriko and friends face powerful members of Bishokukai! Toriko will have to overcome the toughest foe of his life in Tommyrod, a diabolical freak who controls powerful insects.
Summary: Toriko’s fight with Bishokukai has left him without an arm. While Komatsu continues the quest for Century Soup, Toriko journeys to Life, the country of healing, where getting some R&R turns into a bigger battle than anyone imagined.
Summary: With Komatsu’s completion of the Century Soup, Toriko has added another item to his Full-Course Meal! Now the Gourmet Hunter’s ready for a new challenge to prepare him for the eventual journey into the savage Gourmet World. Fortunately, the president of the IGO is there to personally issue a dangerous training mission. Toriko will have to brave killer storms to pluck a succulent grass that only grows in the stratosphere!
Summary: Toriko and Komatsu find the Ozone Grass only to have it wilt in their hands. However, once they succeed in getting a bite, Toriko can’t wait to test the new strength it’s given him. He takes a reckless plunge into the Gourmet World, but even Toriko is quickly out of his league facing monsters no one has ever seen!
Summary: In order to convince the world’s best cutler, Melk, to fix Komatsu’s broken kitchen knife, Toriko plans to get him a superior whetstone that lies within the deepest cave in the world, guarded by terrifying subterranean creatures. But Melk’s hiding something big from Toriko…
Summary: Toriko enlists the help of Zebra, the ravenous monster of the Four Kings, to capture Mellow Cola. With Coco and Sunny refusing to help, it’s up to Toriko and Komatsu to spring Zebra from jail and keep him from killing and eating his way through a vast and treacherous sea of sand to Gourmet Pyramid where Mellow Cola awaits.
Summary: While Toriko and Zebra eat their way through Gourmet Pyramid’s monsters to reach Komatsu, the chef discovers an ancient cookbook that reveals where to find and how to prepare Mellow Cola. But even if the three can wring the delicious beverage out of the terrifying Salamander Sphinx, a familiar and more sinister creature lurks in the shadows, waiting to steal their fizzy spoils.
Summary: After a trip to the Gourmet Shrine, the place where Gourmet God Acacia’s Full-Course Meal is honored, Toriko and Komatsu set their sights on the Shining Gourami. Since this glittering fish lives in one of the world’s most humongous and deadly waterfalls, they enlist the help of a powered-up Sunny and his new pet snake for a major fishing expedition.
Summary: Toriko and Sunny, with the help of Komatsu, finally capture the Shining Gourami. The IGO President, afterwards, requests Toriko and Komatsu to get him a special ingredient only found in a place called the Gourmet Casino. However, they will not be going alone, for Coco decides to go, too.
Summary: Coco, Toriko, and Komatsu are challenged to demonstrate their ability to the underground cooking world boss, Livebearer. However, it seems that luck is not on the trio’s side. Is there any chance for victory?
Summary: Chin Chinchin is one of the Gourmet National Treasurers and a master of Food Honor. In order for Toriko and Komatsu to capture a Bubble Fruit, they must first learn food honor from Shuu. However, once they become proficient, a tragedy occurs. Will our heroes survive?!
Summary: As Chiyo and Chin Chinchin continue to battle each other, the reason behind her betrayal is revealed: She wants to revive her dead child. Meanwhile, Komatsu discovers that Ootake, his friend who was captured and later joined the Bishokukai, may be partnered with Midora! As the battle ends, a new menacing foe comes out!!