BL Anime: Antique Bakery (Fujiwara Keiji, Miki Shinichiro, Miyano Mamoru)
As we say goodbye to the first season of Junjou Romantica, here comes a new BL anime that you shouldn’t miss :) Antique Bakery アンティーク～西洋骨董洋菓子店～!
This series, depicting the lives of four men who work in a small bakery, is based on manga by Yoshinaga Fumi よしながふみ, the mangaka who gave us memorable and touching BL stories such as Gerard & Jacques ジェラールとジャック that has engaging plot and well-fleshed out characters. It won the 2002 Kodansha Manga Award for the shojo manga category. Slated for 12 episodes and featuring some of my favourite seiyuus, such as Miki Shinichirou and Miyano Mamoru as the leads… I’m a happy girl ^^
Official site: http://www.antique-anime.com/
US Licensed DVD collection with English subs here!
Quick Summary (edited from ANN & Wiki)
The story revolves around four men who maintain a small yet elegant cafe known as “Antique”: Tachibana Keisuke/Keiichiro (橘 圭一郎), Ono Yuusuke (小野 裕介), Kanda Eiji (神田 えいじ) and Kobayakawa Chikage (小早川 千影).
Tachibana is the grandson of a rich businessman and has just resigned from a top firm to manage his own bakery. Ono is a famous pastry chef and an infamous “devilish homosexual” who is irresistibly attractive to all men except Tachibana. He had confessed his love for Tachibana when they were in high school but was harshly rejected. Eiji is a retired young boxer who loves pastries. He becomes Ono’s apprentice and kitchen helper. Chikage is Tachibana’s childhood friend who is sent by Tachibana’s family to watch over him.
The first episode was broadcast on 03 July 2008 and whee~ the subs are out! XD It is VERY entertaining. The anime has a good balance of human drama and humour, thanks to the good plot. Great performances by the seiyuus. Mikishin is wonderful as the gay pastry chef! Good chemistry with the totally straight Tachibana (Fujiwara Keiji). I laughed out loud at certain points and the “chibis” true to Yoshinaga-sensei’sunique style are really different and refreshing.
Realistic looking pastries that gave me sweet cravings. It has a pretty good soundtrack too. The opening and ending songs are performed by Chemistry ^^ The animation wasn’t too bad cos the people actually moved lol~ and facial expressions are nicely done too. So yeah. ^^)b
The only gripe I had is with the environment. They used 3D to create all the surroundings and it was quite jarring to my eyes. Well, cos everything look too perfect and clean. Corners of doors and buildings too sharp, sofas that don’t dent or sink in when you sit on them *sweatdrop* Like toy blocks rather than a living space but I guess most people wouldn’t be bothered by it. Fortunately it doesn’t affect the enjoyment of the anime too much. o_O”
Overall, a very enjoyable start and good introduction to all the main characters in episode one. Looking forward to more! :D
The classical soundtrack is really awesome too.
Quick episode summary:
- Episode 1 Very entertaining!
- Episode 2 (looking great!) :D
- Episode 3 I can’t remember how many times I laughed out loud at the events in this episode. Too good! Lol~
- Episode 4 XD I so love this series (=^^=) *blush* I think it is going to be on my top ranked BL series. Not only funny but has depth and intrigue.
- Episode 5 This episode saw lots of blushing faces and over reactions to delicious pastries lol~ anyway, a bit too saccharine sweet :P Entertaining nonetheless ^^ The only complaint… the women here all seem quite stupid =_=
- Episode 6 An old flame visits! Funny but serious at the same time. Interesting note when Ono mentioned that he didn’t think about wanting take good care of himself. Self-destructive behaviour?
Director: Yoshiaki Okumura
Fujiwara Keiji 藤原 啓治 as Tachibana Keiichiro
Miki Shinichiro 三木 眞一郎 as Ono Yuusuke
Eiji Hanawa 英司花輪 as Kobayakawa Chikage
Miyano Mamoru 宮野真守 as Kanda Eiji
Music: Takefumi Haketa
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