Nozomi Launches Antique Bakery Site (

By:Chris Beveridge
Date: Monday, February 14, 2011

Nozomi is getting closer to it's release of Antique Bakery which is due out this April and they're rolling out the official site for it today at

At the site, visitors will be able to immerse themselves in the culinary world that serves as a backdrop for Antique Bakery, via a series of special features that will include articles written by popular food bloggers, chefs and specialists, as well as interviews with business owners and cook book authors, recipes and more.

The first installment of this series is an interview with Nicole Bermensolo, the proprietor of Kyotofu, Japanese dessert bar and bakery based in New York City. In it, she discusses how she got interested in Japanese cooking and desserts, Kyotofu’s East-meets-West philosophy, and how the eatery is actively working to bring favorite dishes to fans worldwide through its online store and relationships with Dean & Deluca and All Nippon Airways (ANA). Bermensolo also shares Kyotofu’s recipe for mini green tea chocolate cakes.

Additionally, the site offers visitors the opportunity to:

The Antique Bakery DVD Collection will feature the complete, 12-episode television series in a single DVD box set with Japanese audio and English-language subtitles. It will be housed in a collectors’ art box, and its on-disc extras will include the clean opening and closing, live event coverage, and an interview with AKB48 member Tomomi Kasai, who voices a supporting role in the series. Additionally, the set will include a booklet that contains character bios, quick facts, featured desserts, and two interviews with all four lead voice actors, as well as manga creator Fumi Yoshinaga (Ňoku: The Inner Chambers, Not Love But Delicious Foods Make Me So Happy!).

Antique Bakery aired as part of Fuji TV’s popular noitaminA animation block – home to series including Honey and Clover, Paradise Kiss, Moyashimon (Tales of Agriculture) and Nodame Cantabile. It features animation by Nippon Animation (The Wallflower, Fantastic Children) and Shirogumi, Inc. (Moyashimon: Tales of Agriculture), plus opening and closing music by the R&B duo Chemistry and performances by a cast of fan-favorite actors that includes Keiji Fujiwara (“Maes Hughes” in Fullmetal Alchemist, “Holland” in Eureka Seven), Shinichiro Miki (“Allen” in Escaflowne, “Kurz Weber” in Full Metal Panic!), Mamoru Miyano (“Light” in Death Note, “Tamaki” in Ouran High Host Club), and Eiji Hanawa (“Dumas” in Fantastic Children).

Fumi Yoshinaga’s original manga received the 2002 Kodansha Manga Award for shoujo (girls’) manga and also served as the inspiration for both a live-action Japanese television drama and a 2008 live-action Korean film adaptation. The Antique Bakery manga is published in North America by Digital Manga Publishing and was nominated for an Eisner Award in 2007.

Story concept: In food and in life, one must taste what is bitter to appreciate what is sweet… Troubled that memories of the past continue to invade his dreams of the present, Keiichiro Tachibana stuns all who know him by abruptly quitting his ordinary office job to open a bakery. He envisions a predominantly feminine clientele and a wait staff of cute girls. Instead, his employees include a playboy pâtissier who’s been fired from every job he’s ever had, an ex-boxer with an insatiable sweet tooth, and an absent-minded childhood friend and family servant. Can this unlikely quartet overcome personal tragedies, learn to work together, and discover a recipe for culinary success? The complete 12-episode series!

Series: Antique Bakery