Najika Kazami is a girl who is passionate about food, whether it comes to eating or cooking. She treasures the place she calls home, an orphanage in Hokkaido called Lavender House, as well as its owner, Hagio. But as much as Hagio and the fellow orphans love her, Najika decides to leave the orphanage to attend a special academy in Tokyo, hoping to achieve her dreams of being a pastry chef.
However, Najika has another reason for leaving for the academy. She hopes to find the boy she calls the "Flan Prince"—a boy who touched her heart with a cup of flan seven years ago. Now 13 years old, Najika finds that the spoon that he left behind with the flan shares its emblem with the school she has been accepted to—the prestigious Seika Academy.
With high hopes, Najika enters her school's beautiful campus and becomes a first-year student in Seika's junior high division. While unpopular with her fellow classmates due to her love of eating, she seems to find support from two boys who recognize her culinary talents—the popular brothers Daichi and Sora Kitazawa. Will Najika be able to find her place in the academy with her cooking, and perhaps also reunite with her Flan Prince?
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.
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. :D
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
Simply put, it's a sugar-encrusted dessert of a manga.
More elaborately put...well, let's start simply with the characters. Our protagonist Najika has a tragic history, but is an excellent cook and seems to be a very kind, caring and generally nice person. A little bit of a Mary-Sue, but not horrible.
Our two male leads don't have much background when we first meet them, and though this does change later, we still aren't very sympathetic with their love for Najika. The supporting cast is mediocre at best, most of the characters fitting easily into stereotypes without much pushing and shoving.
The tragedy of Najika's past is continually put
into the spotlight, so that, I can only assume, readers feel more sympathy for her than they would otherwise. It was fine in the first five or six volumes, but by #9 it was just ridiculous.
The art is okay, it's nothing super-special. The food is drawn well with enough detail so you can tell exactly what it's supposed to be, but it's no mouthwatering gourmet meal leaping off the page.
This story is perfect if you're a younger reader looking to start out with a nice simple manga that's easy to read and enjoy, but if you've been reading for a while and are past the stages where you gape over the huge eyes and flip confusedly through the pages reading the wrong way, Kitchen Princess won't satisfy you.
-Good for younger readers.
-Plotline is overused.
-Characters come off as stereotypical.
-For $10.95 USD a volume, I would say it isn't worth the money.
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.