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England. France. Germany. What common thread binds these three nations together? Answer: each is famous for producing unique, distinctive, delicious bread.

But what of the island nation of Japan, home to rice and delicacies of the sea? Is there not a doughy, gastronomic delight they can claim as their own? The answer is no...until now!

Kazuma Azuma, a 16-year-old boy blessed with otherworldly baking powers, has taken it upon himself to create Ja-pan, the national bread of the land of the rising sun!

Note: Won the 49th Shogakukan Manga Award in the Shounen category.


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Associated Names
Fresh Made Japan
Fresh-baked! Japan
The King of Bread
Vua Bánh Mì

Groups Scanlating
Franky House
Lemon Tea

Latest Release(s)
v.26 c.241-242 by Some Scans over 9 years ago
v.26 c.236 by Lemon Tea over 9 years ago
v.26 c.240 by Some Scans over 9 years ago
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in Country of Origin
26 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?

Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at Vol.1, Chap 1

User Reviews
Yakitate!! Japan by Cypher-Khan


User Rating
Average: 7.6 / 10.0 (577 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.54 / 10.0

Last Updated
July 12th 2020, 10:50am PST



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English Publisher
Viz (26 Volumes - Complete)

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Year Pos #4832 decreased(-163)

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by heckofacookiemonster
February 14th, 2014, 7:51am
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
I really respect everyone that gave high rating for this manga, but this manga does have moments that disappoint you. There were two time zones in this manga, B.P. (before Pierrot) and A.P. (after Pierrot). Everything is really fresh and kicking well B.P. I really like how Azuma and Keisuke gets together to fight yada, yada.. However, A.P., it gets draggy because the "story scheme" does not change (kind of like Detective Conan, sorry folks). And I call it a scheme rather than a plot because this story lacks a climax, very repetitive. Character development is the worst. Azuma's talent does not grow. Not to mention Kawachi, who is kind of spineless most of the time. Kanmuri is also dependent on Azuma. SuwabaraXMonica are very fine lovebirds though hehe.. Giving this a 6 is more than enough.

Spoiler alert!
Did anyone notice that up to the Nori-guy competition, the contestant who serves their bread last usually wins?
And I am sorry, I actually root for Yukino to win on the tart competition because I need Azuma to have some challenge and disappointment. That is how a story gets real!
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Odd, to say the least.  
by Crenshinibon
July 29th, 2009, 2:29am
Rating: 5.8 / 10.0
Yakitate!! Japan is one of the oddest of the long-running shounen manga that has ever competed serialization. Occasionally hilarious, and occasionally drab, but on the whole it does manage to be very unique in many respects, and I'm certain that the author had a decent time writing it.

Basically, it just suffers from inconsistency (though I suppose an argument can be made for this aspect as an intentionality). It's only genuinely funny about 50% of the time, and without a higher percentage it just becomes too difficult to give it full attention. Still, it merits a half-decent rating for the moments that it does get exactly right.
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Declined towards the end.  
by MondSemmel
September 24th, 2011, 6:05pm
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
I really enjoyed this manga, about up to the amazing Pierrot arc. But afterwards, the reactions became really quite too insane even for me (i.e. people turning permanently into animals after eating bread) and the jokes either became worse or just repeated too often. Also, the reaction-based puns sadly often don't translate well from Japanese to English.
For the amazing first ~120 chapters (until the end of the Pierrot arc) I give a 9, the rest doesn't really deserve more than a 7. So this manga gets an 8 from me. But really, just read everything until the Pierrot arc and then stop. Or read until then and then continue, aware of the fact that the story gets worse from that point on.
(Also, the ultimate ending is horrible. How could a mangaka that did so much research on breadmaking end up with such a misguided treatment of global warming? I waited forever for the scanlations of the last volume, but after reading it, I'm not surprised it took forever to find someone willing to translate it...)
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by Tatyblue
May 20th, 2005, 12:19pm
Rating: N/A
Always funny, never boring Yaki is something you must taste!!!!
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by NightAir
June 4th, 2013, 8:17pm
Rating: 7.5 / 10.0
It really deteriorated. It was a good manga to read because, hey, a manga about making bread is something new--but after a while everything gets rehashed. Still same battles, still things, and after a while, you get kind of tired of it.

I'm also upset at how super-powered genius Azuma was, right off the bat? Just. What. There was literally no real challenge or room for him to grow. Especially later on: All the answers, let's depend on Azuma! Argh. No secondary character shining.

Spoiler (mouse over to view)
All the character growth was for another one, but he was treated like dirt and used as comedy fodder.

Also, people turning permanently into their reactions is ridiculous. I don't know what happened, and I kept on hoping Kawachi would be given a better role, but he got placed as the mudmonkey who doesn't know anything, and suddenly he's lumped with all the judges for a reaction? The ending was ridiculous, I don't even know what was with the bread-people, some random quick plot for the global warming, I just-????

But yeah, like everyone's saying stop after you've finished Pierrot arc at 120-ish chapters.

... Last updated on June 4th, 2013, 8:25pm
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MondSemmel sums it up well.  
by 2dere
October 21st, 2012, 4:04pm
Rating: N/A
Read till then end of the Perriot arc. Then stop.
Thats still quite a hard thing to say because, maybe besides Hajime no Ippo and G.T.O. have I laughed so hard throughout a manga. My dad knew when I was reading it because he could hear me laughing in another room. So I have good memories of this manga but yeah, story does decline and its nice to only see something at its best.
I do recommend it to anyone, they can decide if the humor is for them. But I also recommend a stopping point too.
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Falling down  
by Akatsubaki
February 6th, 2015, 3:30am
Rating: 5.0 / 10.0
I couldn't have agreed more that after Pierrot arcs, this manga is losing its touched. The story was really going down hill after pierrot. The mangaka just threw anything to prolong this manga, repeating old tricks and focusing more and more into 'reaction' after eating the bread. Before Pierrot, I could give this manga 8. Because it's funny and refreshing. After Pierrot, giving 4 should be enough. Characters development turned to the worst (especially Kawachi), and it's not funny anymore.

... Last updated on February 8th, 2015, 6:22am
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by Loki666
November 1st, 2014, 7:31pm
Rating: 3.0 / 10.0
Ok bread, something different. Although this manga has been around for a while now, the biggest issue is how for some weird reason the manga just went crazy. The plot was downright rubbish as the manga proceeded and has lost its touch compared to the beginning (You have to read it to understand). Overall it is an average read and a very disappointing manga overall by such a good mangaka. No hate intended.

... Last updated on November 7th, 2016, 12:42am
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Falls apart as it goes along  
by luzzz
November 21st, 2009, 5:17pm
Rating: N/A
I have a great love for bread and pastry so I delved into Yakitate!! Japan with excitement. The first 5/6 volumes a terrific with a great combination of mouthwatering bread, a unique bread tournament and endearing characters. It then fell apart when the team made the trek to the Monaco Cup. I felt that Kawachi had a lot of potential as a character but the author messed it up and reduced him to a mere comical sidekick to Azuma. In fact, a lot of characters were left in the dust as the story progressed. And the main antagonist for the first half of the series fails to provide for sufficient suspense and intrigue. The bread-making techniques also grow more and more fantastic through the series and by the end of Volume 13 I had resigned to myself that there indeed existed a !magical! yeast as well as !Triple!Super!Zion! "solar" hands that could make bread in the space of 1 panel. I recommend for people who are interested in this manga to only read up to the end of the first arc and save yourself from boredom.
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Fans of eccentric comedy will enjoy this.  
by teniki
July 1st, 2009, 2:39pm
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
As always some manga just go downhill from what was a normal cooking manga with exaggerated reactions to just...outrageous and unrealistic ones. While this may humour a specific audience, this just didn't work out for me.
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