Posted on 26 December 2010 with categories: Anime Reviews




The first Yumeiro Patissiere series had 50 episodes. Its sequel only has 13, don’t ask me why. Still, it’s the perfect length for those who find the pacing of the original series too intimidating and boring: the Professional-arc of Yumeiro Patissiere is short, compact and diverse, a unique shoujo series and a great example of how you can make a lovable cast even on a really small budget. As long as you’ve seen the first two or three episodes of the original Yumeiro Patisiere, you can easily follow what’s going on in this season and appreciate its character development (that’s what I did, anyway).

The thing with this Professional arc, is that unlike the first season, it’s not really about making sweets: that was already touched upon plenty by the first season. At this point, the characters are all very proficient at creating delicious stuff. Instead, the great thing is that it looks upon the business part of making sweets: actually selling them, attracting customers, getting the right ingredients and creating a good work atmosphere. It’s quite a unique twist for a shoujo series, and while it’s light-years away from a realistic representation (the creators completely ignore logistics for one, and they often prioritize neat ideas over actually making sense), I really loved how the business consultant part of this series turned into a unique shoujo. With the shoujo genre in its current state of seeing who can deliver the most generic storyline, this series is EXACTLY what the genre needed at this time.

What really made this show work was that it had a wonderful sense of chemistry. I mean, the first season of Yumeiro Patissiere was really, really long, but it developed its characters really well over the course of several years. The characters play off each other wonderfully and make this into quite a successful comedy (even though comedy isn’t the main focus of this series).

At the same time though, the flaws in this series stand out like a herd of elephants in a pet shop. Some of the characters in this series have characterization that is just… bizarre. This show strangely enough takes already badly used stereotypes… and somehow makes them even worse. Miya Koshiro takes the “spoiled princess”-archetype to ridiculous new heights, and Johnny…. just… Johnny.

The entire premise of this show makes no sense whatsoever, having a bunch of teenagers travel around the world (and also to another dimension), help all kinds of shops while maintaining a shop of their own at the same time, and the entire series is riddled with those kinds of questionable plot twists (especially the conclusion is just coincidental beyond belief). The animation and character designs are as simple as they can get, but it was a fun and interesting series, great for light entertainment.

Storytelling: 8/10 – Surprisingly addictive, really. Brings in many neat ideas on the cost of not making any sense.
Characters: 9/10 – Some of the worst portrayals of Americans can be found in this series, but the chemistry between the characters definitely makes up for it.
Production-Values: 7/10 – As simple as things can get.
Setting: 8/10 – Unrealistic, but a very interesting twist to the usual shoujo genre that is fleshed out surprisingly well.

Suggestions:
Skip Beat
Kodomo no Omocha
Glass Mask 2005

5 Responses

  1. Kiseki says:

    I don’t know man. Yumeiro Patissiere just isn’t right without all the cooking.

    …They also kind of messed up Tennouji.

  2. Alec says:

    Holy **** 13 eps only. Didnt see that one comming.

  3. Serena says:

    I took one look at Johnny and said, “…Whaaaat?” I loved the first Season, but….I HATE this second season. At least it’s better than having Ichigo be 21, like it was originally planned. -_-’
    But…come on! It’s yumeiro PATISSIERE!! It’s about cooking delicious sweets!

  4. EvelynW~OL says:

    Starting to reconsider watching the anime…

  5. Firechick says:

    I really need to get around to watching this sequel. It’s been a long while since I’ve seen the first season.

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  • Emma
    (Thursday, Jul 24. 2014 07:31 PM)
    So this is what tokyo ghouls manga comes down to, ends up as. Some big revelations here.
  • AidanAK47
    (Thursday, Jul 24. 2014 07:12 PM)
    @Emma, Muv luv requires a lot of your time and getting through two medicore games to get to a great one. Alternative may be your thing…but I think you won’t like the characters.
  • AidanAK47
    (Thursday, Jul 24. 2014 07:08 PM)
    @Emma, the more choice you have in the game the more diluted the story becomes. It’s hard to create a great story and give large choice to the player.
    @K-Off, I know. But honestly vn’s are pretty much them with more text and no page turning.
  • Yuko
    (Thursday, Jul 24. 2014 07:03 PM)
    @K-Off so turn to page – – – after making a decision? Certainly convenient, you can’t play VNs everywhere, but you can definitely take books everywhere. And if it’s a manga turned CYOA like you seem to be suggesting, it does seem like a fine idea.
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    By choose your own adventure, I’m referring to the print form.
  • Emma
    (Thursday, Jul 24. 2014 06:53 PM)
    @Aidan: They could stand to have more choice options than they already do though.
    Muv luv…that one might not be my thing…not sure.
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    (Thursday, Jul 24. 2014 06:51 PM)
    @K-Off, Muv luv’s level of presentation should be the level all VNs strive for. At points it felt animated dispite using still images
    @Emma, Arn’t VNs already choose your own adventure novels?
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    Why must you play games with my heart, Morita Shuhei… Mikasano Chuji… Studio Pierrot…
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    @Mikey, Swan song is one of those VNs where the bad end is pretty much the true and most logical ending. Yet that ending is so goddamn depressing that you are somewhat willing to accept the bullshit Good ending.
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    I can get behind the idea K-off is suggesting, its a good one.

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