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Najika is a great cook and likes to make meals for the people she loves. But something is missing from her life. When she was a child, she met a boy who touched her heart–and now Najika is determined to find him. The only clue she has is a silver spoon that leads her to the prestigious Seika Academy. At Seika she meets two brothers Daichi and Sora, could one of them be the boy from her childhood?
Won the Kodansha Manga Award for Children's Manga in 2006.
キッチンのお姫さま ميرة المطبخ 点心公主 美食小公主 點心公主 키친의 공주님 Πριγκίπισσα της Κουζίνας Công chúa nhà bếp Kitchen Princess Princesa da Cozinha Prinsesa ng Kusina
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Read and Reread
I read this already one and a half years ago and thought it was awesome. I'm usually weary about rereading manga because my opinions tend to change and I will not like it as much, but Kitchen Princess was not disappointing at all. Is it totally cliche and predictable? Yes. But that doesn't mean it's bad. Also because I do love cliche romances, if they're pulled off well. The art was quite nice, although not spectacular, it is far better than a lot of other manga I have read.
I don't think this is a good story for everyone, especially if you read to compare. But it's what I think a good shoujo manga should be: cute with a certain amount of depth and pretty boys to stare at.
Oh mann, all the food in the story made me hungry and I was soo eager to try out all of the recipes (haha). I was really disappointed that one of them died, omg, it was so tragic, I cried so much, but other than that, it was a really good manga that kept me going. I would like it better if the characters are more into each other, and maybe the author could add another chapter describing their relationship, since there weren't that many. Overall, I really enjoyed the manga! <3
If you love cooking ...
Then this is the best series for you to start with. Cute story all the way around and I really enjoy the art. The character development gets to be pretty deep. This is an all around good read.
Makes the signifigant accomplishment of doing some well-worn story idea well. The inordinately kind heroine who eventually turns all her enemies into friends, the refined boy vs. rough-edged boy love triangle, the quest for a figure from childhood, all managed to actually maintain interest and emotional weight.
It has a habit of keeping the plot churning with sudden, unexpected developments and while these work pretty well, after the first few, they may seem a little contrived. The ending is also not quite as strong as its proceedings. These shortcoming are very minor, and anyone who ever reads any shoujo needs to give it a try.
thumbs up, baby.
despite the cliche-ness, i actually like this one a lot. the plot is well thought out when you read more and more. it's a lot more complex than i assumed it to be @__@. anyways. i kinda like mizuno. but it's so obvious how it's going to turn out. :c
Criticism (1) The art is not proportional. It looks very ''amateur''. The characters dont look nice at all... huge eyes + small mouth + small chin = Balloon head. Criticism (2) Very Veryunoriginal plot. The usual love-triangle. The usual obstacles to love. The usual weak, sobby heroine. The usual "look for the prince campaign" except its "look for the prince that gave me the fork" this time. Criticism (3) The author tried in vain to: 1) make readers sympathize and go "aww" whenever the main character laughs, smiles, jumps around, or cries. Basically by adding these flowery, shoujo-typical backgrounds in all the panels she is seen to interact with someone. Ha. Oh and she is teary eyed most of the time anyway. 2) make readers fall in love with the male leads. They look weird because of the balloon head syndrome which is typical within this manga-world So i feel more sorry for them than actual adoration 3) make it original~ by adding the element of a special "fork". So...unless the author wanted this manga to be original in the sense of how horrible it is...it is not that bad yet...so... ---obviously, the author has failed
Conclusion Everything is predictable. Its good for beginners. So...Probably perfect for the me without any experience in anime or manga or books. Oh and it would have to be when i didn't have a sense of 'beauty' too, 'cause the art is quite unbearable to me. i believe... its simply...not worth your time. There are loads of mangas out there thats way better than this. WITH BISHIES and not guys with inflated heads! Go Go Go~
... Last updated on January 14th, 2009, 10:29am
i LUVV THISSS SHOUJO MANGA!! (>_<)i luv najika and i wish i can cook like her,im bad at it.(TT_TT)BTW,Najika and Daichi should be a couple,in MY opinion.if anyone disagrees,i wont make a whole argument about it.
It's not fantastic.
It's a very typical shoujo, with very typical melodrama, with the subject being cooking. The main character wasn't particularly likable nor annoying-- she was basically a ridiculously happy and optimistic girl we see the story through. A lot of her actions were somewhat annoying, but I wasn't really expecting anything else with her personality.
The other characters are similar. The male leads, surprisingly (for a shoujo manga) are.... not much better than the female lead. One is the typical prince character with a past, and the other is probably the most typical male lead you're going to come across.
As far as character development goes, there is very little. It would not be an exaggeration to say that there is NONE at all. The plot is very fluffy with the usual shoujo melodrama, and frankly, I don't understand how it ever became so popular. There's really nothing to recommend it over other series of the genre.
As some other reviewers have said, it leaves literally no impact on you, despite the tag "tragedy." Which is probably the saddest thing ever. It goes from light-hearted to pointlessly tragic with badly conveyed emotions to...
Ugh. I don't even.
This is literally made for young (very young) girls who don't know enough to be disappointed with the mediocrity of this manga. Even die-hard shoujo fans should be wary that this manga starts about typical, but decent, then spirals down into pointlessness.
That being said, it's not terrible. As I said, it's fluffy and pointless and kind of dramatic, but that doesn't mean it's the worst shoujo manga out there. I just wouldn't waste my time (or you waste your time) reading 10 volumes of it. That and there's not that much of a plot. You always get the sense (because it's so event-driven) there's either too much or too little going on.
... Last updated on August 7th, 2012, 11:27am
The characters are a vague copy of the Fruits baskets. Some kind of influential protagonist and her two polarized princes. Truth be told, I was expecting the dumbest waste of time when I started these series. But fortunately it was not as expected. I found myself even enjoying at some point, but there were traits in the story that debased its high points.
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As usual it's the girl who gets on my nerves. Mary Sue. How much time should pass before you can hook up with your dead lover's brother and claim he's the REAL person you love? The 'antagonist' female is possibly more easy to love. Somehow she wins everything, succeeds everything due to her godlike luck and pure naivety.
I don't even know why I liked this story at some point. It's really annoying, but I have hate-like feelings for it.
Entertaining, but nothing more
This manga, for the most part, was entertaining. The main girl was somewhat annoying. She was the very stereotypical, shoujo, wannabe cute but just eds up being annoying kind of girl. She cried to much, and honesty, if it weren't for the cooking and the recipes, this manga would probably not be worth the read. The art was so-so. There was something off about how this manga transitioned. It just didn't seem to flow very well. There were some events that were totally unexpected, but not in a good way. They just seemed out of place. This manga would have been better if the girl wasn't such a wuss.