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Oishii Kankei  
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Description
Fujiwara Momoe, a girl who loves to eat, was raised by her rich parents eating only the best.

When her father dies from heart disease and Momoe has to support her and her mother, she can't stand the food that she makes (she never cooked before).

One day, she walks into a little French restaurant and recognizes the food from its taste. She had eaten it several years earlier when celebrating her birthday at a 5-star restaurant with her parents. She asks to work there as a cook under the head chef, Oda-san. She falls in love with Oda, but he doesn't notice her feelings and only considers her an annoying apprentice. This series goes through joy and heartbreak, as experienced by Momoe. How does the situation end?

Note: Was also made into an 11-part Jdrama, and a 20-part Taiwanese drama

Type
Manga

Related Series
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Associated Names
おいしい関係
美味的關係
맛있는 관계
A Delicious Relationship
Delicious Relation
Tasty Affinity

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Latest Release(s)
v.10 c.71 (end) by Wingtip Cafe (2410d ago)
c.70 by Wingtip Cafe (2418d ago)
v.10 c.69 by Wingtip Cafe (2424d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
16 Volumes (Tankoubon - Complete)
10 Volumes (Bunkoban - Complete)

Completely Scanlated?
Yes

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Average: 8.4 / 10.0 (357 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.25 / 10.0
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Last Updated
June 22nd 2017, 4:59am PST


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Year
1993

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Serialized In (magazine)
Young You (Shueisha)

Licensed (in English)
No

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Monthly Pos #1049 increased(+218)
3 Month Pos #1508 increased(+213)
6 Month Pos #1878 increased(+8)

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On 717 wish lists
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An interesting read   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by natines
September 13th, 2017, 11:07pm
It must have started really revolutionary to the time it was published, and comparing it to some recent shoujo it still is, but especially the end may put people off.

I felt that some characters were just undeveloped and had little exposure time, while some new characters just stayed there and I couldn't help but wish they'd go away faster. Though all of them had a strong background that justified their actions and way of thinking.

Even though I'm not really into cooking, I liked the theme and how it was worked with the story. It was interesting to see the main character working hard, though I really wouldn't mind if she had achieved more. At least in the career aspect I hoped for more. Maybe is just my shounen manga mindset.

As some have already mentioned, "love" as romance is not the core of this story. There won't be passionate confessions, or amazing dates, really, if you came for this, don't even continue. Its focus is on the career, and sometimes they even drift of that.

Seriously, there was a point in the story that I just couldnít care less with whom the main character would end up with. I just hoped she would achieve somethingÖ I sort of wanted her to end up with someone new and totally different from the Ďcandidatesí the author put out for her, after all, she idealized they way too much. But, I guess that I have to consider the time the story was published.

I really liked the Oda Kanako pairing and how smooth the author made the progression of their relationship in a credible way. Seriously, most times I just plainly hate the rival, but not only this time I didnít hate her, as I understood her, kind of wished her the best, though I believe her arc could have ended a few chapters earlier.

Nonetheless, I kinda of liked it, it was refreshing and definitely grabbed my attention. I donít know if I will read it again, but the character were so well written that they will be forever with me.

... Last updated on September 13th, 2017, 11:10pm
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Absolutely Amazing   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by MissGuacamole
August 21st, 2017, 9:22pm
Despite all the challenges and heartbreak Momoe deals with in the manga she always stayed true to her rock-solid personality. She never changed and always snapped back to her cheerful self after some self-reflection.
I really do wish that Momoe could have had some love interests or serious dates in the manga, besides for Oda. I just got a little frustrated of focusing too much on Kanako's love life when I was just stressing out about when Momoe's finally gonna get some. Lol.
I wanted to see more of the designer dude and his grandfather that Momoe was staying with in the middle of the manga. I was kind of confused about why they were just suddenly introduced and then cut out of the manga.
The characters all became like a family where towards the end it became obvious that business and love don't have to be separate in the restaurant business. We learn that cooking brings people together and Momoe expresses this in her entire being. I am so happy to have come across this manga.
I really related to Kanako (for personal reasons), and I'm surprised that the author could even conceive to make such a realistic character with such deep psychological turmoil. Sure the story moved along kind of slow, but the pace was completely worth it when it came to the character development.
This story is so memorable, it was so heart-warming. I hope to read it again someday and see if maybe I can still relate to Kanako and her changing perspectives on love.

... Last updated on August 21st, 2017, 9:23pm
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Too much cooking   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by Ah_Cat
June 21st, 2017, 11:17am
Well, I really like mangas that take a realistic view on relationships and don't jump to conclusion right away but there was something lacking. Sometimes there were no progression in the relationships for very long chapters, only complicated names of dishes and stuff. And then, when they change theme into feelings, there is suddenly whole chapter only about this. The peace was just weird.

What's more, there was really too much drama.
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
I get the drama in Kenji-Kaneko relationship, since they both had to be broken to pull off this reason for a break up. I mean, it looked like an ideal one, I couldn't imagine how Kenij could fall out of love with her and be with Momoe and when she slept with Kaoru I really thought maybe mangaka will let them be together, yet it still didn't feel right. Actually, the whole plot with Kaoru, since the attempted suicide, was just bad. Before his character was very nicely made but afterwards it was terrible. She saved him once and suddenly, there was nothing about him being sad. They were such a good friends but then they didn't spoke once since he hired her. Come on, mangaka made him talk only when it was convinient for her relationship development with Kenji. And they even gave hints of him being in love with her without realising, just to don't say a word about it.

There were many useless side-plots that were just boring and hard to read, just to squeeze everything in last chapters, without even properly finishing the series.
Frankly, if you want to read how a girl succeeds in a man-oriented job, being cheerful and sweet, yet not having all the boys fall for her, this manga is for you. Also, if you like cooking, I guess you will like it too. I don't, so I was counting more for some nice romance but that's just not this. Maybe it's really the cooking theme, cause another similar manga about theather has hit it off right away with me and I loved the slow romance there. With this one, I was pushing myself to read it
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cause I was curious about the Kenji-Kaneko split.
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Great   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by PZcolo
October 1st, 2015, 8:16am
had been a while since I read a proper shoujo manga, sensible, deep into the chars and their emotions, meaningful relations and realistic feelings. The plot is really simple, a girl in love with a passion for food that matures along the series (in all meanings), Momoe is an incredible char, so real, sweet and caring yet weak and strong (maybe strong in her weakness) since she gradually accepts herself as she is, struggling over big and small thing like a normal girl and maturing. The other chars are nice but t Oda is dull and a bit annoying, at least till the later eps, Takahashi on the other hand is great and felt real. The only real complaint would be that it's too positive, one way or another almost all mini-stories end well, I don't dislike happy endings but it felt a bit forced, well it's also a bit slow as they say, but for me that was not a minus, I actually enjoyed it taking it times and doing things proper for once... What fun would it be if Momoe and Oda from acne was done in a few volumes as said above?, it would turn this into the "satisfied fantasies of a spoiled brat", not something I'd like to read.

... Last updated on October 1st, 2015, 8:17am
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An instant favorite   
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by sunflower
May 19th, 2015, 6:04pm
What a great manga. I was shocked to come across this. I love food manga that's actually about the food and not stupid battles or harems, and yet I'd never heard of this. I was captivated from beginning to end. It's wasn't just the food but the way the characters loved it and lived for bringing it to other people, and how all of this changed as they grew in the manga. It was just lovely. The heroine was a good one too, clearly drawn and understandable as she journeys through her character's arc. I wish this hadn't ended. Thank you to everyone who scanlated it because evidently no one was interested in bringing this over to the US for English speakers to read, and we would have completely missed it.

... Last updated on May 21st, 2015, 12:14pm
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warm characters   
Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
by whitespade
July 26th, 2014, 4:10am
this is one of the few manga that make me rooting for a happy-go-lucky female main character. this is because her character is fleshed out very well, and even when she's spoiled and she's childish, i do not get disgusted with her, but root for her because the mangaka able to make me understand her inner psychology very well.

this is also true for other characters - even when i hated them at first, when they are mean and disagreeable, the mangaka able to shape them to be a better person at the end of the manga and im so glad to meet such warm and lively characters.

the plot itself can be quite unrealistic, but i like it that everything is so high-class and out of reach, somehow i can pretend i am myself a refined lady and immersed myself in this high society world. it is truly great for the mangaka to bring out the world of the elites without the reader being disgusted - she made them so beautiful and full of warmth.

im glad i read this even though im not a fan of josei. i think others that ar not accustomed with josei should pick up this manga to immersed yourself in world with a great characterization.
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I watched the drama...love the main character!   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by moonmystery
June 21st, 2014, 11:25pm
I'll keep this short. Whoever wrote the plot and dialogues for this manga is intelligent and wonderful.

The main girl is nothing like the other characters I've seen. She has this hidden maturity and funny perspectives about life that only comes with age. I love how amusing she can be. Hilarious!

Korean drama based this: "My Name is Kim Sam-Soon"

... Last updated on June 21st, 2014, 11:26pm
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WOW!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by gloriel
February 28th, 2014, 3:02pm
I am really impressed! It been a long time that I read a manga with such realistic characters and plot! Most refreshing thing about this manga is that the main female role isn't a drama queen at all smile I love it and highly recommend to those who like to have "goal achievement" for main course and "soft romance" for dessert! \o/ and I don't understand people who says art is not very good, I like it from the start smile
Anyway this was the first story that I ever read from this mangaka but I can't wait to read Makimura-sensei's other works now!

... Last updated on February 28th, 2014, 3:04pm
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Unique plot   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by HinagikuDaisy
November 24th, 2013, 10:22am
A nice, feel good, engaging, proper slice of life, interesting, unique and other adjectives, josei manga- how delightful. Honestly, the plot is a good one. About a girls career and the restaurant business. I tell you, itís a refreshing difference. The art's good, the character development great, the romance appropriate for the tone of the manga. 9/10

(shameless self promotion: full review at http://hinagikumanga.wordpress.com/2013/11/24/oishii-kankei/ )
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I recommend it!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Fuuma_lady
February 16th, 2013, 3:05am
I have to give a sincere thank to wingtip staff for this rightly chosen and nicely done manga. It's truly a worth reading josei.

This is a very sensible manga. Firstly, the theme revolves on culinary, and it's serious about it. I've read some manga labelled as haute cuisine but in fact the romance and other niggling stuff covers 80%. Oishii kankei, supporting by its gorgeous retro art with mouth-watering cuisine pictures, provides a very interesting and insightful view of the culinary world.

Secondly, the characters are very well-built. Each has his or her idiosyncrasy, and their stories and doing are realistic. We can feel the character's determination, thoughts, ponder, emotion, sympathy, and mostly their professional improvement. Sensei has developed a very intricate plot, and all the characters' relationships blend together. The romances are limited but very serious and realistic; we don't get easy-come easy-go love like in idol dramas or many other shoujos. The main character has many supports - many of them from male friends - but only one love.

Thirdly, the plot is quite a smart one. The development of the characters is proper; there are the twist, moment of bitterness and also melting sweetness. I also find in this manga many touching and nice saying/philosophy behind a subtle, simple facade.

Fourthly, the art is so good. I'm totally into retro shoujo art like this. Depiction of delicious cuisine lives up to its name, really.

Overall, this one is highly recommended. Guess I'll try more works of Satoru-sensei.
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