Najika is a great cook and likes to make meals for the people she loves. But something is missing from her life. When she was a child, she met a boy who touched her heart—and now Najika is determined to find him. The only clue she has is a silver spoon that leads her to the prestigious Seika Academy. At Seika she meets two brothers Daichi and Sora, could one of them be the boy from her childhood?
Kitchen no Ohimesama won the 2006 Kodansha Manga Award for children's manga.
The series was published by Del Rey from January 30, 2007 to July 7, 2009. Kodansha Comics USA picked up the license and republished it in a four-volume omnibus edition from June 5, 2012 to June 18, 2013.
I saw this manga at the bookstore, and was intrigued enough by the cover to pick up a volume to give it a try. I must say, it wasn't money wasted... just not put to the amount of enjoyment that I wanted. Don't get me wrong, this manga is definately a ten- if you're around eight years old. That is precisely the age group that this manga was written for.
The plot is typical for a young girl's manga- a bright, bubbly girl as the lead, and two boys competing for her heart. Knowing that it was for young girls didn't make the plotline more palatable- I still winced when it became clear very early on who her 'prince' was. The lead's boys are stereotypical, cookie-cutter leads for their roles. One is the bright, friendly, most-loved son oif the family and the other is an angry, argumentative 'black sheep', if they can be called that at their ages. And the Lead Girl? She can cook, and she's nice. Not terribly original- these same concepts have been put to use elsewhere with better results.
Given the legnth of the manga, you don't really get more of their personality. Of course, you also have the standard mean classmates, clueless school administrators, and the lead girl always showing them the light with her cooking. I must say, all the dishes she makes look delishious, but it still doesn't say much when that's the most memorable part of the story.
Do NOT make this the end-all of your manga experience. Use it as a chance to leap into better and better series. If you're looking for good manga that's similar, try Shugo Chara! and Beauty Pop, or if you're a bit older, Chibi Vampire , Ouran High School Host Club, or even Ah! My Goddess. Those do the same story, but with a twist each time and are classics in their own right.read more
This is an outstanding manga.
story is about a female heroine who has absolute taste in food and can create dishes that brings smiles to everyone. the heroine is an orphan raised in Hokkaido with people that are warm and supportive of her cooking. Her deceased parents were also one of the greatest pastry chefs known all around the world. Because of her family history as well as her absolute taste, she gets invited to a prestigious school. One of the main reasons for the heroine to accept the scholarship to the school is to find her Flan Prince who's given her strength during her childhood after the death of her parents.
Throughout the chapters, the heroine goes through cooking competitions as well as romantic dramas and tragedies that finally end with a happy ending.
The only bad thing about this manga has to be that it's too short and doesn't have a clear ending to her pastry success. The manga implies for her success in the future but doesn't show the readers what exactly happens.
Overall, it's a fantastic manga and one of the best I've read. :Dread more
this manga is GREAT!! i love the characters and the storyline as well. its an awesome roller coaster love story which gets better and better as the story progresses. so basically:
I LOVE THIS MANGA!! =D
hehe thats what i can say overall
Story: I found this anime to be cute. Najika reminds me a lot of Tohru from Fruits Basket. Though she lost her parents, she tries to be cheerful for those who need it the most. So what is this about? When she was a little girl, Najika was rescued by a boy as she was drowning in a river, and this was after her parents died. The boy gives her a silver spoon to remember the day. Older now, Najika lives in an orphanage, and she is accepted to the best cooking school in...fictional Japan. Though she doesn't want to leave, her caretaker insists she go. Well, she does and she meets two brothers, Sora and Daichi, who both look similar to the boy who rescued her from the river when she was little. Sora is a gentleman, and Daichi is the complete opposite. However, they both try their to best to keep Najika in school whenever she gets picked on by the other students. Who is the one who saved her life? Well, I thought the story as cunning, and though Najika may be a stick sometimes, she has feelings, which keep the story going. 10/10
Art: The art does remind me of Gentlemen's Alliance Cross, but Kitchen Princess is less cluttered, which makes the pages nicer to look at. Though the brothers are supposed to look very similar, they are not identical twins. Yeah, it's the big eye shoujo manga, but it's not creepy or annoying. Plus, the artist did a fantastic job giving emotions to their faces. 10/10
Character: Najika is gonna like Tohru; she may not have personality in the beginning, but later on in the series, she begins to understand the real world a lot better than she did while she was living in the orphanage. I didn't hate her so much as her rival (I mean that girl was a real bitch); however, I would appreciate her being less of the stereotypical girl in a romance shoujo manga. Sora is a gentleman, but he is also a lady's man. Almost all the girls in the cooking school fawn over this boy, and I don't usually like that. I also don't like Daichi's asshole personality either, but the difference with Daichi is that he is very sincere when it comes to Najika. He tells her what she needs to hear, not what she wants to hear, which might be mean sometimes, but it's important as well. As the story goes on, Daichi becomes less and less of a jerk because he comes to realize what Najika had to go through when she was a child. He's also pretty jealous of his brother being so popular, which is understandable. 9/10
Enjoyment: Like Gentleman's Alliance Cross, I wanted to know what happened next. I'm sorry that I couldn't tell you much about this manga because it is only a few volumes, and if I give away too much, I would just spoil the manga for all of you. Let me just say that it doesn't have much humor, but it is extra sweet. Not annoying, but it's the type of manga that plays with your heartstrings and starts playing classical music with them. By the time this manga was done, I did tear up a little. 10/10
Overall: As said in Gentlemen's Alliance Cross, I've pretty much said everything I needed to say. If this manga were to become an anime, I would totally watch it for sure. Overall, the total score is a rounded up 10 out 10 as well.read more