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Yakitate!! Japan

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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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Manga Name Year Relation More Info
Yakitate!! Japan 2001 Original Manga
Name Role
Atsuo TOBE Character Design
Hiromi MAEZAWA Character Design
Yoshihito HISHINUMA Character Design
Yasunao AOKI Director
Taku IWASAKI Music
Takashi HASHIGUCHI Original Manga Creator
Hideyuki TOMIOKA Producer
Norio YAMAKAWA Producer

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Yakitate!! Japan cassiesheepgirl 7.7/10 Nov 8, 2009
Yakitate!! Japan Arcanum 3/10 Jul 12, 2007

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Yakitate!! Japan duchessliz 8.8/10 Jan 8, 2013
Yakitate!! Japan bly19vy 9/10 Jun 27, 2012
Yakitate!! Japan Darkrystal 7/10 Oct 10, 2009
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Hikaru no Go

Hikaru no Go

While examining an old Go board in his grandfather's basement, twelve-year-old Shindo Hikaru is possessed by the restless spirit of Sai, an ancient Go master who has waited for over one thousand years to play the Hand of God: the perfect move. Sai convinces Hikaru to act as a vessel for making his moves, but it is soon clear that Hikaru also enjoys Go and wants to play his own games. Moreover, the rules of Go have changed since Sai's time, and Go players from all over the world are now much stronger, having had the benefit of hundreds of years of evolution and experimentation by the masters before them. Can this unlikely pair form a successful partnership and rise to the top of Japan's Go community, and can Sai finally play the Hand of God and find some peace?

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The main reason I have linked these two series together is due to the main characters who are trying to reach a certain goal in both series (Though quite different, as the main theme in Hikaru no Go is the boardgame Go, while in Yakitate!! Japan it's bread and the making thereof). The humor in both series is quite similar, although the humor in Yakitate!! Japan requires quite some knowledge about the culture and language of Japan.

If you enjoy a story where the hero is on a quest for constant improvement, like Azuma Kazuma in Yakitate! Japan, then you should definitely give Hikaru no Go a try. Both anime are about relatively obscure topics (breadmaking and the board game of Go), and both try very hard to breathe life into an otherwise pretty dull topic. Yakitate! Japan is clearly aimed toward a younger and less discerning audience, whereas Hikaru no Go was created with a more mature crowd in mind. As such, you will probably find Hikaru no Go more philosophical near the end, and a better finished product, but not as light-hearted as Yakitate! Japan. Give it a try!


Both Hikaru no Go and Yakitate show the road to success by someone who is willing to try, and who does an outstanding job at it. They are also kind of funny and also serious in another way. I'm sure you'll like one if you liked the other.


Both Yakitate and HnG offer generally uninteresting topics that turn into an amusingly entertaining storyline, which ends up hooking you and doesn't let go until the very end. With elements of comedy, drama, and action there is plenty of content to make up for the lengthy episode list.


Both series take an ordinary activity and stretch it to the extreme, with one making the game Go seem like an extreme sport, and the other making people who've eaten the main character's bread feel like they've gone to heaven.


Both are about learning about your strengths as a person while you try your hardest to obtain your goal. you do not have to know anything about the particular sport or activity the character is partaking in because you are engaged with the charcater battles between themselves abnd their rivals.


These animes are very alike, even though they deal with board games and baking.  They are both tournament style and rivalry is a big theme.  Each anime has it's rivals that reoccur and new ones appear as they go.

Both Hikaru and Azuma gain fame, they both become better and strive to learn about their passions.

They both have their "ultimate" goals: Hikaru to master Go, and Azuma to master/create Ja-pan.

If you liked Hikaru no Go, you'll LOVE Yakitate!! Japan, but give it two episodes before you naysay it.


If you love cheering for the up and coming hero, Yakitate and Hikaru will appeal massively. Although both seem to have a strange subject matter (baking bread and a board game) that on the surface will not last the distance, you find yourself hooked from the start!

The excitement and team spirit is apparent in both shows, and if you enjoyed that in one of these shows, you will love the other.


Both anime portrait the effort of a young boy trying to be the best of his kind, starting from the very bottom. They have different plots, so its a inch, because you can find the same emotions, only in very different subjects.


Sure one anime is about food and the other is about a board game called go, but these 2 anime hold the same kind of main character. He's an underdog right from the get go and want to try hard no matter what gets thrown his way. With great friends and foes if you liked either anime you'll likely enjoy the other.

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Cooking Master Boy

Cooking Master Boy

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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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.


Both Cooking Master Boy and Yakitate!! Japan feature a young genius who strives in the culinary battles in order to reach his goals. The geniuses' creative ideas mixed with the "super" judges add lots of excitement to the competitions. If you like Yakitate!! Japan, you will most definitely like Cooking Master Boy.


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.


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. 


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.


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!


I'm sure if you liked cooking battles and the humour in yakitate japan well you'll like this. The only thing is they speek weirdly( well to me at least no offense to those who speak the language), it's chinease or coreen or something like tht, it just takes some time to get used to it. Apart from that it's great.


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.

Muteki Kanban Musume

Muteki Kanban Musume

Miki is a psychotic mascot, waitress and delivery girl who works at her equally as frightening mother's ramen shop. Both survivor and instigator of years of ruthless, no-holds-barred domestic violence, Miki has a capacity for destruction usually found only in people with things like "the Impaler" added to their name. Yet, she also has a kind side to her and is often found going implausible distances out of her way to rescue both proverbial and literal lost kittens, though some malignant souls might misconstrue this as merely ditching her work...

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If you liked Muteki Kanban Musume and would like more focus on the actual food part, without losing too much slapstick and gaining some extra character development, Yakitate!! Japan would be a nice follow up. If you on the other hand like Yakitate!! Japan, but are looking for a somewhat similar concept with some more slapstick, I can recommend you Muteki Kanban Musume as well.


Both these animes center around the food industry. They are both humorous with a sarcastic portrayal of adults and competition. If you thought one was amusing, you will laugh through the other as well.


Both anime take on the food aspect of life and make it hilarious. Weather it's making bread in Yakitate Japan or noodles in Muteki Kanban Musume both are sure to make you laugh! Check one out if you liked the other.


Two hilarious shows with the delicious premise of FOOD! If you liked the competitive spirit and over-the-top reactions in one of these shows, be sure to check out the other to satisfy your appetite.

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Yumeiro Pâtissière

Yumeiro Pâtissière

Fourteen-year-old Amano Ichigo is a would-be pâtissière who acquired her love of sweets from her late grandmother’s desserts. After meeting the talented Henri Lucas at a local sweets festa, Amano convinces her parents to let her attend the culinary Marie Academy so that she can fulfill her dream. However, as she’s only armed with a positive attitude and no real cooking skills, Amano quickly finds herself at the bottom of the class. Luckily, she soon meets Vanilla, a sweets spirit who’s here to help Amano reach her full potential. Alongside good friends such as Rumi and the three gorgeous Princes of Sweets, Amano will bake, mix and sift her way to the top!

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The connection may seem odd, other than the fact that both anime involve some form of baking. Azuma Kazuma is a baking genius, though a bit dense when it comes to common sense; while Amino Ichigo is... well, an adorable know-nothing. And while both characters have enough positive spirit to make a bowl of dough quiver in yeasty fear, they'll both find that the road to becoming a great artisan, is rougher than a slice of burnt toast.


On the ground level, both Yumeiro Pâtissière and Yakitate!! Japan are about baking.  They use their skills in baking in the form of competitions.  In both, you find that the main character is a positive thinker, and a bit off-beat.  Finally, both of the anime will make you want to eat/make the delicious items you see!


Yumeiro Pâtissière and Yakitate!! Japan are about innate talents relating to careers in professional baking  But they're also about  the joy in and about cooking, about bonds of friendship, the struggle to do one's best no matter what and having an ultimate driving goal. Yumeiro Pâtissière has more moe and sentimental moments. Yakitate!! Japan has more laugh out loud comedy and concrete villains.

Both include tournament style cook-offs (including tournaments in France). But both also make you want to eat something while you're watching, make you sigh at the heartfelt honesty and innocence (sometimes to the point of foolishness) of the protagonist characters and make you cheer, even if you thought you wouldn't cheer at what are essentially instructive cooking shows with a touch of soap opera.


Both animes talk about a person who moves into a completely new enviroment and meets new people and huge obstacles. In both animes, the protagonist strives to become better and better at making bread/sweets while passing through many difficult trials. If you watched one of them, you should surely watch the other!!!



In Gintoki's Japan, the arrival of the various space races known collectively as the Amanto ended the era of the samurai. The Amanto's highly advanced technology resulted in total conquest and a severe economic shift. Now, former samurai such as Gintoki scrape together whatever livelihood they can. Gintoki's profession of choice is that of a yorozuya: he'll complete any job for money. However, he’s unmotivated; and spending most of the day on the couch with the latest issue of Jump and a carton of Strawberry Milk is his preferred pastime. It turns out that his new unpaid employees, Shinpachi and Kagura, are going to interfere with his pastime even more than with his "work"! Of course, none of this means he has really given up on his samurai ideologies!

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Yakitate Japan and Gintama are all-around comedy with absolutely hilarious facial expressions. The characters are very colourful, and you'll definitely get exaggerated reactions to anything here. Yakitate Japan takes a very unique plot into something enjoyable. You'll see Gintama have a lot of reference to other popular series, including anime, since it's all parody.


Both funny anime series with a lot of random stuff in it. I'm sure if you enjoy Gintama you will enjoy Yakitate!! Japan and vise versa.


I recommend you try Gintama if you liked Yakitate Japan because they have various simularities and I recognized that while watching.

Or if you're a fan of Gintama and you've never seen Yakitate Japan I recommend you give it a try.

They are both wonderfully hilarious, generally random anime. I believe that if you enjoyed one you will most definately enjoy the other!

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