Cover of the anime series DVD, featuring (from left) Kanda, Chikage, Ono, and Tachibana
|西洋 骨董 洋菓子店|
(Seiyō Kottō Yōgashiten)
|Created by||Fumi Yoshinaga|
|Written by||Fumi Yoshinaga|
|Original run||June 1999 – September 2002|
|Written by||Yoshikazu Okada|
|Original network||Fuji TV|
|Original run||October 8, 2001 – December 17, 2001|
|Original run||December 25, 2002 – March 25, 2003|
|Anime television series|
|Directed by||Yoshiaki Okumura|
|Written by||Natsuko Takahashi|
|Original network||Fuji TV (Noitamina)|
|Original run||July 3, 2008 – September 18, 2008|
Antique Bakery (Japanese: 西洋 骨董 洋菓子店, Hepburn: Seiyō Kottō Yōgashiten, lit. "Western Antique Cake Shop") is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Fumi Yoshinaga. The slice of life series follows the lives of four men who work in a pâtisserie. It was originally serialized in the manga magazine Wings from 1999 to 2001, and collected into four tankōbon volumes published by Shinshokan; a spin-off dōjinshi (self-published manga) series has also been produced.
The series has been adapted multiple times: as a live-action television drama that aired on Fuji TV in 2001, as a four-volume audio drama released from 2002 to 2003, and as a television anime series produced by Nippon Animation and Shirogumi that aired on Fuji TV's Noitamina programming block in 2008. Two international adaptions – the 2008 South Korean live-action film Antique, and the 2021 Thai live-action television series Baker Boys – have also been produced. Antique Bakery and its adaptations have been critically acclaimed: the manga won a Kodansha Manga Award for best shōjo manga and the Japanese television drama won both the Nikkan Sports Drama Grand Prix and multiple Television Drama Academy Awards. The Antique Bakery manga was licensed for an English-language release by Digital Manga Publishing in 2005 and Nozomi Entertainment distributed the anime adaptation in North America.
Antique Bakery follows the lives of the four workers at Antique, a pâtisserie in residential Tokyo: store owner and manager Keiichirō Tachibana, pastry chef Yusuke Ono, apprentice pastry chef Eiji Kanda, and waiter Chikage Kobayakawa. Antique is so named because the pâtisserie is located in a former antique shop, and uses antique tableware and furniture in its café. The series focuses on the men as they encounter a variety of comedic and dramatic scenarios, often focused around workplace comedy, the creation and development of pastries, or romantic intrigue. Though the series largely proceeds as a slice of life story without an overarching plot, Tachibana's desire to find the man who kidnapped him as a child is a recurring storyline; the series climaxes with Tachibana working with the police to find a child kidnapper.
Antique Bakery was serialized in the monthly manga magazine Wings from June 1999 to September 2002. Upon its conclusion, the series was collected into four tankōbon (collected volumes) published by Shinshokan. In North America, Digital Manga Publishing published an English-language translation of Antique Bakery as four volumes published from 2000 to 2002, making Antique Bakery Yoshinaga's first manga series to be translated into English. Volumes in the English language release feature scratch and sniff covers.
|No.||Original release date||Original ISBN||English release date||English ISBN|
|1|| June 25, 2000
Following the conclusion of the Antique Bakery manga series, Yoshinga began writing and illustrating Antique Afterwards (それからのアンティーク, Sore kara no Antiiku), a spin-off manga published as a series of dōjinshi (self-published fan comics). In contrast to the main manga series, Antique Afterwards is more overtly influenced by the yaoi (male-male romance, also known as boys' love or BL) genre, and has sexually-explicit content. This includes both sexual encounters merely alluded to in the original series and slash fiction-inspired scenarios that depict same-sex sexual encounters involving the series' canonically heterosexual characters; for example, in one such story, three female customers tell each other improvised erotic stories involving Antique's staff. Fourteen dōjinshi in the Antique Afterwards series have been created by Yoshinga.
Live-action television drama
In 2001, the manga was adapted into the live-action television drama Antique: The Western Cake Shop (アンティーク ～西洋骨董洋菓子店～, Antîku: Seiyô Kottô Yôgashiten), which aired on Fuji TV from October 8 to December 17, 2001. The series was directed by Katsuyuki Motohiro and Eiichirō Hasumi, and written by Yoshikazu Okada. Its theme song, "Youthful Days", is written and performed by Mr. Children. The series removes all depictions of same-sex romance and LGBT identity present in the original manga; for example, Ono is not gay, but has a fear of women and is romantically pursued by an original female character not present in the manga.
List of episodes