"The Strongest Tag-Team! Luffy and Toriko's Hard Struggle!" is the 492nd episode of the One Piece anime. It is the second part of a special crossover episode between One Piece and fellow Shonen Jump manga series Toriko, and the first part is the first anime episode of Toriko. It was made to celebrate the debut of the Toriko anime adaptation.
As Luffy and his crew were running low on food supplies, they discovered an island known as the Hungry-la Island. As Luffy, Nami, Sanji and Chopper explore the island, they encounter Toriko travelling with Komatsu. Toriko initially mistook Chopper as potential food and was about to eat him. After encountering some Roasted Boars and clearing up their misunderstandings, the two groups search for a large bird which Toriko and Luffy manage to beat. As they spend the night sampling their spoils, Nami and Komatsu are kidnapped by a group of Cocoalas. As the gang head towards a mountain where a delicious fruit is said to exist and where the Cocoalas have taken Nami and Komatsu, the gang end up against a fierce group of lions, but are aided by Toriko's allies, Coco and Sunny. They later find Nami and Komatsu being held captive by a giant Cocoala and work together to defeat it. Afterwards, an eruption occurs, revealing the entire island to be one giant dessert. After Luffy and crew gather the provisions they need, they set off on their journey as Toriko continues his search for his Full Course menu.
Characters in Order of Appearance
- Because FUNimation did not have any rights for Toriko at the time, this was skipped for their online simulcast. It and Episode 542 are the only two episodes excluded.
- Both episodes were not dubbed in English by FUNimation Entertainment.
- Unlike the manga crossover, this features the Straw Hats before the timeskip. Also, instead of Luffy meeting Toriko by himself, he is with Nami, Sanji, and Chopper, and the rest of the crew did not meet Toriko. In the manga version however, Toriko and Komatsu have already recognized Luffy.
- This is the last episode to use One day as the opening.
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