- Paperback: 200 pages
- Publisher: Digital Manga Publishing (July 12, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1569709467
- ISBN-13: 978-1569709467
- Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #639,937 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Antique Bakery, Vol. 1 (v. 1) Paperback – July 12, 2005
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Top Customer Reviews
This is good stuff people - don't pass it up. Manga with adult sensibilities is rare in this teenage manga glutted times, especially a feel-good one like this. Buy it, curl up in your favorite chair, and enjoy.
Anyway, I didn't buy it for the sex. Which is completely irrelevant because this is an incredibly funny character piece. Three men work together in a bakery, one of them gay, and they're a great ensemble, with dialogue worthy of Homicide: Life on the Streets (tv series). (Although there's no crime in Antique Bakery.) The description of the bakery products is absolutely luscious too, I was hungry the entire time I read this. I want to taste those caramelised pears!! And the artist obviously *loves* to draw art nouveau dishware and furniture. I was mooning over a Mucha goblet in an art book I just got, and was very surprised to see it suddenly show up in the manga I was reading. (Man, I want one of those too!!) Anyway, I think there'll be a plot in volume 2, but until then just enjoy the characters reacting to each other!
One last note: At first I didn't like how Ono responded to Tachibana so mildly.Read more ›
I think it's kind of awful to be reviewing a book based on such a silly error; sure, probably disappointing to have found the book wasn't in the genre you thought it was, but after realizing it wasn't yaoi after all, the review still should have been based on content, not a site's inability to label. Sad, but whatever.
Antique Bakery is a wonderful manga with interesting characters and set up. Kanda's reactions are priceless, and I love Ono and Tachibana with a passion. JSDAfdfjsl. Really recommended.
that said, while the first volume mostly dishes (har har) what seems to be episodic slice-of-life scenarios, this first volume actually lays down the groundwork for the plot that will tie all of the books in this series together. i have read scanlations of this manga up til the second volume, and believe me, from what i 've gathered in the coming volumes there is more to this manga than just stand-alone chapters.
what i love about this mangaka is her complex characterization, and how she makes her characters all feel like people you would meet in real life. her writing is sharp and witty; she even pokes at the often overly-dramatic plotlines that pervades the manga industry (refer to tachibana's deduction about the relationship of their two women diners. hilarious!) and manages to make this an enjoyable read.
all three main characters are brought alive through their distinct personalities and also by their personal experiences. although one tend to dismiss tachibana (the owner) as a useless rich boy, one has to admit that out of the three, he remains the most mysterious. we know nothing of his past other than his rather remarkable intelligence and wealth, and his real motivation behind opening the bakery despite the fact that he was previously successful in his old job. then there's the burning question behind his nightly drinking binges and his apparent loneliness.
yoshinaga-sensei's art is very distinct, even bordering on the category of "acquired taste".Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I still read this every change I get. I recommend this manga to anyone interested in baking, a small hint of yaoi (but not a lot), and a bit of a mystery lover.Published on December 16, 2013 by KuwaLove
Tachibana thinks all sweets taste like sugar. For someone who doesn't have a sweet tooth, he's picked an ironic career by opening up his own bakery. Read morePublished on November 7, 2011 by GraphicNovelReporter.com
What a fun title! I bought this on a whim, and I certainly don't regret it. Yoshinaga has written a refreshing, enjoyable manga. Read morePublished on February 12, 2008 by Fringe
I want to eat the food in this manga! The art is so good that the artist rendition of the food makes me want to try it all! Read morePublished on November 5, 2007 by Shad Shadow
I am enjoying this series a lot. It has a fun story line, interesting characters and nice art work.
Light on the yaoi elements, one character is gay, and his gayness is... Read more
In the following, I succeeded in being non-spoilery with the main story, which is the best part. But there are still some spoilers for Volumes 2 and 3. Read morePublished on December 8, 2006 by Karnation
Like others, I was surprised to see this so widely labeled as yaoi, but at the same time I can understand it. Read morePublished on March 8, 2006 by Pg-chan
This book is absolutely not yaoi, so I don't know why DMP and amazon list it as that. There's ONE part about two men in alley, but that's it. Read morePublished on October 24, 2005 by meefus