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Tachibana is an heir to a huge and successful corporation. He can speak five languages, play musical instruments, and has even passed the bar exam, so naturally he's now... running a bakery?! At the Antique Bakery, Ono, known as the ‘Gay of demonic charm' is serves as the head patissier; ex-boxing pro Eiji works as Ono's apprentice; and Tachibana's bumbling henchman and shadow, Chikage, helps out to the best of his rather limited abilities. As a carefree ladies man, Tachibana is always ready to turn on the charm if it means getting a sale, though aside from his love of women, no one really knows why the grandson of a successful businessman would suddenly decide to open a bakery. Could a traumatic event in Tachibana's past have anything to do with why he set up shop?
Of all Fumi Yoshinaga's manga, these two seem the most similar. Both are about a group of people and their everyday lives, and are full of engaging banter, interesting characters, and light drama. Both have a sort of cute, airy atmosphere, and make for pleasant mostly-light reading.
Lorenzo Orsini had always intended to open a restaurant with his half-brother Gigi, but it was only when his wife, Olga, fell ill that the Casetta Dell’orso became the establishment that it is now. In order to please his overworked wife, Lorenzo decided to staff the restaurant to her tastes and he began to hire only bespectacled elder gentlemen. From the gentle Claudio and flirtatious Vito, to gruff widower Luciano and fiery Teo, the diverse personalities of the employees have made the restaurant an instant success. Each member of staff has his own story to tell, and as their lives intertwine with that of their customers, it’s clear the Casetta Dell’orso is far more than just another quaint little restaurant.
Both of these manga series revolve around a food establishment, and both are slice of life. While the bakery in Antique Bakery and the restaurant in Gente are central to the plot, both of these manga focus more on the individual lives of its staff. If you enjoyed one, you may want to check out the other.
Both of these manga by Fumi Yoshinaga are technically shounen-ai, but both are much more concerned with slice-of-life, and filling each page with as many mouth-watering descriptions of food as possible. Both are about adults in their 30s/40s (though you couldn't guess by looking at them), so the moods are more mature than standard BL.
When Najika was a little girl, her parents died, and she nearly did as well until a boy saved her and gave her a flan so that she'd stop crying. Since then Najika has wanted to once more meet her ‘Flan Prince,' though all she has to go on is the silver spoon he left behind. Now a young lady, Najika is on her way to Tokyo to study at Seika Academy, the origin of the spoon and a prestigious cooking school. While there she'll hone her culinary skills, help transform a school eatery into something special and make new friends such as the brothers Daichi and Sora - but will she ever find her prince?
If you like food, you will like both of these manga. Not only are they about the preparing of food, they are also about how food can bring people together and how it is important to our lives. Both are filled with character relationships and some drama too.