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Yakitate!! Japan, Vol. 1

(Yakitate!! Japan #1)

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  2,252 ratings  ·  69 reviews
England. France. Germany. What common thread binds these three nations together? Answer: each is famous for producing unique, distinctive, delicious bread. But what about Japan, home to rice and delicacies of the sea? Is there not a doughy, gastronomic delight they can claim as their own? The answer is no...until now! Kazuma Azuma, a 16-year-old-boy blessed with otherworld ...more
Kindle Edition, 208 pages
Published April 16th 2013 by VIZ Media: Shonen Sunday (first published March 18th 2002)
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Dec 03, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: food, comics
This is a silly book, and that's good. I don't know if you can take the concept too seriously. The silliness ranges from actually funny to sort of tiresome, which isn't terrible in a manga like this. I've definitely seen worse. The food aspect seems, to me, to be well done. It felt like the writer had done some serious research into bread baking. The references to real bread are factually accurate, and they look the way they should. I have no idea if some of Azuma's techniques, like the Fujiyama ...more
Feb 13, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics-manga
Hashiguchi's bread baking battle comic. Azuma Kazuma (or Kazuma Azuma, depending on whether you read the VIZ or fanslated version first) wants to make bread a part of daily life in Japan. Silly and light. Shonen. Expect occasional fanservice. It doesn't detract from Yakitate, but it usually feels like it has been inserted in after the fact. As in, you're reading along and 'Oh, hey, that is an extra extra short skirt there for no particular reason.' Some internet people claim that Yakitate has NO ...more
Mar 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novel
This review is also posted in my blog :

This review is not for the entire series but only for some volumes.

Today I would like to review one manga that is not only delicious but educational as well. If you like food and not only eating it but involved in the process of making it, you would sure enjoy this.

We follow the story of Azuma, a boy who went to become an apprentice baker at Phantasia bakery. He has a rare gift: “the hand of the sun” which has more h
Oct 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ahhhhhh it was super nostalgic reading this. Yakitate Japan was one of the first anime shows I've watched XX years ago. I don't remember much of the details anymore since I was still extremely young when that show came out and I wasn't really able to follow the show religiously. But anyway, enough about the anime.

This manga/this volume was such a cute read!! Really made me miss the past. Definitely looking forward to read the rest of this series.
Jan 03, 2019 rated it liked it
Cute, but though I liked the bread baking aspect, the humor wasn't my thing. I think I'd find Kazuma's naivete really grating in the long run if I kept going with the series. ...more
10 March 2013

I am a sucker for manga that centers around food. So imagine my delight when I happened upon Yakitate!! Japan, Volume 1 and discovered that not only is it about food, but it is primarily about baking BREAD! Ohh...carby heaven!

Kazuma Azuma's life goal is to create a doughy delight that is distinctly Japanese and so delicious that it would make the famous breads of other nations seem inedible in comparison. Although Kazuma has the Hands of the Sun, he knows he needs more training to a
Kenny Nguyen
Jul 13, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ok, I know for a fact that most of people first seen this title will wonder and think "What the heck ? A show about Bread, you got to be kidding, what so interesting about watching a show on Bread ?". I know, dont worry I think that when I fist read it too, but now, this is my answer for it: That’s easy, it’s one of the best pure comedies since Azumanga Daioh, and it will fill you with laughter and excited in wondering what Azuma creation gonna be in the next chapter of Yakitate Japan. Throughou ...more
Jul 02, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: manga
After reading Kitchen Princess, I wanted to read another manga about food. My husband and I have a giant walk in closet full of manga and anime. I decided to pick the first ten volumes of this out of our pile. Not sure how I feel about it. It's fun, and silly, but it can almost be stupid at times. I hope I enjoy the next volumes a little bit more. ...more
Oct 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh boy, I'm just getting myself in deep with long-running (which I consider to be 20+ volumes of manga) series where I'm jumping back and forth between them (while trying to mix in other stuff as well). Bleach. Fullmetal Alchemist. Nana. And now Yakitate!! Japan. A college friend introduced me to the anime of the series, which I fell completely in love with. I went and read through the manga and loved it, too. So this represents my return.

I don't read manga illegally anymore (to the relieved si
Oct 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: manga
Every so often, it takes reading a manga to be educated on a certain subject matter - and in this particular manga, about bread making, types of breads, history of breads, etc. It was even more so captivating to have a youthful lead character - Kazuma. He is a charming boy who made it look like bread making was an interesting adventure and not a boring task as I always thought it would be. Of course, the supporting characters were also delightful. There were the comic relief Kyosuke and the beau ...more
May 07, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: manga, comedy
HILARIOUS jokes and physical humour, but the ending was ridiculous!
Oct 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
I didn't think I would enjoy a manga about bread baking so much, but this was great! ...more
3.5, Cute and fluffy.
Louis Guillaume
Jun 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing

Love this manga !!!!! It is one of my favorites!! Can't wait to read more of this manga ! Gambatte
Jul 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This series is ridiculous and I absolutely love it.
Who knew the competitive world of bread baking was so intense?!
Mar 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own, 2020
Protagonist has the "hands of the sun"? Oh, hell yeah, gimme that sweet over-the-top shonen bread-baking nonsense! ...more
I am re reading this because of this girl that I like and she's discovering this on anime format. After more than a decade later it feels good to re read something you enjoyed in the past ...more
Jun 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pretty good first volume. It makes me think of Shokugeki no Souma, Skip Beat! It's got lots of energy. ...more
One man's dream is passed down to a young boy. The dream to make the best bread in Japan. They call it Ja-pan. (Cause 'pan' means 'bread' in Japanese)

The characters are delightfully goofy yet charming. The plot is believable and interesting.
It's a more classic style of manga.

This series has 26 volumes.
Yakitate!! Japan gives readers the insight of Japanese style humor: PUNS! The story centers around a young baker who is out to prove he can make bread worthy of being called Ja-PAN (a pun about PAN, which is Japanese for bread). This is extremely shonen (boys) manga style, with over the top battle style competitions, ridiculous dramatic characters, and a ton of action. One thing I appreciate is that there isn't too many "fan-service" girls, or scantily clad ladies that are just there as a sex ob ...more
Aug 19, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who love cooking competitions, as well as people obsessed with bread
Kazuma Azuma, an enthusiastic, but slightly gullible young baker dreams of creating Ja-pan (btw, ‘pan’ in Japanese means bread: a nationally recognized bread of Japan equal to the great breads of Germany, France and other countries. Aiding Kazuma in his baking quest are his legendary "Hands of the Sun," exceptionally warm hands that speed the fermentation of yeast. For years Kazuma works to bake Ja-pan, mastering 56 different styles before traveling to Tokyo in hopes of furthering his studies at ...more
Feb 12, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: manga
Overall Rating: B
Synopsis: Created by Takashi Hashiguchi, Yakitate!! Japan is a cooking/comedy manga that follows Kazuma Azuma, a boy on his quest to create "Ja-pan", a national bread for Japan. He hopes to create a bread that people will want to eat as much as rice.

A few months ago, I was picking up some manga and comics from Chapel Hill Comics, when Andy (the owner) suggested I check out Yakitate!! Japan. I picked up the first volume, and was highly amused by it. It pokes fun at shonen titles,
Nick Fagerlund
Mar 10, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
Too much hollerin'! Not enough story! Moe sexpots go home! Destroy all shōnen manga!

I admit to being unduly drawn in by the "Ja-Pan" conceit, which is that the protagonist has independently re-invented most of the known types of bread with weird twists added on to each of 'em. But the series also kind of irritates the hell out of me, so I don't know if I'll stick with it.
Azuma Kazuma, an energetic and dense young man, was introduced to the art of bread making when he was six. He decides to take the path of bread-making and become a baker right after graduating from middle school. Through his travels, he encounters many rivals and found work at the branch store of the most famous bread maker brand, the Phantasia.
Feb 24, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A manga about baking bread. Wow...didn't sound too great at first but geez this manga was really quite interesting! I learnt a lot about bread through it and you don't have to even enjoy baking to enjoy this manga. Theres a good mix of educational tid-bits, tons of humour, and some pretty well developed characters. Would recommend this for an interesting read:) ...more
Jun 18, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who like comedy, food, and manga
Shelves: interesting
I don't know what volume I'm on anymore since I'm reading it online but it's not volume one. I love this story it's a fresh gourmet manga about bread of all things. As the series progress the reactions are just getting stupider each time but I hope the series is still worth reading because I'm already on chapter 201 and there are only 40ish chapters left. ...more
Jan 06, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who likes bread/cooking
i thought this manga is very good filled with japanese puns so best search for people giving some tranlation of this and that.thought some parts are unlogic.also we get to learn some bread stuff,i read it all of the volumes i got and then i get to learn alot of bread
Nov 11, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: manga
Another interesting tabemono manga ^^
Tells about Azuma Kazuma with his super skill and natural instinct in making uber delicious variations of bread.

It is always appealing for me to see how the characters in this manga react after eating Azuma's bread (it's so hilarious! XD)

Jan 07, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic
Bread making battle manga! I never knew baking could be so exciting until I read Yakitate!! Japan. You'll be thrilled at the non stop action as a young self-taught bread maker takes on the world's to bread experts in fast paced croissant and sourdough battles. ...more
Jul 13, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
A completely ridiculous, over-the-top manga about baking, centered around the search for Japan's own national bread, or Ja-pan. If you think that pun is bad, there are hundreds much worse.

Somehow I got hooked on the story after two volumes, though, bizarre as it is.
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Takashi Hashiguchi (橋口 たかし) is a Japanese manga artist. He is best known for his manga series Yakitate!! Japan, for which he won the Shogakukan Manga Award for shōnen in 2004. Hashiguchi won a newcomer's award in 1987 (published in a magazine), and Combat Teacher debuted the following year in the same magazine.

A prevailing theme seen throughout his manga is the realization of childhood dreams, suc

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