Yakitate!! Japan

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English: Yakitate!! Japan
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
Broadcast: Unknown
Studios: Sunrise
Source: Manga
Genres: ComedyComedy, ShounenShounen
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.961 (scored by 3151231,512 users)
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Ranked: #5842
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Popularity: #1598
Members: 77,183
Favorites: 854
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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


Aoki, Yasuhiro
Kimura, Eriko
Sound Director
Tomonaga, Kazuhide
Episode Director, Storyboard
Ishiodori, Hiroshi
Episode Director


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)

Nov 25, 2007
lowell (All reviews)
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
Jul 12, 2008
Ranivus (All reviews)

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
Nov 8, 2008
Hayamin (All reviews)
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
Nov 15, 2006
AngelIvory (All reviews)
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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