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Antique Bakery DVD Collection

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In food and in life, one must taste what is bitter to appreciate what is sweet... Troubled that memories of the past continue to invade his dreams of the present, Keiichiro Tachibana stuns all who know him by abruptly quitting his ordinary office job to open a bakery. He envisions a predominantly feminine clientele and a wait staff of cute girls. Instead, his employees include a playboy patissier who's been fired from every job he's ever had, an ex-boxer with an insatiable sweet tooth, and an absent-minded childhood friend and family servant. Can this unlikely quartet overcome personal tragedies, learn to work together, and discover a recipe for culinary success? The Antique Bakery DVD Collection features the complete, 12-episode television series with Japanese audio and English-language subtitles. In comes in a deluxe collectors' art box, and its on-disc extras will include the clean opening and closing, live event coverage, and an interview with AKB48 member Tomomi Kasai, who voices a supporting role in the series. Additionally, the set will include a special booklet that contains character bios, quick facts, featured desserts, and two interviews with all four lead voice actors, as well as manga creator Fumi Yoshinaga (Ooku: The Inner Chambers, Not Love But Delicious Foods Make Me So Happy!). Fumi Yoshinaga's original manga received the 2002 Kodansha Manga Award for shoujo (girls') manga and also served as the inspiration for both a live-action Japanese television drama and a 2008 live-action Korean film adaptation.

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  • Actors: Tomomi Kasai
  • Directors: Yoshiaki Okumura
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Box set, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: RIGHT STUF
  • DVD Release Date: April 12, 2011
  • Run Time: 300 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004J0Q6O6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #74,946 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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If you like yaoi, this review is geared for you. If you do not, this review will let you know if you have anything to worry about. ;-)

Plot:

If you love gorgeous desserts then go pick up a copy of Antique Bakery. The rest of the story will just be icing on the cake. Get it? Cake? It's a bakery. Ok, I'll stop now. Although Antique Bakery appears to be very lighthearted there is layer of dark undertones and mystery spread throughout that will at times leave you feeling a little uncomfortable, but that's what good story conflict is supposed to do. One moment you find yourself laughing hysterically at Ono's seductive rain dance, the next you're faced with how Tachibana's childhood trauma still affects those around him. Consider Antique Bakery comparable to Junjo Romantica except with conflict that will affect you on a much deeper level.

Character Development:

There are four main characters in the story and each one develops nicely as the story goes on. Tachibana is the character most focused on and he's the one that brings the mystery to the story. He's plagued by nightmares over a childhood tragedy and it's this tragedy that brings the most depth to the story as well as darkness. Although he comes off as uncaring and a bit prickly, we see how much he truly does care for those around him, strangers and friends alike.

Ono I found to bring the most humor to the story with his crazy antics as the "Gay of Demoic Charm", but he too becomes so much more. We see how he struggles with the career he's chosen and the memory of the harsh rejection of his first male love. He very much has a split personality between a gay playboy and a sweet if not sometimes tortured soul.

Kanda blossoms as an assistant pâtissier.
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I love having complete collections not only does it save more space on your book case but it also has all the episodes that you can watch again and again. This anime had pretty artwork and i love the plot just wish they made more of this anime.
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It's mainly about a man with a dark past... Tachibana is a former kidnap victim, one that was saved, although his kidnapper was never discovered. Now, about twenty years after his ordeal, he leaves an office career to step into the role of being the owner of a bakery. Not just any bakery, but a cake shop that specializes in French cakes. Curious, since he doesn't even particularly like sweets... the rest falls into place, as a former classmate is hired as the bakery's pâtissier. He has caused trouble in other pastry shops in the past, and has quite the reputation, since no man can resist the "Gay Demon Charms" of Yusuke Ono. Add in two more characters, Tachibana's childhood friend who feels he must watch over him (and also works for their family) and a young former boxing champ who trades in his gloves for a chef's uniform, and Antique Bakery is off to a grand start. The show focuses on the relationships between these four men, their pasts and ultimately a kidnapping mystery that may or may not tie into Tachibana's ordeal from his past.

The first episode is a bit of a turnoff, but it's a hurdle worth jumping over. The rest of the show is not nearly as flamboyantly outrageous as that first one, nor does it ever sink to such blatant yaoi levels again. The relationships are treated with more sensitivity and realism. Sexual content is almost non-existent. There is some male/male kissing and a little fully clothed cuddling (and a very silly, ridiculous dance in the rain), but no actual sex or nudity takes place.

The art direction is unusual, with CGI, realism photos and 2d animation all working together in somewhat harmony. You get used to it after awhile, although some of the CGI work is a bit sparse and clashes with the animation.
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By Phillip Boide Jr. on May 7, 2015
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Arrived in good condition. The girlfriend loved it.
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3 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Gamescook on April 14, 2011
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Cliche to say, but the book was better! The show could have stood to have some better direction and pacing, and less music and melodrama. It's actually all right besides, though! Has one of the better depictions of gay men in anime, but that's not saying much giving the medium's consistently poor representation of the demographic. Again, not the best, but there are much, MUCH worse out there. Consider giving it a shot. Hopefully we will someday see more adaptations of Antique Bakery's original author's work such as "What Did You Eat Yesterday?" or "The Moon and Sandals".
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