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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?
Mikan's best friend in the entire world, Hotaru, has moved away to a school for geniuses. Mikan misses her friend so much that she runs away to Tokyo to find the mysterious Alice Academy. However, once there, Mikan discovers that it is actually a secret school for children with special abilities. Alice Academy is filled with boys and girls who can do anything from make crazy inventions to control fire. In order to stay with her friend, Mikan tries to enter the Academy, but there's a catch: she doesn't have any special powers! Now Mikan must prove herself to her classmates in order to stay by Hotaru's side.
Both series are about a girl who enters a school for people with special talents. Both girls have trouble fitting in with the class, and have to prove they are worthy to be there. Both girls are eventually able to make true friends and prove their ability through doing what they do best.
While Kitchen Princess is about cooking, there are some similarities to Gakuen Alice that make both enjoyable reads. Both main leads are cheery innocent girls who always look on the bright side of things and truly want to see the good in everyone. Also, there are two male love/friendship interests for her and jealous classmates who try to tear her down simply because of their suspicions of how she was admitted into a prestigious class at the academy in their respective manga, or jealousy for her happy-go-lucky attitude and the attention she unintentionally draws from her love/friendship interests.
Tanpopo Yamazaki, a humble girl from Hokkaido, moves to Tokyo to attend an elite school and make a new life for herself. But for Tanpopo, life at the elitist Meio Academy seems way out of her league. The daughters of wealthy families snub her; other students make light of the fact that she actually tested into Meio instead of relying on family connections; and the cute boy she saw tending a dandelion the day before wouldn't even acknowledge her existence, despite being in the same class! Hoping to make friends and have some fun, Tanpopo starts up a Gardening Club; but will this help her survive in a school where superficiality and nepotism reign supreme?
In both shows the girl's parents die. And go to a new school with a funny entrance. In Kitchen Princess, Najika meets Daichi from climing down a tree, and in Imadoki! Nowadays, Tanpopo meets Koki from flying over the school wall on her bike. Both shows are similar in many other ways also.....
An orphaned but still optimistic girl moves from the boonies into a big city to attend an elite academy and promptly gets snubbed and picked on by everyone, yet still soldiers on and makes a place for herself (and thaws the jerkish-seeming but actually nice love interest) with her never-say-die attitude. Imadoki! and Kitchen Princess pretty much have the same premise. The plotlines do diverge somewhat as both series advance, but if you liked the basic premise in one, checking the other one out is a good idea, as well.
But this alone isn't the reason they resemble each other. Both also feature a surprisingly serious and "real world - like" subject amidst their initial more light-hearted antics with Kitchen Princess having a character suffering from an eating disorder while Imadoki has the cast scrambling about to figure out what to do to about a teenage pregnancy with the father-to-be bailing out. Both were firsts for me among shoujo manga, at least. (To note a difference, Kitchen Princess takes an even darker turn as it advances, though.) Still, they resemble each other enough to warrant a mention.
Hanayu Ashitaba is the successor to a patisserie, but she wants nothing more than to become a sushi chef; Hanato Hyuga is the successor to a sushi shop, but he wants nothing more than to be a patissier. The two attend Oikawa High School where they're training to be chefs, and soon discover their mutual interest in marrying into each other's families just for the job opportunities! Given doing so won't accomplish either of their goals, Hanayu and Hanato resign to staying friends, and work their way towards becoming master chefs. Will the two ever manage to realize their dreams?
Kitchen Princess and Mixed Vegetables are two food-centric shoujo manga that involve a heavy dose of romance. If delicious recipes and romance are your thing, definitely check these two out!
Both manga involve food, though Kitchen Princess focuses more on the recipes. You're more likely to like both of these titles because they're both shoujo rather than the food connection, but it does create a connection between the two series.
Yui Sonezaki is in a bind. When her father left for Singapore years ago to perfect his curry technique, she was left in charge of Curry House Cooking Ganesha by herself. Now, with business dwindling, Yui will soon have to close down the shop - that is, until she suddenly comes across a starving man in the street! His name is Makito and he's a friend of her father, not to mention his curry skills are unprecedented. Together, the two decide to give Ganesha another try and make it the best curry shop around. However, many challenges stand in their way such as preventing the Suirei Corporation from taking them over, taking place in epic curry battles, training new staff and even competing with a local crepemobile!
I'll be honest - Kitchen Princess and Addicted to Curry probably don't have the same core audience. KP is definitely lighter shoujo, while Addicted to Curry is far more high octane with a good amount of ecchi. Regardless though, both have long, drawn out discussions of food - how many manga out there do that? Certainly not many, so if you can handle the change in demographic, these are a good fit.
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?
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.