In a world where the taste and texture of food is extremely important there exist individuals known as Bishokuya (luxury food providers) who specialize in the acquisition of rare ingredients and animals. The titular character and leading protagonist, 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 famous hunters in the Human 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 final goal, the ultimate dinner course composed of the most delicious food in the world. He is currently accompanied by Komatsu, a weak and timid chef who, inspired by Toriko's ambition, travels with him to improve his culinary skills and find rare ingredients. The series is ongoing.
The manga has a fair amount of spin-off material considering how it's fairly new, having spawned an ongoing anime series, an OVA, a crossover anime special with One Piece, as well as a Cross Epoch style manga crossover. A movie based on Shimabukuro's original 2008 one shot, and 3 video games have also been created. A spinoff manga called Gourmet Gakuen Toriko is also running.
Power of this verse
The Toriko universe has many Country-to-Continent level High Tiers, Star to Large Star Level Top Tiers and Multi-Galaxy level God Tiers (Gourmet Gods). In speed category, Top Tiers are Massively Faster Than Light (MFTL). Consuming adaptable meals to a person's gourmet demon allows the characters to have a boost in power as well as a gain in ability, depending on the meal. This can allow them to increase regeneration in an alarming rate or increase overall stats manyfold depending on its compatibility on the user.
The series also contains a good amount of powerful hax abilities. Characters can create physical manifestations of their appetite that "would consume anything" in its generalized direction, Molecular Manipulation with Minority World which disables internal organs and changes nature of atoms (used by Ichiryuu and Midora), pressure points attacks called Knocking which paralyzes/stuns living beings and objects alike (used by Jirou, Acacia, Midora etc), Probability Manipulation with Food Luck which deflects even omnidirectional attacks, and works on atomic level up to stellar range (used by Joa, Toriko, Midora etc), Time compression hax that seems to have "frozen time" (used by Acacia and Joa), Time acceleration hax which ages people by hundreds of millions of years in seconds (used by Sky Deer), Sealing hax which traps people inside tuna can, as well as anti-regeneration and resurrection (used by Neo).
On top of all this, Toriko has the largest sample size of powerful characters in recent memory of Shounen Jump, having millions upon millions of powerful city to country sized monsters in the Human World alone, combined with a world military capable of leveling Japan over a dozen times over.
Supporters and Opponents of the series
Not Jim Sterling
Human World Residents:
Four Heavenly Kings Crew
Gourmet World Residents:
Hex Food World: