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Yakitate!! Ja-pan (焼きたて!! ジャぱん, Yakitate!! Ja-pan) is a manga written and illustrated by Takashi Hashiguchi. It is serialized in Shōnen Sunday. It has been adapted into a television anime series by Sunrise.
The manga spanned 26 tankōbon volumes, while the weekly serialization of the manga ended on January 10, 2007. The anime series, broadcast on TV Tokyo and other local stations from October 2004 to March 2006, spanned a total of 69 episodes. The manga won the 2003 Shogakukan Manga Award for best shōnen manga.
Kazuma Azume is a passionate baker boy whose only goal is to bake "Ja-pan", the national bread of Japan (hence the pun and double meaning). Ever since his sister argued with their stubborn grandfather to change the breakfast menu, an unconvinced 6-year old Kazuma was dragged along his will to their town's local bread store to show him the wonders of fresh-baked bread. Not only is Kazuma converted, but the owner discovers that Kazuma has the magical "Solar Hands" whose warmth makes them particularly suited to making bread. The owner packs up shop and goes to Tokyo to fulfill his dream of making "Ja-pan", but Kazuma continues to follow that dream as well, and ends up going to Tokyo himself. After becoming sixteen, Kazuma strives to achieve his dream by competing for a spot at the foremost bakery-chain in Japan - Pantasia!