Finally, after 250 chapters, it looks like we will get the most important flashback and longest as of yet. So flashbacks in Toriko are usually less than one chapter long, but this looks like it could last a couple more chapters, and I’m loving the introduction to it.
So due to the harsh environment and the strong creatures in the Gourmet World, whenever a battle happens, a vortex forms in the surrounding atmosphere. Looking at the high powers of Ichiryu and Midora, the vortex they created was enormous. Of course, looking at the situation at hand, Ichiryu would remove “Minority World”. However, that did not stop Midora from taking more chunks out of Ichiryu’s body. We got some explanation about “Hungry Tongue” which I thought was needed.
We head into the flashback, as we see a young Midora starving during the Gourmet War. The fact that people used kids as food for livestock was just sick. Midora was a natural born predator, so people tried to eliminate him while he was young. As we see more of Midora’s hardship life, his body could not endure anymore, and he was found by the “God Chef”, Froese.
As I said in the beginning, I loved the introduction of this flashback. This is shaping up to be a very important flashback. It is about Midora’s life when he was young. It took place during the Gourmet War and of course the involvement of Froese and possibly Acacia later. Furthermore, I’m interested in seeing Ichiryu and Jiro in this flashback, if Shimabukuro decides to show us a little of their training with Acacia.
I will say it again, wow. This fight continues to amaze me. So in this chapter we got the explanation of the “Minority World” technique. Basically it is a technique that will make anything surrounding Ichiryu go in an opposite state than their natural state. Multiple examples were shown in this chapter. The natural state of the ground is solid, so in the “Minority World”, the minority or abnormal atoms are the ones that have the upper hand so the ground will now be in its opposite state which is soft. Living beings’ organs can also be affected as Midora’s lungs stopped taking Oxygen and his heart muscles stopped pumping among other organs began doing the opposite of what they were supposed to do. Thus leading the human being (Midora) towards “death” and that is the opposite of the natural state which is “living”.
I am not going to lie, I underestimated Midora after reading last week’s chapter and seeing “Minority World” in full effect. However, Midora dealt a fatal blow to himself, thus the natural state has become “death” instead of “living”, and since “Minority World” is still in effect, Midora’s body will function in the opposite way, which is now “living”. Midora then unleashes “Hungry Space” which results in taking huge chunks of Ichiryu’s right arm and torso. Ichiryu is now in a dire situation.
An amazing chapter this week. Again, I cannot believe that I underestimated Midora that much, I mean he is supposedly the main antagonist of the series, so of course I should have seen this counterattack coming. Now I can say, that Midora might have actually won this fight.
I’ll make this review as short as possible. As expected we got a flashback of Rebecca, her mother and the Toy Soldier. This of course was to explain what happened ten years ago when Doflamingo and the Donquixote Family came to Dressrosa and they framed the Riku Royal Family for burning a village, thus dethroning them. I honestly thought this flashback was going to be longer (at least 3 chapters long), but I guess Oda chose the quick route, but still I thought it was good.
The Donquixote Family killed anyone who was a part of the Riku Family and since Rebecca is the granddaughter of the former king, she is forced to fight in the Colosseum. We still did not get an answer on who is the Devil Fruit user that has the ability to turn people into toys, but I’m sure we will know eventually. As I mentioned before, I believe it is the Spades guy. I wonder if we are going to get another flashback, that will explain the history of Dressrosa even more.
The chapter concludes with Rebecca entering the ring with the audience jeering her as they were deceived by Doflamingo that the Riku Family were responsible for burning the village.
Overall, I thought this was a good chapter, as it started explaining Dressrosa’s history. I wonder if Rebecca throwing away her shield and entering the Battle Royal with only a sword has anything to do with Kyros. As mentioned before, Kyros only fights with a sword and he does not use a shield, so I wonder if this is another hint by Oda about the relationship between Kyros and Rebecca.
One Piece will be on a break next week.