Archive for the 'Antique Bakery' Category

27th May 2008

Antique Bakery 1

Rating: ♦♦♦♦♦

Take an engaging storyline, a scratch-and-sniff cover, quality art, a gay of demonic charm and you’ve got Antique Bakery. Which, while it isn’t a BL series, is damn cute enough and BL-friendly enough to make me a happy girl.

We’ve got the despotic owner, the gay of demonic charm, who just happens to be the head pastry chef, and his assistant, a failed boxer. Add in a bodyguard for said despotic owner who seems to have an attraction to the demonic charm of the pastry chef and you’ve got an interesting mix. And let’s not forget the fact that the owner spurned the pastry chef back when he was in high school for being gay and for daring to like him.

It’s not a sticky sweet shojo series. There are a lot of serious, introspective bits interspersed with the mad-cap world of running a café.

The best part about the whole thing? It just gets better and better with each book.

Massive love for DMP and their presentation. I fell in love with this series first because of the scratch-and-sniff covers. I’m not sure if the original Japanese release had that, but if not, it’s a nice touch.

It’s a great read and something that I would recommend for most manga fans. Fair warning though, reading this series will make you hungry. After reading this volume I had this incredible urge to go and find crème puffs. It’s dangerous for your waistline.

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27th May 2008

Antique Bakery 2

Rating: ♦♦♦♦♦

Again with the yumminess. Both with the pastries described and the boys in the book.

We get a figure from Tachibana’s past, a Chikage Kobayakawa, who is polite to the nth degree and completely subservient to Tachibana. There’s something about Chikage though that makes our favorite ‘gay of demonic charm’, Ono, turn on that charm full blast and sends poor, confused Chikage for a loop. Who is he supposed to be paying attention to? The pretty, charming chef who bakes all kinds of delicious things or the person that he has promised to protect?

Top that all of with a wild and wacky Christmas celebration complete with Christmas cake delivery via Ferrari and you’ve got a combination that’s almost guaranteed to put a grin on your face.

I love how the manga-ka of this series pokes fun at the typical BL manga clichés while at the same time using them to suck us in and further the story. While I for one would like to see more BL innuendo, I have to keep reminding myself that this is a shoujo series and it may have homoerotic undertones, and how, it’s not really BL.

I really think I would recommend this series a manga fan who was looking to get into the BL genre, but wasn’t ready yet for all of the polluted relationships and angst and drama that come part and parcel with the BL. This manga reinforces the fact that you can be gay and still be a good person and not want to get into every male’s pants with in a ten-mile radius. It concentrates more on the friendship aspect of the relationships and is just quirky and cute.

This is one series I am going to be very, very sad to see the end of.

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