Most every anime that isn't unmistakably set in the here-and-now goes to great lengths to create a world unlike the one we live in. With Toriko (compare prices), we're welcomed into the "Gourmet Age," a time and place where animals twice as exotic as Pokemons are hunted by the fearless and curious, and where they're served up as dishes far more exotic than anything you could get in the best five-star restaurants here in this world.
The hero of Toriko, the title character, is half Bear Grylls and and half Gordon Ramsay, wrestling his prey into submission with his "Knife and Fork" martial-arts style before dragging them into the kitchen. He's got a dream of making a multi-course meal that would make the gods themselves weep ... that is, if the IGO (International Gourmet Organization) doesn't get in the way.
Learn more about Toriko in our review of the first two installments of the series, now out on DVD courtesy of FUNimation.
Image: Toriko, courtesy Pricegrabber.