After two years training in Paris, Ichigo has returned to Japan ready to continue on the path of becoming a world-class patissiere. She excitedly enrolls in the upper class of the St. Marie Academy, only to discover that her champion cooking team is breaking up and the Princes of Sweets are following their own separate goals! Though upset that things cannot stay the same forever, Ichigo is nonetheless determined to ensure that her old pals and rivals don’t forget each other or what they can accomplish together. Now, alongside her friends and Sweet Spirit, Vanilla, the budding patissiere faces the true test of her abilities when Henry Lucas puts her in charge of her own sweets shop.
In the early 20th century, Kazuya transfers to a prestigious academy as part of an exchange program between Japan and Saubure, a small European country. But while Kazuya would love to make friends and have a typical school life, the boy is shunned by his ghost story-loving peers who believe that he's a "Black Reaper" to be feared. Things change one day when Kazuya wanders to the top of the library and discovers a lush botanical garden, and a beautiful, small, blonde-haired girl named Victorique who rarely leaves the building and is fascinated by unsolved mysteries. Together, the two develop a budding friendship and take on many chilling and dangerous cases that even the famous local detective Grevil can't solve.
President of the Student Council at the almost-all-boys Seika High School, the hard-as-nails Misaki Ayuzawa works every day to make life easier on the small population of co-eds who have enrolled there. Though an unholy terror to all things male during school hours, in order to provide for her impoverished family, she secretly works after school at a maid cafe in Akihabara. However, when campus hottie Usui Takumi wanders into the restaurant during her shift, suddenly she finds her reputation in school at his mercy...
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!
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.