On the Eighth Day of Christmas My True Love Gave to Me,
Eight Food Shots,
Seven Pretty Cure Titles,
Six Underrated Shows,
(Twenty)Five Years of Final Fantasy,
Four Video Game Feels,
Three Idol Shows,
Two Amazing Cartoons,
and The Best Boots in All of Anime
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With the short intro out of the way with the One Piece Crossover episode we dive into the show but the only problem is that we've seen this already! At least those that have seen the ova. The ova covered Toriko's journey to capture the Galara Crocodile so yet again we don't get much new stuff to sink our teeth into. I'm actually really disappointed with the way that they are handling the Toriko series so far.
Don't get me wrong though, I'm totally in love with it too but I just don't understand the thoughts of the producers on this one. I kind of understand starting off with a crossover episode with a very popular series. One could say that they were trying to piggy back on the popularity of One Piece to make Toriko appealing to viewers or to give it a head start. But I don't understand making the second episode almost the same as the ova, let alone with less facts on what the show is about. Maybe they plan on making the series nonsense episodics? I hope not...
MEAT MEAT MEAT! GUTS GUTS GUTS! I want Toriko to be more awesome! Yeah I'm totally in love with the pumping OP too in case that wasn't obvious from all the meat and guts. I also like the little addition of this "Gourmet News" tacked on after the ED. I love looking at the creatures of this world and really enjoy those cute little card pictures that they are showcased in.
Episode 3 you may start making this series super awesome.
Finally Toriko arrives and I couldn't be happier! But he's not on his own quite yet. The famous pirate crew from the anime One Piece makes a special appearance for the first collaboration episode between the two series and might I say it turned out wonderful. It is one of the best special episodes I've seen in quite some time and the 50 minutes it took to watch simply flew by in a heartbeat. It helps that I'm a total fan of One Piece of course. We start off with the OP for the special right away and I knew instantly I was falling in love with this series. GUTS GUTS GUTS!!!
The episode starts off with the One Piece crew being very hungry and in need of food supplies. Luckily they come across this wonderful island that has meat trees, pasta bushes, and cotton candy mushrooms! Luffy, Sanji, Chopper, and Nami found just what they were looking for to feed the rest of the crew. Just about anything food related your mind can think of exists on this island! I personally wish to visit this island someday haha.
While everyone is running around excited over all this food, something starts rustling in the brush and Chopper investigates only to be ambushed by a very hungry Toriko. (He's always hungry though) Of course he assumes right away that Chopper is going to be an exciting rare animal treat! This was a very predictable issue to arise but very hilarious at the same time.
After this little misunderstanding is cleared up they sit down and eat some food of course. Toriko explains his goals to create the ultimate dinner course composed of the most delicious food in the world. The crew just wish to gather food for their ship and be on their way but Toriko has a fun idea! He's on this island tracking down the legendary Hungerilla Bird and of course Luffy finds this to be a fun challenge and wishes to help out. Luffy and Toriko actually have a lot in common with their huge appetites and strange superpower strength. Torkio of course is a lot more mature and knowledgeable than Luffy but mainly because he is older. Both are extremely manly too which is always a must in shounen titles. I ain't complaining one bit.
With their goal in mind they all start to explore this beautiful island only to have Nami and Toriko's companion, the young chef Komatsu taken away by some... Koala bears! This was hilarious to me because I think it's going to set the premise for the Toriko series as a whole. Sure he's in search of wonderful beasts to nomnom for food to make the best course possible, but there is of course going to be a lot of him having to save his very weak friend from said beasts. I think I'm fine with this because I enjoy action and random strange creatures. I also love the fact that Toriko will eat some of these strange creatures too! Cooking is a passion of mine so almost anything that involves food no matter how strange or out there it may be shall be of interest to me.
The cast of Toriko just show up randomly during the episode without much explanation to who they are sadly but this episode was more made to introduce Toriko and his dream. I'm sure more plot and character introductions are coming in later episodes. If I hadn't already seen the OVA to Toriko a year ago I would really have no idea who these people are and why they know Toriko.
Here's some beasts they have introduced. They have capture levels attached showing which ones are really hard to catch. It's kind of like Pokemon but a lot more manly.
I hope they keep up the titles like that for the beasts because I like them a lot. Overall this episode was just plain awesome and I really can't wait to see more of Toriko's adventures and the rest of the characters properly introduced. I wish Toriko himself didn't look so much like Goku from Dragon Ball but ehhh what can ya do. At least he has awesome blue hair. If he lost the orange jump suit that would probably help.
Oddly this is the show I've been looking forward to the most for the upcoming Spring season and I gotta say I'm still interested but I was expecting more for some reason. It's only one episode so far though so we'll see if it turns out to be a hit or miss.
Taneshima Poplar (17) is a very short high school student. She is ordered at the beginning of the episode to track down a new worker for the "family restaurant" by the assistant manager.
Takanashi Souta (16) is the new recruit Taneshima found on the street by randomly bumping into him. He took her for a 12 year old lost little girl at first.
Shirafuji Kyouko (28) assistant manager she's kinda lazy and gives off the impression that she doesn't really care about what's going on. She mostly lets taneshima do everything
Satou Jun and Souma Hiroomi are cooks. I can only imagine what trouble these 2 guys will get into. Satou seems distant yet awesome and Souma seems to be a happy go luck kind of guy.
Todoroki Yachio a bubbly happy girl who is the main chef. She just happens to have a samurai sword... Interesting and weird. Wonder when she'll use it on Souta.
After some introductions and some training the characters start to blend together in an interesting way and odd personalities start to shine through. Especially with Shirafuji Kyouko. She turns out to be super awesome yet has a very cranky side to her. Souta randomly asked her her age. When she said 28 he called that "old" so now he gets to work everyday as punishment for like 2 weeks. Never call a lady old. Remember that boys.
"But anything over 12 is too old"
She then comes to the rescue of Taneshima whom was being harassed by customers. They were pulling on her hair and calling her a child... WHO DOES THIS?!?! Manager sees this and goes barging over with a huge kick to the face for one of them simply saying "Violence is bad". She is definitely going to be my favourite character of the series. She reminds me of a cross between Mitsune (Love Hina) and Nobue (Strawberry Marshmallow).
Inami Mahiru has a HUGE fear of men and is what seems to be the last character introduction for the first episode. She will hold much laughter I'm sure.
"Will a normal person be able to survive in this environment?" says Souta.... Yet he is far from normal himself! This anime holds potential! The ED was cute but forgettable. Bring on episode 2 in a month or so!