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|Unmasked - Masked|
|Pets||Starjun's Braga Dragon|
|Manga Debut||Chapter 17|
|Anime Debut||Episode 2|
|Japanese Voice||Shin-ichiro Miki|
|English Voice||Scott Freeman|
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|“||Even if they’re always careful, all humans eventually die.||”|
—Starjun, to Komatsu.
Despite his status as a member of the Gourmet Corp. and a wanted criminal, he has taken up the profession of a Bishokuya as his secondary job and is currently searching for an unknown ingredient, and has even formed a combo with Ootake in order to find it.
Starjun is a tall pale-skinned man slightly taller than Toriko, with long black hair. Starjun normally wears an imposing metal helmet which conceals his true face. Beneath the mask however, Starjun has a relatively normal face, with a furrowed brow similar to Zebra's and handsome features. He has a large scar or burn on the left side of his face and neck.
He has a tiny birthmark on his forehead which actually conceals a large third eye with noticeable veins and a slit pupil.
When in combat or in major Gourmet Corp. gatherings, he generally dresses in a manner similar to a black knight in formal attire, wearing a large black cloak (purple in the anime) with numerous crescent shaped buttons and a black cape, along with a formal black top and trousers complete with a white sash tied around his waist and a white napkin stuffed in his collar, and on his feet he wears black armored boots. His Shiva Helmet, which he normally wears with this attire, appear to somewhat alter his appearance by changing his skin color and making his eyes appear featureless and demonic.
In the manga, when wearing his helmet, his skin becomes darker in color while his eyes become pale white with black markings around them. In the anime, his skin becomes completely white when wearing the helmet and his eyes turn into a bright pink color with violet markings around them. His helmet is also shiny and black in color in the manga while in the anime it is of a very dark blue color.
When not on duty, such as lounging at a Gourmet Corp. base or out in a bar, he wears more casual attire and doesn't don on his mask. His casual attire consists of a simple black-colored long-sleeved shirt and long black pants (both purple in the anime).
He is not one to mince words and will admit his mistakes (e.g. he operates the GT Robot that Toriko defeats in the Regal Mammoth and admits that the Jewel Meat was not obtained because he wanted to test Toriko's abilities). He appears to be noble, or at least respectful to those he considers strong, setting the GT Robot's pain sensors to 100% to test and feel Toriko's maximum power. He seems to show an interest in Komatsu's cooking skills after observing his carving knife and wanted him to be useful to the Gourmet Corp. Likewise he has no interest or intent in harming people for no reason, shown twice when, during his first encounter with Toriko and Coco he simply ignores them even when they were prepared to fight and when, after defeating Toriko, he calmly states that Komatsu was the smartest one for not battling him and was perfectly content to hold a brief conversation with him before leaving him completely untouched. However, he also appears to have little tolerance for even the most mundane of resistances such as threatening to kill Komatsu after he demands him to give his knife back. He has a habit of scratching his head with one finger when he's puzzled or thinking. Starjun has a love for battle, shown after being bombarded by multiple attacks by Toriko at Cooking Fest. He mentions how "elated" he was battling Toriko and that he knew a battle with him would be a thrill, indicating further his excitement in the face of danger.
Powers and Abilities
Considering his status as Sous Chef and comments about him from other characters in the series, it can be inferred that he is very powerful. Joie identifies him as the second strongest member of the Gourmet Corp., despite the existence of ostensibly higher-ranked members and other sous-chefs. Further, it is during this confrontation that Starjun reveals that his fight with Toriko has allowed his cells to 'bloom' (as Joie calls it) increasing his power and allowing him to manifest his Intimidation's third eye on his forehead. Joie claims that in this state, it would be difficult for Cinderella to wound and control him.
Earlier in the series, Starjun was one of the first members of the Gourmet Corp. capable of entering the Gourmet World without the use of a GT Robot, which is a true testament to his power. He has stated that he himself does not know the true limit of his battle prowess.Even after Toriko's intense training in Food Honor/Immersion, Intuition, and Routines, Starjun was still able to match and even overpower him in their fight during the Cooking Festival.Early in the series, Starjun's strength was such that even the Gourmet Corp.'s most advanced GT Robots could not come close to replicating his strength and speed (despite a measurement error of a mere one thousandth of a second). He is so fast that when he meets Toriko and Komatsu face to face for the first time, he considers the half-second it takes Toriko to ready for battle very slow and claims that Toriko would have died ten times already if they were really fighting.
Starjun has displayed a great deal of pain tolerance and physical durability: he was hit by the 'full course' of Toriko's eight most powerful attacks, driven through concrete walls and smashed into a mountain and still stood up, only coughing up some blood. Then, despite being injured and facing an unharmed Toriko, Starjun quickly turned the battle around and bested him. Indeed, as a further testament to his stamina, Starjun reveals that he chose to absorb Toriko's earlier attacks as a sort of test; it isn't until Toriko begins using Routines that Starjun makes a point of dodging and blocking. Starjun's skin appears to be immune to the multi-thousand degree flames his techniques generate as well.
Starjun's incredible strength is further bolstered by his martial skill. Starjun is a skilled and versatile brawler and swordsman, and his ability to keep up with and even surpass Toriko suggests that he uses his own variation of something like Food Immersion. His attacks are also fast and subtle enough to counter those of Food Honor masters like Toriko. Starjun even possesses the incredible power, will, and confidence needed to impose 'images' of his victory on reality itself, suggesting that he has mastered a technique akin to Toriko and Aimaru's Ultimate Routine. Starjun's mastery of this ability is such that he can generate and execute these images even faster than the noted quick-learner Toriko.
Even though Starjun is a very skilled Chef, he lacks the ability of Food Luck, which he compensates for by forming a combo with Ootake. He has stated that he can use some kind of Dark Technique that is similar in nature to the Revitalizing Kitchen Knife as he intended to heal himself with it after being badly wounded by Toriko. He seems to have some skill comparable to Food Honor as shown during the Bubble Fruit Arc when Starjun was able to aquire and then attempt to cook the Bubble Fruit, it is unknown if he succeeded in the cooking, he was shown failing in his attempts, so the extent of his skill is unknown.
Starjun's Hunting Method seems to revolve around his fire abilities and his superhuman physical capabilities.
For intimidation, Starjun projects his Appetite Devil which takes on the form of a humanoid muscular demon with a cycloptic eye, two large horns on its head and sharp fangs. He first uses it inside the Regal Mammoth during the Regal Mammoth Arc to show his true strength to Komatsu and later on during his battle with Toriko at Cooking Island. When projecting the energy of his Appetite Devil for intimidation it takes on two colors, when using it at a low intensity the image of his battle spirit is not projected, only the aura which is itself a black color, and when using it at full intensity it is a dark purple color and is then followed by the appearance of his Appetite Devil.
He is shown to be quite adept at using Knocking. During his first appearance, while using a GT Robot, he managed to easily knock a large school of Puffer Whale, impressive as he was underwater at the time and both Toriko and Coco had to concentrate very hard to knock just one Puffer Whale.
Fire & Heat Manipulation
Starjun has shown the ability to control heat and fire. This ability's first use was shown when he barbecued a Butt Bug simply by touching it. Later, he makes the flame of a candle grow by holding his hand over it. He is also capable of freely controlling his own body temperature, which is higher than a normal human's, as Komatsu, upon touching him, said he was "hot", not "warm". In the anime, his flames are blue.
Starjun can also set his whole body or parts of it on fire and is immune to the flames emitted by his Burner Knife.
Starjun is usually protected by a very durable armor and a seemingly even more resistant helmet, since he showed surprise when it was broken, which he calls his "Shiva Helmet".
Although he used it on a human for the first time when facing Toriko at Cooking Fest, Starjun can use a very powerful weapon designed by himself for special preparation ingredients going by the name of "Burner Knife", a large sword-like kitchen knife which he can infuse with flames, turning it into a powerful and deadly weapon. Later on in his fight against Toriko the Burner Knife was cut into two pieces.
- Thermal Disinfection (熱消毒, Netsu Shōdoku): Starjun increases the temperature of his own body to remove any poison or unknown substance from his body. He is first shown using this technique to counter the Poison Sound Armor that Coco and Zebra used against him to protect Komatsu from being captured.
- Camp Fire (キャンプファイア, Kyanpu Faia): Starjun sets his entire body on fire, also burning everything in the near vicinity. He is first shown using this technique to escape from the Hair Lock Sunny placed on his body.
- Medium Flame (中火, Chūbi): Derived from Camp Fire, which it intensifies, Starjun first used this technique to destroy the Dark Cooking Tent where Toriko, Komatsu, and Zaus were in. However, Toriko didn't suffer any damage from this attack, despite being at very close range.
- Strong Flame (強火, Tsuyobi): An even more intensified Camp Fire. Toriko had to guard himself with a Fork Armor to avoid damage for the extreme heat this technique produced, but it easily melted his defense.
- Violent Heat Flamethrower (激熱火炎放射, Gekinetsu Kaen Hōsha): A technique only seen in the anime where Starjun ignites his arm in flames and then swings it at the target to release a stream of fire, which surrounds the enemy in a whirlwind of flames. This technique could render useless Toriko's Fork Shield.
- Fire Shield (火盾, Hitate): Starjun extends his hand outward and produce flames that act like a barrier to block attacks, melting them away in an instant. Toriko suspects that the flame is no cooler than 2800°F, the melting point of iron.
- Blaze Whirlwind (火炎旋風, Kaen Senpū): While using his Burner Knife, Starjun creates a large cyclone of flames around him powerful enough to stop a barrage of Toriko's Flying Knifes and Forks.
- Burner Broil Stab (バーナー炙り刺, Bānā Aburi Sashi): A thrust using the Burner Knife.
- Single Stroke Grill Cut (一刀焼き切り, Ittō Yakikiri): A slash of the Burner Knife with which Starjun managed to cut Toriko's right leg, but it lost to his 50 Ren Knife, causing the blade to break.
- Burner Punch (バーナー パンチ, Bānā Panchi): A punch covered in fire that is capable of piercing through an opponent.
- Fire Spear (ファイアースペア, Faia Supea): Starjun creates a spear composed of fire around his forearm. The spear releases a column of fire which is strong enough to burn off Toriko's arm before he could unleash an attack.
- Burner Shot (バーナーショット, Bānā Shotto): Starjun “shoots” at his opponents with jetstreams of flames, apparently using either his hands or his fingers. He can release multiple of these without strain.
- Blaze Gale (火炎烈風, Kaen Reppū): Starjun kicks his leg launching a flame from it at his opponent.
Galala Gator Arc
In the anime, it was shown that Starjun and Joejoe had been tracking Toriko and the Four Heavenly Kings' progress. They had even monitored Toriko's capture of the Galala Gator but were disappointed that it wasn't a more impressive ingredient causing havoc in the Baron Archipelago.
Rainbow Fruit Arc
In the anime, after Toriko's capture of the Rainbow Fruit, Starjun finally decides to make his move and orders Joejoe to prepare his GT Robot. He then sets off to the IGO Biotopes to steal their ingredients and kill any beasts that gets in his way.
Puffer Whale Arc
After his raid on the Biotopes, Starjun (still using his GT Robot) made his way to Labyrinthine Cave to capture the elusive Puffer Whale, he then successfully captured dozens while killing all the animals that approached him in the water. After rising from the water, he came face to face with Toriko, Coco and Komatsu who had been celebrating their capture of the Puffer Whales. Toriko and Coco immediately sensed the danger Starjun posed and prepared to fight him, however Starjun showed no interest, simply scratching his head and walking past them, leaving the stunned group behind to question the identity of the powerful mechanical foe. Once he left the cave, Starjun was confronted by Gourmet Police member, Toll who declared Starjun to be under arrest. However the legendary officer proved no match for the fearsome Starjun and was quickly murdered.
Word of the events at the cave and Starjun's attack on the Biotopes quickly made it to the ears of the IGO's directors who were more than shocked to hear of Toll's demise and the slaughter of the countless species residing in the Biotopes. They then figured out that this was the doing of the Gourmet Corp. and made the decision to unite the Four Heavenly Kings to help fight this fearsome organization.
Regal Mammoth Arc
Starjun arrives at the 6th Gourmet Corp. Branch riding on his beast to find Bei chasing a Butt Bug. Though unapproving of the grunt's tastes, he kills the bug with his ability. He then finds Joejoe who tells him about the operatives riding the GT Robot's. Starjun then complains about the GT Robot's and how they are too slow to reproduce his movements, even despite Joejoe stating that there have been improvements to the machines. After learning that IGO made the first move, Starjun chose to replace one of the operators of the GT Robot.He then starts off at the Black Carpet, progressing to Devil Athletics, all the while slaughtering anything in his path. However when he reaches the athletics, Toriko's newly trained Obsaurus destroys the platforms, hoping to slow Starjun down. However Starjun easily defeated the Obsaurus, and made it his mode of transportation. After reaching the other side of the Devil Athletics, he encounters Toriko's new animal partner, the Battle Wolf, Terry Cloth, which attempts to slow down the GT Robot with a battle of endurance. However, while Terry is giving it his all, Starjun was fooling around, to test the young Battle Wolf's ability. He soon got bored of 'playing' with Terry, and made the Obsaurus fight the Battle Wolf pup instead. He then goes to the base of Regal Plateau, to find Coco incapacitated, Gido's GT Robot broken, and the Regal Mammoth at its base, paralyzed by Coco's poison. Starjun then jumps at the Mammoth, straight into it's belly.
Starjun comes from behind the group consisting of Toriko, Rin and Komatsu. Toriko immediately notices the presence of the GT Robot, and used an intense Intimidation to faze the Sous Chef, which fails. Toriko then goes in for a 5-Hit Nail Punch, only managing to graze the Robot before Starjun managed to smack him away with a hit that should have broken the Bishokuya's neck. Rin then attacks the Robot with Fragrance Bazooka, but Starjun easily dodges it and pierces her through the stomach. He then crouches in front of Komatsu and warns the small Chef, who has been screaming for his friends, that if he isn't a nuisance, he won't be killed, just like at the Sandy Beach in the Cave. However Toriko comes from behind, grabs the Robot by the shoulder and punches him, sending it flying. The Robo gets up, but Starjun is shocked that Toriko is still alive. Toriko attacks with a Fork and Knife, adding more dents to go to the Robot's head along with the one left by the earlier punch, though Starjun also managed to get a hit in. Toriko then sends him flying with a 6-Hit Nail Punch, and tells Starjun that he will send the "Fear of Death" to the Gourmet Corp. who aren't prepared to die. Starjun gets up, realizing that Toriko's body is undergoing Autophagy, a sign that his Gourmet Cells are evolving. Starjun then avoids a Fork, blocks a Knife, and attempts to counter with the Robo's laser. However, Toriko forcefully closes the 'beak', headbutts it and throws the enemy. Starjun gets up again, and tells Toriko that though he is impressed with the Bishokuya's performance, even if the GT Robot is unable to replicate his own full strength, but wonders if Toriko can defeat him before the Bishokuya's own Gourmet Cells kill him through Autophagy. Starjun is suddenly in front of Toriko and unleashes a multitude of slashing attacks, before Toriko punches him away. Starjun goes on to say that it's probably impossible for Toriko to defeat him before his own personal time limit and hits him with a Mixer Punch. Deciding to finish Toriko off for good, he shoots Toriko with the laser, sending him through a thick flesh wall.He then crouches in front of Komatsu, 'complimenting' him on being the only one smart enough not to get in the Sous Chef's way. He then notices Komatsu's Kitchen Knife, which spilled out of the smaller Chef's bag during the battle. Starjun picks it up, and deducing from the kitchen knife figures that Komatsu is a 'top-grade chef,' decides to take it. However Komatsu then grabs the GT Robo's arm and asks for the kitchen knife back, declaring that it is equal to his life, and that he isn't afraid of dying since he had that kind of 'Resolution', despite Starjun's warning. The Sous Chef uses uses Intimidation on Komatsu, and is impressed with the smaller Chef's resolve when he didn't let go, even though Komatsu was crying. Starjun is then surprised when Toriko made his presence known, with all his wounds healed, and accurately guesses that the Bishokuya's Gourmet Cells have evolved after eating the target, the Jewel Meat. Toriko then requests that Starjun turns off the GT Robot's "Sense of Pressure Excess", the program which prevented the operator from feeling any pain, so as to fully experience Toriko's 'evolution'. Toriko then prepares a Nail Punch, so Starjun attacks with a Mixer Punch before the Bishokuya has the chance to attack. However the Robot's hand actually gets entwined in Toriko's muscle fibers, who then grabs the arm, and starts chopping at it with a barrage of Knives until it breaks. When Starjun tried to use the laser, Toriko broke it with Fork, and attacked the body a couple more times with it. Starjun then tries to attack with Peeler Shot, but is hit by a 5-Hit Nail Punch before he could. Toriko then destroys the Robo with a 10-Hit Nail Punch, but not before Starjun asks if the Jewel Meat was delicious, and hope that they can meet again in the flesh.
Century Soup Arc
Some time after the unsuccessful capture of the Regal Mammoth's Jewel Meat, the Gourmet Corp. Head Chef, Kuromado holds a gathering to discuss their recent failure. Starjun and many others are present and try to explain, however Starjun was not pleased and quickly silenced everyone with his might. Just then Grinpatch arrives to report his failure in retrieving Gido's GT Robot, but Kuromado decides to put that aside for now as their number one priority should be to find a replacement ingredient for the Jewel Meat in order to increase the power of their Gourmet Cells. Branch Chief Yuu then suggests they seek out the Century Soup which will appear soon in Ice Hell. Starjun and the others agree on this and prepare a party of three to recover it.
Toriko's Break Arc
While Toriko and Komatsu are eating at the isolated Bar Meria, they see a tall man mysteriously appear across from them enjoying a drink and when he lets out a sigh, both are immediately filled with horror as they recognize the man's voice to be none other than Starjun's. Toriko then raises his guard, but the casually-dressed Starjun assures him that he is not there to fight and that he was only searching for a particular ingredient, but he then says if he were there to fight he could've easily killed Toriko if he wanted, and with blinding speed he easily makes several cuts throughout the bar's walls without even moving, greatly shocking Toriko and Komatsu. Starjun then tells Toriko that when the race for GOD begins that is when they'll have their true battle which Toriko eagerly accepts. Starjun then leaves the bar and contemplates on how fortunate they were that he did not kill them then and there, and then begins to envy their Food Luck, something that he himself lacks.
Meteor Garlic Arc
Starjun is seen relaxing in a lounge within the Gourmet Corp. Dining Kitchen along with a fully recovered Tommyrod. The two Sous Chefs are then greeted by Niceny who recommends they leave the Human World and focus their efforts on the Gourmet World. Niceny and Joejoe then discuss the difficulty of capturing the chefs at the top of the IGO Chef Ranking, however Starjun interjects and mentions that even outside the ranking, there are many skilled chefs worthy of recognition.
Bubble Fruit Arc
After Chiyo and Ootake's attack on Shokurin Temple and Chiyo's subsequent defeat at the hands of Toriko, a giant beast appeared out of the sky with a GT Robo riding it. The GT Robo then ordered Chiyo and Ootake to retreat as their mission was already complete. With that known Ootake took Chiyo and began to boast about how he'll be the one to prepare and eat GOD with his new partner Midora, the boss of the Gourmet Corp., he then escapes on the giant beast with the GT Robo. The GT Robo then begins to criticize Ootake for telling such an unflattering lie, but Ootake says that it doesn't matter as Midora considers all the chefs in the Gourmet Corp. as his partners, but for now Ootake's true partner is the GT Robo's pilot, Starjun, since he lives both the life of a Gourmet Corp. Sous Chef and a Bishokuya. Starjun states that he admires Ootake's ambition, but requires Ootake primarily for the Food Luck that he does not have, which is absolutely necessary for obtaining GOD. They both then speed back to the Gourmet World. Later at headquarters he is seen trying to cook and taste Bubble Fruits, which seem to be spoiled by him.
Cooking Festival Arc
Starjun is later seen back at the Gourmet Corp.'s New World Headquarters with several members of the Gourmet Corp., planning an invasion of the Cooking Festival. After putting on his helmet and asking Joejoe about final preparations, he left for the festival with his assembled group of Tommyrod, Grinpatch, Elg, Limon, Chiyo, accompanied by various unknown beasts at their sides.
As Cooking Fest goes into the finals, Komatsu and Zaus begin their "Dark Cooking Duel" in the pitch black tent in the stadium. Komatsu begins to search for his ingredients, but he is suddenly grabbed by a mysterious figure who is none other than Starjun! Starjun tells the young chef he is there to collect him. His presence is quickly noticed by Toriko and the other Heavenly Kings. From the stands, Zebra protects Komatsu with Poison Sound Armor and Coco circulates the lethal poison in the armor to attack. However, Starjun extinguishes the poison with Thermal Disinfection, and uses Camp Fire to make the Darkness Cooking Arena burst into flames, driving back Sunny after he used his Hair Lock on Starjun. As Komatsu yells for Toriko, his partner appears behind Starjun wearing an angry expression. Starjun says he's been waiting for him. As Toriko demanded Starjun to go outside to fight, Starjun replied that they were already “outside” as he proceeded to destroy the tent with his Camp Fire Medium Flame.Once the tent was disintegrated, Toriko launched a barrage of attacks that took Starjun by surprise, and led him to comment on how good the attack was. To test Toriko's power, Starjun allowed him to unleash another sequence of the most powerful attacks he has shown so far (including the 50 ren nail gun), causing him to be slightly wounded and his armor to break. Expressing satisfaction with his strength, he proceeded to use his 'Intimidation' and started to fight.
Later on, Komatsu arrives just in time to see an unconscious Toriko being lifted up by Starjun. The Gourmet Corp. proceeds to kidnap the chef, but is promptly punched by Toriko, who was awakened by Komatsu's cries.The tide of the battle seems to turn against him when Toriko starts the Ultimate Routine: Conduct of the King to defeat him. The Heavenly King manages to injure Starjun but, as he prepares to attack him with a barrage of Flying Forks and Flying Knives, he realize that Toriko emotions have caught up to his. Starjun then unsheathes his sword, melting them all and begins to go on the offensive. Starjun then tells Toriko about his Burner Knife and slashes at him. The Bishokuya dodges in the nick of time, while the ground at his side is melted deeply. He then attacks the Gourmet Corp. with another volley of techniques, but they are all stopped. Exploiting the light created by the Burner Knife, he moves behind Starjun, who stabs his shoulder through several layers of Fork Shields, and counterattacks with a Knife Nail Gun. With both of them wounded, Toriko looks fiercely at Starjun, whereas the latter grins.
Starjun is amazed at how Toriko can continually come up with new techniques as their fight went on. As Starjun began imagining cutting Toriko’s right leg, Toriko was imagining cutting Starjun's Burner Knife. When they released their attacks, Starjun's Burner Knife was broken, creating an opening for Toriko's barrage of attacks, releasing a fountain of blood from Starjun body. When Toriko stopped after realizing that his leg was cut off, Starjun revealed that it went just as he imagined it. He then attacked Toriko with his Burner Punch to his right abdomen. When Toriko attempted to use his 70 Ren Nail Gun, Starjun used his Fire Spear to destroy his arm. Stopping Toriko’s kicks with his Fire Shield, Starjun “shoots” his Burner Shot at him, causing Toriko to fall unconscious from the assault.
As the outcome of the battle turns in Starjun's favor, Komatsu uses his Derous Knife to attack Starjun, stating that he would be Starjun's opponent. Starjun commented that he is a reliable combo partner but uses his flames to force Komatsu back, stating that his knife was never meant to hurt others. However, this angered Toriko, which caused him to release his inner demon through the use of Appetite Energy to punch a hole through Starjun's stomach. As Starjun collapses, he notes that his wounds were critical as he would have use that Dark Technique to survive. Komatsu then surrenders to Starjun as he couldn’t bear Toriko being hurt anymore. However, he asks Starjun to let him do 'one swing' to save Toriko. This shocks Starjun momentarily, wondering when Komatsu had mastered 'that technique.' He then tells Komatsu that he is returning to the Cooking Stadium due to the fact that “the dark clouds were not clearing.”
As he was escaping with Komatsu on his Braga Dragon , he was spotted by Joie when was floating above the Cooking Stadium. Starjun revealed that he knew about NEO for some time when one of their spies; Gido was recruited into the Gourmet Corp. during the struggle for the Jewel Meat. He also considered NEO to be a more ominous group than Toriko and his allies to the Gourmet Corp.. When Joie asked Starjun to hand over Komatsu, Starjun flatly refused to do so.
After having refused Joie with handing over Komatsu, Starjun protrudes a third eye on his forehead, similar to that of his intimidation (which follows soon after). Joie takes note on how Starjun has “Bloomed” and asks if he was “born with that birthmark”. Joie then states that Starjun is someone who was born with "Gourmet Cell Genetics" and tells him that is it an admirable quality. Starjun then replies to Joie that due to his previous fight, he was risking his own life. Thanks to the fight he had with Toriko, Starjun states that his "Monster Cells" have awakened. He then tells Joie that if he is prepared to fight then he attack, however he also asks as to whether Joie thinks he can manipulate him. Joie merely responds that Starjun's previous statements would be true if it were a one-on-one battle however due to the presence of Jiro and Setsuno -both one of the World's Strongest- he is at a disadvantage.The fact that Joie admitted that it would be hard to wound Starjun (despite his open stomach) shows that he is either on par or stronger than Joie. A voice was suddenly heard and Starjun is quick to notice that it was his Boss, Midora’s, voice. Joie states that another "Peak Showdown" has concluded. Without a moment to spare, Starjun tells Jiro to rescind (remove) his knocking as “The spice is going to fall!! Everyone will die!!” Jiro had no choice but to follow his demand. Starjun then tells Grinpatch that they are evacuating the area, while Joie tells his Tokage to retrieve the other NEO members. As the Gourmet Corp. and NEO members evacuate, Midora's Meteor Spice begin to ravaged the Cooking Island and all the surrounding area.
He is later shown returning to the recently ruined Gourmet Corp.'s Gourmet World HQ. Shocked by the state of the HQ he orders Grinpatch to put out the flames but notices Grin has a sickly look. Once he enters the Headquarters he is further shocked by the damage done and that it seems NEO has infiltrated their Gourmet World facilities, questioning one of the surviving chefs on the location of Joejoe.
Later, when all of the kidnapped chefs are gathered before Midora, Starjun apologizes for the situation. Midora, however, states that Starjun was the only one who fully accomplished his mission, that he has no reason to apologize, and then questions if the chefs before him were all of the chefs. Starjun confirms this stating they have kidnapped approximately 1,000 chefs from the Human World. Midora tells the chefs they are now in his combo and their only job is to satisfy his hunger to which the chefs protest. Starjun is suddenly surprised by Alfaro's appearance and asks if he is alright to which Alfaro responds that the management staff were not traitors but instead under a form of hypnotism just like Grinpatch. Starjun asks an unresponsive Grinpatch if he was fed anything however Grinpatch did not respond. Alfaro then gives warning that anyone who stops working for the boss will be eliminated. As the chefs' protest grow against the Gourmet Corp., Midora offers a condition to all of the chefs that were present, if any of the chefs make him say delicious the individual chef who is successful is free to go home, much to the shock of Starjun. Ootake appears during the gathering to tell the Gourmet Corp. boss that their food supply has been reduced severely that there is little ingridient that can be used however, much to the surprise of many, Komatsu volunteers to cook what little food they have. After the Midora finishes the meal Komatsu prepared, Starjun and the others assembled become alarmed by the falling of the headquarters, though Midora quickly prevents it from fully collapsing. Starjun is further surprised by Midora's sudden laughter and even more so surprised when he states that Komatsu is free to go home. Midora, Starjun and Ootake stand bewildered by Komatsu's resolve to stay and wait for Toriko.
Anime and Manga Differences
- In the anime, Starjun is introduced far earlier than in the manga appearing in Episode 2 during the events of the Garara Gator Arc.
- A tremendous difference between the anime and the manga was the outcome of Toriko and Starjun's battle during the Cooking Festival Arc.
- In the manga, the battle ends with Toriko's arm and leg cut off and with Starjun as the victor, although heavily wounded due to Toriko's last attack from his Appetite Devil.
- In the anime, the battle is drastically changed with the two instead getting into a rapid fist fight that resulted in them ending the match in a draw and Starjun not kidnapping Komatsu. This notable difference from the manga heavily changed the plot of the anime from that of the manga to the point where the events from the manga can no longer progress accordingly.
Appearances in Other Media
Toriko: Gourmet Survival
Starjun makes an appearance in the PSP game Toriko: Gourmet Survival as a boss and major antagonist. During the story he does not appear physically, instead acting through his new custom GT Robot. After Toriko and his group go deeper into Megamori Island, they soon run into Starjun's GT Robot, having been sent there to acquire the island's rare ingredients.
Toriko: Gourmet Survival 2
Starjun appears once again in the sequel Toriko: Gourmet Survival 2 for the PSP. This time appearing in person, he goes to the Gattsuki Continent alongside Grinpatch, Ryoutei and Tommyrod. He later appears to form an alliance with a rogue Nitro.
Toriko: Gourmet Monsters
Starjun makes an appearance in the Nintendo 3DS game Toriko: Gourmet Monsters as an antagonist once again alongside Tommyrod and Grinpatch. In the game, while they antagonize the Four Heavenly Kings early on, they are eventually forced to form an alliance with them in order to take down the mutant monstrosity known as the Death Gore Chimera which threatens to consume all the world's resources.
Starjun has been featured prominently in the Trading Card Game, appearing on many cards. He has also appeared in every Toriko video game released as a major antagonist. A keychain figurine has also been made of Starjun.
- He ranked 7th in the first Popularity Poll with 435 votes.
- Due to the low communication between Mitsutoshi Shimabakuro and Toei animation characters design staff, Starjun skin was pale white during the first arc of the series in the anime. However, when Starjun's real appearence is revealed, his skin changes to caucasian white. Thus, by "unknown" reasons Starjun skin color changes constantly depending on if he is seen using his helmet or not.
- He is the only Sous Chef that used a GT Robot.
- He is also the only Sous Chef of the Gourmet Corp. to have been shown cooking.
- He is comparable to Ichiryu both are really strong, hold back in nearly all their appearances, and had their Gourmet Cells sleeping for most of the series.
- Starjun's Capture Ability Data remains unknown as revealed in Volume 8, by the events of BB Corn Arc.
- On the Chapter 72 of Sket Dance Series, a character named Shinzō Takemitsu dresses up as a GT Robot mimicking Starjun's head scratching habit to prepare for his date.
- Starjun has some points in common with Hiei, one of the main characters of Yu Yu Hakusho:
- Both use fire-related abilities.
- Both are well renown for their speed.
- Both are skilled swordsman and brawlers.
- Both have a third eye on their forehead.
- Both have a wild side that surfaces when they fight against powerful enemies.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 Chapter 156 and Episode 83
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Chapter 191
- ↑ Toriko Manga: Chapter 144, Page 17
- ↑ Toriko Manga: Chapter 237, Page 9
- ↑ Chapter 63 and Episode 23
- ↑ Chapter 144 and Episode 71
- ↑ Chapter 218
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 Gourmet 219
- ↑ Gourmet 240 - Starjun is returning to the Cooking Stadium with Komatsu.
- ↑ 10.0 10.1 Gourmet 245
- ↑ Toriko: Gourmet Survival
- ↑ Toriko: Gourmet Survival 2
- ↑ Toriko: Gourmet Monsters
|Chefs||Starjun • Grinpatch • Tommyrod (deceased) • Mamymaron • Chiyo • Ootake • Bile • Mumimumi|
|Unique Ranks||Alfaro (Waiter) • Limon (Sommelier) • Faram (Bartender) • Zaragira (Food Management Office Chief, deceased) • Gur (Talent Scout, deceased)|
|Branch Chiefs||Elg (deceased) • Yuu • Jerry Boy • Barrygamon • Bogie Woods • Cedre|
|Subordinates||Bei • Zyper • Gido (deceased) • Dohsa|
|Beasts||Scum Beasts • Cage Beast • Jack • Starjun's Beast • Tommyrod's Insects • Niceny's Beast|
Chiyo's Beast • Big Bang Shark
|Headquarters||Human World HQ • 3rd Branch • 6th Branch • Starjun's Castle • Gourmet Corp. Dining Kitchen • Gourmet World HQ|
|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 • Ling Chun • Tylan • Miyan • Gen-chan • Lulubhu • Kopuriko • Darin • Koyubi • Appolo • Takeshi • Mami • Rikiya • Moh • Tsurara Mama • Captain Dacko • Ton • Kamizaru • Sharon Ikki • Kumorin • Dofu • Makubee • Matthew • Muhan • Futomo • Rus • Hinga • Mappy • Emeral • Momonringa • Rai • Niis • Hesokuri • Naiyuki • Granny Kama • Nerimaru • J • Ahn • Komatsu • Meria • Ega|
|Gourmet Corp. Chefs||Dores • Kuromado • Kariu • Boneless • Mamymaron • Starjun • Grinpatch • Tommyrod • Ryoutei • Chiyo • Ootake|
|Others||Atashino • Ume • Joie • Nono • Chichi • Pen • Tacchino Kawagoe • Koryou • Cumin • Cumin's Father • Monchy • Komorou|