Tachibana has recently quit his job at a high-class firm, and for unknown reasons, decides to open a bakery. His first employee is Ono, an extremely talented patissier who is also known as the 'Gay of demonic charm' - something that has caused him to lose his job countless times. Joining the crew also is Eiji - a retired champion boxer - who is hired on the spot as only a trainee purely because he is not Ono's 'type.' However, Chikage, the bumbling childhood friend and shadow of Tachibana, is exactly his type! Now, with the shop finally open, everyone seems to be filling their positions well; but one question remains: what were Tachibana's motives for opening the bakery, and does it have a link to his troubled and forgotten past?
Located on a small street near the center of Rome, the Casetta dell'orso is a small yet popular restaurant staffed by a group of older, bespectacled gentlemen. Nicoletta is a twenty-one-year-old woman who has just arrived in Rome to meet with her estranged mother's husband, who owns the restaurant. She intends to inform him that not only was his wife married once before, but also that she is her daughter - a secret her mother desperately wants kept. When she arrives at the restaurant Nicoletta becomes enamoured with Claudio, one of the waiters, and begins to spend more time there. Despite the age gap, Nicoletta finds her feelings towards Claudio growing; and after making a promise to keep her mother's secret, Nicoletta begins working at the restaurant as an apprentice chef. Now she is trying her hardest to become a good cook, but can Nicoletta overcome the difference in age and win the quiet Claudio's heart?
On it's simplest level both Antique Bakery and Ristorante Paradiso are set in male-staffed eating establishments. Both series are relatively slow paced slice of life anime, that have moments of comedy and drama. If you liked that aspect of one then you are likely to enjoy the other.
Both anime feature an eating establishment, and they also take a look at the lives of the people who work there and the customers who eat there. Both anime have a similar tone and style.
Ignoring similarities in story setups, both are short slice-of-life anime set up with the premise of offering insight into the lives of the characters involved, as well tracing their past and present.
If you've seen either one before while watching the other, you'll get rather strong vibes.
Both these slows are slow slice of life anime centered in places where the cast cooks and serve food. They both have a strong male cast, and interesting relationships with customers. A fan of one will no doubt enjoy the other as well.
Similar atmosphere. Working with food. Target audience is female. There are many male characters in both series, so there are plenty of different characters to love.
Food and adults go together so well. Especially when there is drama surrounding them. Both anime have interesting art styles. Antique Bakery takes on a shounen-ai tone where Ristorante Paradiso takes on a younger woman going for a much older man. Both have plenty of romance and great drama. Check out one if you liked the other.
Both series have a similiar restaurant atmosphere and contain a vast array of appealing male characters. The two characters, Eiji Kanda of Antique Bakery and Nicoletta of Ristorante Paradiso, both represent young struggling rookie chefs trying to achieve their place in the restaurant scene despite their lack of formal training. While Antique Bakery emphasizes a shonen-ai tone and Ristorante Paradiso examines the relationship between an older man and a younger woman, both these series are very romance centered. Also, the food portrayed in each of these series will make your mouth water! If you are a fan of one, then you are sure to find the same enjoyment in the other.
Pouring a perfect cocktail is a difficult feat, but one bartender, Ryuu Sasakura, is such a master of his craft that his drinks are renowned worldwide. No matter what challenges are thrown his way, Ryuu takes the time to get to know his customers and serves them the most helpful concoction for their joys and sorrows. With a calm demeanor and caring heart, this skilled bartender will do whatever it takes to make his clientele, and colleagues, happy.
What led me to Antique Bakery was my love for Bartender (one of my favorite anime). The fact that both have that real world essence and have the element of dealing with humans on a real and individual basis is what is fantastic. The thing about Bartender and Antique Bakery is you really do fall for the characters and their stories. In Bartender it's on really a show by show basis with the main character, Ryuu Sasakura being the main link. In Antique Bakery it felt like each episode, though all characters there, was it's own story too. I'd say that it still had an overall theme/storyline but they didn't just focus on that. Overall if you like anime with a more modern drawing, a very real life theme, and that can take an individual away and have them anticipating the next episode these two are very well done and fit the bill.
Both Antique Bakery and Bartender are slice of life series that are quite gentle in their overall tone. Though Bartender focuses more on the story of the customer than Antique Bakery, both involve the primary staff member selling their customer the ideal beverage/cake for their situation or tastes. If you enjoyed one then it is well worth trying the other.
If atmosphere is capable to do the trick for you when you watch anime, then one of these two might just be what you were looking for. While Bartender is more episodic in nature and Antique Bakery somewhat more linear, they both breathe a soothing, calm atmosphere that is allowed to exist only within their respective domains; the bar in Bartender and the luxory cake shop in Antique Bakery.
Of course, on a very basic level, they are the same in the sense that the stories revolve around consumption; cakes in Antique Bakery and alcoholic beverages in Bartender. Still, the most important thing to point out is that these settings allow the very distinctive atmospheres of both series to flow naturally.
It's not a spectacular experience, but still quite different from what you usually get from anime. You'll need to have the right mindset watching them, if you like to try something calm and unique.
Misaki Takahashi has little hope of getting into a university, so his older brother Takahiro's friend, Usami Akihiko, offers to tutor Misaki as a favor to Takahiro - for Usami is secretly in love with him. However, as time passes Misaki realizes that he has uncomfortable and budding feelings for Usami. Meanwhile, Hiroki is a man who can't get over an unrequited love with Usami in the past - and with the help of Nowaki, he may finally learn to love again. These couples and more experience the joys and sadness of love between men under the most unlikely conditions.
Both Antique Bakery and Junjo Romantica deal with the subject of male couples, but they do it in a humorous yet sensitive way. The characters in both series have much more development than in many BL anime. There are also engaging back stories revealed throughout each series, which keep the plots interesting and build anticipation.
Both series focus on relationships between men, including romantic relationships. However, both of these series have more character development and complexity to the story than is normally seen in shounen-ai and while there is more drama in Antique and more comedy in Junjou, if you enjoyed one then you may well enjoy the other.
As Ito Keita looks at the envelope in his hand, he is both excited and worried. Inside is the renowned "Platinum Letter", an invitation to the most esteemed boys-only high school in the country: Bell Liberty. Only the very best students are considered for this special academy, and each must display an outstanding skill or talent to be admitted. So with average grades and no special skills to speak of, why is Keita now finding himself on the bus to Bell Liberty? Will he be able to find his place among the elite, or find out why the school chairman himself issued the invitation?
Both of these anime seem to have some obvious connections; extremely slashable bishounens, a main character with a mysterious past, storylines along the lines of finding new friendships, etc. But even more than that the comedy is similar as well as how the story develops. If you like one then you'll definitely like the other.
Tsuchida has just started working at the Hanamaru Kindergaten, and, as the first and only male teacher at the school, he’s particularly nervous. Unfortunately his first day doesn’t go quite as smoothly as planned as not only does Tsuchida turn up late, but then a small girl named Anzu claims that he hit on her in front of all the parents! Though he manages to initially clear up the misunderstanding, at the beginning of his second day, Anzu proclaims that she will be his bride and that her mother, Tsuchida’s senior in high school, is supporting them all the way! Now as Tsuchida attempts to become the best teacher he can be, he must also try and quell the rumors that he is dating Anzu, and maybe win the heart of the beautiful and kind, yet ultimately clueless, Yamamoto-sensei…
Look look look! Another slice-of-life show about adults (there really aren't very many of these) doing their jobs. Antique Bakery and Hanamaru Kindergarden are relaxing series with comedy and threads of romance (that didn't go anywhere in either series).