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From Del Rey: 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?
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 no Ohime-sama Kitchen Palace Kitchen Princess Princesa da Cozinha Prinsesa ng Kusina
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Shoujo tropes and weird plot twists
Yada yada yada, it's another shoujo manga with a cooking spin. There's a good boy and a bad boy, and our heroine doesn't know who's the better pick! Oh no! It's the usual contrived love story except with a kind of gutsy but totally unnecessary plot twist. On the one hand, major props to the mangaka for surprising shoujo veterans everywhere; on the other hand, why was that plot twist necessary or logical? In any case, Kitchen no Ohimesama is the usual shoujo fluff, but it might be worth a read if you want to see one of the most bizarre and misplaced plot twists ever.
Typical shoujo stuff
Typical shoujo stuff with princes and damsel in distress and bitchy catty nail sharpening vamps. I came because someone told me that it was a food manga, which it is not. It is shoujo plain and simple, and if it works for you, this might be an 9 or a 10.
But I can't get myself to care about who is going to luv whom, so dropping.
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.
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
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.
A Little More...
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In my opinion, I liked this manga. The art was OK, and the recipes were eligible, but I think that the topic lacked some. When I read this manga, it was going OK until Sora died. But then again, up until Sora died, the manga was pretty much lifeless. With the new upcoming character and Najika's arising love for Daichi. But I thought that the ending should have been more, unexpected. Since Najika went to visit Lavender House and asked Daichi about the spoon his rejection made me realize he was the prince. But he didn't know himself because of the accident. All in all, I liked this manga, though I still think that it needed a little more.
... Last updated on May 15th, 2012, 10:27pm
not as happy-good-lucky as i thought
i thought it was a sweet manga, but now i reached the chapter
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where sora dies.
that doesn´t suit the manga at all, and it makes me cry. But it´s a good manga
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
It was okay at the beginning, but then something died. I only kept reading to the end because I'd already read most of it, so not finishing it would've been a waste. The characters were kind of stereotypical and cliched. Good for those new to the shoujo manga world.