YMMV / Yakitate!! Japan

  • Arc Fatigue: The Yakitate 25 arc starts off decent enough, with some surprising plot points (like Azuma losing for the first time in the series,) but quickly falls into a strict formula so bad that the reader can actually start to predict how every single match will play out, right down to the basis of the gags.
  • Audience-Alienating Premise: It's a shonen anime about making bread. How could it not be. The sheer amount of pun-based humor help make it this for American audiences, as well.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: "Kid".
  • Expy: Kidd is arguably an expy of Bill Clinton, with Non-Standard Character Design that resembles the former president and a name referencing Clinton's nickname, the Comeback Kid.
  • Esoteric Happy Ending: Parodied and lampshaded repeatedly in the Yakitate 25 arc, where Azuma declares any victory a happy ending, ignoring the fact that most of his opponents have shape-shifted with no sign of changing back any time soon, and the occasional bad thing that happens to some other character (like Ken becoming a yazuka leader against his will, or Kuroyanagi suffering severe internal bleeding as a result of a reaction.)
  • Evil Is Sexy: As the manga goes on, Yukino wears less and less the more you learn of her evil. Culminating in chapters where she wears nothing at all.
    • One example: She is somehow able to wear this getup to a public playground and not get arrested.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: In a case of Cant Unhear It, Ryo Kuroyanagi is played by Takehito Koyasu, who later played Dio Brando in the 2012 adaptation of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure. Puts a whole new spin on "How many breads have you eaten in your life," huh?
  • Ho Yay: Ken-chan & Mokoyama, Kanmuri & Kuroyanagi-sempai.
  • Moral Event Horizon:
    • Yuuichi Kirisaki returned home to his starving and dying kids while they were respectively 10 and 5 to eat a large bread right in front of them and denying them to eat any of it, all the while commenting on how delicious it was. Later, it's revealed this was due to the influence of the Devil Bread, meaning this instance belongs to it instead.
    • Yukino once left Tsukino to die in a well in a snowy area, which would have worked if it weren't for Azuma's bread. In-universe, the main characters speculate that she never truly crossed it and that she was simply born evil.
  • Suspiciously Similar Song: Does "Daybreak Symphony" remind you of any other songs with "symphony" in the title, by any chance?
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: Kawaichi's Flanderization from potential rival to Azuma who can only hope to compete with him through hard work and grueling Training from Hell to obnoxious Butt-Monkey that even his friends are embarrassed to be around can be hard to watch. The manga even offers him one more chance to finally compete with Azuma on his level, only to cruelly snatch it from him at the last second for the sake of a gag.
  • Woolseyism: The English translation of the manga does a pretty good job of translating the Japanese puns into English ones.
    • The Indonesian Translations on the other hand use a rather interesting way where the joke is kept and added a translator note. As a bonus, there are several reference to Indonesian culture that is added by the translator.