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?
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!
This anime is recommended if you like completely over the top (and fairly funny) reactions to dishes.
Now i've only seen one or two episodes of Mister Ajikko but I feel these 2 anime fit very well together. Both main leads wish to be known as the best of their type of cooking in japan and both are pretty funny. (Yakitate Japan slightly more so because of the parody aspect). If you liked one try out the other.
Move over, Iron Chefs! Youichi and Azuma Kazuma are here to show you how it's done. These two shows have so much in common that I can't help but suspect that the masterful Yakitate!! Japan was inspired by the earlier and simpler Mister Ajikko. If the idea of steely-eyed combatants pitting their culinary skills against one another strikes your funny bone, then give these shows a whirl.
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.
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