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Antique Bakery  
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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.


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Associated Names
Seiyou Kotto Yougashiten
Seiyou Kottou Yougashiten

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Latest Release(s)
v.2 c.10 + Extra by Beautiful Soup over 13 years ago
v.1 c.5 by 7:11AM over 13 years ago
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Status in Country of Origin
4 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?

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



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Wings (Shinshokan)

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English Publisher
DMP (4 Volumes - Complete)

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New view at yaoi genre   
Rating: 8.5 / 10.0
by ladymanson
December 17th, 2017, 3:52pm
My first encounter with Yoshinaga Fumi was via this wonderful serie. I had never been big fan of yaoi genre. It's not like I hate homosexuals, I am bi myself so I do not have problem with those stuff at all. But I am not the kind of person who loves sweet and romantic stories. It's not my cup of tea. And that's why I found yaoi genre for long time very boring and stereotypical. I even called it harlequins romance novels for low self-consciousness girls. biggrin

Than one day at 2010 I made shopping at eBay page and got one more manga as gift for big order. It was DMP English tranlation of Antique Bakery vol. 1 biggrin I was bit nerves about it when I found at database what genre of manga it is. (Kind of ironic now because the yaoi tag is gone and people call it only shoujo). biggrin But I gave it chance and I was big suprised. It was completly different from all of those sweet stories like Junjou Romantica.

I started reading Yoshinaga-sensei stories even those where is lot of sex and I found her style very pleasant. The drawing is not so perfect but you can easy recognize her work because of it. Now I am collecting her manga and trying to tell people about her works but unfortunately most of true yaoi fangirls hate it. sad

I like about Antique Bakery that refreshing humor, adult characters and non love cliché. My favorite character is Tachibana because he hate sweets like me. And the ending of this serie was really best. I still have it in my memory even after all these years. smile
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Absolutely Wonderful   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by toastmuncher
March 2nd, 2017, 3:36pm
This is one manga for which I gladly use the word perfect in it's fullest sense. I have gone back to read this time and again because this type of work is just so rare. The only other manga which comes to my mind with a similar ambiance (the setting, characters, situations, especially the art work is completely different) is Golden Days.
The similarity in terms of ambiance to which I am referring is the maturity this work shows. As the synopsis says nothing is what you would expect it to be, and it is this sheer breath taking originality (among other factors) that makes this absolutely wonderful.
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Atypical story but very beautiful   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by princess_bubblegum
February 13th, 2017, 2:10am
The plot is quite unique to be honest..
Tachibana came from a rich family.
One day he suddenly decided to quit his normal job in order to open a dessert shop.
The pastry chef that his father recommended turns out to be the same boy he rejected when he was in high school. He still vividly remember his face but Ono already forgotten about him...

I really like the interaction between the characters..
Each story has depth and meaning...
Most of them are a tear jerker.. I've cried a few times while reading them...
The story is also funny and it made me laugh so hard...

It's not pure YAOI story and Ono the chef just happened to be the Gay character...
But you will completely love him and his antics...

This is a good manga and I totally recommend reading this..
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Rating: 4.0 / 10.0
by Airendy
September 8th, 2014, 4:24pm
This sleeve is very stopped and I found it very boring, the characters are simple and the art is not legal ... Chikage is more fluffy and funny the whole sleeve. The sleeve has very incomplete with things not resolved ...
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pretty good   
Rating: 6.5 / 10.0
by tweetchan
October 25th, 2012, 10:34am
While I wouldn't exactly say that this series completely qualifies as "slice of life," I will admit that I kind of enjoyed this one. The only thing that I didn't like about this series was that so many things were left unresolved in the end. Even if the mangaka was going for the whole open ended thing, I still think that some issues could have been worked out a little better in the end of this one.

Also, for the comment:

...Are all real-life gay men like that? If so, then maybe I finally understand why they're so hated... do realize that this is not real life, right? But if we're using this manga as source of reference here, then the same question could be asked about straight people if you look at every playboy that exists in various types of manga on the market. One character (from a manga, no less) couldn't possibly be representative of an entire group of people. That's a rather bold--if not completely silly--assumption to make.

... Last updated on December 5th, 2012, 7:59am
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You Got Me at "Devilish"...   
Rating: N/A
by shojojunkie
June 15th, 2010, 1:07am
If you love reading a manga that sucks you right in and won't let you stop reading, this is for you. The interactions between the characters are unique and there are a lot of things to laugh and cry (happily) about. It's really great!

... Last updated on June 15th, 2010, 1:07am
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Sakura_Hikizaki
September 6th, 2009, 3:10pm
I loved this manga! It wasn't really Yaoi ( I thought it was thats why I picked it up.) But it was great! I enjoyed to the end! Beautiful art, lovable characters, and great story plot. Fumi sensei did again! I would love it she was to do a sequel but I'm so far enjoying the doushi that have been done.
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i really don't know...   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by yukino33
May 11th, 2009, 4:40pm
somehow this manga was really a good read, and i actually didn't stop until i finished it. and i was right to do so.
and yet, i have this kind of feeling of being really unsatisfied!!! i don't know how to explain it.the ending was good, and it ended at the right place too. but it was kind of cut off. we finally get to understand about the characters, and why are they this way, and then it ends. and you don't get to see any progress on the main couple, and you can't even picture it either. because truthfully even after finishing i don't know if they will ever be together.
i gave it a 9 because it was actually very good and i couldn't leave until i finished reading, but i still couldn't give it a 10 because of mine unsatisfied
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Rating: 8.4 / 10.0
by Nernel
April 26th, 2009, 10:32am
...but it feels unfinished. it stops at an okay place, but i for one would like to see more of the storylines resolved. but i guess that's what makes it "slice of life."

edit: dunno if i should put this here (a manga site), but the korean live-action movie version is absolutely delicious. i bumped up my rating (just a tiny bit) solely for that reason

... Last updated on May 8th, 2009, 12:31am
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by luzzz
January 5th, 2009, 12:21am
Talk about delicious and mouth-watering! A nice-paced slice-of-life with sprinklings of comedy. If the wonderful story construction and engaging characters don't warm your heart, the cakes and desserts will definitely whet your appetite. This manga is Yoshinaga Fuyumi at her best, and it deservedly won the 26th Kodansha Award.

Now if only recipes for each dessert featured throughout the manga were made available...

... Last updated on January 5th, 2009, 12:22am
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