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Yakitate!! Japan (焼きたて!! ジャぱん, meaning “Freshly Baked!! Ja-pan”) is a manga serialised in Shogakukan’s Shonen Sunday, by Takashi Hashiguchi (橋口たかし, Takashi Hashiguchi). 21 graphic novels have been released as of January 2006. For the anime 69 episodes were produced by Sunrise, and was broadcast on TV Tokyo and other local stations from October 2004 to March 2006. The manga series has been licensed by VIZ Media. The series won the 2004 Shogakukan Manga Prize (小学館漫画賞, Shogakukan Manga Prize)) for best Shonen Manga.
The story focuses on Kazuma Azuma, a boy on his quest to create Ja-pan, a national bread for Japan itself. He initially heads to Tokyo to expand his bread-making horizons at the bread-making chain Pantasia; the story continues with Azuma’s exploits with his other coworkers.
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