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Antique Bakery, Vol. 1 (v. 1) Paperback – August 16, 2005


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Digital Manga Publishing (August 16, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1569709467
  • ISBN-13: 978-1569709467
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 6.2 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #376,057 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Buy it, curl up in your favorite chair, and enjoy.
Peter Oksman
That's an art style, so it's not a bad thing, but I will say I like seeing more detailed backgrounds.
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It has a fun story line, interesting characters and nice art work.
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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Peter Oksman on September 3, 2005
Format: Paperback
Many reviewers below seem to be suffering under the misconception that this is a yaoi manga. It is not. What it is, is a delightfull comedy/slice of life josei (adult woman) manga about 3 guys who run a bakery. Not plot driven (at least for vol. 1) it is rather a collection of viginettes about the 3 main characters and the people who visit the shop. The atmosphere is quirky and relaxed, the servings are bite-sized, elegant and delicious. Oh, i'm sorry, was I talking about the manga or the bakery? :) The pastries in the manga really do look and sound delicious - I read it while on a diet, and I was salivating all the way through.

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.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Eleanor Skinner on August 31, 2005
Format: Paperback
I bought this un-previewed on the basis of good reviews, art samples, and its being a Kodansha award winner. However, I will say the reason I bought it un-looked-at is because a certain major chain bookstore *wrapped it in plastic.* There's no nudity! There are two panels where 2 men are having sex, but you can only tell it because of the position of their heads and shoulders. There is also one gay kiss. Now, just browsing in the bookstore, I can pick up numerous manga with naked breasts, in fact I'd say over 60% of those available, and I can pick up Chobits, where the main character and his friends press robot women in the genital area to turn them on. Am I supposed to be too warped by this to be able to see two men kiss? Come on, people! While I would be happy with a *little* less exploitation of naked ladies, enough with the censorship already.

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.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Yomiko Readman on December 24, 2005
Format: Paperback
Okay, yes, I picked this up because I thought it would be shounen-ai/yaoi. But I was completely not disappointed (as others seem to be) that it was not really shounen-ai/yaoi at all. Yes, there is a gay character. But that's not the focus of the manga. He just happens to be gay. (He's also freaking hilarious, especially when he turns on the charm and I love him.) The writing is great (three men running a bakery and their lives) and it's sort of refreshing to be reading about older men (late 20s and early 30s) than teen angst. Highly recommended.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By M. Vu on December 30, 2005
Format: Paperback
My eyes nearly fell out of my face when I saw the low rating that Antique Bakery received thus far. Then I realized that it was due to all the reviewers who believed this was a yaoi manga.

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.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By straitjacket on December 19, 2005
Format: Paperback
so okay, it's not really yaoi or shounen-ai, at least in this volume. what the manga does have is a gay guy, chef-trainee and their irreverent owner/maitre'd and one witty and exquisite writing.

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".
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