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Yakitate!! Japan

Yakitate!! Japan

An overly innocent, young Japanese boy with special hands and an undying will is destined to become the world’s greatest baker. This is the premise behind the latest anime and manga series, Yakitate!! Japan (in Japan, “anime” is what they call cartoons on television and “manga” is the comic book versions). “Yakitate” literally means “fresh baked” and the word “Japan” is actually a pun: (ja-pan) “pan” means “bread”; freshly baked Japanese bread! The series follows Azuma Kazuma, who becomes obsessed with bread at the tender age of six when his sister announces over the breakfast table that the family should consider having bread for breakfast instead of the traditional natto, misso soup, and rice. Initially, Azuma and his grandfather refuse but after Azuma’s first visit to a bakery, he is a quick convert. The bakery owner shows Azuma the process behind baking bread and immediately notices that he has special hands: “solar hands” that are warmer than usual and particularly suited to kneading dough. Thus begins Azuma’s passion to create a bread to represent his home country Japan, just like how he believes that “French bread” represents France. A bit ridiculous at first, Yakitate!! Japan is addictive (I am currently on the tenth episode of the manga). The most interesting aspect of the story is the different types of breads discussed (croissants, sweet breads, dessert breads, etc.) and the inventive ways of baking them. Yakitate!! Japan is a testament to the creativity of Japanese artists, who are able to create a palatable narrative on something as simple as bread.

Manga: Since the original comic book versions of Yakitate!! Japan are written in Japanese, American fans have created “scanslations” of them (scanned graphic files with English translations). The legality of these is suspect, but they are nevertheless widely available to download and read.

For downloads of the latest episodes, try DirectManga.com

Anime: Again, since the original cartoons are dubbed in Japanese, American fans of Yakitate!! Japan have sub-titled them in English. The legality of these, as well, are suspect, but nevertheless widely available to download and watch.

For torrent (a P2P application) files of the latest episodes, try animesuki.com



16 COMMENTS SO FAR...

Christy says on February 24th, 2005 at 11:22 pm:

Um…ok…let’s get back to the sweets :) (I’m married to Mark…!) Just wanted to say that I love your blog…! Nice work Kelli and Andi!

Andrew says on February 24th, 2005 at 11:42 pm:

Thanks Christy! Being Irish (Mark mentioned), what are some of the traditional sweet things that you enjoy?

J.T. says on August 8th, 2005 at 9:32 pm:

This looks like something I’d enjoy. Thanks for the great find.

Chris says on August 13th, 2005 at 12:09 pm:

This sounds pretty awesome-o. I need to check this out.

blak43 says on September 12th, 2005 at 7:22 pm:

this show is great but i was wondering do you have any of the recipes from the show expecially japan #16 if you do email me

Trish says on February 12th, 2006 at 4:47 pm:

Yeah, i just started watching it about a week or two ago, and it really is addicting. I never really thought anyone would make something that revolves around something as simple as bread, that would appear boring to most. But once you look more into that so called boring topic, you start to think, “huh, i never knew that…” It’s really worth while anime to watch, and I would definitely recommend it to any anime fan who love the eccentrics like Yakitate Japan.

Cess says on March 1st, 2006 at 10:42 pm:

I like this one!!! It’s very hillarious!!! Especially the expressions they give… ^_^

captain ja-pan says on March 30th, 2006 at 6:26 am:

that’s a very good manga i like it^^

kazu says on April 2nd, 2006 at 6:51 am:

the show is really great. it’s really funny and hilarious. i say it’s one of the best anime i have ever watched… ^_^

Chiharu says on April 30th, 2006 at 12:28 am:

Well, I think Yakitate! Japan is the GREATEST ANIME in the world that talks about bread. I Like Azuma Kazuma and Shigeru Kanmuri so much. They are totally ingenious. I love them…

ladyleonheart says on May 2nd, 2006 at 8:31 am:

Haha, I’m such a big fan of Yakitate! JaPan. I’ve become very attached to it. Anyway, I just have a question…

Is there some place where you can find the recipes for Azuma-kun’s JaPans????

I’D LOVE TO KNOW ^_____^

Lovescool - For the Love of Dessert » Amai: An Informed Insider’s Impressions says on May 16th, 2006 at 6:57 pm:

[...] The baking is just one step of the equation, something that often takes many aspiring pastry chefs years to master. I know from our late-night tasting sessions that Kelli has spent countless hours in perfecting her recipes; but I think that she is a lucky one: a born natural (for those fans of Yakitate, a japanese anime series, she has those “solar hands”). But even when something tastes good, can it be better? What if you changed the recipe a bit, added that, and did this instead? And from first-hand experience, even I know that after tasting your own creations over and over again, everything tastes the same. You have to get other people to taste stuff for you. Then refine, refine, and refine again with their feedback; nothing is ever finished, nothing is ever final. A family recipe only becomes a family heirloom once it has passed from generation to generation; and each generation seems to bake it just a bit different. [...]

bhadZ14 says on June 6th, 2006 at 4:43 pm:

Yakitate! japan is the best! i wish i had a solar hands (just joking ^_^)
everytime i watch this, i dont stop laughing! so plss tell me there is a season two of yakitate! japan

Razmig says on December 7th, 2006 at 1:44 am:

hey sweet site….u should add more :D

Yakitate Japan! « Flowers in the Window says on May 31st, 2007 at 3:01 pm:

[...] And then, I remembered this anime I’ve wanted to watch donkey months ago, ever since reading Lovescool’s blog entry on it. [...]

Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday says on June 10th, 2010 at 11:24 am:

Oh man! I need to watch this :D



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