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Yakitate!! Japan
by Cypher-Khan on September 23rd, 2004, 9:29pm

Rating - 9.2 / 10.0

User rating of this review - 4.8 out of 5
Story/Plot - 4 out of 5
Characters - 5 out of 5
Drawing Style - 5 out of 5
Enjoyment - 5 out of 5
Overall - 4 out of 5

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Azuma Kazuma is an ordinary boy with a big dream... and that is to make Japan. Now... that sentence probably doesn’t make a whole lot of sense... is the boy planning to make the country??

However, it becomes obvious once we learn that "pan" is the Japanese word for bread (which they took from the French)... so Japan is actually a horrible (read; Great!) pun... its Ja-bread - or Japanese bread...

Now that that’s out of the way... I’ve probably lost a reader or two... but fear not... that’s their loss. Yakitate!! Japan is an excellent manga that never fails to entertain as Azuma goes through trial after trial in order to make Japan that will be recognised by the world.


Azuma - The main character and elite (tho unorthodox) bread maker. It’s his dream to create Japan and he has a solution for almost every bread related problem.

Kawachi - The token Kansai character... But he’s more than that, I hold this character in high regard... tho he is at times foolish and comes off as a bastard in the first few chapters

Suwabara - Elite bread-making Samurai. Looks very evil... in fact... acts very evil. He’s a fun character tho.

Pierrot - A clown... but not just any clown... but the most awesome clown ever created in a manga (beating out even Hisoka of Hunter X Hunter [who isn’t really a clown anyway]) Rocketing into first place on my character lists this man makes the manga greater by a factor of two.

Kuroyanagi - Evil bread adjudicator. Is a big fan of insulting people, crushing people’s hopes and suffering from strange and (semi)logical reactions from eating good bread. (This guy ranks as my second favourite character)

Tsukino - Cutest character in the manga. Shes the illegitimate child of the owner of Pantasia.

Ken - Afro wearing manager of the Pantasia Southern Tokyo branch store. His French bread is widley regarded. Has a strange past and associates with such amusing characters as A master Assassin/Noodle chef and a genius baker from a rival store (who is quite amusing [and scary])

Drawing Style

Great art, well defined. No two characters look alike. Backgrounds are well drawn and the strange and odd reactions that Kuroyanagi and Pierrot have after eating bread are all of high quality. The volume covers are also very well drawn.


I guarantee you will find something to enjoy in this manga. From the wide range of characters, to thier personality quirks, to the super-bad/good puns, to Azuma's struggle to make Japan...

Theres something to amuse you. Check it out. You will love it


Top class. Full marks... go read it now!

(Written by Takashi Hashiguchi)
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i love cooking by jems on August 6th, 2009, 6:22am
Rating: 5

really interesting, with alot of reference
i love it
great comic by hellongocanh on October 19th, 2006, 3:17am
Rating: 5

who will answer this question? how to read comic in this web
please answer soon
No Subject by Anonymous on August 12th, 2006, 12:37pm
Rating: 5

Great anime Great manga read and watch both
good manga and more volume by Anonymous on May 30th, 2006, 3:45pm
Rating: 5

Azuma gets to marry Tsukino
Ja-pun? by zangwu on June 10th, 2005, 6:23am
Rating: 4

The review is a great one. And I must admit myself the puns inside Yakitate!! Japan are sometimes a bit...erm how should I say it? But anyways, it gives us all a great laugh or at least a smile to our (kawaii?) lil' faces. Doesn't it? I agree with the review, GO READ IT NOW~!!!
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