Toriko takes place in the Gourmet Age; the Gourmet Age is an "age where the world's manliest heroes quest for yet undiscovered culinary delights." Essentially Gourmet Hunters find rare animals to use as ingredients to fill their full course menu of life.
The series centers around a young Chef named Komatsu who's dream is to become a master chef, in the 1st episode he tracks down one of the four Heavenly Kings, named Toriko, to enlist him for a mission from the International Gourmet Organization (IGO Corp). Toriko relates Komatsu's dream to his own(fulfilling his full course menu), & soon the pair become "bro's" & are off on the journey together.
Where my Toriko: Part One review left off, we were in the middle of the Regal Mammoth arc, where Toriko & friends are hired by the IGO to find the elusive Jewel Meat, only to be interrupted by Starjun (controlling a GT robot) & his cronies who have also been sent to retrieve the Jewel Meat by the Gourmet Corp, the Toriko vs Starjun's GT Robot fight was only the tip of the iceberg & makes me anticipate when they actually meet face to face. The 1st 3 episodes on this set wrap up that story nicely.
After that, we get a nice 5 episode story called The B.B. Corn arc. Toriko's Battle Wolf, Terry has been refusing to eat anything, Toriko realizes that normal food isn't fit for for a legendary creature like Terry, so the pair travel to the Wul Jungle in hopes to obtain the B.B. Corn. However, many dangers lie ahead for Toriko, including a run in with another member for the Gourmet Corp. Grinpatch!
Next we get a couple of transitional episodes, followed by the beginning of the series longest arc that's been dubbed thus far, the Century Soup arc. Where Toriko & Komatsu try Granny Setsuno's (a living legend among chefs) Century soup, inspired they (along with an army of other Gourmet Hunters) travel to Ice Hell, where the soup forms once every 100 years. They're not the only ones going after it though, the gourmet corp has their eyes set on it as well.
The Dub cast: Like I said in the last set review, the dub gets better & better as the Voice Actors slip more comfortably in their roles. Ian Sinclair is absolutely fantastic in the role of Toriko, he fits it perfectly, I'm so glad someone who loves the show so much got the lead role, you can tell he has a blast with it. Aaron Roberts, again is terrific as Sunny, the only bad thing is after the 1st few episodes in this set he's not featured much until Set 4. Same thing goes for Coco, played by another newcomer Jarrod Greene who makes the character sound unique & does quite a good job for his first major role. Josh Grelle continues to impress as Chef Komatsu as well!
The Positives: This set is great top to bottom, the pacing isn't as bad here as it was in Part 1. The BB corn arc is a blast, & I would of liked it to be just a bit longer, Grinpatch is a very unique character & I loved the confrontation between him & Toriko, I can't wait to see his reappearence! It was a nice relaxing break between 2 long action arcs. This set also wrapped up the Regal Mammoth arc, & is just now starting the Ice Hell portion of the series, which features my personal favorite villain thus far. No negatives to report for part 2!
The 1.77:1 aspect ratio works fine. The color of the animation was vibrant & is surprisingly good for DVD.
Toriko comes with 2 language tracks. Option 1: A 5.1 Surround English dub. Option 2: Japanese Stereo with option English Subtitles. I always prefer to watch anime dubbed, so i viewed it in English only. The dub cast is top notch.
Here we for Extra's we get 3 more cast/staff commentaries for episodes 15, 20, & 26, essentially hosted by Ian Sinclair, it's fun to hear him talk to the other cast members because you can tell he has a real passion for the show. Other than the commentaries we get the standard FUNi trailers.
Episode 15 commentary has Ian (Toriko), Scott Freeman (Starjun), Morgan Garrett (Tina), & Heather Walker (Kruppoh, Tina's Bird)
Episode 20 has Ian (Toriko), Chris Rager (Grinpatch), & Chris Guerrero (The Narrator)
Episode 26 has Ian (Toriko), Bryan Massey (Zongeh), Tyler Walker (Director), & Kyle Phillips (ADR Engineer)
A fantastic 13 episodes for the Toriko series, which improves greatly on Part 1. Toriko: Part 2 is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!