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Souta Takanashi gets a job at Wagnaria, a local family restaurant. He is "lured" there by a cute girl named Poplar, who looks like she's 10. However, she is in fact 17, a year older than him!

The quirky characters include Satou, the cool chef who is in fact in love with Yachiyo, the chief who is madly in love (admiration) with their boss, Kyoko, who can't stop eating sweets and slows down the restaurant in general. Satou's cooking assistant and "friend" is Souma, a man who can get dirt on anyone and use it against them, except for Inami, a girl who has a phobia of men and punches him before he has the chance to find out anything about her, and Aoi, a girl with fishy motives for joining the restaurant who finds Souma's one weakness... Tears.

How does Takanashi, the "normal", high-school, small-thing loving (not a lolicon!) teen deal with all of this?


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v.13 c.252 (end) by Nondescriptors 2 months ago
v.13 c.251 by Nondescriptors 3 months ago
v.13 c.250 by Nondescriptors 4 months ago
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Status in Country of Origin
13 Volumes (Complete)

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Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at Vol 1, Chap 1
Ends at Vol 13

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User Rating
Average: 8.3 / 10.0 (233 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.08 / 10.0
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Last Updated
October 12th 2018, 7:53pm PST



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Serialized In (magazine)
Young GanGan (Square-Enix)

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Weekly Pos #588 increased(+24)
Monthly Pos #1008 increased(+248)
3 Month Pos #1191 increased(+20)
6 Month Pos #1355 increased(+242)
Year Pos #1635 decreased(-211)

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On 1600 reading lists
On 682 wish lists
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12 years   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by donn72
October 12th, 2018, 7:56pm
Can not believe I been reading this for 12 years. It was a good run and I'm going to miss it.
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Huge culture Gap   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by ArkangelID
June 10th, 2010, 1:29am
To understand this manga you need some japanese culture background, somethings make no sense if you don't have some concepts about their language and culture. Don't give a low score only because you can't understand some of the situations i would like to see all the volumes translated, its pretty good, even the anime is a good comedy it has huge holes in the plot that the manga fill later on. (How the hell I write this)

... Last updated on June 24th, 2014, 9:57pm
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Lost in Translation   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by ghostmage
February 20th, 2010, 3:51pm
This is one of those mangas that doesn't quite work in English. It's a 4 koma, slice of life comedy with jokes and situations that fall flat when put into an English context and language. It was a lot more satisfying read in Japanese and the first volume isn't as good as the rest 2-6+.

Most people probable won't like this series because of the 4 koma style and slice of life situation, but if your like me and that doesn't bother you and you don't take the story seriously it's an enjoyable read and potentially quite funny. If this style of comedy is your thing I also recommend "Honey Comb" (NOT "Hachi no su" though), with almost the same exact scenario (family restaurant and strange workers) but minus the 4 koma setup. It also has more lol situations, IMO.

... Last updated on February 20th, 2010, 3:55pm
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Not funny at all.   
Rating: 2.0 / 10.0
by Name-Undecided
July 26th, 2009, 1:45pm
It fails as a slice of life and it fails as a gag comedy manga. The characters are incredibly cliched and the art is nothing to write home about. Why would anyone read this? *scratches head*
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Not too bad...   
Rating: 6.5 / 10.0
by VampireBanana
June 2nd, 2008, 6:29am
Not too bad but not that great either. It's kinda funny sometimes but mixed with a lot of boring scenes and the humour doesn't always hit the mark, either. Medaka is much funnier as a 4 koma.

... Last updated on June 2nd, 2008, 6:31am
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