Synonyms: Freshly Baked!! Ja-pan!
Japanese: 焼きたて!! ジャぱん
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 12, 2004 to Mar 14, 2006
Duration: 24 min. per episode
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or olderL represents licensing company
Score: 8.131 (scored by 13732 users)
1 indicates a weighted score
2 based on the top anime page.
Popular Tagscomedy cooking food shounen
Nov 25, 2007
The story's your basis shounen plotline: rise to the challenge, succeed, face the next challenge.. but all in the confines of competitive bread making. It's a little silly and repetitive (like a lot of stories in the genre), but if you enjoy the first couple "bread battles," you'll probably like the rest (like a lot of stories in the genre). ;) (It's Pokemon, set in a bakery!)
The art is clean cut and pretty simple. So is the music. It's not nuanced or original, but it doesn't really have to be. The style suits the atmosphere of the show. The taste-reactions are elaborate and amusing, but other than that I wouldn't say there's much about the way it looks or sounds that stands out in any way.
The main characters are pretty basic once again. Again, you're probably going to be disappointed if you're looking for nuance or detail. The good guys, the bad guys... they're all kind of cardboard cut-outs of cliche shounen roles. And basically, the audience is just expected to accept them as they are without any explanation or even speculation as to why the character is the way he/she is.
Despite the lack of originality, detail or depth to the story, art, sound or characters... you should still watch this show. I gave the show a 9 overall because (1) I really do think the simplicity of the story, art, etc suits the nature of the show and (2) because my enjoyment completely outweighed whatever the series lacked in the other departments. I would have given it a 12 for enjoyment if I could.
The simplicity of it was like a breath of fresh air. It felt like a throwback out of the era of "Leave it to Beaver" or something innocent and uncomplicated like that. There are "darker" story lines later in the show, but they really weren't that dark. Meanwhile, the characters are all so over-exaggerated and silly that I found it charming, especially in the context of the world of competitive bread making. Kuroyanagi's crazy reactions were funny, but I really found the way he talked down to inferior bakers hilarious. To take something like bread-making and make it that abusive and have him take it that seriously... it just tickled me. Azuma's earnest, bleeding-heart sincerity and natural baking genius; the manager's bad-ass, macho wisdom... it was just so funny to see all these archetypes in a story about baking bread. =) (Kind of like a G-rated BeerFest.)
All in all, I think the show strikes me as child-like. Some of the characters are mean in the way that, frankly, kids are mean. It's pretty upfront, straightforward and kind of superficial. They show competition, optimism, determination and energy in the same way. It just feels like there's not very many layers to what's going on. Maybe that's what I mean by innocent?
Just to warn you though, I do feel that there was a definite decline in show quality towards the end -- most noticeable by the time they get to the third large scale competitive arena. It started feeling less sincere and more mass-manufactured, which was unfortunate. I try not to hold that sort of thing against the show too much, but... it was kind of disappointing.
On the upside, you get all this trivia about bread, bread-making and the regions of Japan from the show, which throws in a little educational frosting on top of an already entertaining show. ;) read more
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 anime be suspenseful? Which brings me back to the point of you can make any anime great if its structured great (not necessarily a good story) . Since its practically impossible to have 'action' in a baking show, theres a laugh every minute. Throughout the show you'll encounter the same style of jokes 100's of times over, but the way they reinvent the jokes every episode and lace a few facts in every episode is what makes this show so fun to watch from beginning to end. I even managed to marathon it and i still had lots of laughs every episode. Not only are there baking jokes and cooking facts, they also manage ALOT of running gags, one-shot gags, play on words, and the star of the show: "the BREAD REACTION." If you have any sense of humor whatsoever, you will LOVE the reactions no matter how many times they play over and over. Also the 'factual' information is pretty informative as well... i never knew there was such thing as Bombay Blood or that the legendary japanese sticky rice was a specialty of Sakata city in the Yamagata prefecture. It is true though, the best comedy comes from real life information.
The since its geared toward children, art is standard quality thats very reminiscent to something like Pokemon, Yu-Gi-Oh, or Angelic Layer. That doesnt mean it looks terrible but when they want to emphasis something, they make it more detailed, and if something is supposed to be funny you'll get the 'flashy' backgrounds general stuff like that. Of course since they're parodying all the typical shounen anime, they do things WAAAYYY over the top and thats why i love this show so much as well. Not only do they take the time to make fun of itself, but they manage to make fun of the whole shounen style as much as possible!
The sound reminds me of a mix of Pokemon meets Iron Chef. Overly serious with slapstick everywhere else :) It all works very well. Music is everywhere but its never intrusive. And I love it when an anime isn't afraid to add a fart joke or two. Sure its not refined, but its a comedy and toilet humor is such a lost art these days.
The characters are also just pure greatness when it comes right down to it. You have a good mix of serious, outrageous, confident, cute, sexy characters that you're bound to like 3 or 4 of them. Some of them are used simply for joke executions, others are used as support for Azuma, but all of them are definitely going to be used in a joke or two. "NANDATO!!!" and "UMAIIII" will be etched in your mind forever. Mind you that none of them are unique or original in anyway but since they are pretty cliche' take on the shounen comedy that turns out to be hilarious in its own right.
After watching this show from start to finish, I know some will love it and some will simply hate it just for the fact that its so out of this world. But for those who love it, they'll have their own reasons in to loving it. As weird at it may seem, I enjoyed the bread reactions and cooking facts more than anything else in this show. But in retrospect, someone might hate the show for the exact same reasons. On top of that, it never stops to take the time to make fun of itself as well :) I only recommend this to someone who absolutely loves a fun comedy anime and has an open mind to the wacky, crazy universe that is Fresh Baked Japan!!
...and yes they make a cannabis bread (so much for children's show ^_^)
Also watching this you will notice that Black Star of Soul Eater is an exact replica of Azuma Kazuma (not Naruto -_-)
Nov 8, 2008
Art: Some episodes looked great, a few were pretty bad. I hate those little black vertical scratches under the characters' eyes, if those ever make it into an Anime, it'll force me drop the score for art. They serve no purpose, they just mess up the character's face... Overall though, the animation was simple but not horrible.
Sound: Nothing worth getting the Ost(s) for, a couple of the tracks are memorable but that's because they play it so often. A few of the Openings and Endings got my attention. You can find several cool songs here. Voice actors did a fine job, no problems there. However one character called Mizuno, was so annoying to listen to.
Character: Almost a perfect 10 if it wasn't for what they did to Kawachi. In the beginning he knew what he was doing as a baker but around the last arc and a bit before he was failing big time (Like Kuwabara from Yu Yu Hakusho, but the failures aren't funny, just pathetic). The last arc pretty much used him as a filler character, he didn't even get to participate in his team anymore. He was just there to reuse bad jokes.
As for the characters overall, I really liked them and you really feel for them because a few of them have difficult pasts. The characters that receive development did gain some respect from me so I'd say things worked out in that department. Most of the characters are just for jokes though and support Azuma from the sidelines but I still think they're entertaining to watch.
Enjoyment: I kept watching it episode after episode when I started. I was pretty hooked. Then it got repetitive at the end, I had to force myself to finish the last 5 episodes but for a 69 episode series, me watching consistently for so many episodes is rare which shows how much I liked it.
Overall: It was a fresh take on Shounen Anime and I really enjoyed it. I need to thank the guy who recommended it to me. It's also interesting to go back and re-watch some of the episodes. It made me want to become a baker because it was so cool to watch them make such amazing creations. I'm sure it has that effect on many people who have seen it.
Thank you for reading my review. Feedback would be greatly appreciated. Hope this helped. read more
Nov 15, 2006
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 competitions followed by more bread competitions and then a lot more bread competitions. At least the reactions they get from eating bread are funny; some of the puns are very weird indeed! Some reactions are out of the world and I mean literally, out of the world and into space, but gopan bagel does sound nice… I wouldn’t mind trying the bread that sends you to heaven!
The animation is very excellent and good quality, what you would expect from a good anime, the male characters aren’t very appealing though, the girls tend to be more beautiful looking. I guess the animation isn’t great enough to make me hungry when I see the bread, but I didn’t like bread much anyways.
The background sounds are great, the opening and endings are good. It has nothing to do with bread though, but the soundtrack is ear candy.
The main character is a dumb ass as you would expect from a typical shonen anime, but he is a total genius at bread making, along with the funny stupid sidekick and a tough samurai guy. A manager wearing glasses and obsessed with afros, a weird but clever judge, guy with mask and hides a live peacock in, a clown. All these people contribute to the funniness of the anime as one would expect.
It is very enjoyable to watch and it has made me love bread now. I have also tried to make bread in the microwave and using the rice cooker, wasn’t very nice though, maybe I’m just bad at cooking T__T
Overall it is a good anime; my only criticism is that it was a bit rushed at the end. Otherwise you won’t be disappointed!
Dec 2, 2008
There''s no boring filler (so far anyway) and before you know it, one episode it's over! That's how good it is. You will not find it draggy at all. There's always new challenges and it's amazing how the creator can come up with so many more new items.
It's never boring cause there's so many different aspect of it that is shown with each new challenge. The emotional value attached to the compeittion, the people involved are somehow intriguing, the research of the ingredients to make the requirements of the competitions and, of course, the technique of showing the actual competition itself in an almost astronmic way. read more
Jan 24, 2011
Story 9, pulling off an series about bread is bold, really bold.
Art 8, it's all right but nothing extraordinary.
Sound 8, it's good, but it doesnt shake my whole planet
Character and enjoyment both 10, reasons are, because this bold attempt to make a series about bread hit the jackpot, this series should be included in the [If you watch only 30-50 series anime, this should definately be one of them]
And that's why, I am going to give this series a full 10.
So let's get this stuff going:
There is french bread, german bread, english bread. But japan has no bread. And that is what our protagonist Azuma Kazuma aims to make, ja-pan (pan = bread). Holy f***ng s**t, how cool is that.
Azuma has a special ability called solar hands which gives him the power to make the the ultimate bread, that and the vast knowledge of making different styled breads with impossible styles.
The scenes have been finished nicely and I'm really happy with this series, the only downside is that it cuts so short. I could've watched at least 200 episodes of this breadtastic awesomeness, compressed in 2D format.
Some persons may tell that the anime repeats itself the whole time and contains the basic smushy plotline of a shounen anime, you beat the bad guy and an even more powerful one arrives.
BUT THAT DOESNT MATTER ONE F***NG BIT, S**T
I MEAN COME ON!
It's funny, it shows how the bread is done under pressure, while multiple factors taken in consideration, the recepts and ingredients are realistic and they even show how to make a bread in the ED of some episodes, how f***ing cool is that!
The series is filled with afros, manliness and testosterone, how cool is that.
OH GOD YES, The reason why I'm giving this series a flat 10 is because of the expressions, the reaction scenes.
"For a man this is just a small croissant, but a huge leap for bread industry"
Yes they are awesome, the reaction scenes _will_make_you_laugh_
at least some of them.
And that's what counts, so disregard everything i've written so far.
This anime is a good comedy, it does what it is supposed to, make you laugh, it completes it perfectly.
This anime is a good shounen, it fits the category and fulfills the regulations as a model for good shounens, and that's why Yakitate Japan can be used as an model example for a great shounen that should be watched.
Also, it made me make bread myself, no ordinary slice of life or romantic series will make you motivated like that with burning passion for bread.
I am reccomending this series to everyone and anyone who dislikes or has a phobia about bread. After you watch this you're going to be throwing baguettes around while laughing hysterically, preferably with an afro. read more
Dec 20, 2011
the story is actually quite simple. on the first episode you get to see kazuma as a kid and he goes to find a job with Panasia Bakery. As soon as the story begins, it's already like a competition. the first bread i guess was to catch the interest of the audience and to show what Yakitate Japan was about. it was just naan but with a weird shape.
as the story continues, he becomes comrade with Kyousuke, tsukino and several others. there's several competition throughout the anime. the best was probably during the international championship. here you get to see how serious bread making really is in this anime ==. the finals was also really just ridiculous but interesting to watch. who would ever knew the deliciousness of a bread could bring people back in time to change history.
this is truly the climax of the whole anime.
after that point, the anime becomes quite boring. there's no excitement af competition or whatsoever. Kai found a girlfriend and finally, kazuma created the ultimate 'Japan'.
Sound/Art: nothing special, really.
great. every character is unique in its own way. my favourite character has to be Kuroyanagi Ryo because of how he keeps on over reacting when eating delicious bread. its the best part of any episode. you just want to see how the person will react after eating the bread. for example. eating a dragon shaped bread turns him into Bruce Lee.
the protagonist, Kazuma has a childish personality so he really doesn't feel like the main character except when he finds a way to make a delicious bread. sometimes, it feels like watching from a third person's perspective. but it doesn't matter because this is a comedy, not an action packed anime.
theres also this side-character named kinoshita who's really funny at times. he's the character who gets ignored and works on his own in the bakery everytime all the other characters go into a competition. overall, all the characters where great and distinct from one another.
enjoyed it very much. recommended to anyone looking for something not too heavy but with a plot. i wasn't really satisfied with the ending but other parts of the story where just great.
Jul 29, 2008
Jun 2, 2008
The beginning of this series is very good. But when the story develops I found it less attractive to watch. You'll keep seeing the same thing over and over. But it is not bad, because the humour lifts it up! The thing about Yakitate!! Japan is that some arcs are not interesting at all, but some others are very fun to watch. So you have to bite through those "bad arcs"
Nothing special. It's okay, but sometimes a bit simple. Some female heads weren't right in my opinion, but they made Tsukino very sexy, didn't they?! :P The best of all is the quality! It's very well done, and a pleasure to watch!
The sound fits the show perfectly! The opening songs for example are nice, and the background music are well chosen! I love the music when Azuma says the title of the next episode! Very happy tune! :) Voices were really good! Fits perfectly!
The main character is your standard thickheaded character. But I really liked the other characters! The way they were introduced too the public was really good! The development of the characters is poor tho'.. But you'll find some new interesting characters during the series.
I enjoyed watching this show. But it was a bit too long for me. It gets annoying when the story tells you the same thing over and over. Actually I thought it was gonna be my new favorite series, but then I wasn't that interested anymore.
If you love comedy, this is definetly something for you! I can recommend this too everyone who finds comedy and shounen fun to watch! Fun show to watch and you won't have regrets! ;)
Oct 6, 2008
It's a masterpiece, but it has its flaws. The animation isn't exactly top notch, the music could have been better, but the endings and openings are always solid and makes up a bit for it.
It's packed with interesting characters from the main characters to the bread judges. Especially Kuroyanagi stands out with some outstanding and hilarious reactions which is a big part of making Yakitate as great as it is. Near the end of the series some characters become a bit too predictable and uninteresting and drags a bit down on the judgment.
Still the best part of Yakitate is it's enjoyment, there's not a single bad episode and the comedy is top class. You could also say it's educational, as you learn a bit about the different bread sorts, how they are made, where they come from, what the name origins from and such. As well I found it inspiring and it made me actually want to bake, and even try to mimic some of the simpler breads made in the series.
Parts of the series near the end does seem a bit rushed, and you get the feeling you've seen it happen over and over and some of the characters you got the feeling didn't have the right development, or just took a wrong turn and turned into worse.
Nevertheless, if you watch Yakitate!! Japan and you enjoy a good comedy, and even if you don't like to bake you're most likely gonna enjoy it after all. read more
Jul 25, 2009
Art: It's really nothing special. It's certainly not bad, but it's not particularly outstanding.
Sound: haha I really loved the soundtrack. And I thought each voice really did a good job of matching up with the different personalities.
Character: This is one of the places where the anime really stands out. Each character has a unique personality, and the various characters interact with each other in hilarious ways. Their personalities develop logically as the show progresses, which is really refreshing to see in an anime that you don't think you can take seriously XD
Enjoyment: I loved watching it. It's SO over the top that I can't help but laugh. HOWEVER. It's a long anime, so normally, I would get bored after seeing 69 episodes about a kid who makes bread. But once you get past the ridiculousness of the anime, you begin to actually enjoy it in other ways. It's quite suspenseful, which is very surprising, seeing how it's about bread. The puns get a little ridiculous, but it's still very funny. The many parodies of other anime are great too.
Overall: If you're going to watch this anime, don't just watch one episode, see that it's 69 episodes, and think "f*** it, this is ridiculous." Watch several episodes, because it takes time. It is certainly well worth it. My one huge complaint is that at points, you really do feel like it will never end. When the suspense drops, it gets boring, but there are only a few episodes for which I had this problem. The only other complaint I have is the reactions after eating bread get a little annoying after a while, and sometimes, they're simply far too long to keep me laughing.
I would strongly recommend this anime to people who like good things. read more
Jun 17, 2008
Dec 17, 2008
The best and clasics moments of Yakitate Japan comes when the judges eat the bread and then they have to score it. This moments are really amusement and some times you have to turn off the tv if you don't want to die of laughter.
It has a lot of healthy humor for all people and you learn about gastronomy too. Correct art, funny and catchy music, adorable characters and many parodies of other known series rounded one of the better comedies you could watch.
It becomes a bit repetitious in the third season but it's nothing really important. If you like comedies then you must watch this show. read more
Nov 19, 2008
That was my firt reaction when i heard of Yakitate! Japan, thats the common reaction when i recommend this anime.
"OMG!!!! This ANIME IS awsome!!"
That was my reaction after watching an few episods and the common reaction of people i know who watched it.
Its hard to start to watch the anime, thats why i will list the most reasone why most of you are afraid of this topic, backing bread, because that were the reseaon why i was afraid or not really interested into yakitate.
1. Its a shounen-Manga based Anime, which means, it will be an anime with a lot of episodes, maybe filler because the anime reach the manga to fast.
Thats true. There were a lot of episodes, but each episode it so funny that you just want to watch more and in the 69 there is not a single episode that isnt uniqe. The problem of Anime catching up with manga, is one of the common problems of Shounen-Manga based anime and that there will be fillers, but in Yakitate, even there are filler, you dont reconize it.
2. Due to the Shounen aspect, the characters will be really weak and stereotypical.
Thats true too. The main Characters are really most like the common shounen characters.The developeman of the characters are shounen-typical too and the backgrounds and the motivations of the villains are stereotypical too. Even so, the characters are really thought-through and good choosen, and bring some little surprises too.
3.(and the most important point) AND THE STORY???? WHAT THE HECK CAN HAPPEND IN AN ANIME ABOUT BREAD!?!?!?
When you hear about an anime about a ninja boy who wanna be a hero, you know it will be a good story with nice character and a lot of action.
When you hear about an anime about a sports you would know that it will be about determination, willing to win and about friendship and rivalry.
when you hear about an anime with mecha, you know it will be fight between meachs and big battles.
But what about cooking?
the last cooking anime was cooking master boy, that thats an anime most dont know.
The importants reason of seeing Yakitate Japan isnt the animiation stil, the art or the characters, it is because of the awsome story and the amazing humor.
Its an anime that can show you the joy of cooking.
Its an anime with an incredible form of humor.
But the most important reason to watch it, and why i like to watch it:
Its fill your heart with enjoyment and pleasure while watching each episode. read more
Mar 14, 2013
Story: A young man fights for his dream of baking Japan's first "national bread". He has a talent for baking due to his "Solar Hands", and he has lots of determination. Weekly baking competitions are the name of this game, but the story has different ways of keeping you watching.
At first, I didn't realize it would be so...typical-shonen. I almost gave it up, but then I got to the REACTIONS. Easily the best part of the whole show is watching peoples' reactions to the breads. Touching and absurd, heartwarming and off-the-wall hilarious. The reactions kept me going through the whole show!
I also enjoyed the references to pop culture and other shonen shows. The Japanese cultural references were very informative, even if I had to pause a lot to read them all.
Art: Not the most artistically ground-breaking, but comfortable. Silly hair, bright colors and...delicious bread. The bread. Looks. Awesome. It made me so hungry watching this show.
Sound: The opening and ending songs were nothing special, and I found the background music to be unmemorable. I watched the sub, and I enjoyed the character portrayals. No one was overly annoying, but there were no Oscar-worthy performances.
Character: One of my biggest gripes is how one character (Kawachi) went from being an average baker in the first arc, to a complete butt-monkey in the second. It's like he didn't even know what bread WAS after the mid-point.
The other characters are all interesting, but they don't get much development. Azuma is his "everything I do will be fine" self all throughout the show, and the supporting characters are not very fleshed-out. I would have liked to see more from the other bakers, and not just "we're here because Azuma beat us, so now we'll help him".
Overall: I watched the show off and on for about a year. I couldn't handle more than 2 episodes a day. However, I am glad I watched it all. The reactions and the multitude of different breads baked made me keep watching. Bonus points to the studio, for doing their homework: every bread is real, or CAN be real. Every explanation of the bread is true, adn not just crazy magical bread.
TL;DR 5 words/phrases to describe Yakitate!! Japan
hilarious, informative, shonen parody, weekly "battles", drool-worthy breads
Apr 28, 2010
May 30, 2009
This is truly a must-see for everyone who loves parodies.
Apr 11, 2010
Story - The story as you know is about a boy who wants to create a bread for Japan. Since this was my first anime based on cooking it was uniqe. The plot isn't anything to get excited about though, it was basically the protaganist goes through challanges and wins out in the end.
Art - The art, to me, isn't that great. I don't know what year this was made but the art was just average.
Sound - The soundtrack was not bad. The backtracks of this anime creates suspension and adds to the mood quite well.
Character - I'm going to skip this part.
Enjoyment - Yakitate!! Japan was a good anime and made me laugh quite a few times. Sometimes when the scenes were serious I mistook them as comedy. Overall it does get repetitive (like me saying it's repetitive over and over again) but it is a good anime which teaches you to follow your dreams. read more
Jan 27, 2010
Apr 24, 2008
The story itself is pretty stupid but if you are reading this means that you are already interested in it so....
The art is common almost falling into the bad category but it keeps itself from doing just that.
The music goes kinda with the show but after a few episodes it really gets you, so if you can't stand it you'd better stop watching it now. The story can be split into three main "sagas" and in each of them they use a common background music. That and the fact that there are 69 episodes makes you wonder why do the put the same music during so much episodes.
The character development is decent but leaves a lot of holes to fill but given the nature of the show I couldn't care less because as I said the reason to like this show is not due to this.
The reason I enjoyed the show was because of the sense of humor it has which is the only remarkable aspect of the anime. Even though the first episode is pretty generic, the ones following it are much better in terms of humor.
From 2/3 of the way of the show the things begin to turn stupid instead of humorous so watch till the end only if you really want to see how it ends and expect no more. read more