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Antique Bakery  
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Description
Tachibana has recently quit his job at a high-class firm, and for unknown reasons, decides to open a bakery. His first employee is Ono, an extremely talented patissier who is also known as the 'Gay of demonic charm' - something that has caused him to lose his job countless times. Joining the crew also is Eiji - a retired champion boxer - who is hired on the spot as only a trainee purely because he is not Ono's 'type.' However, Chikage, the bumbling childhood friend and shadow of Tachibana, is exactly his type! Now, with the shop finally open, everyone seems to be filling their positions well; but one question remains: what were Tachibana's motives for opening the bakery, and does it have a link to his troubled and forgotten past?

Recipient of 26th Kodansha Manga Award in the shoujo manga category for 2002.

Type
Manga

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Associated Names
西洋骨董洋菓子店
서양골동양과자점
Seiyou Kotto Yougashiten
Seiyou Kottou Yougashiten

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Latest Release(s)
v.2 c.10 + Extra by Beautiful Soup (4830d ago)
v.1 c.5 by 7:11AM (4852d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
4 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?
Yes

Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at Vol 1, Chap 1
Ends at Vol 4, Chap 19

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User Rating
Average: 8.5 / 10.0 (279 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.3 / 10.0
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Last Updated
March 12th 2017, 1:50am PST


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Year
2000

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Serialized In (magazine)
Wings (Shinshokan)

Licensed (in English)
Yes

English Publisher
DMP (4 Volumes - Complete)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #773 increased(+73)
Monthly Pos #1056 increased(+578)
3 Month Pos #2705 increased(+197)
6 Month Pos #3202 increased(+131)

List Stats
On 205 reading lists
On 387 wish lists
On 782 completed lists
On 40 unfinished lists
On 283 custom lists

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lovely, but not what you might expect   
Rating: N/A
by pleochroic
September 20th, 2007, 3:01am
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this is a good example of a manga that defies easy classification in the west, and why the west's definitions are hosed, and we should just adopt japanese terminology. because this is clearly BL, but not shounen-ai, nor yaoi. there is no airy-fairy platonic love with at most a chaste kiss and "i've always liked you" between young boys, which characterizes shounen-ai. instead there is an adult, out, sexually active gay character -- but yaoi-lovers get to see no sex, and romance lovers don't get to see him fulfilled with the person with whom one would normally expect him to end up. don't read this story for the romance, unless you're fine with unrequited love all-around that does not get neatly resolved. no, even then, don't read it for the romance. it's not all that romantic. read it for yoshinaga-sensei's fine storytelling abilities and her sense of humour. these characters feel like real people, they have depth.
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Fun but Incomplete   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by Sasorisa
July 31st, 2007, 7:13pm
I had read all four volumes and thought there was more until I came to this page. While the manga is along the lines of repressed and touching romance of Yoshinaga's works - it was left unfulfilled since most of the storylines were left almost unresolved.
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A tasty treat!   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by pearlesque
June 12th, 2007, 8:30am
If you're a food-lover or a lover of shounen ai, this manga's for you. Beautifully illustrated desserts and beautifully drawn men are both plentiful in this story. But it isn't just a superficial charm -- there are depths to these men that are explored with each consecutive volume. Secrets, failed romances and hidden hopes are all brought to light as our patissiers bumble their way through life.

The only reason I'm not giving this manga a 9 or a 10 is because the romantic tension built up throughout the series isn't clearly resolved at the end. In my opinion, Yoshinaga-sensei should do a sequel, in which Tachibana finally gets his head out of his ass and admits his feelings to himself. smile It would also be good to follow Chikage and Kanda as they pursue their goals.
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