Manga Reviews

Monday, January 16, 2006

Yakitate! Japan

Yakitate! Japan
19 Volumes (Continuing in Japan)
Scanslated by Snoopycool
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Topic: Comedy, Cooking

Azuma Kazuma is a 16 year-old who leaves his home to become a baker in Tokyo. 10 years ago, he met a man who baked amazing bread and since then he has become infatuated with making different types of breads, which he calls Japans (one of many puns throughout the series, as the word "pan" in japanese means bread). His goal is to create the ultimate japanese bread, on that can be named after the country, much like there's French bread and German Bread. But in the process he must overcome many obstacles and defeat strong opponents, all by using his amazing breads.

Although the summary makes this sound like a heavily cooking based manga, it's not. Rather, it uses the cooking battles as a stage to set up many puns and comedic antics. I rapidly grew to love the silly jokes the author puts in every chapter. Though almost all the antics are over-the-top, they aren't over-done; They fit perfectly into the story being told, without detracting from it. I definitely recommend you read at least the first couple chapters of this title and try it out.

Rating: 9.0/10.0 -- Reviewer's Choice


  • This manga is VERY funny. Some of the puns are so corny, you won't believe that they are in there, but the way everyone reacts to everything is classic!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:50 AM  

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