Ranked #442

Yakitate!! Japan

Alternative Titles

Synonyms: Freshly Baked!! Ja-pan!
Japanese: 焼きたて!! ジャぱん


Type: TV
Episodes: 69
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 12, 2004 to Mar 14, 2006
Premiered: Fall 2004
Genres: Comedy, Shounen
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
L represents licensing company


Score: 8.081 (scored by 19,687 users)
Ranked: #4422
Popularity: #963
Members: 41,945
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Yakitate means "fresh baked", but the word "Japan" is actually a pun - pan means bread in Japanese, so Kazuma is out to make Japan, a unique Japanese bread to compete with the best bread from around the world!

Azuma became obsessed with bread when he was six years old. His sister yelled that their family should start having bread for breakfast sometimes, but their grandfather refused to even consider it, as he would only eat natto, miso soup, and rice for breakfast. Kazuma agreed, saying he didn`t like bread, but his sister kidnaps him and takes him to a bread store to show him the wonders of fresh-baked bread. Not only is Kazuma converted, but the owner discovers that Kazuma has the magical "Hands of the Sun" whose warmth makes them particularly suited to making bread. The owner packs up shop and goes to Tokyo to fulfill his dream of making Japan, but Kazuma continues his bread-baking dream as well, and ends up going to Tokyo himself when he`s sixteen, to compete for a spot at the foremost bread store in Japan - Pantasia!


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Characters & Voice Actors

Azuma, Kazuma
Azuma, Kazuma
Kobayashi, Yumiko
Kobayashi, Yumiko
Kuroyanagi, Ryo
Kuroyanagi, Ryo
Koyasu, Takehito
Koyasu, Takehito
Kawachi, Kyousuke
Kawachi, Kyousuke
Sakaguchi, Shuuhei
Sakaguchi, Shuuhei
Sugimoto, Yuu
Sugimoto, Yuu
Matsushiro, Ken
Matsushiro, Ken
Touchi, Hiroki
Touchi, Hiroki


Aoki, Yasuhiro
Aoki, Yasuhiro
Kimura, Eriko
Kimura, Eriko
Sound Director
Ogura, Hirofumi
Ogura, Hirofumi
Episode Director
Hata, Yoshito
Hata, Yoshito
Episode Director

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Opening Theme

#1: "Houkigumo" by RYTHEM (eps 1-29)
#2: "Promise" by TiA (eps 30-53)
#3: "Chiisana Uta" by MARIA (eps 54-68)

Ending Theme

#1: "Sunday" by The Babystars (eps 01-12)
#2: "To All Tha Dreamers" by SOUL'd OUT (eps 13-29)
#3: "Hummingbird" by little by little (eps 30-42)
#4: "Re: START" by SURFACE (eps 43-53)
#5: "Merry Go Round" by Mai Hoshimura (eps 54-62)
#6: "Kokoro Biidama" by RYTHEM (eps 63-68)
#7: "Houkigumo" by RYTHEM (ep 69)

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Nov 25, 2007
It's an anime about bread-making. It's utterly ridiculous sounding. And, to be honest, in practice, it's utterly ridiculous. But I really really enjoyed it. It puts a goofy smile on my face because it is SO over the top, SO campy, SO cheesy... I just have to laugh. It's an innocent, sweet and silly sort of anime. It's not realistic, it isn't serious or dark or sarcastic... it's just simply entertaining. Which, you know, is kind of refreshing.

The story's your basis shounen plotline: rise to the challenge, succeed, face the next challenge.. but all in the confines of read more
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Jul 12, 2008

Story: 9 (no story but excellent comedy segments)
Art: 6 (unimpressive art style but not bad either)
Sound: 8 (good comedy cant work without good sound)
Character: 7 (cliche characters but classic situations)
Enjoyment: 10 (never laughed so much in 50 episodes)
Overall: 40/50 = 8.0 (i love food i love comedy, instant classic)

Yakitate Japan is a PERFECT example of anything can be made in to a good shounen anime just as long it has the three key ingredients: chemistry, direction, and anticipation. This show turns a somewhat lame idea of an emerging baker and turns it to nonstop laughs and 'suspense'.

You're probably thinking, how can a baking read more
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Nov 8, 2008
Story: The story is focused on baking. It sounds like an odd thing to base an Anime upon but it's one of the reasons this series is great. This is quite a unique and very enjoyable take on a show. I really liked the way it was going from the beginning. It had great potential with hilarious jokes, weird but clever puns and great (For the most part) characters, but then it started to get boring. Each new arc kept getting dryer and dryer because it's just bread-making tournament after bread-making tournament with several re-used jokes that aren't funny. Then again, I don't know where read more
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Nov 15, 2006
Love bread? Ever wondered how they make it? An anime about bread is the best way to learn! Education and entertainment rolled into one, you hardly see it happening… So watch it while it’s still hot!

Ok if you ignore the cheesy introduction, this anime is pretty unbelievable! The storyline may not sound so exciting, but believe me it is more entertaining than watching bread rise! Boy I’ve got to stop with these cheesiness ~_~ gomen.

What I liked about the storyline is that it manages to make bread very fun to watch, maybe because the characters are very funny. Bread read more
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Anime: Shokugeki no Souma
Both are food anime. Yakitate Japan focuses on bread and Shokugeki no Souma focuses in food in general. The great thing about the two are the reactions the ones eating the food get. While Yakitate Japan's are extremely hilarious and comical, Shokugeki's are more ecchi but still amusing at the same time. Both are quite in depth in explaining the process of how the food is prepared and also have cooking type battles. 
reportRecommended by Paul
Anime: Chuuka Ichiban!
Both involve child prodigies in the kitchen with exaggerated techniques and high-stake culinary showdowns. 
reportRecommended by Claudius
Anime: Yume-iro Pâtissière
Both shows are about protagonists who dream to become baking chefs due to their influence during childhood. Both protagionists have clumsy personalities but they are talented. 
reportRecommended by paizuri_cs
Anime: Saki
Mahjong as a game of luck or baking bread, they both don't look like they can be played competitively at tournaments. But in those anime they do, combined with supernatural abilities and sportive tournaments they guarantee to entertain a lot while outperforming themselves during the series. 
reportRecommended by DNF
Anime: Moyashimon
Both series are similar in story structure and tone.

Each portray tales within a unique industry, baking in "Yakitate! Japan" and agriculture in "Moyashimon." Both series' protagonist holds a unique talent that gives the story a fantastical edge; Azuma's solar hands help him bake, and Sawaki can see bacteria and organisms too small for the human eye.

Also, both stories play out in a similar charming and quirky manner. They really delve into the details of these characters' crafts. Whether it's creating a new kind of bread, brewing sake, or collecting fermented foods, it is truly entertaining to watch these characters' lives and  read more 
reportRecommended by BarnacleBlister
Anime: Bartender
I know it's kind of a stretch but bear with me.

Both of these shows really stylize a profession.
Obviously bartenders for Bartender, and Bakers for Yakitate.
They also both contain pseudo informational elements. and use alchol/bread to solve various problems

So if you happen to watch mature shows like bartender and still watch over the top shounen style shows definitely check this out 
reportRecommended by FlipsieDoodles

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