The gluttony continues in this epic volume of Toriko
. The brawny gourmet hunter and his diminutive sidekick make their first visit to the Gourmet Shrine to pay their respects to Gourmet God Acacia's Full-Course Meal.
The holy ground of the Gourmet God is gigantic, and encompasses many different parts of Acacia's full-course-meal. After climbing a gargantuan staircase, they finally reach the statue of the god himself, and the tone becomes serious and awe-inspiring. Both Toriko and Komatsu sense a palpable aura of luck and fortune surrounding the idol, and each is seemingly graced with good luck thereafter. With the new blessing, Toriko helps save the business of a vendor, while Komatsu attempts a "Sword in the Stone" moment by trying to remove a knife in a cutting board made of Gourmet Cedar.
Later, the pair travel to a deserted island where Stun Apples grow. Stun Apples are a special fruit that become more delicious the more they're scared. And when they're in season, thousands of people travel the the island and try to scare them. Although Toriko can be scary, he's up against some stiff competition, including the Great Zongen!
Eventually, they decide to pursue a new delicacy: the Shining Gourami, a fish that resides inside of a giant, tempestuous waterfall known as “Death Falls”. In order to even reach the animal, they need the help of the newly enhanced Sunny, who can use his new pet snake to scale the rapids. His snake is among the largest in the Gourmet World; so long that few have ever seen their heads or tails.
There is still a major obstacle in their way, however. The deadly rushing water that's filled with sharp jagged nasty rocks and the massive mountain above it. Will even Toriko and Sunny's combined powers be enough to clear the way?
As usual with Toriko, the art is amazing. The large scenes in the beginning of the volume that depict the awesome scale of Acacia’s shrine are particularly breathtaking. The action shots at the end are plentiful, and each masterfully conveys movement through Shimabukuro’s unique style.
Toriko is a fantastic series with amazing artwork, a lighthearted yet engaging narrative, and interesting, well-fleshed-out characters. This is definitely a volume that should not be missed!
Toriko volume 17 is available from VIZ.com!
by Kailash Black