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Antique Bakery, Vol. 1

(Antique Bakery #1)

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  1,138 ratings  ·  74 reviews
Ono has come a long way since the agonizing day in high school when he confessed his love to handsome Tachibana. Now, some 14 years later Ono, a world-class pastry chef and outed playboy has it all. No man can resist Ono's charms (or his cooking skills!) but he has just found a new position under a man named Tachibana. Can this be the only man who resisted his charms, and ...more
Paperback, 191 pages
Published July 12th 2005 by Digital Manga Publishing (first published June 2000)
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Apr 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Antique Bakery is one of those series that can be hard to describe accurately but reading it is an experience. This series has won awards, been translated into multiple languages, spawned an anime series, a live action series, and a two part movie. Its essentially one of those stories that takes what seems to be a set of characters that would never be together and finds reasons for their paths to cross. It also covers their interactions and relationships in a very realistic way because there's n ...more
May 03, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: manga-comics

Okay. So this was my first foray into the BL genre of manga and I think it's probably a fairly sedate place to start given how little time is actually spent detailing the love lives of the main gay male character, much to the benefit of the series in my opinion. It's much more of an ensemble piece. The first two volumes spend a lot of time depicting the everyday running of the eponymous bakery, revealing the personal back stories and
Jan 09, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: books-2018-bingo
אוקי, נסיון ראשון עם מנגה. מכיוון שאין דברים כאלה בספריה והתקמצנתי על לקנות, קראתי תרגום חובבני באינטרנט. אז אולי חלק מהסיבה שלא אהבתי את זה, היא כי התרגום היה גרוע. הכל היה נשמע ילדותי ומעושה. יכול להיות גם שאני לא מספיק מתורגלת בקריאה גרפית, כי בהרבה מהציורים לא נראה לי שהבנתי את מה שאני אמורה להבין, ובעיקר את הבעות הפנים. חוץ מזה העלילה היתה קלושה. הקטע הזה עם הגבר שכולם חייבים לשכב איתו או שהם יוצאים מדעתם היה.. ובכן, אני לא יודעת עם הומופובי הוא המילה הנכונה אבל בהחלט סטריאוטיפי ועשוי רע.
Aug 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: josei-manga, manga
Antique Bakery is an interesting manga about a bakery(surprise!) in an old antique shop. It is ran by an all male staff and each character has an interesting back story.
In the early pages we learn that back in their high school days the pastry chef confessed his love to the bakery manager. The chef's apprentice used to be a boxer until he had to quit due to detached retinas. This first volume mainly focuses on how they all came to be at the bakery.
The art is nice and the detail on the antiques a
This was a little disjointed, because the chapters were more like short stories, and it wasn't until the second to the last that it comes together and the beginnings of the Antique Bakery shop are revealed. It was a fun read, though, especially since I'm a sucker for food manga with lots of food descriptions. I also liked the fact that this wasn't super fan service-ey, even though it's shojo with a gay character.
Hannah Givens
Oct 06, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: graphic-novel, lgbt, manga
DNFed right at halfway through -- I was just constantly confused about which characters were which and what was happening.
David Schaafsma
Mar 03, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: manga, gn-glbt, gn-women, food
The world of the "antique" bakery seems quite a bit like The Drops of God: Japanese obsessed with French cuisine; well, not wine, this time, but… French pastry? The idea is that everyone there in this hierarchical system is obsessively dedicated to the highest industry standards for… sweets, eaten mainly "by women and children" and there is a kind of fetishizing of cutting edge techniques and ingredients to the point of swooning. Still, in spite of my dismissing this, it IS pretty interesting (j ...more
Aug 18, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: manga
This was nothing like I expected really, being yaoi. Volume one isn't very romantic and the only hint of sex is two panels in chapter five. The story revolves around three young men who own/work in a bakery set in a former antiques shop. The shop serves as the framework for the stories, which revolve mostly around the customers.

The stories are not always linear (especially where the three men are concerned) and I had only passing interest in the clients (I'm more of a genre type girl than a slic
Nicole Bunge
Well, first off, to the purists - this is shōnen-ai, not yaoi. (Though even THAT description is pushing it.) There is NO romance between the characters, and NOTHING remotely explicit. The chef just happens to be gay, and got rejected by the bakery owner in high school. (The reason the chef can't keep a job, despite being excellent in the kitchen, is because he is [supposedly] irresistible to both gay and straight men alike, and keeps causing fights - though we NEVER get to see them.)

Frankly, I w
Jan 10, 2009 rated it liked it
I don't have much to say about this. It's manga, it's yaoi, it's quite cute... This one's about a trio of guys working in a pastry shop. Interestingly, the first few chapters have them all working there and then the later chapters are flashbacks to show how that came to happen. This is surprisingly effective, because you get to see, for example, that Tachibana was not always a pastry expert, as the reader initially takes for granted; he had to learn it, of course. I actually really want to get m ...more
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It’s a light, fluffy, entertaining story with surprisingly deep characters (as will be revealed later on as the series progresses). I think the major reason I originally picked up volume 1 was because I was finished with everything else and needed another yaoi/shounen ai book to read. The fact that it was a foodie manga really didn’t cross my mind until I started reading it and it dawned on me that I was b
Anna C
Dec 20, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Aahhh...Antique Bakery... Nah, judulnya disebut Antique Bakery krn toko cake ini menggunakan tableware yg antik nan mahal utk dipake customer...:)

Tiap kali liat judul komik jadul yg terbit thn 2000 ini wara-wiri di GR's recommendation selalu bikin aku teringat si Takki (Hideaki Takizawa) <3__<3 yg main di dorama berjudul Antique. Kalo ga salah ingat, awal ntn doramanya itu di tahun 2001 atau 2002, waktu masi kelas 3 SMU atau awal kuliah... Waktu itu sama sekali blm tau kalo doramanya diad
Aug 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book definitely has its problems, but overall I found myself having fun with it. The characters feel fleshed-out and realistic, and their interactions are fun to watch. Not to mention the comedic timing in this volume is pretty great.
There isn't a lot of romance besides that of the minor characters, which is pretty odd considering the genre. However, from reading Yoshinaga's other series What Did You Eat Yesterday?, Volume 1, this is just par for the course. Yoshinaga prefers to let the cha
Oct 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
A light hearted, humourous series which a faint pulse of something darker which never eclipses the character potrayals or the journeys they make in each chapter or plot arc.

The stories center around those who work at the Antique Bakery. There’s Tachibana, the proprietor and long suffering, unsuccessful ladies’s man, haunted by a past we learn more about as the series progresses. His mild mannered pastry chef is Ono, ‘gay of demonic charm’, whose seductive power has caused no end of trouble, des
Frank Pellett
Sep 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Rating: 7 out of 10
Violence: None
Fan Service: None
Sexual Content: Moderate (Gay men, fair amount of discussion)
Type: Light Gay Romantic
Read: 1 Volume
More?: Yes
Plot Analysis: Vignettes about a small bakery that uses antique dishes. The first few are general stories about some of the patrons, and then there are stories about how the bakery got started. The baker is gay, and some of the stories do deal strongly with homosexuality.
Review: The sexual side can be a little distracting, but overall the
Jun 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is super cute, light and fluffy, just like a good pastry should be! It’s probably more of a 3.5 star read than a 4 star but I love pastries and cafes and the hint of a little gay romance to come and I enjoyed it more than Fruits Basket, the other manga I’ve recently read, so I’m rounding up.
Martina Fuchs
Jul 02, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: manga, bl
I'm rounding it up but it's more a 2.5 I guess...
Nov 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Aug 27, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: manga-yaoi
Cute series but not my fav. Technically not a yaoi but shonen ai if I recall.
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Nov 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Antique Bakery by Fumi Yoshinaga is a foodie dramedy about an outwardly unserious, womanizing man from a wealthy family named Keiichiro Tachibana, whose most recent venture is to open a Western cake shoppe. Antique, as it is named ends up boasting a quartet of distinctive handsome men and becomes popular. Such is a setting invoking the gossip teenage schoolgirls engage in frequently stopping by in addition to older customers, many to eye both the desserts and guys. So it’s a surprise when the re ...more
Jan 12, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Beth by: read the doujinshi on yaoi_daily
Shelves: yaoi-shonen-ai, glbtq
I just finished reading this series. It's a bit off the beaten track as far as shonen-ai manga is concerned: set in a pastry shop, and with mostly straight characters.

Tachibana, a young man from a wealthy family, starts a French-style bakery in a former antique shop. He hires one of the best pastry chefs in Japan--Ono, a former high-school classmate of his. They haven't seen each other since Ono confessed his love for Tachibana, who replied in, well in the extreme negative. Ono is in many ways s
Leila Anani
This is a really odd BL series - It's a series of vignettes set around a bakery - We have the owner Tachibana, a playboy with uncanny business acumen who's just in it for the chicks. The pastry chef is Ono, a gay of demonic charm - every guy he some much as looks at falls for him, everyone except Tachibana, the only guy ever to reject him back when they were at highschool together. The trainee chef is Eiji an ex-boxer forced to quit after suffering from detatched retinas - he is following his se ...more
Spring Holbrook
Jun 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: bl-yaoi, manga
This is one of those instances where I'm sad I'm so late to the party!

Antique Bakery is the first Fumi Yoshinaga work I've read. It has a quirky cast with an interesting history. What struck me most was the interactions of the three main characters: Tachibana, the owner, who started the bakery on a whim; Ono, the genius pastry chef and a "gay of demonic charm," and Eiji, a former boxer with a taste for sweets.

I'm looking forward to picking up future volumes and seeing just what happens.

Antique B
Dec 10, 2007 rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga
I really like this series. I lament that it was so short, not to mention I don't understand why it ends after four volumes. There are plenty ofgood series out there that go on for volumes and volumes, why not this one? Anycase, it's about two men who start a bakery..well, it's more about the men and their relationships to each other, their personal histories, their hang-ups and their customers. And there's lots of descriptions of tasty cakes, but the descriptions of pastry technique are not alto ...more
Feb 05, 2013 rated it liked it
I don't even know what to say about this book! It was so....weird. Not in a bad way, I just couldn't figure out what the point was. It seemed like a bunch of short stories that are all slightly connected. It was hard to get the hang of it at first because everyone kind of looks the same, but after awhile it was just a fun and silly story. We got the backstories of the three employees at the bakery and how the bakery came to be in addition to a couple of other seemingly unrelated stories so now I ...more
Jun 21, 2010 rated it it was ok
This was my second attempt at reading Antique Bakery, a series recommended by a friend. At least this time I made it through the whole volume. Still not sure I like it. The characters are a little difficult to tel apart, it skips around in time to give back story, which is both helpful and confusing, and I find some of the threads to be confusing. I'll try one more volume before giving up. I did find it amusing that one bakery customer asks, "what is a brownie?"
Helena R-D
Aug 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
It is a sweet, excuse the pun, story of misfits coming together as a pseudo family while running a bakery. The art is light and airy and fits the concept very well. I loved this series because it was very mature, while not being overly depressing or preachy at the same time. It hinted at the pain of all the characters and how they overcame it to trust and rely on each other. Very well done.
Jun 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Antique Bakery volume 1 was the 2nd Antique Bakery book I read, and I liked it. There artist has a way with positioning things technically such that the story and art flows and I really like how the story is built of little quiet stories that moves the world along.

If the characters don't get on your nerves too much, you'll definitely like this one.
I love the Korean 2008 adaptation of Antique Bakery so I decided to pick up the series and it has lived up the expectations built by the film, Antique. I like the slow introduction of the characters and that we get to see more of the customers of Antique Bakery. <3!
Jason Bloom
Sep 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This manga is so good it deserves the rare second read! I love the delicate art, and Yoshinaga's characters are intricate and complicated, creating a rich tapestry that continues to weave itself long after you put the book down. Great descriptions of delicious pastries make the mouth water, and the covers even come with scratch and sniff stickers, which are a nice touch. Good stuff.
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Japanese: よしなが ふみ

Fumi Yoshinaga (よしなが ふみ Yoshinaga Fumi, born 1971) is a Japanese manga artist known for her shōjo and shōnen-ai works.

Fumi Yoshinaga was born in Tokyo, Japan in 1971. She attended the prestigious Keio University in Tokyo.

In an interview, she said that "I want to show the people who didn't win, whose dreams didn't come true. It is not possible for everybody to get first prize. I wa

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