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Cooking Master Boy

Alt titles: Chuuka Ichiban!

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Mao is an aspiring young chef trying to live up to the legacy left by his mother - a nationally-recognized, culinary genius. Leaving his home as the successful winner of a successor cook-off, the inspirational boy travels the length and breadth of China to expand his sizzling repertoire. In addition to meeting a wide range of personalities with varying gourmet skills, Mao must use every skill his mother left him to become a legendary chef in his own right.

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Cooking Master Boy 1995 TBD
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Masami ANNO Director
Hiromoto TOBISAWA Music
Etsushi OGAWA Original Manga Creator

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Mei Li image Mei Li

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Title Author Score Date
Cooking Master Boy Tamerax 5/10 Dec 27, 2009
Chuuka Ichiban! Tamerax 5/10 Dec 27, 2009
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anime order 10th rounds YamiRin 1138 Jan 20, 2014
My Anime List: Completed dainiwa1 266 Sep 7, 2013
Hyunnie's Watched List yenlin 1715 May 12, 2013
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Yakitate!! Japan

Yakitate!! Japan

Dimwitted Azuma Kazuma is a young man with a dream -- to create a bread worthy of the name "Japan", made by the Japanese people, for the Japanese people! With hefty bread-making skills, hands that have an uncanny warmth to help dough ferment, and will power like no other, Kazuma must put his delicious creations to the test as he struggles to become employed at the prestigious Pantasia bakery, for fame and glory! Yeast, beware... Kazuma is in the kitchen!

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tetra

If you like absurd cooking battles, weird humor and really strange imagery that tries to show you how good something tastes, then you need to see Yakitate and Cooking Master Boy.

yasmina

If you liked Cooking Master Boy, then you're definitely going to like Yakitate!! Japan. Both are about young boys aiming to better their cooking, but instead of cooking chinese dishes, it's about cooking bread!!!! It's hilariously funny, but it has the same feel as Cooking Master Boy!!!

hunter678

CMB and Yakitate are both about a boy who loves to cook and is very good at it. They are nice anime to watch!

waterserpent

Both series feature a young genius who strives in their cooking battles to reach their goals. Their creative ideas mixed with the "super" judges add lots of excitement to their competitions. If you Yakitate!! Japan, you will most definitely like Cooking Master Boy.

KiraRin

Jumping on the bandwagon here, I know fans of Yakitate and CMB are going to love the other show.

Both have almost exactly the same story (a young chef struggling to overcome his peers preconceptions to become the best cook in the world), his friends are very similar and the comedy reactions of people eating the food.

The ensuing cooking battles are some must see anime entertainment. Even if the premise sounds amazingly dull, I think more people should give them a try.

contralto

the obvious dictates why you'll like these two series: both are about FOOD and some young cook/pastry chef who is great in preparing it. 

they also follow the same formula: endless tournaments with varying rules and opponents. good cooking/baking techniques. a bunch of supporting characters. and lot of good uncomplicated humor. 

chii

Both anime are about delicious food! Yakitate Japan takes on pastries where Cooking Master Boy takes on chinese food. Both take on hard work and dedication to what the main character strives for which is to be the best baker/cook ever! Yakitate Japan is more a comedy where Cooking Master Boy takes it's self a tad more serious, but it's pretty clear that you'll like one if you liked the other.

NimirRa

Two delicious shows guaranteed to make you head for the kitchen. Yakitate Japan and Cooking Master Boy are a clear and easy recommendation for each other. Though Yakitate is way more comedic, it is clear where it got its influence from. Both these shows feature tasty competitions and absurd food reactions that will leave you hungry for more!

Kanjutsu

Both of these Anime are about Food contest and personally I would say both of them are really worth watching if you like this kind of stuff plus both are funny, as for Cooking Master make sure to find the Japanese one has the Chinese one tend to be kinda strange to watch at least it was for me.

Hunter x Hunter

Hunter x Hunter

Drawn to the mystique of the unknown, Hunters travel the world in search of terrifying creatures, incredible riches, and unexplored lands. Gon Freecss is a naive-yet-determined young boy who aspires to join the ranks of these individuals, in order to find his missing father Ging - a master of the profession himself. To reach his goal, he partakes in the formidable Hunter Exam, a series of tests that push the participants to their physical and mental limits, with a Hunter License as the prize. During the exam Gon befriends vengeful Kurapika, doctor-to-be Leorio, and skilled assassin Killua, who have entered for their own reasons. But with the sinister Hisoka standing in their way, will Gon and his friends be able to succeed in obtaining their reward, or even escaping with their lives?

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tetra

Granted, Cooking Master Boy and HxH are from totally different genres, but if you like the way Mao is trying to live up to his mother's reputation you might like Goon's struggles to find his father, by trying to reach his level of skill. There are also the journeys and battles...

Both anime have a kind of silly feel to them, but beware, HxH does have some depth.

NimirRa

Overlooking the major plot differences, there is a lot these shows have in common. Gon and Mao both have a sort of naiive nature that draws people to them and they never back down from fighting the good fight. They build loyal friends this way and never stop trying to improve themselves. If you liked one of these shows- check the other out.

Battle Athletes

Battle Athletes

After a thousand years of expansion, humans became involved in an alien war that would be decided by a contest of physical strength. Though the alien race was physically superior to humans, mankind prevailed, ushering humans into a new era of physical fitness and competitions. In the present, Akari Kanzaki has entered the training facility University Satellite in hopes of becoming the latest Cosmic Beauty, a title reserved for only the most physically fit. Join Akari as she faces fierce rivals and tough competitions in an effort to become the best of all the Battle Athletes!

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KiraRin

Both shows feature older animation techniques, but the focus remains firmly on story. The struggle of the main protagonist in both Battle Athletes and CMB is very similar - you know that they are going to overcome their adversaries, but you'll have a whale of a time watching them do it :)

Mister Ajikko

Mister Ajikko

Genjirou Murata, the most renowned food critic in Japan and leader of the Ajiou Group, discovers a boy called Youichi Ajiyoshi (known to his friends as Mr Ajikko), whose innate cooking prowess creates the most heavenly of flavors. Convinced that he might have just found the heir to the company, Mr Murata decides to immerse Youichi fully into the world of professional chefs, a world where cooking is not just a skill, but a matter of pride, honor, and reputation; if you can't even cook spaghetti 'al dente' then you better get out of town! However, not everyone is so sure of a wildcard boy’s abilities, and there are more than enough challengers queuing up to halt Youichi's climb to the top. Is a young, untrained chef truly prepared for what it takes to prove himself the best in Japan?

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amina9898

Similar main characters: They both are geniuses at cooking. They both are passionate, young, and creative. Both have a decreased parent who was a well-known cook.

Cooking battles: Both shows contain intense cooking battles, main character part vs. Enemy  (usually evil organization), usally the battles are at high stakes