Toriko 11

April 21, 2013

Mitsutoshi Shimabukuro – Viz – 2012 – 23+ volumes

Oh man. This series. As I said last volume, it did something rather casually that I couldn’t see it easily taking back. I wasn’t sure how it was going to continue with (or without, rather) this thing. It was either just going to cheerfully pretend this was always the case, or come up with some ridiculous replacement thing.

The second half of the volume was about that. It was just as over-the-top, complicated, intense, and ridiculous as I was hoping. I needed that after the lengthy arctic adventures. I like this series for its ability to (so far) stay fresh, and we’d been dwelling in snow, on the same creatures and characters, for too long. We get a city of healing, medicine that is so good it raises the dead, and all sorts of new and interesting characters. And if that isn’t to your liking, there’s a parallel plot about Komatsu trying to re-create the Century Soup that’s a lot of fun.

The first half is the finish of the battle with Tommyrod, which has all sorts of shounen battle manga traps laying around that Toriko stumbles into. Mysteriously more powerful characters coming from nowhere, power escalation when it seems like everything will be fine, thieves out to steal the century soup, and a way out when it looks like all hope is lost. Again, I wasn’t that into this story, and it went on too long, so I was more than happy to bid it farewell here.

I like this series a lot, but admittedly, it’s just like a sillier, faster-paced and less focused version of a typical shounen manga. The thing that gets tiresome for me is when the tired ideas are repeated over and over again, or when they dwell too long on the same story. Not so the case with Toriko, as it is prone to throwing out a thousand good ideas and leaving them in the dust in order to come up with more. It’s not the best there is, and probably not for everybody, but it is a lot of fun.

This was a review copy provided by Viz.

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