Yakitate means “freshly baked”, but the word “Japan” is actually a pun – pan means bread in Japanese, so Kazuma is out to make Japan, a unique Japanese bread to compete with the best bread from around the world!
– Baked Fresh!! Ja-Pan
– Fresh Made Japan
– Un pain c’est tout
– ¡¡Amasando!! JA-PAN
– Прямо из печки!! Джапан
– Yakitate!! Japan
– Yakitate!! Ja-pan
– แชมเปี้ยน เจปัง สูตรดังเขย่าโลก!!
– Freshly Baked!! Ja-pan!
– Vua bánh mì
– Свежевыпеченный!! Япония!
– Японская свежая выпечка
– ישר מהתנור! יפן!
Yakitate!! Ja-pan (焼きたて!! ジャぱん, meaning “Freshly Baked!! Ja-pan”, the “pan” also meaning “bread” in Japanese) is a manga series, written and illustrated by Takashi Hashiguchi, serialized in Shogakukan’s Weekly Shōnen Sunday from January 16, 2002, to January 24, 2007.
The animation is passable and even considered good for the time (2004). Yakitate!! Ja-pan is one of those shows that aren’t reliant on animation quality. It’s a bit goofy in premise, so the animation style matches the series. Surprisingly, there’s actually 3D CGI used, but only for the second ending theme.
The standout pieces of music are the first opening theme “Houkigumo” by RYTHEM and the first ending theme “Sunday” by The Babystars. Oddly, I also dig the second ending theme “To All Tha Dreamers” by SOUL’d OUT. Maybe it was the disco theme video.
Azuma feels annoying at first, being presented as that loud character that seems to know it all. Give it a few episodes and you’ll learn he’s kind of ignorant/gullible but caring. You will begin to like him. Also, due to him being ignorant of other types of bread than what he normally makes, he’s the perfect character to give exposition to about bread knowledge. This makes the show also educational. Now, if any of those “facts” are true or not, I can’t say. But at least we’re learning, right?
This is one of the early cooking anime with crazy food tasting reactions. The reactions can go from goofy cosplay to downright sensual. Please be aware, this anime love puns. The show will constantly try to surprise you with its twisting plot. It’s never a dull moment.
I highly recommend this anime to the fan of cooking anime like Food Wars! After 3 full viewings, I still find this series binge-worthy. Yakitate!! Ja-pan contains some suggestive themes/dialogs and is intended for young teens.
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