|Birthday||27 April, 472 GA|
|Age||28 (start of the series);|
|Occupation||Boss of the Gourmet Yakuza|
|Japanese Voice||Toriumi Kousuke|
|English Voice||Jason Douglas|
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|“||If you guys had been done in by something like nature, I wouldn't know who to get revenge on.||”|
—Match, to Ram, Shin, and Louie in Ice Hell
Match (マッチ Matchi) is the current Boss of the Gourmet Yakuza, following former Boss Ryu's resignation. He is also the owner of Gourmet Casino and the head of the Underground Cooking World after the previous owner and head, Livebearer, passes on his business to him, making him the head of some of the biggest criminal enterprises in the world. After Darnil Kahn abandons his throne, Match also becomes one of the leaders of the Jidar Kingdom.
Despite his criminal occupation, he is a noble and honorable man and a close friend and ally of Toriko.
AppearanceEditZebra of the Four Heavenly Kings. He typically dresses in the style of a modern Yakuza, wearing a full white suit with white shoes and a purple dress shirt. He also always carries his legendary sword with him.
Match is a very driven man. He cares about his subordinates, as well as the orphans of Nerg City, whom he wants to inspire with good food the same way he was inspired. He also prefers to do things the illegal way, such as considering stealing the Century Soup when it is found instead of giving it to the client who requested it. Despite his regular involvement in criminal activities, he has an extreme dislike for narcotic ingredients due to the potential harm they can do to young children and has made sure to stop as much narcotic trafficking in his country as possible. He is also a very honorable man who values the friendship and loyalty of his comrades and will never abandon them even in times of crisis. He is very trustworthy as people like Toriko have no problems with believing in him and even Ryu the former boss trusted him to look after the Yakuza and the orphans of Nerg City.
Powers and AbilitiesEdit
As the boss of Gourmet Yakuza, he has total authority over his underlings and a substantial part of the Underworld and the Underground Cooking World. He is more than a fairly skilled leader: his men harbor a blind faith in him, as demonstrated when three of them are willing to give up their lives to help him win his fight. His power has grown to the point of countering an attack from a Gourmet-level enemy without a problem.
In terms of physical abilities, he is very quick and durable. He has also a strong mind, as he is not affected by the loss of a leg. His strong determination and decent intelligence allow him to keep his cool and go on with a strategy even in the direst situations.
By suppressing his emotional reactions and allowing his physical exhaustion (脱力 Datsuryoku) to overcome him temporarily, Match can concentrate to perform a single overwhelmingly fast and powerful sword swing. To reach the most powerful level of exhaustion, Match must stand still and suppress his physical and emotional reactions for a full three minutes. The more powerful a rage he must suppress during this time, the more powerful the resulting slash will be. This emulates the hunting technique of the Leodragon, which suppresses its presence to sneak up on prey before striking with overwhelming, instantaneous force.
Match practices Iai (居合 meaning "Mental Presence and Immediate Reaction"), a style of swordsmanship which emphasizes drawing, striking the enemy, and re-sheathing the sword as a single coherent motion. Everything is to be performed extremely swiftly.
Wielding the legendary sword, Dragon King, adds to his power. The sword is made from the fang of the powerful aquatic dragon Leodragon, which hunts the Crush Turtle and is capable of crushing the turtle's near-indestructible shell with its jaws.
|Iai: Three Piece Filleting (居合 三枚おろし Iai Sanmai Oroshi): Match cuts the target into three pieces with one swing. It is first used on a Great Leg.|
|Iai: Stomach Cut (居合 腹開き Iai Harabiraki): Match slashes at his opponent's stomach. It is first used on a Freezer Bison.|
|Bud Perforation (目打ち一輪挿し Meuchi Ichirinzashi): A stab straight down through the target, it is first used on Tommyrod's Jungle Stag Beetle.|
Rotation: Helmet Splitter (回転 かぶと割り Kaiten Kabutowari): Match follows up Bud Perforation with a powerful wide-arced swing, splitting the beetle in two.
|Cut in Two with One Stroke: Helmet Cut (一刀両断 かぶと切り Ittōryōdan Kabuto-giri): A wide swing, it is first used to behead Tommyrod's Butterfly Worm.|
|Iai "Dragon King: Cut in Two with One Stroke" (居合 "竜王一刀両断" Iai "Ryūō Ittōryōdan"): After three minutes of Exhaustion, Match lets his anger explode with a single slash of Dragon King. It is strong enough to cut through armor made from the shell of a Crush Turtle.|
The following section is non-canon, therefore it is not considered part of the original story.
According to him, his Gourmet cells had awakened after the consumption of the Century Soup cooked by Komatsu, since he has shown to be able to fight on a similar level to opponents capable of entering Gourmet World along with using attacks that are more powerful than when he used Exhaustion before their awakening.
This non-canon section ends here.
At some point he fought Zebra, who soundly defeated him and left him heavily scarred.
Century Soup ArcEdit
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Match and his subordinates Ram, Shin, and Louie first appear entering the Bar Heavy Lodge to take up the Century Soup request. Match meets up with Takimaru and tries to force him out of his seat so that they could have the table. Just as they are about to fight, Toriko suddenly enters and is recognized by Match, who points out that the scars on his body were caused by another Heavenly King, Zebra.
He appears on the boat heading to Ice Hell and takes out a Great Leg (Sharkcrocodile in the anime) in an instant. Later a giant ice block breaks off over the ship, Match tries to cut it with his sword but states the ice is too big. Toriko manages to break the ice in half, and witnessing Toriko's strength, Match realizes that although Toriko is the best person to work with to obtain the soup, Toriko is also the one person he cannot let his guard down since there is a chance he may have to fight Toriko to obtain the soup.
Wearing his white suit over his Lighter Suit, Match is able to resist the temperatures of Ice Hell roughly equal to Toriko (not using shivering at the time). Using his Exhaustion, Match defeats a Freezer Bison and gives its hide to his subordinates. Impressed by Toriko's Intimidation and explanation on his view on hunting, Match is the only one to go above the dug-out shelter into the freezing winds at night to talk to Toriko.
He and Takimaru stop Barrygamon and Bogie Woods from going after Komatsu, who promises to secure enough to feed the children of Nerg. Match struggles against Barrygamon, whose antifreeze secretions make him invulnerable to gunfire from Match's Ice Machine Gun and seemingly very fast. Match chooses instead to use Dragon King, but even it is still not quite a match against Barrygamon's Crush Turtle Armor. Match's subordinates attack Barrygamon to buy Match the 3 minutes needed for a Full Exhaustion, but they are no match for the Branch Chief. Their spirit does allow them to give Match the time to use his attack, defeating Barry in a single sweep and cleaving through his armor and body.
Meteor Garlic ArcEdit
Match meets up with Toriko after seeing him in Jidar Kingdom looking at ingredients on the market. Later he brings up the Underworld Cooking Society which catches Toriko and Komatsu's attention. Toriko then wonders if he was at the Gourmet Casino to obtain a rare ingredient. Later when Ram comes running up calling Match boss, he tells Toriko that he has become the Boss of the Gourmet Yakuza since Yosaku invited Ryu to join Biotope 0. He also mentions that he is here at the Gourmet Casino because the Underground Cooking World has recently released several highly illegal narcotic ingredients and they are plaguing the hungry children. He plans to stop this epidemic by force and to steal all the illegal ingredients, but Coco tells him that the way he currently is now, he would not stand a chance, and that instead he should join them in the casino and win all the ingredients instead. He decides that winning the illegal ingredients is a lot more his style, so he agrees and enters alongside Toriko's group.
Cooking Festival ArcEdit
He and his subordinates are seen attending the Cooking Festival.
When the delivery of Gourmet World ingredients finally comes into the Human World, Match joins up with many of the Human World's skilled personnel who journeyed to Gourmet World in order to assist the Heavenly Kings. When everyone arrives in Area 8's Hex Food World, Daruma Hermit tells them, much to their disappointment, that the Heavenly Kings have already departed for Area 7. However, Daruma Hermit offers them their last remaining Safety Monster, Crabbus, to help take the group to Area 7.
Appearances in Other MediaEdit
Toriko: Gourmet Survival 2Edit
Match makes his video game debut in Toriko: Gourmet Survival 2 as an assist character. Toriko and the others meet with him again in the Grill Valley of the Gattsuki Continent, having traveled there alongside Takimaru in order to aid Toriko and his group.
- He ranked 27th in the first Popularity Poll with 28 votes.
- In Episode 88, the shadow under his eyebrow was darkened, hiding his eyebrow more to better resemble the manga version.
- In Gourmet 161, there was a slight mistake in the 2nd panel where his collar was gone, but was fixed in the following panels.
- In Japanese, "Ittou Ryoudan" is a four-characters idiom which literally means "two slashes with one blade" and roughly translates to "two birds with one stone".
- Match scored 4 in Power, 4 in Speed, 6 in Intelligence, 5 in Appetite, and 3 in Special Abilities on his Capture Ability Data of Volume 10, by the events of Century Soup Arc.
|Leaders||Match (current boss) • Ryu (former boss)|
|Members||Ram • Shin • Louie|
|Locations||Nerg City (base) • Gourmet Casino • Jidar Kingdom • Gourmet Prisons|
|Affiliations||Toriko • Komatsu • Takimaru • Coco • Livebearer • Underground Cooking World|
|Underground Cooking World|
|Members||Match (leader) • Livebearer (former leader) • Mon-chan (culinary executive) • 30,000 Underworld Chefs • Rex (hunter) • Dimeto (hunter) • Rapta (hunter) • Torikera (hunter)|
|Affiliates and Others||Gourmet Yakuza • Underground Heavenly Kings • Ekubo-chan (drug peddler) • Moriwaki (gambler) • Hitoshi (gambler) • Pokinori (customer) • Giveup Sandayu (customer) • Darnil Kahn (formerly)|
|Related Articles||Gourmet Casino • Food Concentration • Jidar Kingdom • Narcotic Ingredients • Nerg City • Taste Data|
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|Four Heavenly Kings||Toriko • Coco • Sunny • Zebra|
|Animal Partners||Terry Cloth • Ob • Kiss • Quinn • Dharma Horse (temporary) • Octo-chan • Denshark (temporary) • Crabbus (temporary) • Turtloon (temporary) • Battleship Pufferfish (temporary) • Walrhouse (temporary) • Submarjack (temporary)|
|Support Group||0th Biotope • Aimaru • Brunch • Chichi • Chin Chinchin • Chiru • Chiyo • Damala Sky XIII • Gourmet Knights • Gourmet Yakuza • IGO • Jiji • Jiro • Johannes • Kaka • Komatsu • Livebearer • Mansam • Match • Melk the Second • Morijii • Pukin • Rin • Setsuno • Shokurin Temple • Shuu • Starjun • Takimaru • Teppei • Tom • Tylan • Underground Cooking World • Wabutora • Yuda • Yun|
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