A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Themes include friendship, environmentalism, conservation, teamwork, cooking, hunting, action, and determination.
Positive Role Models
Toriko is a rugged man who prides himself on his hunting skills and strength. Despite being a bit of a glutton and somewhat obsessed with his interests, he is a caring individual. Toriko only hunts animals he plans to eat and will not kill any animal he does not intend to use. He also cares about the environment and does not want to hunt anything close to extinction or tamper with ecosystems with his hunting, showing that he still uses his wisdom and follows a strong personal code of ideals.
The Japanese series set in a fictional world called the Gourmet World. The human cast appears entirely Japanese male and female characters. There are also a lot of fantasy non-human characters that have diverse appearances and also seem to be Japanese.
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Violence & Scariness
There is some cartoony violence. Characters get into fights and hunt monstrous animals. There's some animal gore, such as animals in the wild that have been killed by other animals. One scene shows a large river monster that has had a bite taken out of its neck, which could be disturbing. The fight sequences between the human characters don't show any blood at all; characters only get scratches on them to show battle damage. Scary imagery includes a red demon that appears to manifest behind Toriko whenever he wants to intimidate something.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some sexual references and partial nudity throughout. Some sexual jokes where characters blush and make suggestive statements such as "I can't wait to put that in my mouth." Toriko appears shirtless in many scenes. There's a bathing scene where Toriko is implied to be nude while bathing, but none of these scenes are sexual.
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Language includes "pissed" and some joke profanity such as characters exclaiming "what the fork?"
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Sometimes Toriko is shown drinking alcohol with his meals. Toriko references a spiked punch in one scene.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Toriko is a fantasy adventure anime based on the Toriko manga series created by Mitsutoshi Shimabukuro. The series centers on gourmet food hunter Toriko's adventures searching for rare animals and ingredients to create new and unique foods. There's a lot of cartoon violence: Characters get into fights and hunt and kill monstrous animals. There's some animal gore, such as animals in the wild that have been killed by other animals. One scene shows a large river monster that has had a bite taken out of its neck. Fight sequences between human characters, while intense, don't show any blood at all. Characters will only get scratches on them to show battle damage. There are some mild sexual references, including statements such as "I can't wait to put that in my mouth." Toriko appears shirtless in many scenes, and in a bathing scene Toriko is implied to be nude, but nothing is shown. Language includes "pissed" and some joke profanity such as characters exclaiming "what the fork?" Sometimes Toriko is shown drinking alcohol with his meals. Overall, the show is very lighthearted and kid friendly.
Is It Any Good?
This lighthearted fantasy adventure anime has a unique concept and some entertaining moments but loses its steam over time. Toriko takes place in a unique culinary world and has some genuinely creative and interesting animals and ingredients that fit the anime world's food theme. Each episode has Toriko and gang in search of new ingredients that each receive numerical ratings called "capture levels" that determine how hard they are to acquire. The series starts with Toriko facing off against low capture level monsters and ingredients. As it progresses the capture level of monsters and ingredients quickly increases but ultimately this feels undramatic, since a high capture level quickly loses its effect because Toriko is going to get them regardless of the level.
Despite that flaw with the story, Toriko is a likable character. --he's a powerful hunter with a conservationist code of ethics that he closely follows. He respects his environment and always intends to use every bit of the animals and ingredients he hunts. Toriko is a good depiction of a character with overwhelming strength showing restraint and respect, but because he's so overwhelmingly strong and a wise conservationist he doesn't have serious character growth or big challenges to overcome. Overall, the series does offer some entertaining moments, but it feels like there isn't enough there to keep viewers invested in the long term.
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