Manga Review: “Toriko” Volume 33

Toriko Volume 33 focuses on a Gourmet Hunter named Toriko. He, along with his friend Komatsu and some other Gourmet Hunters, has gone into the Gourmet World. They hope to revive the Age of Gourmet.


Toriko Volume 33
Written by: Mitsutoshi Shimabukuro
Publisher: Shueisha
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Release Date: April 5, 2016

Volume 33 begins with Toriko and the others celebrating by tasting Air, one of the ingredients of Acacia’s full-course meal. But celebration quickly turns to tragedy when members of Neo arrive and attack. Komatsu’s heart is taken, but they are able to keep him alive with an artificial heart pump. The attack on Komatsu happens so suddenly that it grabs both the audience and Toriko by surprise. To be honest, I thought that Komatsu was going to die when I saw what happened to him. But I’m glad that he survived. This event moves the story into its next arc, which is to acquire Pair, the only ingredient of Acacia’s full-course meal that can save Komatsu.

Toriko Volume 33 sees the main character and the other Gourmet Hunters going to Area 7 to try to locate Pair. They find themselves being attacked by a group of large monkeys, but the attack leads them to underground ruins where they find a Blue Nitro named Kaka. Through Kaka, they learn about the civilization that had once lived in the ruins, as well as important information on how to deal with the large monkeys. While this exposition slowed the story down, it was vitally important for what comes next. Also, after the excitement that took place when Neo attacked, the reader needed a break before the action that takes place later in the volume. Kaka also becomes an important character who joins Toriko and the others to serve as a guide to Area 7.

The remainder of Volume 33 shows Toriko and the other Gourmet Hunters coming across one of the masters of the monkeys, which leads to an epic fight. The battle between the Gourmet Hunters and the monkey master is done in such a way that it keeps the action moving and makes the sequence a relatively quick read. However, it’s made clear right at the end of the volume that Toriko and the others are nowhere near done with fighting as they try to acquire Pair.

As usual, Shimabukuro provides the action panels that readers have come to expect from this series. But there’s also drawings on pages eight and nine that really grabbed my interest, due to his use of shadows. Normally, the drawings and panels in Toriko aren’t that dark, so these pages really stand out.

Fans who have been following this series will want to check out Toriko Volume 33, because some very important plot progression takes place. Also, the character of Kaka provides some information that helps the reader to start understanding the Gourmet World a little more.

The reviewer was provided a review copy by VIZ Media

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