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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.
Azuma became obsessed with bread when he was six years old. His sister yelled that their family should start having bread for breakfast sometimes, but their grandfather refused to even consider it, as he would only eat natto, miso soup, and rice for breakfast. Kazuma agreed, saying he didn`t like bread, but his sister kidnaps him and takes him to a 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 "Hands of the Sun" whose warmth makes them particularly suited to making bread. The owner packs up shop and goes to Tokyo to fulfill his dream of making Japan, but Kazuma continues his bread-baking dream as well, and ends up going to Tokyo himself when he`s sixteen, to compete for a spot at the foremost bread store in Japan - Pantasia!