Toriko: Volume 35 manga review
By Leroy Douresseaux
August 24, 2016 - 22:21

Viz Media
Writer(s): Mitsutoshi Shimabukuro, Christine Dashiell
Penciller(s): Mitsutoshi Shimabukuro
Letterer(s): Erika Terriquez, Elena Diaz
ISBN: 978-1-4215-8642-7
$9.99 U.S., $12.99 CAN, £6.99 UK, 208pp, B&W, paperback
Rating: T (Teen)

Toriko Volume 35 cover image

Rated “T” for “Teen”

On the savage, alternate version of Earth, the pursuit of the most delicious foods rules over everything else.  Practically everything and everyone is on the menu, and Ultimate Gourmet Hunter Toriko, one of the Four Kings, is on a life-long quest to create the perfect full-course meal.  With young IGO chef, Komatsu, at his side, Toriko has an Ultimate Hunter-Chef partnership, as he faces every beast in his way, putting some in his bottomless stomach.

As Toriko, Vol. 35 (entitled Macaque I Have This Dance? Chapters 311 to 320) opens, the Four Kings take on the Monkey King in a battle of “Monkey Martial Arts.”  It is a double life and death situation for our heroes.  They need Gourmet God Acacia's Soup, “Pair,” in order to save Komatsu's life.  The problem is that the soup is hanging between the Monkey King's legs and have to be picked at the perfect time.

THE LOWDOWN:  The Toriko manga continues its assault on readers' imaginations.  Who knew you had to grab a pair to save a life, and that someone would have to grow the right-sized pair for the whole thing to work.

Toriko Volume 35 takes a big metaphysical leap, traveling across dimensions and through multiple personalities.  It is, once again, a testament to series creator Mitsutoshi Shimabukuro's imagination.  I can say this almost after reading every volume:  Toriko is the kind of manga that makes me happy to be reading manga.

POSSIBLE AUDIENCE:  Readers looking for the best in shonen adventure will want a big taste of the Shonen Jump manga, Toriko.


Rating: A/10

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