Posted by psgels 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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  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Oct 21. 2014 08:14 AM)
    @K-off: some good-looking corn there m8.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Oct 21. 2014 08:13 AM)
    @Ninja: No I’m Persian since I was originally born and raised in Tehran/Iran. I am mostly of Parthian decent with a quarter of Kurd in me. I have moved around the globe since I was 16 and now live in Sacramento California.
  • Friend
    (Tuesday, Oct 21. 2014 08:13 AM)
    @ninja Some party foods like the brochette dijon flambe are too hard for me to prepare/mass produce at home, so it’s definitely worth eating out for things like that O.o
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Oct 21. 2014 08:10 AM)
    I’m not sure what’s with me and demonyms tonight, but don’t be offended since, they’re more of a term of endearment for me. But if you really are offended then chances are that you deserved it in the 1st place.
  • ninjarealist
    (Tuesday, Oct 21. 2014 08:08 AM)
    @Bam lol, it never came up. Are you a Southerner/Midwesterner as well?
  • ninjarealist
    (Tuesday, Oct 21. 2014 08:07 AM)
    @Friend Yeah cooking is definitely a better deal most of the time. Although for certain kinds of food, you can get a surprisingly good deal eating out. But it also just feels empowering to cook for yourself.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Oct 21. 2014 08:07 AM)
    @K-off: they’re decent, but if you want authentic you have do to go where your Guappo’s are at.
  • k-off
    (Tuesday, Oct 21. 2014 08:06 AM)
    speaking of corn, we get food like this during the LA county fair and it is amazing. http://lovestoeat.files.wordpress.com/2010/07/dsc08976-new.jpg
  • k-off
    (Tuesday, Oct 21. 2014 08:03 AM)
    @Bam LA has some really shitty Italian food though. Once I go back to NYC, I can get my Italian food fix.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Oct 21. 2014 08:01 AM)
    @Ninja: you didn’t tell me you’re a Kentuckian! A lot of my friends are also Corncrackers ^_^

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