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Kitchen Princess 1 Paperback – January 30, 2007
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Najika is an aspiring young chef with a flawless sense of taste and a heart of gold. Orphaned at a young age, Najika gravitated toward cooking out of her desire to find her "prince," the mysterious boy who touched her heart and brought light into her life shortly after her parents' death. The only clue to his identity is a silver spoon, which leads Najika to the prestigious Seika Academy, where she faces many challenges on her quest for happiness. Kitchen Princess uses many plot techniques traditionally found in shojo stories. Najika is cast as the lonely heroine, rejected and often humiliated by her peers, while two princes, brothers Sora and Daichi, both dote on her in their own ways. However, where many stories often take a fantastical twist, giving the heroine some kind of magical power that sets her apart, Kitchen Princess continues to develop Najika's cooking abilities, which she uses to reach out to her classmates. This adds a spicy twist to the story, making an old recipe feel fresh and tasty. Ando's art style is romantic and whimsical, making for a delicious start to Najika's story. (Feb.)
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Top customer reviews
The main character is not annoying, she's sweet and makes me happy^^ in the story she tries to make people smile with her food and she certainly makes me smile with her attitude: heart warming, energetic, positive, honest and she stands up for herself. Volume one is packed with interesting characters, it's funny, refreshing and it conveys what the main character wants: making people happy^^
One problem I have with manga is that I easily get bored or rolls my eyes at the cliche circumstances but with this manga I got surprised at some twists and it makes me keep reading either to find out who's Najika's "prince" from her childhood and why the brothers don't get along or just to enjoy Najika's everyday life. There are no annoying characters, I like them all and I think that's why I love this manga so much. Plus we get some nice recipes at the end hehe <3
I Highly recommend it!
Najika reminded me a lot of the Fruits Basket character Tohru Honda, having a love of life and everyone/everything around her even though tragedy has clouded her past. Najika is selfless and always that first one to offer a helping hand.
I also like how this manga has a direction of where it is going and a direction for the characters to take. They know what path they want to go and what goals they are searching for. It is one of those manga stories that seems to be really inspirational to me and inspires me to go and try to find out what I want to do with my life.
Del Rey hasn't done a lot of (if any) shoujo, so I was really happy to see them publish this. The translation reads nicely and I didn't spot any obvious spelling errors. In the back they included their standard translators notes and a preview for volume 2. Also included in the back of the book are recipes! You can find out how to make all the tasty treats Najika made.
In the end, Kitchen Princess was a really enjoyable book. If you like shoujo, KP is a great title to add to you collection. It's cute with good art and a lot of promise for future volumes (I can't wait to find out who her prince is!).
This is the kind of manga story that is made up of losing important people in one's life and still following one's dreams, it's the kind of story made up of all the good things in life. My heart sung with joy when reading this series and cried horribly too. It's got to be one of the most sweetest love stories ever and the boys are just plain adorable! I think it's even on the same level as the Fruits Basket, Vol. 1 except this one is a bit more sweet in both food and in storyline. Because it has really sad parts I would recommend this series to 11 and up.
And it's not one of those perveted boob/sex manga series either, it's really annoying when authors stupe to that level just to get publicity (I HATE THAT! I mean seriously is lust all they care about!).
IF YOU DON'T BELIEVE ME AND DON'T BUY THE BOOKS THEN IT'S YOUR LOSS! YOUR MISSING OUT ON ONE THE BEST EVER MANGAS EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
signing out smileyface227