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Green Room: You Can’t Handle the Toriko

June 23rd, 2011 by Ben Collins Editor

Hulu has accrued a lot of anime over the years, so sometimes it’s hard to parse what’s great. This week, Funimation writer Aaron Anderson previews Toriko, about a badass chef who might accidentally teach you some real survival skills for those times you happen to encounter a dinosaur walking down the street.— Ed.

by Aaron Anderson, FUNimation Copywriter

It was recently brought to my attention that some of you have yet to discover the pure, unadulterated, unbridled, unparalleled awesomeness that is the Toriko simulcast. Huge mistake.

Let me tell you a little about this cat we call Toriko. First off, he’s not a cat. He might eat a cat, but only if it was a giant, ferocious jungle cat with gummy bear rib bones and fangs made of English Toffee. The gummy-bear-toffee-cat in question would also have to be nearly impossible to defeat. Toriko, true to his status as a legendary Gourmet Hunter, only fights the hardest-to-kill, most delicious animals on the planet.

That’s his code. He only kills what he eats, and he’s not the type to scarf down possum casserole or cans of Chef Boy-R-Dog. Our man Toriko has the taste buds of Dionysus and the strength of Hercules. He’s pretty much the badass of all badasses when it comes to punching animals into little pieces and then devouring them. That’s just how he rolls.

If there’s one thing I’ve learned from watching this epic new anime, it’s that Toriko rules at life way more than the rest of us. We’re talking about a guy who has a bloodthirsty Battle Wolf for a sidekick. Think you could hang with a Battle Wolf? Not a chance. Meet Toriko’s ferocious friend and watch the Gourmet Hunter inflict some mega damage on an evil robot.

Enraged by the heartless attack on the mother Battle Wolf, Toriko pushes his body to the limit in a knock-down, drag-out brawl with the seemingly indestructible GT Robot!

Watching the Toriko simulcast on a weekly basis is also a great way to improve your skills in the realm of self-defense. Sometimes in life we run into tricky situations with suspicious characters. This is never good, but if you’ve been paying attention to the simulcast, you’ll know exactly what to do. Tell the bad guy his momma smells like a Troll Kong and force him to back down by unleashing your inner beast.

The International Gourmet Organization hires Toriko to harvest the legendary Rainbow Fruit, but the famed hunter will have to prove he’s tougher than an entire nest of Troll Kongs before he can finish the job.

If I haven’t yet convinced you to give Toriko a chance, you should know that the International Society for Educational Animated Experiences highly recommends this series for anyone interested in pursuing a career in archaeology, spelunking, general exploration, or treasure hunting. Why? You’ll learn survival tactics, like packing a punch powerful enough to crush concrete.

Komatsu is kidnapped by a Gourmet Hunter who wants to use the boy as bait. Toriko and Coco are his only hope for survival, but they’ve got their hands full battling a deadly Devil Python.

Sorry to cut this short, but I gotta jet. Me and some of the guys from the office are heading over to the Himalayas in search of the scrumptious Spaghetti Yeti and some Abominable Garlic Bread. After that, we may swing by Mongolia for a showdown with the delicious Veloci-Bacon-Raptor. Should be a great hunt. If I don’t make it back, tell my mom I love her. Oh, and don’t forget to watch the Toriko Simulcast. It’ll change your life.