YMMV / Toriko

  • Americans Hate Tingle: While not exactly hated per se, Toriko has been largely ignored outside of its native Japan. By the time Toriko had reached international audiences, the Shounen genre has been declining in popularity and is considered to be Deader Than Disco in some circles. Any remaining Shounen fans largely stuck of their own favorites like Dragon Ball, Naruto, and One Piece. As such, Toriko has a western fanbase that is more of a cult following, especially in the US.
  • Awesome Music: Guts! Guts Guts! Guts Guts!
  • Broken Base: Episode 142, it completely alters what was the epic conclusion of Toriko and Starjun's fight in favor of a different ending.
  • Complete Monster: Acacia, in spite of being hailed as a savior of humanity for stopping a World War with GOD, was in actuality a selfish, sexist, heartless man, who was driven by nothing but his own appetite. Sure, his actual Appetite demon, NEO, whispered into his ear about the amazing tastes he can find outside of Earth, but all of his most nasty traits are the result of his own, willing behavior. He constantly cheated on his combo partner, Froze, yet still expected her to make meals for him when he came home after screwing other women, let her exhaust herself when preparing GOD after she took her children out of her Uterus and sent them out to sea, essentially killing her as she would have survived other wise, faked crying over death, treated his sons like shit upon revealing his true nature to Jirou and Midora, agreed with the Blue Nitro to allow them to Cook the planet earth, only to betray Pair, the strongest Blue Nitro, and decides feast on the planet for himself upon his full course being devoured, and upon finding out that Toriko and Starjun themselves were his long lost biological children with Froze, he rejects them, only having cared that they would be chefs, but due to being gourmet hunters instead, has no use for them. Horrific, psychotic, and both power and food hungry, Acacia was truly a piece of work, and easily the most evil villain in the entire Manga.
  • Crazy Awesome: Everything.
  • Creepy Cute: In a sense, Terry Cloth. S/He's a large, vicious looking wolf but around Toriko and friends, s/he's as precious as any puppy.
  • Crowning Moment of Awesome: As expected of this kind of manga, there are a lot. Check out the page here.
    • Everything about the Battle Wolves is concentrated awesome.
  • Crowning Moment of Funny: Check out its new page here.
  • Crowning Moment of Heartwarming: Check out the page here.
  • Dueling Shows: With One Piece. Its author even considers the author of Toriko to be his rival/equal.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: The first character poll put Uumen Umeda in 8th place over more prominent characters like Tommyrod, Melk, Rin, Setsuno, Jiro, Mansam, and Zonge. You could count the number of Umeda's appearances on one hand.
    • And now it looks like Uumen is actually a member of NEO, who seeks to destroy the IGO and Gourmet Corp. - and may be much, MUCH stronger than he initially let on.
    • Brunchi, when he makes his flashy debut, he easily steals the show with his attitude and unique heart of gold. Enough have a full on fight with the highest ranked fighter below the Sou Chefs.
    • Wabutora was popular enough to get an extended role in the anime.
  • Ho Yay: Lots of it, to the point of TorikoXKomatsu being practically canon by now. Komatsu's interaction with the Second Melk and Toriko being enganged to Rin does somewhat counteract it, though.
    Toriko: Komatsu, how about you and me form a "combo"?
    • Coco becomes very concerned for Komatsu in episode 4 and 5, after Komatsu becomes friendly with him even though Coco is poisonous.
    • The last page of Gourmet 34:
      Komatsu: Did you do something to me!?
      Sunny: I diiidn't. Do you want me to do something?
      • This after he fawned over Komatsu's cooking skills, saying he's beautiful when he works...
    • Toriko compares being "tasted" by Sunny's hair sensors as being licked by him. In the show, this is demonstrated by a shot of Sunny licking Toriko's cheek. Sunny's descriptions of people's actions/emotions towards things as "beautiful" doesn't help — Komatsu's cooking, Coco's entrance...
    • When they are traveling on the Gourmet Carriage, some classical music starts playing and Sunny grabs Komatsu for a dance. Then you see Toriko and Coco waltzing together, looking like they have no idea how they got there.
    • The fact that Toriko, Sunny and Zebra are all fighting over having Komatsu as their "partner" makes it feel like a really strange harem anime.
    • The amount of Ho Yay in this manga combined with all the muscular man and manly harem undertones would probably qualify as intended Homoerotic Subtext. In fact, this is likely as close to Bara as it possibly can be for a shonen manga with all due age restrictions.
    • Gets lampshaded by Sunny who asks Toriko, who after accepting Rin's proposal, if Komatsu really is his partner. Toriko asks 'what does this have to do with it', and Sunny is shocked the relationship isn't romantic between Toriko and Komatsu!
  • HSQ: The introduction of Head Waiter Alfaro. Two horrific behemoths, the ruler of Ice Hell and a mutated insect, each with capture levels in the high 70's are duking it out in the sky. Alfaro slices them to pieces in a second. With dinner plates.
    • Promptly one-upped by Setsuno. Alfaro is about to pull out his dinner plates and kill her while her back is turned, but never really gets the chance seeing as Setsuno broke the plates from several yards away using what we can assume to be the aura of 'screw you' she was emitting.
    • Master Chin takes it up to more ludicrous levels. His secret food technique, "Spoon", can carve out mountains. He did this once before...at "Death Falls", before we even knew it was him.
    • Toriko vs Starjun, Coco vs Grinpatch, Sunny vs Tommyrod...and...Setsuno vs Chiyo for the latest arc. On top of a mysterious third faction and the Bishokukai actually having captured and weaponized a Nitro which pwns Yuda with ease!
    • Chiyo can perform an You Are Already Dead technique in which she completely removes all the flesh off of your bones from under your armpits to your hips leaving a cleaned skeleton without you even realizing it.
    • Down in the basement of the stadium where the fighting at the Cooking Fest is taking place, it seems as though Kuriboh, Kousairou and COOKING KING ZAUS HIMSELF are all planning to either capture or kill Setsuno. They're working together with the richest men on the planet, such as the King of Jidar and President Mohs.
    • Knocking Master Jirou arrives just in time to save Setsuno from Joa's nitro. He then uses knocking on the entire earth and everything on it completely stopping even things like natural disasters for a split second.
    • Two words: HUNGRY SPACE
    • Coco makes an amazing discovery, a meteor that absorbs energy and grows, which he hypothesized eventually grew out of the Earth to form the Gourmet World.
    • All of this PALES in comparison to the reveal of Gourmet World Beasts. Thought the Four Beast and beasts with capture levels at 500 were insane? How about many creatures who's capture level is in the 1000's! And Above them all, one of the eight Gourmet World Kings, a battle wolf with a capture level of 6090!
    • Heracles sets the bar for how powerful the Eight Kings are: he snorts in Toriko's direction and blows off a third of his body.
    • Bambina raises it even higher by wiping out EVERY SINGLE ONE of the Four Heavenly Kings except Sunny in a literal blink of an eye, with Zebra having been goddamn PULPED, and the other two King's (plus Komatsu's) fates left unknown.
    • Taken to a higher level then ever with the introduction of Acacia's Appetite Demon NEO, who eventually becomes so powerful he gives the Eight Kings a Curbstomp Battle upon finally eating the King of Ingredients, God. Prior to that, Toriko's revealed third appetite demon is implied to be so powerful its scared both ACACIA AND NEO with just a short glance to the point where they had desperately eat a cooked peice of God that resulted in the aforementioned curb stom battle in the first place. Then Acacia eats CENTER, then 'EATS NEO ITSELF, raising his own power further, and Midora, after eating only 6 of the full course ingredients, is shown to be an even match for the new Acacia. And Toriko's Third Demon is still implied to be stronger. Taken even higher when Toriko, after eating GOD, CENTER and his Red appetite Demon, casually punches the Perfect NEO Acacia around the planet in a near instant and casually catches him in mid launch, without even looking at Acacia, stating that "Like an adult who sees a childs playground as too small, the earth itself feels too small for myself"
  • Hype Backlash: This is happening quite a lot, lately. After the full-throttled advertisement campaign from Shonen Jump, the crossovers with One Piece and Dragon Ball, the extra publicity from the anime, and Eiichiro Oda himself considering Shimabukuro to be his rival, Toriko has - perhaps inevitably - failed to live up to many peoples' expectations. The manga sales are only worse than Bleach (which lost its anime in 2012), its only feature-length film tanked, its own anime was discontinued in favor of a DBZ Kai adaptation of the Buu Saga, and the series generally doesn't do that well in the weekly rankings or yearly volume sales. The differences between the anime and manga compound the issue as well. This has rebounded a bit, especially with the introduction of NEO.
  • Memetic Badass: Zebra will kick your ass from his prison cell.
    • For evidence, check the main page and the character page. Nearly every trope related to Badass mentions Zebra at least once.
  • Memetic Molester: Livebearer seems to be approaching this status, thanks to his... off appearance and suggestive dialogue towards Komatsu (although to be fair, it was moreso to eat his brain).
  • Narm: Midora's backstory includes the clearly-supposed-to-be-sad-and-dramatic line "My heart was crumpled...like a shirt that's never been changed."
    • Some of Acacia's more depraved tendencies border between this and Narm Charm.
  • Nausea Fuel: If this manga in general is full of Food Porn, observed dietary preferences of Gourmet Corp. serve as Fetish Retardant to it. For members of what their Japanese name translates as "Beautiful Food Organization", they sure are prone to eating disgusting things in disturbing ways.
    • One such example would be Grinpatch who taunts Toriko by not only stealing and eating all of his BB Corn, but proceeds to vomit it back up and eat it again!
    • The Reveal that Food King "PAIR" is Bambina's testicles was met with shock and revulsion in-universe and out.
  • The Scrappy: Tina the news reporter seems to be this for fans of the manga, as she is put into a lot of arcs to add as a Ms. Exposition. Fans who were introduced to the anime don't seem to hate her as much.
    • One of the reasons given is that those fans see Toriko as a male buddy story/more reflective of old school shonen manga. The addition of Tina supposedly removes some of the testosterone fueled awesomeness so that there can be a relatable female character to bring in female fans as it is "considered wrong to have series nowadays solely aimed at males".
  • Ship Sinking: Toriko/Komatsu, after Toriko accepts Rin's proposal. A few chapters later, Komatsu and Nono have dinner together.
  • Squick: Midora's Overly Long Tongue powers is this and Nightmare Fuel
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks: Episode 142. Just when Toriko and Starjun's epic rematch is heading to its conclusion, Joa shows up and the fight ends in a draw.
  • Too Cool to Live: Ichiryu
    • His own appetite demon, Don S Lie, and his younger brother Jirou are this as well.
  • Ugly Cute: Ob.
  • Uncanny Valley: Livebearer... does not look right, even for the series' cartoony artstyle.
    • Tommyrod to a lesser extent
    • Joa Aka Frohze...possibly?, looks like a beautiful woman except, the cracks along the face and Hellish Pupils make her look very off
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic: Midora. His tragic backstory aside, he did still unleash a devastating attack on Human World that rendered it a wasteland, bringing about a new age of famine and suffering. In-universe, Tengu Buranchi is the only person who seems to hold that against him.
  • Viewer Gender Confusion: Terry Cloth, Melk the II and Shuu
  • What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?: YMMV. Treasure food PAIR is a pair of monkey balls, from an animal literally called "Ball Monkey", who set up a martial art system to strengthen its fellow monkey so that it could find a "playmate". Later, it turned out by "playmate", it meant "female companion" and to capture PAIR, our heroes, four muscular, buff Testosterone Poisoning Badasses had to combine power and participate in a Mating Dance with it. They failed at the last step and enraged the monkey who proceeded to beat the crap out of them. In the last second, when all seemed lost and the four were about to be eaten, our protagonist Toriko refused to go down without a fight and bit the monkey in the lip. This action caused the monkey to see its mate and Toriko to see Komatsu. They both went up in tears and the monkey's balls were dropped to the ground. What?

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