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->''"There is English bread, German bread, and French bread, but Japan's bread -- [[{{Pun}} Ja-pan]] -- does not exist. In that case, there is no choice but to create it. This story is a [[BlatantLies serious, biographical ballad]] of a boy who possesses [[SuperpowerLottery Solar Hands]], Kazuma Azuma, who will create a Japanese bread made by and for the Japanese people, which can be presented to the world proudly."''
-->--''Opening Narration''

In the world of ''Yakitate!! Japan'', bread is SeriousBusiness. And no one takes it more seriously than Kazuma Azuma, a teenaged baker whose dream it is to create a national bread for his native country of Japan. It's an uphill battle however, as Japan is a land where rice has always ruled and where bread has never been held in very high regard. But all that is about to change thanks to the efforts of our gastronomically savant hero, who, with his "solar hands" and ten years of self-study, has become a master of his craft.

The story begins with Kazuma heading to [[TokyoIsTheCenterOfTheUniverse The Big City]] to apply for a position at ''Pantasia'', one of Japan's biggest bakery franchises. Unfortunately, once he gets there he finds himself having to compete for the job with about thirty other applicants, most of whom have had some sort of formal training and education. Will a young, naive boy with pluck and determination be able to measure up in a CookingDuel against Japan's finest up-and-coming bread makers?

...Well ''duh''. This is a {{shonen}} series, after all...

During the course of the show, Kazuma gets to strut his stuff in several baking {{tournament arc}}s, as well as meet a cast of wacky characters, including:
* Kyousuke Kawachi - {{The idiot from Osaka}}. Kazuma's co-worker and one of his more lighthearted [[TheRival rivals]].
* Kai Suwabara - A grim-faced master swordsman who took up bread making for philosophical reasons. Rival to both Kazuma and Kyosuke and the series' {{AntiHero}}.
* Shigeru Kanmuri - Harvard-trained TeenGenius who looks to the cold hand of Science to create the world's next Big Bread Breakthrough.
* Tsukino Azusagawa - TheChick. Outcast granddaughter of the Pantasia chain owner. Is vying to become his heir along with her stepsisters, the annoying Mizuno and the psychotic {{devil in plain sight}}, Yukino.
* Kageto Kinoshita - (aka the "Mushroom-head" guy). Another of Kazuma's co-workers who usually gets stuck doing all of the work while everyone is off competing in tournaments. The series' {{butt monkey}}.
* Ken Matsushiro - {{The Obi Wan}}. Kazuma's boss and mentor. Wears a {{funny Afro}} and has a thing for horses. (No, not ''that'' sort of a thing...) Is a [[LargeHam MASSIVE Ham]].
* Ryo Kuroyanagi - Hard-assed tournament judge with a talent for making overblown and very elaborate [[PungeonMaster pun-based reactions]] to anything he tastes. A {{running gag}} has Kazuma frequently calling him an "old man" even though he's only 22.
* Spencer Henry Hokō - An Italian-American dude all the way from California and worked at the Nagoya branch of Pantasia. [[ButNotTooForeign Thinks he is a true-blue Nagoya guy.]] He shows up during the first TournamentArc and loses to Kazuma Azuma. He returns in the second TournamentArc as a member of Team America.
* Yuuichi Kirisaki- owner and ManipulativeBastard of St. Pierre's, rival of Pantasia. He looks like Gendō Ikari from Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion and is [[HeyItsThatVoice voiced by the guy]] who did the voice of Gendō too. He tries sabotaging Team Japan during the [[TournamentArc Monaco Cup]] and hires the members of Team America to defeat them. He starts Yakitate 25!(9 in anime) as an attempt to humiliate Kazuma. [[spoiler: He was the guy that gave Kazuma the inspiration to start Ja-pan, the national bread of Japan.]]

''Yakitate Japan'' is notable for being a [[TheParody parody]] of the shonen fighting anime genre, skewering many of the traditional ''shonen'' character archetypes, and the [[MundaneMadeAwesome overblown way]] in which even the most mundane turns of the plot are depicted. It's a fun--and at times, educational--action series. Watch it, and you'll never again think bread is ''boring''.

This series has [[WMG/YakitateJapan Wild Mass Guessing]].

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!!This series provides examples of:

* ABNegative: Pierrot Bolnez has the Bombay bloodtype. [[spoiler: So does the king of Monaco]].
* AbortedArc: The Yakitate 25 contest is ended abruptly by Kirisaki partway through [[spoiler: after he turns into a hupan,]] and the manga moves on to the final battle instead. The fact that the arc had quickly succumbed to being StrictlyFormula probably had something to do with it.
* AbsoluteCleavage: Tsukino sports some as an elf during an {{omake}}.
* AffablyEvil: Yuichi Kirisaki, who needs to keep up a polite profile in public. Evil, but very smart. [[spoiler:He wasn't always this way though.]]
* AnimeAccentAbsence: Heck, Spencer lives in Nagoya so long, he ends up talking in Nagoya-ben.
* ArtShift: The {{Flashback}} sequence where Kuroyanagi recalls being an exchange student in America. He's drawn in an anime style, yet his American classmates are all drawn in a more realistic "Western" style. The recurring character named "Kid" is also drawn in this style whenever he appears.
* AssimilationPlot [[spoiler: Kirisaki's ultimate goal is to control the entire world with his go-pan.]]
* BaldWomen: In manga only, [[spoiler:Tsukino Azusagawa, after becoming head of the company]] shaves her head. It's not noticed until her wig falls off...
* BalefulPolymorph: Food starts having this effect more and more once the Yakitate 25 arc rolls around, with the effects lasting longer and longer, to the point that the in-universe viewers are starting to wonder if it's all going too far.
** Kawaichi spends the majority of said arc suffering various transformations.
* BattleAura: Although in this series, it ''should'' be called, "Baking Aura"
* BedmateReveal: For Kawachi [[http://www.mangareader.net/yakitate-japan/238/15 here]] why she's naked has no explanation.
* {{Bishonen}}: Tsubozuka and Kanmuri. Kanmuri was featured in an omake where it was revealed that you can't tell him from Tsukino if you zoom in enough.
* BitingTheHandkerchief
* BlankWhiteEyes: One of Kazuma's more "dramatic" breads can bring about this effect, with an accompanying {{Near Death Experience}}.
** And Shadow White.
* BodyMotifs: Hands.
* BokeAndTsukkomiRoutine: Kawachi and Azuma when they do the "What the hell?" routine ''a la'' [[Manga/AzumangaDaioh Tomo]].
* ButNotTooForeign: Meister Silvan and Sophie Balzac Kirisaki.
** S.H. Hokou is an example of an American based in Japan but not too American.
* ButtMonkey: Kageto Kinoshita. The sad thing is that, with his talents and abilities, he could easily become cool and popular--if it wasn't for his generic looks.
** Kawachi becomes this later on. His entire role in the manga essentially becomes to be less cool, less respected, and less fantastic than Azuma, Kai, and the others. Even his family starts insulting and looking down on him... that's just cruel.
* CallingYourAttacks: Calling out the name of one's bread while conjuring up dramatic backgrounds is a favorite tactic amongst tournament competitors.
* CantCatchUp: Kawachi is actually pretty good at baking bread overall: he did pull his own weight at various Pantasia branches, and he manages to win several matches on his own - in fact, his only outright loss to anyone other than Azuma was a result of sabotage. He's just not nearly as good as Azuma, who starts better and quickly surpasses pretty much the entire world of baking.
* CatchPhrase: Kawachi's "What the heck?!" He's routinely [[LampshadeHanging mocked for it]] by the others.
* CharlesAtlasSuperpower: Though he doesn't have any special innate abilities like Azuma has, Kawaichi is eventually able to gain his own version of the Solar Hands (called Solar Gauntlets) as well as superhuman finger dexterity, though grueling physical training.
* ChekhovsGun: Pierrot Bolnez's ring.
* ChekhovsSkill: A meta example. Some of the early {{Omake}} include the author discussing some of his early work, which included a manga based on ''VideoGame/StreetFighterII''. [[spoiler: Years later, in the final volume, it turns out Kawachii saves the world from global warming by having a reaction that transforms him into Dhalsim and he levitates every land mass in the world to prevent flooding.]]
* CombatCommentator: Many characters in Yakitate! Japan, usually the Manager Ken Matsushiro and Ryo Kuroyanagi. Their explanations are usually triggered by Kawachi, {{the idiot from Osaka}}, saying that he doesn't understand what's going on.
* ConspicuousTrenchcoat: The Kaiser brothers are usually stacked on top of one another and covered by a wrap-around cloak. Normally more than one head protrudes from the cloak, but the cloak hides the actual way in which they're stacked (including their legs and feet), so when it finally gets revealed, it creates a great shock.
* ContemptibleCover: Many, ''many'' manga covers, example [[http://www.mangareader.net/334-22924-1/yakitate-japan/chapter-88.html here]].
* CookingDuel
* CrossdressingVoices: Yumiko Kobayashi voicing Kazuma Azuma and Marina Inoue voicing Shigeru Kanmuri.
* CrossPoppingVeins
* DefeatMeansFriendship
** They even [[LampshadeHanging mention]] this trope in the Yakitate 25 arc by name after Azuma defeats, "God's Child" in a pizza duel.
* DevilInPlainSight: Yukino.
* DoppelgangerSpin: A variation, in that Kageto Kinoshita doesn't use it to attack, but rather to make "clones" of himself so he can get his and everybody else's work done. Tournament Judge Pierrot Bolnez also has this talent used to taste all of the submissions at once. Both characters learned this technique while working in the circus, surprisingly.
** The characters catch on to this, saying "Maybe all clowns can create clones of themselves these days." Or words to that effect.
* DoubleEntendre: Tsukino subverts this. When Ken convinces Suwabara not to commit seppuku by telling him that Monica was pregnant, Ken says "when a man and a woman are living in the same house alone, there is nothing for them to do except--" She completes the sentence saying "play cards, right, Manager?"
** Later played straight during the Yakitate 25 arc when Azuma and the gang are making a soft bread and their opponent is making a hard bread. Tsukino turns to the manager and says, "Between a hard and soft bread its obvious that hard is better, right?" To which Ken replies, "That's your preferment as a woman..." Mind you he is shirtless and she is wearing a bikini at the time to make it more suggestive.
* DrillSergeantNasty: Examiner Kuroyanagi.
* EnemyMime: Shadow White, even though he doesn't dress the part, can imitate people just as well as Marcel Marceau.
* EnemyWithout: [[spoiler: In the final arc of the series, Kirisaki's agony in his quest to create his own Ja-pan, combined with the power of the devil bread, eventually rejects his body and leaves to become it's own entity.]]
* EurekaMoment: Has inspired Kazuma more than a few times.
** Kawachi gets a few as well.
* EvenTheGirlsWantHer: In an Omake, Tsukino Azusagawa is shown to be receiving a lot of love letters in her shoe box. She's in an all-girls school.
* ExplodingCalendar: [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] when the cast notes their month-long TrainingMontage only took one page.
* EyeBeams: Of ''bread''.
* FightingFromTheInside: [[spoiler: Kirisaki's original personality manages to surface just long enough to reveal himself as the man who inspired Azuma to make bread in the first place and thank him to allowing him to be his true self again before the Devil Bread takes him over entirely.]]
** Also, [[spoiler: Kawaichi manages to temporarily fight back the effects of Kirisaki's mind-control go-pan before he can force feed the bread to Azuma.]]
* FlagBikini
* {{Flanderization}}: Kawachi, quickly morphing from JerkWithAHeartOfGold to TheIdiotFromOsaka to the point that it seems like they're two completely different characters.
* FlashBack: Nearly every single time someone tastes bread.
** ESPECIALLY with Pierrot Bolneze, who divulges practically all of his life whenever he tastes the Japan representatives' bread.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: There are plenty of hints that [[spoiler: the baker with a beard but no mustache that opened a bakery named St. Pierre that taught Azuma about bread-making and Ja-pan]] is [[spoiler: Yuichi Kirisaki, ruthless owner of Pantasia's rival St. Pierre]] well before TheReveal is officially made near the end of the series.
* FourIsDeath: Azuma's 44th variety of bread has the power to send people to heaven. Unless the person was at the end of their lifespan, however, [[BackFromTheDead they get better]].
* FreakinessShame: Monica Adenauer, as a master confectioner, has heavily scarred hands due to cutting herself many times on her sugar creations, and is embarrassed to let Suwabara see them. When he does, he finds them to be the hands of a dedicated craftswoman and calls them beautiful.
* FunnyAfro: Ken--and Kawachi, at one point.
* GeniusDitz: Azuma's math skills and rice knowledge, anyone?
** Suwabara isn't much better, seemingly knowing only two things - bread and swordsmanship.
* GenkiGirl: Mizuno Azusagawa.
* GenreSavvy: In a recent omake Kazuma Azuma proves to be a little insightful to the world he lives in. Sometime when both he and Tsukino were kids they both ended up in a dry well. To escape Azuma fed her a piece of bread realizing that the pun would turn her into a tower to facilitate their escape.
** Kirisaki takes the cake for this though. [[spoiler: Having Yukino make a reverse tart so that the reaction would switch all of the wins in losses in Yakitate 25.]]
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: The that "doll" that Air!Yukino is put into after the Reverse Tart arc is a sex doll.
* GivingSomeoneThePointerFinger
* GhostLights
* GratuitousForeignLanguage: Tsubozuka. The language differs depending on what country the manga's published in.
* HalfHumanHybrid: The hupans are half-human, half-''bread''.
* HopelessBossFight: The match against Norihei essentially boils down into this, and it got mercilessly lampshaded.
* HugeGuyTinyGirl (Leonhart XIV and Maetal)
** Duh! Mokoyama and [[BrattyHalfPint Miz]]u[[MoralityPet no]].
* HurricaneOfPuns: Barely a chapter goes by without some horrendous pun, many of which are lost entirely in the English translations. Even the series title is a pun: "pan" is Japanese for "bread", so "Ja-pan" can be read as "Japanese bread", which plays on the names of other varieties of bread like "furansu pan" (lit. "French bread"), etc.
* IdiotHair: Kazuma and Monica Adenauer.
* ImAHumanitarian:
** Azuma takes a bite out of [[ButtMonkey Kawachi]] when he turns into a monaka, some sort of wafer cake, thanks to the reaction. [[CrossesTheLineTwice Then]] Kanmuri takes a bite too. Then Kawachi eats himself, and finds [[ITasteDelicious himself delicious]].
** Kuroyanagi does this to the hupan when he becomes one himself.
* ImportantHaircut: Kawachi, from dyed blonde hair, to Afro (which, in reality, is a crewcut with an Afro wig on top), to shiny bald and back to dyed blonde hair again.
* ImpossiblyDeliciousFood: Chefs bake bread so good that ''anything'' can happen. One bite, and you'll literally...
** Die and go to heaven (temporarily, of course);
** [[TimeTravel Travel back in time]];
** Experience MoreThanMindControl;
** Physically undergo {{Shapeshifting}}.
** Going [[DragonBallZ Super-Saiyan.]]
** [[BreakingTheFourthWall Change the title of the manga for an entire tankobon.]]
* InformedAbility: Kai Suwabara is mentioned from the get-go as being one of the greatest young bread makers in a generation, having already won a major competition before even applying to work at Pantasia. He's then widely seen as the competitor to beat in the Pantasia rookie tournament. His actual victory count in-series? [[spoiler: One. He only gets the job at the main Pantasia branch because both Kawachi and Azuma drop out. He gets to the semifinals of the rookie tournament because his opponents withdraw; he then loses to Azuma and ties Kawachi in the runner-up match. His bread in the Monaco Cup semifinals isn't tasted, and he loses to Monica in the finals. His final match, against Azuma in 'Yakitate! 25', is once again a loss. The only battle he wins is in the Monaco Cup second preliminary, where he's at a disadvantage due to having to use a huge number of ingredients, but he manages to produce a bread better than the French team's.]]
* InsaneTrollLogic: After marrying and divorcing a woman for the sake of a reaction, Kuroyanagi defends his actions by claiming that since the prefecture they're in has the lowest divorce rate in the country, people should get divorced more to get closer to the national average.
--> '''Kuroyanagi''': You only have one life to live, but you can get divorced as many times as you want. Oh how wonderful, divorces!
** He also argues that compared to the number of times Kawaichi says [[CatchPhrase "What do you mean!?"]] in a single day, his divorce means nothing.
* InvincibleHero: Azuma ties once the entire series. And has an implied loss twice, when people in other brackets (first Koala, then Shadow White) do better than him. He is never out right defeated in a direct competition, though.
** Actually, the tie doesn't really count since Azuma didn't participate in the jam match against Tsutsumi
** Didn't he lose against Miki Norihei in the yakitate 25 in a seaweed bread contest?
** Does that count, since Mr. Norihei is from another dimension?
* KarmicTransformation: Yukino is repeatedly shown to be a shallow, vain, and evil person that uses sex appeal and the power from her dad's money to get what she wants. She's eventually changed into a wisp of air that's inhabiting a sex doll - the manga sure isn't saying that's what she really was all along, but it's sure implying it. As for what happens when she no longer has power over anyone, see below.
* LaserGuidedKarma: Yukino - gets turned into a wisp of air, which is then forced to inhabit a sex doll and thus can no longer move under her own power, and she gets abandoned during the climax of the Hu-Pan confrontation. The last chapter even makes a point of averting WhatHappenedToTheMouse to show that she's still stuck there.
* LargeHam: MISTER KEN MATSUSHIRO!
* LawyerFriendlyCameo: One of the enemies in the Yakitate!! 25 arc is the mascot for a certain brand of seaweed.
* LighterAndSofter: While the manga's subject is rather tame, much of the contents from it deserved the Teens rating. However, the anime is clean enough to put on your typical Saturday morning slot.
* LoomingSilhouetteOfRage
* ManlyGay: Arguably Mokoyama, who likes to call Matsuhiro "Ken-chan"
** Taken to CampGay levels in the Philippine dub.
* MaskPower: Meister Kirisaki, whose mask apparently contains {{Hammerspace}} where he keeps his "rating birds".
* MediumAwareness (When the manga shifts to color in the middle of a page,they wonder how they can suddenly see colours now).
** Then there's volume 17. [[spoiler: Azuma reacted so strongly to a competitor's bread that the manga changed its name to ''It's Yakitate!! Japan''. Azuma even hands Kawachi a copy of the manga to prove it.]]
*** This happens in the anime too, and they rewind back to the opening credits to see it.
* MindControlEyes: A very subtle version: [[spoiler: When Kawaichi is put under the influence of Kirisaki's mind control go-pan, he gains a mild case of CreepyShadowedUndereyes to make him look more evil.]]
* MirrorMatch: The battle against the ninja in the Yakitate!! 25 arc: Both sides made bread with the same ingredients and preparation techniques. The only difference was the way the bread was kneaded.
* MissConception: [[spoiler:Suwabara]] is convinced that [[spoiler:Monica]] is pregnant, despite them having only "embraced a number of times". It's clear from the context that he doesn't mean "had sex" when he thinks it, either.
** It's revealed in the finale, though, that [[spoiler: Suwabara]] did eventually catch on. [[spoiler: In time to actually conceive a child with Monica.]]
* MonsterClown: Pierrot Bolnez isn't a villain, but his powers and abilities are so uncanny that he arguably qualifies.
* MsFanservice: Monica Adenauer, who tries to intimidate Suwabara using this. It fails.
** [[http://www.mangareader.net/334-22851-25/yakitate-japan/chapter-15.html Tsukino]] and her sisters! [[http://www.mangareader.net/334-22989-24/yakitate-japan/chapter-153.html There]] [[http://www.mangareader.net/334-22980-22/yakitate-japan/chapter-144.html is]] [[http://www.mangareader.net/334-22970-28/yakitate-japan/chapter-134.html even]] [[http://www.mangareader.net/334-22960-22/yakitate-japan/chapter-124.html a]] [[http://www.mangareader.net/334-22951-22/yakitate-japan/chapter-115.html fan]] [[[[http://www.mangareader.net/334-22862-1/yakitate-japan/chapter-26.html service]] [[http://www.mangareader.net/334-23009-21/yakitate-japan/chapter-173.html -]][[http://www.mangareader.net/334-23019-21/yakitate-japan/chapter-183.html y]] [[http://www.mangareader.net/334-22941-27/yakitate-japan/chapter-105.html shot]] [[http://www.mangareader.net/334-23049-1/yakitate-japan/chapter-213.html of]] Tsukino [[http://www.mangareader.net/334-22931-28/yakitate-japan/chapter-95.html on]] [[http://www.mangareader.net/334-22921-22/yakitate-japan/chapter-85.html the]] [[http://www.mangareader.net/334-22914-22/yakitate-japan/chapter-78.html flap]] [[http://www.mangareader.net/334-22906-22/yakitate-japan/chapter-70.html of]] [[http://www.mangareader.net/334-22896-22/yakitate-japan/chapter-60.html every]] [[http://www.mangareader.net/334-22887-24/yakitate-japan/chapter-51.html cover]] [[http://www.mangareader.net/334-22999-22/yakitate-japan/chapter-163.html !]]
** [[http://www.mangareader.net/334-22850-1/yakitate-japan/chapter-14.html Azuma's sister is this on occasion.]]
** For some [[GratuitousEnglish bizarre reason]] Tsukino is wearing a shirt that says [[http://www.mangareader.net/334-22863-8/yakitate-japan/chapter-27.html "hooker"]] on this page.
* MundaneMadeAwesome: It's safe to say that if most people reacted to tasting bread the way the people in ''this'' series do, bread would be immediately classified as a Schedule I Controlled Substance.
** It's not just bread. In this series, ''any type of food can produce astounding reactions as long as the chef is good enough''. Let's put it like this; one of the first reactions we saw was a guy bending himself to look like a crescent moon. Fast-forward a few arcs and we have a guy ''[[TimeTravel travelling through time]]''. Fast-forward some more and we have people actually entering "reaction worlds" and ''{{Shapeshifting}}''.
* TheMuse: Kawachi inspires the majority of Azuma's awesome bread ideas. Almost all the other ones come from him already having made it [[CrazyPrepared before.]]
* NaughtyNuns: Mako Graham, the nun who taught Kawachi to go afro (sort of), is far from the nice nuns you see around everyday. She even hand-signals as if she was smoking.
* NegatedMomentOfAwesome: Preparing for a match against Azuma, Kawaichi undergoes physical training under Meister Kirisaki to gain superhuman finger dexterity on top of his Solar Gauntlets, possibly giving him a chance to finally compete on equal terms with Azuma. Unfortunately, Azuma's bread transforms the judge into a giant butterfly, rendering him unable to eat bread, and since the entire goal of the competition (to convince the judge, Azuma's grand-uncle, to hand over his special wheat,) was accomplished, Kawaichi didn't even get to do anything.
* NobuyukiHiyama: Iwashiro Tetsuo from the manga Wild Life {episode 58}
* NoFourthWall
** Especially prevalent in the Omake (unless that is to what the above poster referred), ''Takitate! Gohan'', such as when [[PunnyName Shiro]]yagani excuses the taking of all ten points from almost every entry in the employment competition with it being an Omake.
* NoblewomansLaugh:
** Yukino.
** [[ManlyGay Mokoyama.]]
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Michael Schumacher doing an InitialD before going to Formula One? Azuma mistaking Lake Iglesia with Julio Iglesias? Kaiser's fans behaving like the Detroit Tigers fans? They're all here.
* NonStandardCharacterDesign: Brad Kidd
** And Norihei Miki, being a corporate mascot and all.
* OneNoteCook: Azuma can make bread and only bread. Luckily, he rarely has to make anything else.
* OutOfFocus: Kageto was never really focused on all that much, but by the Yakitate 25 arc he just sort of quietly disappears from the manga, even when the characters are hanging out at the store.
* PaintingTheMedium: Once,when Azuma reacts after tasting an opponent's bread,[[spoiler:he pulls out the manga to show Kawachi that his reaction was so profound it ''changed the title'']].
* PaperFanOfDoom: A Mecha version of Yukino wields one of these during a bread-reaction hallucination.
* PeekABangs: Takumi Tsubozuka.
* PerpetualExpression: Brad Kidd's face is exactly the same every time he appears.
* ThePowerOfFriendship
* PowerPerversionPotential: [[http://www.mangareader.net/334-22886-20/yakitate-japan/chapter-50.html This]] {{omake}} shows Kai Suwabara's German bread giving [[TokenMiniMoe Mizuno Azusagawa]] some....[[UnusualEuphemism large tracks of land]]
* QuirkyMinibossSquad: CMAP is an invocation, as they were actually trained to become quirky because they were celebrities.
* RealityWarper: Ryo Kuroyanagi
** high-quality bread, can rewrite the fabric of reality when sufficiently awesome.
* RieKugimiya: Monica Adenauer
* ScaryShinyGlasses: Hiroshi Kaname and Yuuichi Kirisaki.
* SceneryCensor: In a manga {{omake}},a cat nicks Tsukino's bra while she's changing and she chases after it into the [[http://www.mangareader.net/334-22851-29/yakitate-japan/chapter-15.html main shop]]. Cue BeatPanel of the boys' beaten in faces.
* SeriousBusiness: Apparently it's serious enough that a cooking duel between breadmakers from two competing bakery chains can warrant a stadium-sized audience and "Death of Anna Nicole Smith"-level media coverage.
** However, even more serious is the art of reacting to bread.
*** Kuroyanagi has made it clear that he's willing to risk bodily harm and even death for the sake of a reaction. Most evident in the jam match between Kanmuri and Tsutsumi, where his reactions consist of shoving his face into a bowl of boiling hot, flaming jam and suffering serious burns, and then trying to climb into a large pot in order to ''smoke himself to death.''
*** Another reaction has him run off and marry a random {{Gonk}} woman with the last name Shima just so he can change his surname (he ends up divorcing her just in time to taste the competition's bread.)
* ShipTease:[[http://www.mangareader.net/334-22869-2/yakitate-japan/chapter-33.html Tsukino]] licking her lips while baking an Azuma shaped bread. She also licks her hand where Azuma touched her in the 3rd episode.
* ShoutOut: Tons.
** One of Kuroyanagi's overblown pun-based reactions to tasting a turtle-shaped dessert has him turning into Gamera, the giant, flying, fire-breathing turtle ''kaiju''.
** Episode 68 appears to be a LordOfTheRings parody... with cooking.
** One of the earlier episodes has the manager Matsushiro pulling a Kenshiro (''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'') on Kawachi. Matsushiro Ken -> Kenshiro? It makes sense! 'Omae mo hatsuga suru' [[note]][[YouAreAlreadyDead You are already bread?]][[/note]]
** The Black Tri-Stars from MobileSuitGundam show up as three expert bakers from St. Pierre's Kyūshū branch. They tasted Kazuma's Black Ja-pan and had a reaction where they fought the Nobel Gundam from GGundam which was piloted by Yukino (and had a caption reminding people they were still watching ''Yakitate!! Japan''. ) They quit after the reaction.
** In one episode, Pierrot eats "Alexandria" Egyptian Bread, with Kodaimai Miso flavoring and turns into Detective Conan.
** In another episode, Kuroyanagi turns into Super Kuroyanagi (a parody of Super Sayain) by eating Takumi Tsubodzuka's Super Toro Aburi. He fights Kawachi in a DBZ-style fight. He turns into Super Kuroyanagi 2 (a parody of Super Sayain 2) and Super Kuroyanagi 3 (a parody of Super Sayain 3) as a result of eating Urchin-roe Chawanmushi bread.
** In another episode, Kuroynagi turns into a parody of Monkey D. Luffy by eating Kazuma Azuma's Ōkuchi Wafuu (Japanese-style) Ja-pan Man.
** Kawachi Kyousuke tries some kelp marinated in soda and turns into Pepmiman, a parody of Pepsiman. He rescues a girl from drowning at sea. He also beats two sharks that tried to eat the girl.
** And there was yet another sequence involving Kawachi as a [[{{Naruto}} blond ninja in bright orange clothes]].
** Then there's [[http://www.mangareader.net/334-22959-23/yakitate-japan/chapter-123.html this]], done in the style of ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'', which gets several other shout-outs, to the point where it is hard to believe the manga-ka isn't a fan.
*** Pierrot's way of showing his hatred for microwaves? RapidFireFistcuffs complemented with a battle cry that is not uncommon in said series.
--> '''Pierrot:''' PIEROEROEROEROEROERO!!!!
** Only in the anime, a 2 in 1 ShoutOut by the Egyptian representatives who introduced themselves as Blue Sphinx, Cleopatra Pink and Pyramid's Red.
*** One is a way of naming [[FightingSpirit stands]] in ''[[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure Stardust Crusaders]]'',
*** The other is a tribute to ''ChourikiSentaiOhranger'', with the blue and red rangers are associated with the sphinx and pyramid respectively.
** When Meister Kirisaki decides to train Kawachi, he talks about making him an iron man, complete with images of Kawaichi dressed as {{Gigantor}} [[note]]The original Japanese name for Gigantor is Tetsujin 28, or "Iron Man 28"[[/note]]
** When Kawachi, Suwabara, and Azuma pass out from heatstroke after being on a deserted island for a week, a certain doctor with the initials [[BlackJack B.J]] takes care of them. He even has the [[http://www.mangareader.net/334-22914-3/yakitate-japan/chapter-78.html scars]] and the [[http://www.mangareader.net/334-22914-4/yakitate-japan/chapter-78.html piercing gaze]]!
* ShownTheirWork:
** They have a bakery consultant; nearly all of the facts, and the out-there ingredients and techniques used to make the breads are real. There's even a recipe in one of the manga volumes for Kazuma's rice-cooker bread.
** The anime has a little [[AndKnowingIsHalfTheBattle segment at the end of each episode]] dedicated to showing off the research they did.
* SkilledButNaive: Kazuma Azuma, who is a superb baker but starts off not even knowing what nan bread is.
* StrictlyFormula: The middle part of the Yakitate 25 arc starts falling into a strict formula after a while: Pantasia competes against someone who's the best in their field at a particular type of food, and both are tasked to make that exact type of food (because St. Pierre is cheating and manipulating the matches behind the scenes,) the Pantasia team ends up staying at a bizarre hotel, Azuma suddenly gets an inspiration for the match thanks to Kawachi, the story cuts to the competition, where Ken shows up late because of {{Yakuza}} business, Pantasia wins, and in later chapters their opponent is [[{{Shapeshifting}} polymorphed]], possibly permanently, while Azuma declares it a happy ending. There's an occasional variation in the formula, but it happens far and few between.
* TalkingAnimal: Mokoyama turns into a talking panda as a reaction to smelling Kazuma's Triple Bamboo Leaf manju.
* ThinkerPose: In episode 31, Kawachi Kyousuke was stripped of his clothes except for his underwear, and he was covered in bread and made to look like "The Thinker" by Rodin after he broke the bread "The Thinker" statue made by the rest of the group.
* TimeToUnlockMoreTruePotential: Kyousuke Kawachi's visit to the "Afro Church"
* TradeYourPassionForGlory
* TrainingFromHell: Kyosuke's attempts to give himself "solar gauntlets".
* {{Tuckerization}}: Kanmuri is named after the author's editor and a minor character (Kanmuri's father) is named after the author himself (and even looks strongly like Hashiguchi).
* UnusualEars: Mokoyama's pointed ears give him a devilish appearance.
* TheVirus: [[spoiler:In the manga,it's revealed that Yuuichi Kirisaki was slowly being corrupted by the go-pan he had eaten. Eventually,the bread takes over his body,replacing his eyes with bread,then announces its plans to TakeOverTheWorld. In the next chapter,Bread!Yuuichi tries to make Azuma eat some by... shooting EyeBeams '''''of bread'''''. [[http://www.mangareader.net/334-41235-6/yakitate-japan/chapter-227.html I am most definitely not making this up]].]]
* WearingAFlagOnYourHead: Monica Adenauer wears a two-piece bikini with American Flag Print in episodes 45-46.
* WhamEpisode: The reveal that [[spoiler: Kirisaki has turned into a half-human, half-bread monster who plans to control the entire world. From there, the entire tournament arc is dropped in favor of an incredibly bizarre save-the-world plot.]]
* WhosOnFirst: One dialogue sequence involves ''naan'' bread, which just happens to sound like the Japanese for "what"; another involves "croissant" being mistaken for a name ending in the honorific ''-san''.
* WorldOfPun: The various reactions to the dish are based on {{pun}}s. For example, in one of the earlier chapters someone tests their bread by offering it to a horse. The horse sniffs and blissfully goes ばく ("baku" a common eating onomatopoeia), written as 馬食 ("horse eats"). [[BilingualBonus Guess it's a male horse]].
* {{Yakuza}}: Ken is eventually elected as the new leader of the yakuza group formerly headed by Kanmuri's father. Though he's reluctant at first, he eventually takes to it.
* YouAreTooLate: [[spoiler: The goal of Azuma and Kawachi was to win the Monaco Cup and allow Tsukino to win over 10 billion yen, thereby allowing her to secure enough Pantasia stock to prevent a hostile takeover by St. Pierre. They win the cup and get the gambling winnings... only to discover that Kirisaki was already able to complete the takeover before the Monaco Cup ended.]]
* ZettaiRyouiki: Tsukino, at school and at work.

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