Antique Bakery

Antique Bakery

North American cover of the first volume
西洋 骨董 洋菓子店
(Seiyō Kottō Yōgashiten)
Genre Comedy, Shōnen-ai
Written by Fumi Yoshinaga
Published by Shinshokan
English publisher

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Demographic Shōjo
Magazine Wings
Original run 19992002
Volumes 4
Television drama
Directed by Motohiro Katsuyuki
Hanejuu Eiichiro
Network Fuji TV
Original run October 8, 2001 December 17, 2001
Episodes 11
Anime television series
Directed by Yoshiaki Okumura
Written by Natsuko Takahashi
Studio Nippon Animation, Shirogumi
Network Fuji TV (Noitamina)
Original run July 3, 2008 September 18, 2008
Episodes 12

Antique Bakery (Japanese: 西洋 骨董 洋菓子店 Hepburn: Seiyō Kottō Yōgashiten, lit. "Western Antique Cake-Shop") is a manga by Fumi Yoshinaga depicting the lives of four men who work in a small bakery. It was published in Japan by Shinshokan and in English by Digital Manga Publishing. The series won the 2002 Kodansha Manga Award for shōjo manga.[1] The manga was adapted as a Japanese TV drama, with the title Antique or Antique Cake Store, that was broadcast on Fuji TV in 2001, an anime TV series, airing on July 3, 2008 on Noitamina, and a Korean live-action movie.


Main characters

Keisuke (Keiichirō) Tachibana (橘 圭一郎 Tachibana Keiichirō)
Voiced by: Kōichi Yamadera (drama CD), Keiji Fujiwara (anime), Asami Sanada (anime, young)
The owner of the Antique Bakery, as well as a waiter. He was childhood friends with Chikage, the son of his family's live-in housekeeper. He was also Ono's classmate in school and harshly rejected Ono's love confession. He seems to be the only man whom Ono finds attractive, but who is not attracted to Ono in return. Tachibana comes from a rich family. He was kidnapped when he was a child. The one thing he remembers about his abductor is that he loved cake and fed him the cakes he bought every single day. Although Tachibana was rescued, his abductor was never found. After this ordeal, his family became overly protective of him. He feels obliged to play the "good boy" for his relatives because he does not want them to worry about him. As a result of his experiences, he often suffers from nightmares and has no taste for sweets. He is also fluent in French.

In the Antique Bakery doujinshi by the author, it was revealed that Keisuke has had multiple girlfriends during the course of Antique Bakery.

Yusuke Ono (小野 裕介 Ono Yūsuke)
Voiced by: Hozumi Gōda (drama CD), Shin-ichiro Miki (anime)
The pâtissier, a renowned chef who has been fired from many bakeries because of his "Demonic Charm": whenever he is attracted to a man, that man — whether gay or straight — suddenly becomes irresistibly attracted to him in return. His coworkers will inevitably fight over him, and Ono will wind up fired again. This stemmed from when he was in high school, when Tachibana turned him down. He went into a gay bar, and suddenly he became a very popular lover. He has said his type is older men. He is also scared of women, and is fluent in French as well.

In the Antique Bakery doujinshi by the author, Ono begins an intimate relationship with Chikage however is still ultimately in love with Tachibana.

Eiji Kanda (神田 えいじ Kanda Eiji)
Voiced by: Tomokazu Seki (drama CD), Mamoru Miyano (anime)
Eiji is Ono's apprentice, as well as other help in the kitchen. He is a former street punk who was picked up off the street and reformed by a boxing coach. He trained to be a boxer, and was a top fighter. However, due to his detached retinas, he had to give up boxing. He saw a "Help Wanted" ad in the bakery's window, and decided to join. He has a huge sweet tooth. He holds Ono in very high regard, calling him his "Master", due to his skill in making sweets. Over time they have developed more of a father-son relationship than that of a master and apprentice.

In the Antique Bakery doujinshi by the author, Kanda and his French teacher Constance appear to be dating.

Chikage Kobayakawa (小早川 千影 Kobayakawa Chikage)
Voiced by: Kazuhiko Inoue (drama CD), Eiji Hanawa (anime)
Chikage is Tachibana's childhood friend. His family works at the Tachibana house. He was sent by the Tachibana family to watch out for his friend. Chikage is trained to become a waiter by Tachibana. However, he is very klutzy and has a hard time. He wears sunglasses all of the time, as his eyes are weak. He has a crush on Ono, though he thinks Ono doesn't feel the same way (on the contrary, Ono is in love with Chikage). He is very shy and polite. He calls Tachibana "Young Master" after the game "Ōoka Echizen (大岡越前)". Chikage is also two years older than Tachibana and has a daughter.

In the Antique Bakery doujinshi by the author, Chikage and Ono begin an intimate relationship.

Minor characters

Voiced by: Norio Wakamoto (anime)



No.Original release dateOriginal ISBNEnglish release dateEnglish ISBN
1 June 25, 2000[2]ISBN 978-4-403-61588-7July 16, 2005[3]ISBN 978-1-56970-946-7
2 May 25, 2001[4]ISBN 978-4-403-61628-0November 1, 2005[5]ISBN 978-1-56970-945-0
3 December 25, 2001[6]ISBN 978-4-403-61652-5March 22, 2006[7]ISBN 978-1-56970-944-3
4 September 25, 2002[8]ISBN 978-4-403-61690-7June 7, 2006[9]ISBN 978-1-56970-943-6

Yoshinaga's spinoff doujinshi

Fumi Yoshinaga has published spinoff doujinshi of Antique Bakery, showing both "slash" stories involving characters shown to be straight in the manga series, but also showing stories which were only alluded to in the manga. Yoshinaga feels that these stories are too explicit for the shōjo manga demographic, and Akiko Mizoguchi points out that they are in the boys love genre and it would be "unheard of" for these stories to be published by another publisher, despite their popularity in the doujinshi world. The existence of these stories has never been announced in Wings or in the books collecting Antique Bakery. There were seven available as of August 2003,[10] increasing to fourteen doujinshi as of 2011.

Live-action TV drama

The television series differs perceptibly from the story of the manga. While the four main male characters remain the same in many of their relationship dynamics, the BL/homosexual aspect of the original manga is significantly reduced to almost nothing. There is the notable addition of Itsuki Momoko, a female sports journalist who appears in the first episode of the series.

Differences between manga and TV series

Korean live-action movie

Main article: Antique (film)

The Korean adaptation, Antique (Korean: 서양골동양과자점 앤티크, Seoyang-gol Dongyang-gwaja-jeom Antique), was released on November 13, 2008, and drew more than 1 million moviegoers within its first two weeks of release, making it one of the most successful Korean movies ever made.[11] Directed by Min Kyu-dong, the movie stars (amongst others) Joo Ji Hoon (Goong/Princess Hours and The Devil) as the owner Jin Hyuk and Kim Jae Wook (Coffee Prince) as the genius patissier Son Woo. The film was exhibited at the Berlin International Film Festival in February 2009.[12][13][14] The action in the film has been transposed to Korea and the characters given Korean names; otherwise, the script follows the main plot threads of the manga closely.


The main cast members in this film were: [15]


Animated by Nippon Animation, it features opening and ending themes by popular band Chemistry. A subtitled US release by Nozomi Entertainment has been announced for April 2011.[16]




Comic Book Bin's Avi Weinrib enjoyed DMP's scratch-and-sniff covers.[18] Al Kratina found Antique Bakery "fluffy, light, and disposable".[19] Chris the 4th Pip thought the characters showed "surprising depth".[20]

Janet Houck, writing for Mania Entertainment, felt that the story of the first volume was choppy, using many flashbacks, and that the volume should have been given a higher rating due to its depiction of Ono's backstory.[21] David Welsh enjoyed the character-driven story, especially the Christmas story, which was rooted in a business perspective.[22] Jessica Brooks of Anime Jump enjoyed that although food-themed manga is usually about food preparation, instead Antique Bakery is about customer satisfaction. She also noted that Ono's homosexuality was essentially "played for laughs", although she did not feel this was a negative.[23] Tom Rosin, for MangaLife, felt that the first volume was "about cakes more than anything else", and that he felt hungry after reading Tachibana's sales pitches.[24] Katherine Dacey, writing for Pop Culture Shock, felt that the main theme of the series was a "slice of life friendship story".[25] Johanna Carlson noted that the series is faux-yaoi.[26] Robin Brenner, writing for TeenReads, noted that the series' plot is not "the point" about this manga - the funny character interactions and elegant character artwork are.[27]

The series won the 2002 Kodansha Manga Award for shōjo manga.[1] The English edition of Antique Bakery was nominated for an Eisner Award in 2007, in the category "Best U.S. Edition of International Material - Japan".[28]


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