Toriko (トリコ, Toriko?) is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Mitsutoshi Shimabukuro. At San Diego Comic-Con International 2009, Viz Media announced they had licensed the series for their Shonen Jump imprint. The series made its first premiere in Shonen Jump magazine in the February 2010 edition. Toriko held a three-issue preview in the magazine; where after Viz Media began printing it in volume format. An anime adaptation produced by Toei Animation is currently scheduled to premiere in April 2011 on Fuji Television.
In a world where the taste and texture of food is extremely important there exist individuals known as Gourmet Hunters (bishoku-ya) 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 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.
Toriko is currently enjoying considerable success. Readers have consistently ranked it among the top five Shōnen Jump titles in the Shōnen Jump popularity polls alongside the likes of best sellers One Piece, Naruto and Bleach. This prompted Shueisha to release the first two volumes of Toriko simultaneously. The Anime adaptation is confirmed as of 17 December 2010.