Toriko (トリコ, Toriko) is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Mitsutoshi Shimabukuro. It has been serialized in Weekly Shōnen Jump since 2008, and the individual chapters are being collected in 15 tankōbon volumes published by Shueisha. It follows the adventure of Toriko, a Gourmet Hunter, as he searches for rare, diverse foods to complete a full-course meal. On his journey, he is accompanied by a timid chef who wants to improve his skills.
The series has been adapted into an anime series produced by Toei Animation, which has been broadcast in Japan since 2011. Additionally, Toei developed an animated feature film and ufotable developed an original video animation. The manga series is licensed for an English language release by Viz Media in North America and Madman Entertainment in Australia. The anime series has been licensed by Funimation Entertainment for internet streaming in North America.
In a world where the taste and texture of food is extremely important, there exist individuals known as Gourmet Hunters (美食屋, Bishokuya) who specialize in the acquisition of rare ingredients and animals. Toriko is one of these hunters and it is his dream to find the most precious foods in the world and create the ultimate dinner course. As one of the most skilled hunters in the world, he is regularly hired by restaurants and the rich to seek out new ingredients and rare animals. A man with inhuman ability, he utilizes his incredible strength and knowledge of the animal kingdom to capture ferocious, evasive, and rare beasts to further his ultimate goal. He is accompanied by a weak and timid chef named Komatsu who, inspired by Toriko's ambition, travels with him to improve his culinary skills and to find rare ingredients. An organization that seeks to take control of the world's entire food supply increases the struggle.