Toriko's white gourmet Cell demon represents manners.Apparently neo is a black gourmet Cell demon, which is pure appetite. So, it makes sense that the white gourmet Cell demon would be the oppisote, or the closest to an opposite an appetite obsessed universe would allow, manners. The two lines that inspired this theory, were the lines, you've over eaten for billions of years to neo, and the gourmet Cell demons comment on how he loved Toriko giving thanks to the food. Both of these imply an emphasis on good manners, which had been proven earlier in series to increase a gourmet hunters powers by a significant margin, which in turn might explain why the white gourmet cell demon is so much more powerful than neo.
When the new movie comes out, the main antagonist will the strongest opponent Toriko has yet to face.Frankly, the two series Toriko ever had a crossover with (One Piece and Dragon Ball) had a movie that depicts the main villain as "the strongest enemy ever faced". Dragon Ball Battle of Gods had Goku fight against Bills and One Piece: Film Z had Luffy fight against Z AKA Zephyr. Bonus points if the main villain ends up becoming friends with Toriko and co at the end.
This is a satire of the Big Eater tendencies of shonen heroes.Eating a lot is his most major personality trait. Creating the world's best feast is his entire motivation. This has got to be a Lampshade Hanging.
Toriko will fight a cannibal.With a show this food-obsessed, you know one of the bad guys will at least imply cannibalistic tendencies at some point, maybe with a taste for Gourmet Cells.
- It will most likely be Komatsu or Rin that the cannibal kidnaps, prompting a rescue by Toriko and anyone else in on it. Komatsu to lure out Toriko, Rin because of her Gourmet Cells.
- Already happened. Grinpatch wanted to eat both Terry and Toriko, but decided that they aren't tasty enough yet.
The Bishokuya has caused Hyper-HyperinflationThe "expensive" food ingredients you see in the manga are actually worth their Real Life counterparts, it's just the Yen just dipped its buying power so badly. The more common "cheap" ingredients are just sold in such a low price (in relation to the current inflation) because of new innovations in food making.
Zebra will have super-hearing.Each of the four kings seen thus far has a different superhuman sense. Toriko has a super keen nose, Coco has super-vision, and Sani has his touch. So by process of elimination we can assume Zebra will have superhuman hearing.
- Confirmed as mentioned by Toriko in chapter 121. Though we will have to wait (if he is to ever show up) to see it in action.
- He has.
- Not only can he hear things at absurd distances, but he can pitch his voice over tens of kilometers so that he sounds like he's standing right next to the person he's talking to.
- He has.
Toriko will turn down GOD as his main dish.GOD is the super-ultra-special ingredient that changed the world. The problem is that it will probably taste so absolutely fantastic on its own that Toriko won't be able to put it in his full course meal. Why? Because none of the other foods in his full course meal will be able to go along with it, because it's just too good. Thus, the story will probably end with Toriko turning down the idea of using GOD as his main course and instead end with an The Adventure Continues type ending where he and Komatsu set off to find an ingredient better suited to being his main dish.
- Jossed: Toriko will find GOD and Komatsu will cook it so they can share it with the rest of the world.
- Nope, its right there as his main course as of the finale.
Toriko and Komatsu will have a child. Komatsu will became a better chef that SetsunoToriko's son/daughter would wish to make a menu who can beat his father's menu, and Komatsu's daughter/son would wish to be a better chef than her/his father, and the only way to make that is work together with the son/daughter who helped their parents to made the best full course menu/ to be the best chef in earth. One has to be male and the other female because it could be more funny that way. Because Toriko's son/daughter wish to made a better menu, he/she would never put anyone of his father's dishes in his/her menu. Rin could be Toriko's wife.
"Gourmet Cells" are a type of "Super" Stem CellThis is what gives them their amazing adaptability, vitality, and a virtually "omnipotent" potentiality. Unlike normal stem cells, they change into "normal" cells, but still keep their adaptability and ability to change and "evolve". Since I assume stem cells also extent to plants, since they're found in all multi-cellular organisms, this explains how Toriko was able to release a scent that relaxed insects after being attacked by so many of them: his cells were adapting as a defense mechanism, and due to "nigh-omnipotent" potentiality, it mimcked the scent of trees in a forest.
The series takes place in the same universe as ZoofightsIt's mentioned that the IGO sponsors both horrible mashups of various creatures and arena combat of said creatures. Considering the ridiculously high power level of most of the beasts in the series, it can be assumed that is is simply Zoofights in the far future.
Sunny's mother is none other than Princess CelestiaIt's a strange coincidence that Sunny has the same hair style as the Princess of Equestria.
This is the Earth of Dragon Ball, thousands of years in the future, and Toriko and many others in the show are descended from GokuSomeone wished on the dragonballs for the world to be full of wondrous and unbelievable gourmet foods. All the most powerful characters appear to be very big eaters. The Gourmet Cells were mentioned to have a good chance of killing you, rather than giving you power, so it would stand to reason that only those with Saiyen blood can handle them. The gourmet cells give them access to their saiyen power, minus the Oozaru form. Additionally, Zonge is descended from Hercule Satan. Because it's too funny not to be true.
Midora, the leader of Bishokukai is actually Sunny's fatherA guess based solely on the fact that Midora seems to be able to control his hair just like Sunny.
Zonge is one of Monchy's Quintuplet SiblingsI can't have been the only who thought of the resemblance between Zonge and Monchy when I first saw the latter. Even if Monchy wears a Sumo Mask, I have a bet that when it comes off...
Toriko will learn "Spoon" from Master ChinIt is a given, because Master Chin actually wants to teach Toriko the secret food technique of the Shokurin Temple. It will also complete his "Silver ware set", finally adding the "Spoon" to the "Knife" and "Fork".
Ichiryuu has a teacher in place for every single one of the Heavenly KingsSani was taught how to use "Instinct" to control his touches at 100% efficiency by Guemon. That was his weakness, and he was sent there by Yosaku. Now, Toriko has been sent to Master Chin, in order to learn the Secret Food Technique: "Spoon", and "Food Honour". Toriko normally is a glutton, so this would be his "weakness".
Toriko takes place in the Hunter x Hunter world, in Hunter x Hunter's far future.The recent chapters of Hunter x Hunter show that the human world is only 30% of the whole world. Toriko takes place in the far future, where the unexplored world has become the Gourmet World, Hunters have all become Gourmet Hunters, and there is world peace because of the events shown in Toriko's flashbacks
- Not to mention that the map of the Human World looks a lot like Hunter x Hunter's and a few monsters (like the burrowing amphibian with the strawberry-like antenna it uses as bait) have appeared in both works.
- Jossed. Toriko is set in the far, far future of Earth, by billions of years.
The Four Beast is SCP-682.It's a monster that adapts and is virtually indestructible. Not to mention it eats humans.
The ingredient for God is a human beingIt has been stated that the Acacia discovered GOD from the Nitro and it's been implied that Nitro eats humans. God is known to have all the flavors in the world so what if the ingredient for God is the human with the most evolved Gourmet Cells (by eating foods of every flavor) during the Gourmet Solar Eclipse. Since Acacia was the human with the most evolved Gourmet Cells, he was the ingredient for God during the last eclipse. He was exactly feeding the world leaders his own flesh (what could have more flavor than someone who has tried all the flavors in the world), without letting it them know it was cannibalism. This taboo is why he kept the ingredient for God a secret. This explains why the Nitro have been assisting the Bishokukai, they're helping Midori evolve his Gourmet Cells so that he will become the ingredient for God.
Starjun is actually Midora's son.Cause they look similar, and why not?
- Jossed Nope! It's Acacia!
The Nitro are not all evil.They apparently have been responsible for many advancements in human civilization and the one in Vegetable Sky didn't attack Toriko and Komatsu. Why would they make humans, supposedly a form of prey, more advanced and therefore more capable of fighting back?
- True They just want to stop Neo.
Knocking Master Jiro is the real boss of NEO. Not only this fits the obvious pattern of Acacia's pupils and major organisations as well as NEO's members' noticeable tendency to be seemingly goofy and harmless when under cover, it also explains why he now seems to be distant from Setsuno.
- Jossed: Jiro isn't a member, actively fights against NEO, and Joa is actually Frohze's reanimated corpse and the leader of NEO.
Terry's Ambiguous Gender is being purposely done.Specifically, it's leading towards a Gender Reveal once Toriko enters the Gourmet World and finds the pack of Battle Wolves there.
The Four Beast's master is Dark Chef Joa.Compare the shadowed figure in chapter 207 to the one at the end of chapter 240, which is specifically stated to be Joa. What's more, Teppei appears with him at the end of chapter 240, suggesting some sort of hypnosis or somesuch implanted when he was knocked unconscious by Joa's mere presence in chapters 207/208 - after all, there's no way Teppei would willingly work with someone like that.
The God of Chefs Frohze, AKA Dark Chef Joa, has become 'evil' because Acacia sealed away "Center".God of Chefs Frohze, AKA Dark Chef Joa, has become 'evil' because Acacia sealed away "Center", the Hors d'oeuvre of Acacia capable of bringing the dead back to life... because he'd fallen prey to some sort of disease or complication of the Gourmet Cells and didn't want Frohze to just revive him because Center might actually only partially revive whoever it's used on. So, she is doing what she does to gain God, Center, reunite with Acacia and transcend the world she already knows everything about.
The Nitro seen in Sky Garden will play a role in the future.It seems to be special compared to the other Nitros. It's able to keep its temper in check, it wears clothing, and it even has plumage.
- Confirmed, chapter 308 reveals that it is the eighth member of the Blue Nitro Gourmet Nobility, Pair.
Kuriboh is a double agent.When Ichiryuu finds out Kousairou has volunteered to guard the Cooking Fest, he then goes to Kuriboh and asks him to accompany the Gourmet Hermit. Additionally, when the Tokage comes to pick up the various members of NEO, Kuriboh appears to flash step away rather than be picked up like the others. With NEO out in the open and the Oth biotope is serious danger with the defeat of Ichiryuu, he may well have decided that it was more important to return to his true side. This may also explain his poor showing against Setsuno; He didn't want to properly fight an ally, so he took a fall.
- confirmed by Joa.
Frohzeis still alive because of CENTER It was stated by Chin that CENTER is capable of reviving the dead if it is eaten by them, but we have not heard the effects it would have on a person who ate it while still alive. In that case, CENTER probably activates a certain period of time after the individual's death, effectively reviving them as well as revitalizing their bodies to a younger state if they died of old age. After Frohze was revived, she went on to become Joa, hiding her true identity.
Joa is the daughter of Acacia and FrohzeAfter all, she ate Acacia's Full Course, according to Jirou and Setsuno and claims to be the owner of Frohze's knife. It's not a stretch to think she inherited it from her mother, or just took it. Jossed
"PAIR", the soup ingredient of Acacia's Full Course, is Nitro salivaThis WMG assumes that PAIR is one of the Blue Nitro. Just like how Yun's saliva was the key ingredient needed to recreate Century Soup. Jossed, it's actually part of Monkey King Bambina's body.
Joa is simply Frohze's Gourmet Cells completely controlling her otherwise dead body.Particularly due to the fact that the various character 'intimidations' are actually the sort of... 'roar' of the Gourmet Cells themselves, and Toriko even has outright conversations with -his- Gourmet Cells. As such, it can be presumed that Midora's obsession with giving the dead Frohze a ton of Cure Water revitalized the dead body, and the Gourmet Cells inside of her(which operate at 100% since she shared Acacia's Full Course with him) reawoke, the 'spirit' of them taking over her body and seeking more delicious tastes(of which Frohze herself already ate EVERY KNOWN INGREDIENT ON THE PLANET). It's also helped by the fact that Coco's own Gourmet Cells knows the truth about the planet's core(telling him that he was neither qualified to enter and that the area of bedrock he'd found wasn't the right entrance to the planet's core). So it IS Frohze, but it ISN'T Frohze!
The Nitro are Planet LootersThey sent the meteorite w/ Gourmet Cells to Earth to make it more appetizing. The Nitro wait until certain species manage to reach the top of the food chain, infusing them with the essences of all of the ingredients on the planet, then harvest them and leave the planet a barren husk. This also explains their Bizarre Alien Biology, they really are aliens.
- Them being aliens is confirmed. In fact, at least the Blue Nitro are from a parallel universe.
Knocking Master Jiro has met the King Battle Wolf and befriended itOne of the Eight Kings is a Battlewolf, and in chapter 302 we learn that he is named Guinness. Knocking Master Jiro has an extremely powerful attack called Guinness Punch. And he uses a Knocking tool called "The Wolf King's Fangs" to perform it. So what if the King Battle Wolf is capable of using Knocking, and Jiro learned his most powerful techniques from him after he befriended him?
- CONFIRMED. He hasn't just met Guiness, he was raised by him.
Kaka is a Blue Nitro and The MoleUnlike Chichi she is absolutely never shown with her mouth open (Blue Nitros' are instantly recognizable by the fact that their mouths open vertically); she ingratiates herself to the team soon after Komatsu manages to invent a better method of preparing one of ingridents from the Acacia's Full Course than the method known to Blue Nitro; there was a suspicious vacant seat on the Blue Nitro council shown to us; her power level seems to be higher than the current state of the Four Heavenly Kings (on the virtue of actually being able to see what Bambino did to them), therefore way above normal Red Nitros; and her attempt to backtrack after Toriko pointed out her Lack of Empathy during the brief discussion on the motives of saving Komatsu in Ch.301 indicates conscious duplicity.
- Kaka being one of the Gourmet nobility is Jossed in chapter 308. The missing seat belongs to the Blue Nitro Pair, the same one that met Toriko and Komatsu in Sky Garden.
- Kaka being a Blue Nitro and possibly The Mole confirmed in chapter 313. Toriko and the others take measures to hide the proper method of cooking Pair to her and she is shown opening her mouth vertically
PAIR is an ingredient that bridges the realm of the living and the dead.Komatsu's heart was seen suspended in that alternate world that Toriko had seen during the initial bout with Monkey King Bambina - and the Four Kings see Komatsu's heart -again- after his body swallows PAIR and wells up in the hole inside his chest. Additionally, Toriko is able to observe Bambina dancing with the original Bambina's spirit by using Pair as a looking glass.
Black Hole Whale is why the meteorite vanished in the Black Triangle of Area 6This is less than a guess than a declaration based on our first image of the Black Hole Whale. Its skin looks a lot like a meteorite's stony body, and we know that the Black Hole Whale can absorb all matter and light. In other words, the Black Hole Whale probably completely absorbed the meteorite (which was the size of the moon) before it ever impacted the planet.
There is a third Appetite Demon inside TorikoDuring Midora's flashback arc, we learnt that Midora was born with the scars on his face, and we can see those same markings/scars reflected upon his Appetite Devil. However, when you look at Toriko's Appetite Devil - both of them - it does not have the same scars as Toriko does on his face, and he has had those scars since he was an infant, just like Midora. Red has no influence on Toriko's physical appearance, while Blue is responsible for Toriko's hair colour. That only leads to the conclusion of a third Appetite Devil that is the one who Toriko shares his scars with. CONFIRMED
The "enhanced vision" Toriko got when sniffing AIR was actually a glimpse into the far past.It's known Toriko's sense of smell can go back years upon years, decades upon decades - best shown when he figures out the hidden location in the 1st Biotope simply via sniffing the ground. When sniffing AIR, he gets the sudden sight of space, but attributes it to AIR explosively increasing his sight for just a moment, although he's not sure if that's the case either. What he actually saw was a vision of the far, far, FAR past, when the Gourmet Meteor was hurtling through space(or being transferred possibly, as the Blue Nitro might've done it) before it had hit the Earth itself.
Toriko and co will eventually face an ingredient with a capture level of over 9000 .Because why miss an opportunity to use that joke?
Komatsu's Gourmet Cell Demon is actually Froese as a Food Spirit.Seriously, it's obvious that he received PRO TIPS from her on how to prepare Acacia's Main Course, which only she would know.
Starjun has two demonsIn chapter 361, it is revealed that Starjun was born with his scars. As seen with Toriko and Midora it is possible for an Appetite demon to influence their host's appearance. Since Starjun's demon does not those same scars that must mean he has another one with the same scars.
Neo's Gourmet cells have cancerNear the end of Don Slime's ill-fated battle against Neo, Pair confirms that Neo's cells are somehow different from normal Gourmet Cells. This implies that Neo's cells have suffered some sort of mutation. Real cancer is disturbing enough — imagine what Gourmet Cell cancer must be like. This might be the reason Neo is nearly impossible to kill and so damn hungry all the time, to the point that his appetite defies death itself. Heck, when Neo manifests itself in its latest host, it even looks like a bunch of tumors.
Acacia is a well intentioned extremist all alongWhile his present mental state is unclear at best, he certainly did create NEO(the organization, not the demon) and cooperating with the blue nitro for some reason, so he couldn't have been a spotless saint all that much. However when I examine his actions so far, I am quite convinced that his goal is noble in nature, for example: His alliance with the blue nitro and personal connection with Pair suggest that they have similar goals, namely the sealing of Neo, the fact that even in such an unstable state Pair is still willing to trust him to not deviate from this goal kind of paint him as a trust worthy individual, much different from the heartless backstabbing monster of a man his confrontation with Jirou seems to show. Further more his fight with Jirou can also be seen from a different light: Jirou is neither skilled enough nor powerful enough to stop Neo, Acacia clearly shown that in the fight, but most importantly he shows Jirou was certainly not mentally ready to fight Neo - Jirou was simply too nice, from the fact that his knocking only try to restrain to the fact that he waste time demanding an answer from his enemy, Jirou shows he's in no position to do what was required of him, namely killing Acacia in cold blood. The fact that he killed Jirou by annihilating his body was also of suspect, Neo will always try devour its prey both to get satisfaction from their emotion and material, not to mention that it most likely consume their spirit as well so that anything it eats can no longer be resurrected, and therefore destroying Jirou's body would only serve to free his spirit into the spirit world where Ichiryu is, completely countering Neo's modus operandi in both its back story and its fight with Air and Don Slime. Further evidence lies in the past when Acacia was living with his companion and sons, if he was really a monster from the beginning why would he pretend to be a saintly man with noble intensions in the first place? It is not like he could use his sons for his plans, the most he got out of them was tricking Midora into reviving Froese and installing deep cover agents into their organizations, which in the grand scheme of things don't seem that important, not to metion he could have done most of them by himself anyway, at the end all it did was creating three demi-gods all of which are against his organization. So no, I don't think he fake those tears, oh and Froese clearly loved and sympathized with him, try do that when you are evil to the core.
Neo exist in both the physical and metaphysical plainsNeo's appetite is completely irrational if it is purely a physical or even energy existence, for even a black hole can't swallow a supernova instantly without disrupting the planet it's on, but if half of its existence is metaphysical then almost all of its power can be explained: It could consume enormous amount of energy and material in an instant, it could actually be sated by metaphysical concepts like fear, its mass changes freely and seemingly able to regenerate better than majin Buu, an ability that is actually quite rare in this manga(Ichiryu got defeated when his body was poke full of holes by hungry space, Jirou needs healing water to regenerate his missing hand, and use of Life to survive decapitation, most of the powerful beings in this setting only uses techniques such as Enbu ,damage knocking to transfer/cull/freeze damage or reviving items like heal water to regenerate, or just being hardy enough to tank world scaring attacks), and the fact that anything it consumes cannot be revived. This theory also explained what Ichiryu found in the depth of the spirit world, that mass of organic looking thing could be Neo's other half, with the material, energy and spirit of every being it consumed in its life time trapt inside yet accessible to Neo at all times, giving it massive energy and material reserve not to mention storage space for much more. Of course all demon in the Toriko world has both physical and metaphysical aspects, but Neo seems to be the only one currently that could not only exist in both at the same time but still connected to each other.
Acacia and Neo are separate beings in the current story lineIn the current story line, Acacia and Neo is seemingly acting in turn rather than as one single being. It seems very clear when one is in control simply by looking at the whose face was shown, who was speaking at the moment, and how they were individually addressed by name by the blue nitro. I look back at the time when they kill and ate Air, it was Acacia's face doing the eating, and then he seemingly warning the blue nitro that if it is not constantly feed it will lose control and eat them as well which was almost immediately proven when Neo's pieces shoot out from its body clearly without Acacia's input. The fight with Don Slime is entirely done by Neo, shown by having Neo head eating Don Slime, Acacia is nowhere to be found yet as soon as Pair comes into the scene Acacia surfaced once more. The fight with Jirou was entirely Acacia, note the technical fighting style, and not eating the opponent after the fight. My theory is that Acacia is currently having priority control of the body, and can control it at will as long as he keep Neo sated, but keep in mind that this is most likely temporary and taxing explaining why Acacia is not in control all the time. Of course Neo is currently incomplete, so maybe Acacia will no longer be capable of control as it fully awakens by the Full Course, whatever it maybe this is likely Acacia's last stand.As of the newest chapters however, Acacia seems to be completely corrupted by Neo's influence, although they still speak to each other a telling sign that their still separate beings, it seems they goal is now aligned, therefore the good Acacia maybe no more at this point in time leaving only his appetite behind as an ally/puppet of Neo.
Toriko will pick Nitro as his Meat Dish
Starjun and Toriko are the sons of Acacia and FroeseThis is the only thing left that makes sense, think about it, the way Starjun speaks regarding to their parents alluded to them being incredibly powerful individuals that Joie would know by name, leaving only a hand full of people within such a limited category: Acacia and his combo Froese, and their three sons Ichiryu, Jirou, and Midora. Out of them all, Ichiryu has no combo partner that we know of, Jirou has a different family, and I personally can't imagine Midora being capable of love after Froese's "death", and so by a simple process of elimination, the only possible pair left is Acacia and Froese. Thinking back that makes the perfect sense, there are a lot of evidence pointing to Acacia being genuinely good back when Froese was alive (I do have a theory on why he has seemingly changed), and there are speculations that what happened to Froese's grave was due to her corpse being revived and subsequently possessed by Joie, but there is another possibility, it may have been the very moment the twins Starjun and Toriko were born into the world. I have evidence in support of this possibility as well, in Starjun's memory Toriko somehow shared himself with Starjun (as in feeding part of himself to Starjun) when they were still in their mother's womb, why would unborn babies need to do this to survive in the first place? My answer is that because their mother is already dead, and therefore was no longer supporting the unborn twins, making it necessary for them to consume each other in order to survive (just like what happened between Acacia and Pair). Also, before Acacia's "death" he talked to Ichiryu with a solemn look on his face, and it is clear by Ichiryu's reaction that they were on friendly terms back then, looking at Ichiryu's preparations and actions for the last few centuries, the knowledge he displayed regarding the "true enemy" compare to his brothers (both Jirou and Midora have no idea of Neo's existence before they reveal themselves to the world during the Festival arc) , it stands to reason that everything was planed by both of them in acknowledgement of this "true enemy" from the very start, part of the plan may have been raising a pair of ace in the hold in order to fight this "enemy" when the time comes.
- Confirmed, though missed on the specific circumstances.
Acacia that we see right now is an act to fool the "true enemy"Seemingly character derailment aside there are telltale signs of something hidden beneath the current narrative: 1. Acacia knows Joie and have some sort of pact with him that goes over even NEO, making NEO docile enough for Acacia to consume it without resistance, there is no way for Acacia ,a mortal man who is at most able to condense a planet's worth of energy into his body, to consume NEO, a eldritch cosmic being which consumed numerous worlds in its billions of years of multiple lifetime, without so much as a fight without its full cooperation. It comes to reason that Acacia must have knowledge of the universe equal to or even over that of the nitros, and connections with beings like Joie, a undying gourmet being who knows how ancient in existence, but how is that even possible without any common ground between them all? 2. Acacia's forehead wound is not connected to NEO, when NEO jump away from Acacia's body, Acacia still has the same scar on his forehead, not to mention the fact that nothing in the world right now is seemingly able to wound NEO at all since it just regenerate from any and all wounds. So the question is whose wound it was? Up until now the only one with more than one demon inside them is Toriko, but who is to say that Acacia don't have another inside of him as well? 3. Acacia although seemingly evil still does multiple seemingly counter productive actions to his plan, for example he will not actively remove threats and only attack when opposed directly and even then refuse to eliminate them in a efficient way, such as killing Jirou's physical body (letting his spirit free to reincarnate) instead of eating him, wounding Toriko instead of killing/eating him outright, ignoring the support cast (Chichi, Starjun) completely with some of them quite likely will f'ed up his plan somewhere down the way, knocking Pair instead of killing/eating him, talking way too much unnecessarily revealing his plan and acting way too card carryingly evil, using a inefficient technique that takes way too long and way too spread out to try eat the earth instead of a quick and concentrated attack to quickly put most of the Toriko world out of business (an action so baffling that even Midora comments on). And finally the way he cuts off Starjun's exposition about he and Toriko's parentage, it is so perfectly abrupt that it sounds intentional than anything else, likely to stop Joie from hearing the truth. In conclusion of all the evidence above, it may have been simply been the effect of a sticky villain ball, but it also becomes a lot more likely that Acacia is playing double agent to the "true enemy" this whole time acting accordingly in front of Joie who is likely an agent of the "true enemy", and that he knows from the very start that the blue nitro's plan wouldn't work, I mean if Midora is able to break out of a golden can with little difficulty, there is no way in hell it could contain something like the fully resurrected NEO (remember that the NEO we see right now is still incomplete), there must be another way, most likely connected to something out there in space (think, why would Joie need to make an Ark in the first place), namely Acacia's True Full Course which maybe connected to the gourmet paradise that Joie is searching for. As for the identity of "true enemy", what we see right now of NEO is a primal beast of little concerns other than eating anything around it, while it is certainly terrifying it contrasts with the idea of gourmet evolution, there are two types of true powers in the Toriko universe, appetite energy - raw spiritual energy that exist in everything that is alive, and techniques - mental capability to utilize appetite energy to the maximum level, such as Knocking, Food Honor, Food Pressure, Food Immersion, Ultimate Routine, Enbu, and Food Luck. It seems that as a being slowly climbs the evolutionary ladder, it grows in both raw appetite energy and technique, getting more powerful and smarter in the process, NEO however seems to be less and less concern about anything other than raw power, from a trickster who uses cunning to grow from a nobody to a cosmic horror, to a mindlessly eating primate looking thing who doesn't even talk anymore. What I propose is that the "true enemy" is NEO's head/brain (head wound on Acacia's forehead), and that it has not yet been revived physically, and thus still trapped in the spirit world right now, and that Acacia's True Full Couse could either revive gourmet demons completely in the body of their host taking them over and thus explain why Joie and the "true enemy" are so interested in it, or making the host the true master of their appetite thus giving Acacia the chance to over come his curse at last. Oh and the one who was strong enough to give NEO head its scar? Toriko's third demon is the prime suspect as of now. Though now there is a new possibility with the release of the newest chapters (up to 387), Acacia may have started out trying to oppose NEO, but something happened to him during his hibernation and he came out of it a certainly different man, why? My theory is that he was cooked and taste changed or simply overwhelmed by NEO itself, turning him into the monster he is today, evidences are all there: how could a man with the capture level of only 8000 consume his own demon with the capture level of 22000 without its consent? By the fact that the red ogre willingly consumed by Toriko to boost his power, it seems NEO had done the same with Acacia, let him consume itself to get his power level up to 30000, thus NEO and Acacia is indeed working together at least presently. Acacia however did warned Ichiryu for the coming of NEO before his hibernation, and Froese foresaw him getting corrupted by hiding their sons from him (most likely because she knew before hand that he has a demon inside him that he has no chance to resist and will given time take over him completely, how could she have gotten this information without Acacia himself telling her about it in the first place?) , tells me that at least once upon a time Acacia was a good man (or at least well intentioned) even if all that is left of him now is an abomination wearing his face running around kicking dogs left and right. The newest chapters 389-390 gave us more information on Acacia's actions so far, it seems his "super dickery" was in fact to promote hatred and in turn intense anger from his enemies, and as anger is the only flavor that NEO despises it ensures who ever faces it with anger will not be eaten by it, but there is a deeper possibility hinted at the end of chapter 390, NEO might in fact throw up if force feed with enough anger fueled attacks from both Midora and Toriko shown when the mass of gourmet cells what I assume to be NEO's stomach in front of Ichiryu's spirit began to react and several nitros emerges from it. My theory is that what ever that was consumed by NEO was eaten whole (body and spirit) that is why they can neither regenerate nor reincarnate, but if one can force NEO to regurgitate what was eaten out from its stomach in the spirit world, they may once again be free to regenerate and reincarnate once again, meaning anyone including Don Slime may come back one again.
The Truth behind Gourmet LuckGourmet Luck is one of the most mysterious entity in the Toriko world, only very limited individuals in this world has it, and it has no bearing on how much physical power one has (Starjun admitted that despite being both a chef and very powerful, he doesn't have it, not to mention most other gourmet hunters such as the four king themselves, even the nitros have no access to it and having to resort to capturing people from the human world who does), most prominently it resides in the world's foremost chef, at the very top of which is Froese and Komatsu (Zonge is the hidden one). It has certain identifiable properties: first, it has nothing to do with gourmet cells as far as we know, many chef have no gourmet cells infused in them at all; second, it bestows knowledge on a instinct level on where to find ingredients, and insights on how to cook them, no matter how rare; third, it bestows unnatural physics bending level of luck to its owner (Komatsu should by all means and purposes be space dust by now given all the crap he had gone through without being a fraction of the power of the others, ditto for Zonge), at extreme level prevents direct hostile action from powerful individuals from harming them; fourth, it somehow can be copied, Midora explicitly stated that he copied it from Joie when he broke out of the golden can; fifth, it can be taken if the user was body jacked by gourmet spirit; sixth, it is also an ingredient, at least when eaten in conjunction with part of Toriko himself. Conclusion: Gourmet Luck is a different kind of gourmet cell that is maybe from somewhere outside of this galaxy/universe that is able to recall memories outside the known world and able to use a different kind of appetite energy to affect physics around them, proof: 1. Gourmet Cells have different kinds/colors to them mentioned by multiple people throughout the manga, NEO itself is suppose to be a new discovery according to Pair, thus the name "NEO" (as in new), who is to say Gourmet Luck is not another kind of alien cell especially considering that Nitros themselves seems to lack this particular attribute despite being made entirely of pure gourmet cells(explaining their inefficient way to cook ingredients, they lack the insight bestow by Gourmet Luck, thus need to improvise their own cooking method) 2. Regardless of how mysterious its effects are, it seems to be purely physical in nature at least at its core, evident by how it remains with Froese's body despite her spirit is long gone, and that Joie who hijacked the body is able to utilize it to its full extent with no rejection, it stands to reason that it resides in the body and body alone regardless of the spirit. 3. it can be copied by Midora's chameleon cells which I assume cannot copy spirit. 4. it is described by Starjun as an ingredient that is most compatible with his gourmet cells, the only one so far in this story that can eat spirits is NEO, it is safe to assume Starjun is unlikely to be able to do the same, therefore it is likely to be physical in nature for it to be consumable to him. 5. Starjun labeled gourmet luck as a forgotten flavor, meaning he must have tasted it before, and since he needs Toriko's cells in order to render it edible (kind of like how Another can make inedible things edible when eaten by awakening gourmet demon's tongue) it must happen before he was separated from Toriko, which place the time frame very close to their birth, now whose gourmet luck did they taste back then? Their mother, who must have been a great chef back then... Froese herself maybe?
Midora knows more than he appearsIn a total reversal of the previous chapter, when realization of who Acacia and Froese's real sons are Joie was stopped by Midora in revealing this information to Acacia, this could only mean one thing: Midora knew about Starjun and Toriko's parentage all along. What he was unsure of is Acacia himself, did he turn evil, was impersonating by something else entirely, was he evil along, or was he acting in order to fool something else that is watching him right now. Acacia's statement about cheating on Froese, and that Froese knew all about it and still loved him sounds absurd and petty on the surface, but I believe it has a clear message hidden behind it: what ever your (Midora) worries are, you must try to kill me (Acacia), now!!! And I think Midora got the message and act accordingly, evidence being: it is common for both readers and characters inside the story to think that Acacia was turned evil after his apparent "death", thinking back to how Jirou reacted to being told he was evil along, Jirous reaction was uncontrollable rage and sadness at being fooled, meaning this was so out of the blue unbelievable that he did not see coming at all. Yet Acacia's statement shows that the relationship between he and Froese was overtly abusive from the very beginning long before his "death", but their adopted sons were all completely clueless to this happening and thought of him as a great father/teacher figure long after they were both gone, how is this even possible at all? Jirou was a muscle head when young, but he was not alt all stupid, Ichiryu has great intellect and insight, Midora is a genius adapter, try to fool them all is not going to be easy. So Acacia's statement would have to be fake, an out right lie that anyone personally connected with he would see clear as day, but it also means Acacia himself is the only one who can make this statement at all. Think about it an impostor would not use false facts in front of someone in the know, as it would expose him as a impostor if he got the facts wrong, Acacia turned evil would still be Acacia with his own memories there is no way for him to remember being evil without being turned first after his "death", so the only possibility left is that Acacia as his true self make up this statement as a message to Midora. Midora would instantly recognize that this person in front of him is the real Acacia uncorrupted by NEO, and that he is acting intentionally antagonistic for a reason, most likely that they are being observed by the "True Enemy" right now, they must fight to the death to stop the True Enemy from realizing they are now in understanding of each other.
- Jossed: he may have known about Star and Toriko's parentage, but he and Acacia certainly don't have an understanding between them. It is still possible for him to figure that something has happened to Acacia though, since he did seemingly turned evil compare to his old self, but Midora most likely don't really care anyway, because for him his family is gone forever.