Writer/Artist: Natsumi Ando
Translated by: Satsuki Yamashita
Adapted by: Nunzio DeFilipis and Christina Weir
What They Say
RECIPE FOR DISASTER
Najika's dreams are coming true: She's in the finals of a national dessert contest and has found her Flan Prince. But then life goes from sweet to sour as she makes a startling discovery-and loses her sense of taste!
Tragedy strikes on the day of the National Western Confectionary Competition finals! On his way to meet Najika, Sora is hit by a truck and fatally wounded. However, before he dies, he imparts some startling last words to Najika. Determined to keep her promise to Sora, Najika forces herself to go to the competition. However, the shock of losing Sora causes her to lose her sense of taste. How will she be able to compete?
Kobayashi brings a twist into Volume 6 of Kitchen Princess that I never saw coming. Given how light and fluffy the main character is, I thought that Akane's eating disorder would be as serious as the plot would get. I never expected one of the points of the love triangle to get killed off. Sora's death was overly melodramatic (complete with tearful hospital bed final confession), but I am still stunned that he was taken out of the story so abruptly.
A new male character is quickly introduced to be kind of a replacement for Sora, but he looks as if he'll be more of a cooking rival for Najika than a rival for Najika's affections. Still, a dead rival often complicates things for the one remaining, and it appears that it will be some time before any final resolution is reached in Najika's relationship with the remaining Kitazawa brother.
As I've mentioned previously, cooking in this manga is depicted more as an outpouring of Najika's emotions than an arena of competition. Even the finals of the national confectionary competition are more of a montage of Najika’s memories of Sora than a display of her skill. We don't even get to see the any of the desserts made by the other competitors. However, with a cooking rival looming on the horizon, Kobayashi may change the way cooking is used in the story.
Extras include table of contents, an explanation of honorifics, story thus far summary, cast of characters, closing remarks from the manga's writer and artist, Kitchen Princess Special side story about the first time Sora met Najika, recipes for six foods made in the manga, two pages of cultural notes, an untranslated preview of Volume 7, and ads for other Del Rey releases.