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Antique Bakery Volume 1: v. 1 Paperback – 16 Aug 2005

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  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Digital Manga Publishing (16 Aug. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1569709467
  • ISBN-13: 978-1569709467
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 15.8 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,279,002 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Miss N. V. Samuel on 22 Aug. 2005
Format: Paperback
This is a great manga and has a scratch and sniff on the front! Smells of strawberries haha. (^-^)b It has a dust cover which is nice.

The story is about a little cake shop and the people who eat there and work there.

We see how the shop started and why a ex boxer is working there. It seems if he had been beautiful, he wouldn't have. The pastry chef doesn't go for the cute type. :-P

I only read this as I was bored on the train ride home, but fell in love with it and can't wait to read the rest!!

The cake and coffee in it looks really nice and after reading this manga, you'll want to have some yourself!
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By Zaije on 18 Sept. 2013
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Sadly the cover was a bit damaged but the book it self was fine and no pages where damaged. Funny manga about people working in a bakery with one "demonic chamed gay" and the maddness they all bring to each other
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Can't fault delivery of the book especially the care put in packaging. The book itself is charming, with touches of humour and a good story to each chapter . Well worth a read.
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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
Delicious 3 Sept. 2005
By Peter Oksman - Published on
Format: Paperback
Many reviewers below seem to be suffering under the misconception that this is a yaoi manga. It is not. What it is, is a delightfull comedy/slice of life josei (adult woman) manga about 3 guys who run a bakery. Not plot driven (at least for vol. 1) it is rather a collection of viginettes about the 3 main characters and the people who visit the shop. The atmosphere is quirky and relaxed, the servings are bite-sized, elegant and delicious. Oh, i'm sorry, was I talking about the manga or the bakery? :) The pastries in the manga really do look and sound delicious - I read it while on a diet, and I was salivating all the way through.

This is good stuff people - don't pass it up. Manga with adult sensibilities is rare in this teenage manga glutted times, especially a feel-good one like this. Buy it, curl up in your favorite chair, and enjoy.
29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
Great, funny manga 1 Sept. 2005
By Eleanor Skinner - Published on
Format: Paperback
I bought this un-previewed on the basis of good reviews, art samples, and its being a Kodansha award winner. However, I will say the reason I bought it un-looked-at is because a certain major chain bookstore *wrapped it in plastic.* There's no nudity! There are two panels where 2 men are having sex, but you can only tell it because of the position of their heads and shoulders. There is also one gay kiss. Now, just browsing in the bookstore, I can pick up numerous manga with naked breasts, in fact I'd say over 60% of those available, and I can pick up Chobits, where the main character and his friends press robot women in the genital area to turn them on. Am I supposed to be too warped by this to be able to see two men kiss? Come on, people! While I would be happy with a *little* less exploitation of naked ladies, enough with the censorship already.

Anyway, I didn't buy it for the sex. Which is completely irrelevant because this is an incredibly funny character piece. Three men work together in a bakery, one of them gay, and they're a great ensemble, with dialogue worthy of Homicide: Life on the Streets (tv series). (Although there's no crime in Antique Bakery.) The description of the bakery products is absolutely luscious too, I was hungry the entire time I read this. I want to taste those caramelised pears!! And the artist obviously *loves* to draw art nouveau dishware and furniture. I was mooning over a Mucha goblet in an art book I just got, and was very surprised to see it suddenly show up in the manga I was reading. (Man, I want one of those too!!) Anyway, I think there'll be a plot in volume 2, but until then just enjoy the characters reacting to each other!

One last note: At first I didn't like how Ono responded to Tachibana so mildly. His explanation seemed believable, but only just, and kind of lame. I thought he was one of those incredibly innocent, kind creatures you only find in Japanese manga/anime, like Tohru-kun in Fruit's Basket, and I wished he'd be a little more of a gay radical. But he does get his own back, really, he's like the quiet version of Brian Kinney from Queer as Folk! It's so hilarious to see that in manga.. By the end I see him as being extremely self-possessed, and disciplined (even if he indulges himself with wild flings whenever he wants to), and observing the world, feeling above the people who feel the need to be crude. And who doesn't? Why do we laugh at Tachibana all the time? Because he never gets the women he wants and doesn't understand the art of pastry. We don't really notice it, but if you're keeping Machiavellian realpolitik score, he's a pathetic figure. Apart from being rich, but then I'm sure Ono and Eiji-san have good salaries too (I hope)...

Anyway, great manga, don't buy it for cliche sex, buy it for the writing & the art! (Although a *little* more of Ono's sex life wouldn't hurt either...he's hot...)
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Who cares if it's not yaoi? 24 Dec. 2005
By Yomiko Readman - Published on
Format: Paperback
Okay, yes, I picked this up because I thought it would be shounen-ai/yaoi. But I was completely not disappointed (as others seem to be) that it was not really shounen-ai/yaoi at all. Yes, there is a gay character. But that's not the focus of the manga. He just happens to be gay. (He's also freaking hilarious, especially when he turns on the charm and I love him.) The writing is great (three men running a bakery and their lives) and it's sort of refreshing to be reading about older men (late 20s and early 30s) than teen angst. Highly recommended.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
A wonderful, quirky series 30 Dec. 2005
By M. Vu - Published on
Format: Paperback
My eyes nearly fell out of my face when I saw the low rating that Antique Bakery received thus far. Then I realized that it was due to all the reviewers who believed this was a yaoi manga.

I think it's kind of awful to be reviewing a book based on such a silly error; sure, probably disappointing to have found the book wasn't in the genre you thought it was, but after realizing it wasn't yaoi after all, the review still should have been based on content, not a site's inability to label. Sad, but whatever.

Antique Bakery is a wonderful manga with interesting characters and set up. Kanda's reactions are priceless, and I love Ono and Tachibana with a passion. JSDAfdfjsl. Really recommended.
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
yummilicious... 19 Dec. 2005
By straitjacket - Published on
Format: Paperback
so okay, it's not really yaoi or shounen-ai, at least in this volume. what the manga does have is a gay guy, chef-trainee and their irreverent owner/maitre'd and one witty and exquisite writing.

that said, while the first volume mostly dishes (har har) what seems to be episodic slice-of-life scenarios, this first volume actually lays down the groundwork for the plot that will tie all of the books in this series together. i have read scanlations of this manga up til the second volume, and believe me, from what i 've gathered in the coming volumes there is more to this manga than just stand-alone chapters.

what i love about this mangaka is her complex characterization, and how she makes her characters all feel like people you would meet in real life. her writing is sharp and witty; she even pokes at the often overly-dramatic plotlines that pervades the manga industry (refer to tachibana's deduction about the relationship of their two women diners. hilarious!) and manages to make this an enjoyable read.

all three main characters are brought alive through their distinct personalities and also by their personal experiences. although one tend to dismiss tachibana (the owner) as a useless rich boy, one has to admit that out of the three, he remains the most mysterious. we know nothing of his past other than his rather remarkable intelligence and wealth, and his real motivation behind opening the bakery despite the fact that he was previously successful in his old job. then there's the burning question behind his nightly drinking binges and his apparent loneliness.

yoshinaga-sensei's art is very distinct, even bordering on the category of "acquired taste". i admit it is quite jarring after seeing so many slyph-like bishounen in most yaoi-flavored manga, but i found that her artwork grows on me. in fact, i now think that it is one of the more beautiful artwork i've seen. what i do like is that her characters' physical appearances corresponds to their ages, so there's no mistaking an 18 year-old as a 10 year-old here. their facial expressions are especially excellent; she is able to convey an emotion with just a simple glance or a quirk of eyebrow. the research she did on the pastries and also antique tableware in this manga is remarkable and exquisite. she does not shy away from drawing painstaking and intricate patterns on the china (they are apparently based on actual pieces) and the pastries look delicious enough to eat. i can't help but drool every time i read this manga! her attention to detail isn't quite showcased in this series, but if you ever have the chance to see her french-revolution manga, "gerard et jacques" you would understand what i mean.

dmp did a wonderful job in the translation for this volume, and their scratch and sniff dust cover is ingenous! although there is hardly any sex in this volume, this manga is worth picking up due to its entertaining storyline, mature themes and gorgeous art. definitely a keeper.
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