Toriko Volume 27 focuses on Toriko, a Gourmet Hunter who’s on a search to find the most precious foods in the world in order to create his full-course meal. He has an inhuman ability that gives him incredible strength, as well as an extensive knowledge of the animal kingdom that helps him to capture ferocious, evasive, and rare beasts. He is accompanied by a timid chef named Komatsu, who travels with Toriko in order to improve his culinary skills and find rare ingredients. Toriko and his friends are often fighting against the Gourmet Corps, who want to take control of the world’s food supply and to find a highly sought-after ingredient called GOD.
Volume 27 continues the battle that began at the Cooking Festival back in Volume 25. This particular volume places a strong emphasis on Toriko’s battle against Starjun. But before we get to see more of their fight, we see a flashback of Toriko’s that explains a technique that he learned from Aimaru. When the fight between these two rivals does resume, we see that Toriko begins to use the technique that he learned.
Once Toriko and Starjun’s fight gets going, there are quite a few pages in Volume 27 where all of the panels are very action-oriented, and dialogue is rather minimal. And since this particular battle makes up a good portion of the volume, the emphasis on action helps to make it a rather quick read. And as shonen manga readers can anticipate, the rivals power up and get rather beaten up over the course of the battle, but in the end, there is eventually a victor.
Near the end of Volume 27, a mysterious character arrives at the stadium. The revelation of this character’s identity is a shock to the just about everyone else. Just as it seems this mysterious character has the advantage, a powerful character that has a connection with the mystery character comes onto the field. But just as this storyline starts to get interesting, the volume comes to an end.
Due to the amount of action present in Volume 27, there are a lot more sound effects included in the art than a reader would normally expect to see while reading a manga. But I have to give Shimabukuro credit for how realistic the injuries look on both Toriko and Starjun. I can only imagine how much effort it would be to consistently draw both of these characters with all the bruises, blood, and injuries that are seen throughout this volume.
Toriko is definitely a shonen fighting manga, so readers who enjoy series such as Naruto and One Piece may find something to enjoy about this series as well. And readers who are already fans of this series and have been following it regularly should be able to appreciate the action and story that is presented in Toriko Volume 27.
The reviewer was provided a review copy by VIZ Media