I only read Chapter 19 now... but this series is seriously getting better by the chapter! The world is, in fact, expanding, more characters (especially higher-ups) are getting introduced... Mansam is awesome, haha ('did you just call me HANDsome?!' 'uhhh, no I didn't' :P ). And I love that we now know a bit more about the other two Heavenly Kings. I'm especially intrigued by Zebra (he's in prison?!).
Awesome, awesome manga. Really loving it. Very cool to hear about the double tank-release too.
Chapter 20's another good one. I love the design of the research facility, especially that first two-page spread after they enter. The coliseum looks awesome, too; can't wait to see what happens next chapter.
Well, it's only been, what... three chapters? And this looks like the start of the next arc (i.e. meeting the Robot dude in the 1st Biotope jungle) so it's simply having fun with exposition and all that. It may feel to you like the plot is getting disjointed because it's been a month and not much has been revealed - but that's just one of the things you have to deal with when you're reading a series weekly. If you were reading these same chapters in a tankoubon I can't imagine they'd have any feeling of disjointedness.
I mean, saying Toriko's plot is disjointed right now is like saying Urasawa Naoki's plots are disjointed ... just about all the time, because he constantly introduces and drops plot-points only to re-introduce them in a more important situation later, etc. And he's the greatest master of plot craftmanship in the manga world today IMO.
But excuse me, rant over. I didn't mean any harm, it just always irks me to hear people call a defect in the manga what is merely a side-effect of reading a series one chapter a week. And I know you meant well Noodles; just needed to get that out of my system :P
it's not a matter of a one a week thing muddy, and i'm well aware of the machinations of weeklies :P (gantz is a prime example of something that holds up poorly on a weekly basis.... or fortnightly i forget)
the issue for me is that not dealing with the food corp bloke versus mchairy(Tm) yet is crippling to these last few chapters, sapping any joy out of the need for that plotline to be sated for me. but then i'm a stickler for perfectionism, so i'm sure the gap in that isn't too bad for others
EDIT: oh and we got to learn more about him, which was a slight nicety through all this
Alright then, that makes sense. I thought it was fitting that they skipped the fight, since it just shows ... what was it you called 'im, McHairy? ... is insanely powerful. All it'd have been is just another few frames of domination. It was an interesting move on Shimabukuro's part to end the chapter with their encounter, making it seem like a set-up for a cool fight, but no harm done in its not being so. The arc essentially ended with the puffer-whale capture as far as I'm concerned; McHairy was showing up was the beginning of the next arc bleeding into the then-current one.
well admittedly one thign does come to mind here. they can either show the strength of the corps, or the corps losing, or even better, have the two plots collide somehow once this one starts reaching climax.
there's still a lot of potential for toriko to make everything it does work.
The thing about this manga is it starts out with the main character on top. There aren't too many mangas where the beginning isn't about the main character being a loser or something in the beginning.
In order for this plot to work the first main arc has to be about establishing the world and giving the protagonist limits. I feel like that robot, it had a name but I forget it, will be like part of an "enemy group" that may appear at some point.
Kewl makes a good point, and now that I think about it, it's probably one of the reasons I liked it right away. Usually you have to wait awfully long for the main character to become competent, let alone diesel like Toriko; series have been getting better at it (i.e. Mago not taking too long before
, hopefully Asklepios too?) but it's still a factor. Whereas with this one, the main character is one of the Four Heavenly Kings, and both just a cool likable fellow and the biggest badass around. It's a very welcome change of pace that makes for a very different reading experience.
Really, the only other Jump manga I can think of that starts off with a super-powered main character and only steadily builds up challenges for him is Neuro, which has done a fantastic job of it. I have no doubt that Toriko will as well - as McHairy (and kewl, above) is already suggesting.
you're wrong kewl there are a lot of manga like that. they're all from the 70s and 80s :P it's a trait that got abandoned as time went on, and it's doing well out of it's clever satire of those elements (one that started a bit mixed, but now its a good action comedy sending up those elements of old to me
as for manga that have done that in recent years... ral grad pretty much had a spin on it (wherein he was powerful but it was all revealed slow and there was still a final power to reach), steel ball run has that to a large extent (till stands come in of course)... and that's about it... though characters being competent early..... well thats a lot of recent manga, just never to the degree of toriko.