4.158 out of 5 from 11 votes
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?
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.
Two shounen-ai titles that eschew most of the predominant cliches. Both are about adults instead of teenagers, the seme≠big and rough, the uke≠look like a little girl, their relationships are pretty balanced, there's no "I'm going to rape you because I love you" scenes, characters don't act stereotypically "shounen-ai" (they're more concerned with either getting drunk and bickering, or being a savvy lawyer than fawning all over each other). They also both food-oriented, though while in Kinou Nani Tabeta? food is the main focus and the relationship is a mere side-dish, in Dining Bar Akira the opposite is true.
Little Forest and Kinou Nani Tabeta? are gentle slice-of-life manga told through cooking. Both lack a chronological story, instead opting for glimpses into the lives and meal-times of their slightly unusual (but believable) adult protagonists. Both include recipes, facts about food, and other yummy goodness. Sure to make you hungry.
F-mi Y-naga is a mangaka whose life revolves around three things: work, sleep… and food! One day, the food-loving F-mi gets an assignment to introduce people to fine dining around the city and – with various friends in tow – she commences a gastronomic tour of Tokyo restaurants. From plates of Italian seafood salad with her room-mate S-Hara and rich French cuisine with fellow foodie, O-ta, to Sushi with her gay friend A-Dou and all you can eat Chinese dim-sum with her secret crush, F-mi is intent on eating her way around the world one dish at a time.
Fumi Yoshinaga really likes food, eh?
Both of these manga are slice-of-life tales told through meals (either restaurants or cooking). There's not a lot of action or drama, it's mainly just the characters talking to each other (so tons of characterization), and lots and lots of descriptions of delicious foods (that will make you very hungry). Kino Nani Tabeta? includes recipes for everything prepared, and Not Love But Delicious Foods includes detailed information about the real-life restaurants visited, so if you're in Tokyo (or have access to a very well-stocked grocery) you can eat everything yourself.
These two seinen manga feature page after page of adult dudes waxing lyrical about delicious food and wine. They're both pretty mellow, though very informative, and would definitely appeal to the same audience.