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
Having found this from a recommendation sending me from Beauty Pop to here, I wasn't expecting much.
But I must admit, I got more than I was hoping for.
The story maybe isn't the most original, but in the world of shoujo manga, what is these days? The female protagonist, Nijika, as a young girl is saved by a mysterious boy who tells her "When you eat something good, you smile." These words, a flan dessert, a spoon with the engraving of a famous academy named Seika and her promise that she will one day make him the best dessert ever, stick with Nijika, until she studies hard and gains entry to the prestigious Seika academy - all to find her 'Flan Prince'.
I was incredibly impressed with the pacing of this story, having read it in a day its still very fresh in my mind and I applaud the way the writer has done it. Often a story can be too rushed or too slow to pick up - especially one with only 10 volumes but is a fully-fledged story. For example, shoujo's can very easily become a minefield of 'filler' chapters reverting back to cliches when its moving too slowly. Or, on the other hand, it can just seem to go too fast, the main character seemingly jumping into a relationship with the guy faster than I can click my fingers.
Saying that, this story definitely falls back on those oh-so familiar plot lines. There is a love triangle, controlling parents and love rivals littering the path of this poor heroine's quest for love and ultimate success. But I think it's refreshing the way the writer approaches them. Or maybe its the fact this story is full of plot twists I was definitely not expecting, which almost made up for the cliches.
The art was incredibly well done for a cutesy shoujo. Sometimes the characters can go from one look to another in a matter of panels, giving us unfamiliar looks to our favourite characters we've come to know so well. This definitely wasn't the case here, the characters stayed true to form beginning to end.
Talking of the characters, they were all developed fairly well. Nijika is an admirable heroine, and didn't change throughout the whole thing - and stayed stronger than I would of in those sorts of situations. The two main male protagonists were developed to the level acceptable for a 10 volume shoujo, though no more than necessary. The few other filler characters there were, were kept up to date and involved throughout the series, something I'm always pleased to note.
So reading this, you'll probably wondering why I didn't give it a full 10 marks - considering how much I seem to be raving about it? I think for me, it was because, while it is an enjoyable manga, by no means did it break the boundaries. Having read classic shoujo such as Mars and Akuma to Love Song, I don't believe this shoujo did anything but stick to the boundaries of the said genre, and stick to them well.
However, if you've got time and your looking for a enjoyable and fairly well done manga, I'd definitely recommend this.read more